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El Bocado

36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
01392 678445
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Ranked #28 of 413 restaurants in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Tapas
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
England
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Had walked within 20 yards of this gem many times over the last five years and missed it! The tapas cooked for us were excellent. Good quality and tasteful without being drowned in sauces. They also organise special nights too. Sorry we missed the sherry tasting night!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Where do I begin? Upon entering this brilliant restaurant I felt as if I had stepped out of Exeter, and straight into Spain! The atmosphere was perfect- a delicate mix of casual and professional service, with beaming smiles of customers shining all around. The food here is absolutely delicious. The wide range of tapas dishes, main courses and desserts ensure... More

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

From the moment we arrived to the moment we left this was perfect. The food was to die for and the service attentive and personal. We had a selection of tapas and were provided with a free taster soup for a starter that the chef was trialling. If only we lived in Exeter! Thank you everyone.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Booked a table for 2 on 8th July for a special occasion and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I must say, I was curious how it compares to Spanish tapas I tried in Madrid, Malaga or Barcelona. Difficult to say as every restaurant in Spain would serve different dishes and specialise in something else. All in all we enjoyed it as... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Pleasantly surprised on entering as it's a lovely intimate restaurant tucked away on a busy road in Exeter. The service was brilliant and the tapas just as good - a large menu with lots to pick from - however my parter and I found the drinks to be a bit on the expensive side.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My friends and I came here for a night out in a group of four and what originally looked like a lovely restaurant with a lovely atmosphere was marred by VERY poor service. On entry we were told that the oven was broken and all main courses were off. Totally understandable that things like this happen, but still not ideal... More

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ElBocado, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am very sorry to read that you were unhappy with the service at El Bocado. At the time of your visit we had an issue with our oven and we were not able to cook main courses, but still had available almost 40 tapas, as well as a variety of potatoes, olives, salads and... More

Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We went on a Sunday eve so had the added bonus of live guitarist and dancer. We went for tapas. Highlight was the Calamari, best we have had for ages. Service was attentive, friendly and genuine. We have come again, and will continue to do so.

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Addlestone, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My husband and I have just had a mini break in the town of Exeter. We went to El Bocado last night, we had a fantastic meal, the quality of the food was excellent, salad fresh and tasty, vegetables nicely cooked and not oily, fresh mussels cooked to perfection;the wine was good, the service professional. It was an excellent experience,... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Quality food, excellent service and the staff were very attentive to the allergy requirements of our party. In particular, they didn't hurry us once we'd finished eating but were happy to let us stay until we were ready to leave. I'd recommend this place to anyone and we will be returning at the first opportunity.

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Devon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

El Bocado is slightly tucked out of the way but well worth a visit. The Owner was very welcoming and pleasant, the menu interesting and priced similarly to most Tapas restaurants. There are a nice selection of drinks including Sangria made with Cava which my companion assured me was excellent. The dishes were mouth watering to look at, and generally... More

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