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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: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Independent Tapas Bar and Restaurant serving authentic Spanish food. We...
Independent Tapas Bar and Restaurant serving authentic Spanish food. We are passionate about remaining authentic importing our Spanish ingredients and using local suppliers where possible.
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  • 285
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    Very good
  • 28
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  • 13
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Tasty Tapas

Lovely food and drink - friendly service - taste of authenticity - various tapas on offer, all cooked to perfection and a great selection of drinks

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
Andy G
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
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English first
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Lovely food and drink - friendly service - taste of authenticity - various tapas on offer, all cooked to perfection and a great selection of drinks

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Devon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We love Spanish food and were really looking forward to trying out El Bocado - it did not disappoint. Service was excellent and food equally so. We ordered 6 tapas dishes which was plenty. We ordered in two stages which worked well as food doesn't go cold. The tapas dishes were authentically Spanish and of great quality. We finished off... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Visited on a Saturday night with my husband. Beautiful food, Dom was very helpful, friendly and attentive. I definitely recommend this restaurant for authentic Spanish food and love the fact they source locally. Well done Don and team

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

In a sea of generic chain restaurants, hidden in Exeter is El Bocado a pearl worth well worth seeking out. From an extensive and varied menu, we selected a range of dishes. Some old favourites and some new to us, they were well presented and tasted superb. The ingredients were a fantastic blend of Spanish and local produce. The wines... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

As regular visitors to Spain we are quite fussy about our Tapas. At El Bocado the food was excellent, authentic and efficiently served. The portions were generous and the vegetarian options, for my wife, were plentiful. The Queso fundido con chorizo was especially good. Only staying in the area for a few nights but will definitely come back to El... More 

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

We do put a huge amount of effort into keeping our tapas as authentic as possible. We take our kitchen team to Spain each year and sample tapas as the locals do, returning with lots of inspiration and recipes. Some make it onto the menu - and some don't!! There are a large number of vegetarian tapas at any time... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Spanish tapas in the heart of Exeter! Meals come with a free shot of soup each, and the friendly staff seem eager to please!

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

Thank you very much for your review. We aim to provide excellent service to sit alongside our excellent food!! Thank you again for your review. More 

Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I've always known that El Bocado was there as I'd passed it many times. Last night we went in. Should have done it years ago. Though not overly busy, the restaurant was lively with customers. We went for the Tapas and ordered 8 dishes between the two of us. Each was very flavoursome and extremely filling (the aubergine tempura is... More 

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

I am so pleased that you found us at last!! As discussed with you, we use locally sourced produce wherever we can alongside authentic imported Spanish ingredients. So - hopefully we will see you for one of our live entertainment evening in the near future. Thank you for leaving a review for El Bocado. More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Just wanted to thank Don and his staff for a lovely dinner at El Bocado. I had booked a table earlier in the year to accommodate a hen party and Don was very helpful from day 1. As we had a bigger group, we had to choose from the set menu and chose option C. Everyone really enjoyed the food... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review for El Bocado. We do welcome group bookings from our guests and to aid the organiser we offer a set menu so that there is no need to discuss menu choices. I am delighted that you enjoyed your "hen" party and hope that you will visit us again next time you... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Intimate little place but can also accommodate a larger party.Tapas really good and a great variety of dishes. Attentive staff made the evening very enjoyable.

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

Thank you very much for your review. We aim to be attentive but not obtrusive in our service at all times. The tapas experience is about ambience, great food and great service. I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit to El Bocado and hope to see you again soon. More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Great Ambience, extensive drinks menu. Fresh and tasty tapas. Wonderful complementary parsnip and cumin soup shots were served while we were waiting for our freshly cooked food. Sangria delicious and authentic. Wine was lovely too. Must try the honey fried aubergines. Fantastic little taste of Spain. Will go back again.

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

We do have a great wine list with a large selection of Spanish wines sitting alongside a good number of European wines, Spanish beers, spirits, Sangria and we mix a mean cocktail! Thank you for sharing your opinion of El Bocado - we hope that you will come to visit us again soon. 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: Spanish, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

Independent Tapas Bar and Restaurant serving authentic Spanish food. We are passionate about remaining authentic importing our Spanish ingredients and using local suppliers where possible.

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