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El Bocado

36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
01392 678445
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Ranked #24 of 404 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
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

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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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

First time I have been here and I definitely would go back. Outstanding Spanish food cooked by an English chef! We had the tapas for 2 and it was as good as any tapas we have eaten in Spain!

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Devon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

We celebrated my husband's birthday here mid May and really enjoyed it. The food was great bar the large olives-we both found them very bitter but tastes differ. Tapas was delicious-prawns a real highlight. But what we felt really set el bocado apart was the service. Warm,genuinely friendly without being ott. The manager picked up on someone struggling to read... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

I have eaten here on several occasions. I have never had a bad meal. The experience is so chilled, so amazing. Well done you

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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Had no great expectations, but this place delivered. Had an excellent mojito, so I had another one. Fish and prawn balls (abondigas de gamba and bacalao) were excellent as was paella Valenciana. Surprising highlight was rum and raisin ice cream with sweet sherry. Not cheap, but recommended.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Had an amazing meal here with 3 other girfriends. Great service, really tasty food. Before we knew it everyone else had left and we were the last group there, but at no point were we hassled by the staff who were in no rush for us to leave. Great place all round, highly recommend.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I must have eaten here more than in all of the other Exeter restaurants put together, and will keep coming back! Food is always great, such wonderful flavours, and always new tapas added to the menu. On a busy night, you could really be fooled into thinking you're somewhere in Madrid! Keep up the great work!

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Don_Sp, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

I am so pleased to read that our food at El Bocado keeps you coming back to visit us! We make all our own food in our kitchen apart from icecream and bread. As a small team we love Spanish food and try to share the love with our guests. Thank you for leaving a review. Hope to see you... More

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