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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, Lunch, Dinner, 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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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
Great tapas

If I'm ever stuck when being asked for where to go for something different in Exeter, I usually fall back on El Bocado. We have had a small falling out recently after they changed the menu to remove one of my favorites, but i think they have realised I'm right and it should be back on. Great tapas... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Jafaragain
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
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English first
Exeter, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If I'm ever stuck when being asked for where to go for something different in Exeter, I usually fall back on El Bocado. We have had a small falling out recently after they changed the menu to remove one of my favorites, but i think they have realised I'm right and it should be back on. Great tapas, great Spanish... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Simply love this little restaurant...its mine and my partners special place...always such a lovely welcome...the food is divine and the service is 5 star!! My partners been working away for the last 18mths he's home in 8 weeks so we are definately booking a table for 2!!! Stunning

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Watford, United Kingdom
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Went here August 12th 2015 for our 20th wedding anniversary whilst on holiday. We all had a great time and the food was excellent. Really tasty and plenty of it. Don and his staff really looked after us, and as he is an experienced cocktail maker, and so is my son, they were trying out cocktails all evening. I would... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

If you are in Exeter and don't try this restaurant, you really are missing something very good. Really a very nice restaurant, conveniently placed in South Street (just round the corner from the Mercure Hotel Exeter). A car park conveniently very close too. We have eaten tapas in London where we live, and many, many times in Spain, but this... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

By far the BEST tapas restaraunt I have ever been too. If you are visiting Exeter and enjoy both amazing food and amazing service then you definitely need to visit El Bocado! Will definitely be back! Next time I am down.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A great evening, super food. Relaxed setting and a mix of larger parties and couples around. We went for a mix of 7 dishes between the 2 of us. Mushrooms and Chirizo amazing, Bread wonderfully fresh - chose carefully as there are many great dishes. The waiting staff were friendly, our waitress whilst not speaking fluent english was helpful and... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

the food was gorgeous!! so flavourful! but the staff were very inexperienced! making lots of rooky mistakes - like taking the plates of the three others I was eating with while I was still eating. And we must of had at least 5 different people serving us at different times which felt a bit strange. overall nice food though

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Devon, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Came to enjoy a night out with my fiancé. On arriving we were sat down by a very friendly waitress who was lovely. Looking at the menu the prices for each tapas dish was high! So was careful not to order too much. An HOUR later... Still no food. The waitress told us that they had a new chef who'd... More 

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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

I love tapas, and great tapas places are few and far between, El Bocado is definitely one of them! The service was friendly and helpful, the atmosphere relaxed and the setting stylish. All of the tapas dishes were clearly freshly prepared using quality ingredients. We had the calamari, which had a light crispy batter and the squid was perfectly cooked,... More 

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Anstruther, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Having traveled from Fife to Exeter for a wedding, it was a relief to find such a large selection of restaurants and eateries in this great wee city. Both of us love tapas, and this was fairly central. It was flamenco guitar night as well, perfect! We went for a selection from the main menu, but the day's specials on... 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: Romantic, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, 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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