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El Bocado

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36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
+44 1392 678445
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Food!

Great food, wine and waiter! Staying locally to restaurant so popped in on off chance. Food was excellent, freshly cooked and delicious. Large menu so will be returning soon.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
Russ L
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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395 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Title says it all! Have eaten in several tapas bars in Spain and some amazing ones in England. This one was highly over priced (nearly £10 for a few slices of bread, olives and olive oil) food was average to say the least (premade sauces and far too much oil, sardines tasted like mackerel and monkfish was very watery, maybe... More 

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Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

I am extremely disappointed as well as sorry to read that you did not enjoy your visit to El Bocado - and the waiter you refer to was me. In your review you say that you have eaten at many tapas bars - perhaps they have not made all the food on the premises and therefore our food flavours are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Great food, wine and waiter! Staying locally to restaurant so popped in on off chance. Food was excellent, freshly cooked and delicious. Large menu so will be returning soon.

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Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

I'm delighted that you found the food, wine and waiter great! What more could we ask of a review? Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review for El Bocado and we hope to see you again in the near future. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

Excellent food and drink. Excellent selection. Very very friendly staff. A return visit will definitely be happening.

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Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We aim to provide unobtrusive service in a relaxed environment. Tapas is about sharing and enjoying and I am very pleased to read that you will be returning for another visit, We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I had the pleasure of visiting Rl Bocado on my own during a business trip, and I had a great experience. I had great recommendations from the owner, and the food was amazing! They really are an authentic Spanish experience. Great care is taken in the ingredients, preparation, and presentation. The aubergine is out of this world! An Exeter gem.

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Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Another fan of tempura aubergine with honey! It is amazing. We found this tapa in Barcelona couldn't believe how good it was - it had to go on the menu and is now a best seller. I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit to El Bocado that you enjoyed my recommendations. Thank you for your review and we hope... More 

Surrey, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Perfect place for tapas, the dishes all arrived together and were served on lazy Susans which made it very easy for us all to try each others' choices too. Excellent food, our only disappointment was that they did not have our first choice of wine in stock.

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Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am sorry that we didn't have your preferred wine in stock - we have a large wine list but occasionally we do have higher demand for a particular wine than we have stock! Please do visit us again - call me to book a table and let me know which wine you prefer and... More 

devon
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Tapas being one of my favourites, I was keen to comare El Bocado to the other two tapas restaurants in Exeter. There is no comparison, as El Bocado is not a chain restaurant as are the others. The food is fresh and sourced locally wherever possible, the tastes and presentation of all dishes is fab. On some Friday's and Sunday's... More 

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Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review - we appreciate the time taken to do this. As an independent restaurant we keep our food as authentic as possible, using local suppliers where we can and importing our Spanish ingredients. We take our chefs to Spain once a year for inspiration and to ensure that we remind ourselves how authentic Spanish... More 

Stourbridge
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Following the Weatherspoon's App directions we walked past this place and decided to stop and eat here. Really great service from a great bunch of people. The food was top class with decent portions and as has been alluded to in earlier reports the tapas portions where not greasy just great tasting. We had a really enjoyable night here by... More 

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Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thanks for a great review - and all down to the Wetherspoons app!! I am very pleased that you enjoyed your visit to El Bocado and hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you again soon. Thank you again, More 

Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Slightly off the beaten track in Exeter, but well worth the visit for tasty tapas, great wine and a lovely atmosphere, which included a wonderful musical performance (Spanish guitar) on Friday night. The Padron peppers and chorizo in cider were delicious; would also recommend the homemade desserts, especially the cheesecake.

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Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our food and live Spanish Guitar evening. Our homemade cheesecake is a Spanish recipe and one of our best sellers. Accompanied by our homemade marmalade it takes pretty fantastic! Thank you again for your review. More 

Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Great freshly 'home cooked' food, friendly service. I don't usually like tapas that much as it can be quite greasy but all dishes were beautifully prepared and delicious. We had a vegetarian and someone with food allergies in our party and everyone was catered for perfectly.

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Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

I am very pleased to read that you and your party enjoyed your visit to El Bocado. We have over 40 tapas on our menu. Because we make all our food apart from bread and ice-cream, we have many tapas that are suitable for those following a vegetarian or gluten free diet. Thank you for your review and we hope... More 

Devonport, United Kingdom
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418 reviews 418 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We decided to go to El Bocado after a great night at the movies. The selection of tapas on the menu is fantastic. We started with bread and oil and then chose four tapas. The food was nicely presented and the flavours were so good. We are great fans of Spanish food and I think El Bocado brings a flavour... More 

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Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I'm delighted to read that you are already a fan of Spanish food. Our tapas at El Bocado is authentic . We import Spanish ingredients and use local suppliers wherever possible. I look forward to welcoming you at one of our live Spanish Guitar or Flamenco nights. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter
  • Phone Number: +44 1392 678445

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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