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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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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
A great place to go to eat with friends and family.

The atmosphere in this restaurant is special. It looks great and the staff are non-intrusively attentive. The food is delicious. I had my birthday party here and 12 of us were vegetarian and we were all delighted by the amount of choice and quality of the dishes. Those who weren't veggie were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Claire S
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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381 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere in this restaurant is special. It looks great and the staff are non-intrusively attentive. The food is delicious. I had my birthday party here and 12 of us were vegetarian and we were all delighted by the amount of choice and quality of the dishes. Those who weren't veggie were really happy too. There was particular excitement over... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Went to El Bocado for the first time and loved it all. Friendly staff, lovely surroundings good atmosphere. Good choice of food Tapas as well as from the main menu. We ordered from the main menu and had a pollo marinado en vino tinto and ensalada de Pollo con chorizio, very nice. Good selection of cocktails as well. The only... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

my partner and I came here as we were fed up of the usual restaurants and wanted to try something different. so pleased we did, she is a vegetarian and had plenty of choices to choose from. A favourite for her was the aubergine with honey and the sardines. I could have tried the entire menu but loved the meatballs,... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Lovely atmosphere, excellent friendly service and wonderful tapas accompanied by good wines. We really enjoyed our evening and will certainly return when we are next in the area.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Dim lighting, live Spanish guitar, delicious cocktails and especially delicious tapas and main courses & paella are only a few of the many reasons to eat at El Bocado. Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting El Bocado on a double date and I must say that tapas is truly a great way to both socialize and eat. We... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Our aim is to provide good authentic, fresh Spanish tapas and attentive but unobtrusive service in a relaxed and contemporary environment. Guitar nights are extremely popular and create that unique Spanish cafe culture. I am delighted that you all enjoyed your evening and look forward to welcoming you again soon. More 

Tiverton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We were a party of six (which included one vegan and one vegetarian). The food was superb - lots of choices - and we have all decided to eat at El Bocado again.

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

Thank you very much for your review. We have over 30 tapas - a great selection of meat, fish and vegetarian choices, many of which are also suitable for vegans. I am very pleased to read that you all enjoyed your visit to El Bocado and hope to see you all again soon. Thank you again. More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I recently brought my family to El Bocado after having had several incredibly meals there myself. The restaurant never fails to deliver on superb, flavoursome food. The menu has changed slightly since I last visited by my favourites were still there and we sampled lots of tapas on the specials board too. The Spanish don't normally give you a huge... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for El Bocado. I am delighted that you decided to share your tapas experience with your family. We do have a great selection of desserts which are made in our kitchens. We pride ourselves on making everything in our kitchen other than icecream and bread. We love good fresh food.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Whilst visiting friends one evening in Exeter, I happened to drive past El Bocado, I must say how beautiful it looks from the outside...and the inside doesn't disappoint! Greeted by a lovely man, Diago, on arrival. The food was absolutely amazing! I just wish I could take El Bocado home.....I will definitely make any excuse to come back to Exeter....just... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review. We have put as much love into the exterior of El Bocado as we do into our food. We are passionate about Spanish food and love to share this with our guests. Again, thank you for your review and we hope to see you again at El Bocado in the future. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

So happy we chose to come here Such beautiful flavours and textures. Wonderful ambiance and helpful and friendly staff.... keen to explain all the dishes on offer but not over bearing. Perfect. A thoroughly enjoyable evening. We will be back again, and again, and again.

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

Thank you for reviewing El Bocado. Tapas is a fantastic way to eat - lots of choice and flavours and I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit to El Bocado. We look forward to welcoming you again, and again and again! More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My partner and I visited the restaurant last week for an early valentines meal, We found it to be great value for money and the food was gorgeous! The service was great and we would definitely recommend going here, Thank you for a lovely evening.

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

Thank you for leaving a review for El Bocado. I very pleased to read that you enjoyed your Valentines meal at El Bocado. We do appreciate your comments which are always shared with the El Bocado team. Thank you again. 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?