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El Bocado

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

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Visitor rating
  • 272
    Excellent
  • 92
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
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
Genuine Spanish cuisine - highly recommend

We had Delicious tapas dishes. There are also main courses and we had lovely Spanish desserts. Excellent wines from the extensive wine list and good selection of Spanish beers. Generous portions, great selection and relaxed informal dining. Would recommend for students, locals, visitors to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Robert M
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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414 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We had Delicious tapas dishes. There are also main courses and we had lovely Spanish desserts. Excellent wines from the extensive wine list and good selection of Spanish beers. Generous portions, great selection and relaxed informal dining. Would recommend for students, locals, visitors to Exeter, graduation week - ideal for couples, families and groups of friends for a relaxed and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

I recently went to el bocado with my family and what a meal! It was lovely, the food was so fresh, I am a vegetarian and the staff told me what different vegetarian tapas they had, which was very helpful. The sea salt vegetables were amazing and it was all served beautifully. Thank you to the amazing staff and complements... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Tapas is a fantastic option for those following a vegetarian diet as there is so much choice and the Spanish do the flavours very well. Thank you also for your comments on the waiting team. Our aim is to give attentive but not obtrusive service. Thank you again and we hope to see you again... More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Loved our meal at El Bocado. One of the best ranges of sherry in the city. My daughter loves chorizo so always enjoys coming here. Staff friendly and welcoming. The aubergine tempura with honey just amazing. Lovely olives and bread too. Great flavours and like the complimentary soup. We also loved our desserts. The rum & raisin ice cream with... More 

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

Great to see a review from another Tempura aubergine fan! Not only do we have a great range of Spanish wine, but also a great selection of sherry. Rum and Raison icecream with sherry is a fabulous combination and I am delighted to read that you enjoyed this. Thank you very much for you review and we look forward to... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I had an excellent meal at El Bocado with a group of 3 other friends (uni students), we had a mix of tapas and paella which were fantastic - especially the beef and the honeyed aubergine! We all loved the spanish music and the general atmosphere, which was very welcoming thanks to the friendly waiters/ waitresses. On a student budget,... 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. Our Tempura Aubergine is a favourite of many of our guests - it just tastes amazing - not the flavours you expect! I hope that we will see you again soon at El Bocado and that you do bring your parents for a visit. Thank you once... More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The quality of the tapas was excellent. Everything was very fresh and tasty. The red wine (Spanish) was gorgeous. Service was first class. Lovely atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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

Thank you very much for recommending Al Bocado in your review. We make everything apart from ice-cream and bread in our kitchen. Our chefs are passionate about the quality of the Spanish food we cook and serve plus we have a fantastic selection of Spanish wines to accompany tapas. We look forward to welcoming you again soon to El Bocado. More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This was our second visit to El Bocado.The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was relaxed and the staff excellent. This is what a restaurant should be.

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

Thank you very much for your review and complimentary comments regarding the atmosphere and staff. We hope to see you again seen at El Bocado. Thank you once again. More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

My partner decided to take me to El Bocado for my birthday. I have never been to a Tapas bar before and had a really good experience and would love to go again. The service was second to none, and the food was delicious. I really don't understand the negative comments about the owner as he was extremely professional and... More 

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

I am delighted that you decided to make El Bocado your first to a tapas bar and that you enjoyed it so much that you intend to visit again! We do aim to provide good service and tapas is a wonderful social way to eat. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for El Bocado and we... More 

Andover, Hampshire
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My son and I called in to the restaurant last minute after I had collected him from the station. Not being sure what we wanted, we parked and walked into Exeter. The first restaurant was El Bocado and it looked inviting from the street. It was late but they were happy to serve us. We both fancied a paella. The... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We make everything on our menu apart from bread and ice-cream. The paella is cooked from fresh but is very good and well worth waiting for as you commented! I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit to El Bocado and look forward to welcoming you - and perhaps your wife - again. More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The food and service were great! We had some bread to start and while we were happily munching away they brought a complimentary shot of soup which was a really nice touch. We had tapas including: monk fish in white wine and chicken and chorizo in tomato sauce, which were both lovely. To finish off we had a trio of... More 

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review for El Bocado. It is always great to read that our guests have enjoyed their visit and it was good to talk to you and tell you a little about our food and where it's all from. Everyone at El Bocado is passionate about Spanish food and we... More 

1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I have received a phone call from the owner attacking me for posting the review where I compliment his staff but made a valid points that many many customers share with me about his terrible attitude and rudeness (he actually called twice). Long story short, he called me today (01392 678445) and identify himself as the owner of El Bocado,... 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: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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