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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: Dinner, 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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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
My new favorite restaurant in Exeter

Kept passing this place by but finally decided we'd give it a try and so glad we did. The early bird (before 7pm) is a real bargain and the food was simply wonderful. We enjoyed a couple of the specials, spanish stew/broth and mussels, both of which were great. We took the kids along and ordered... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
RobSevens1275
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
Exeter, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Kept passing this place by but finally decided we'd give it a try and so glad we did. The early bird (before 7pm) is a real bargain and the food was simply wonderful. We enjoyed a couple of the specials, spanish stew/broth and mussels, both of which were great. We took the kids along and ordered tapas for them which... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Free tomato soup taster was fab and really tasted of tomatoes. We chose tapas and enjoyed really authentic albondigas (meatballs) and the sardines were also really good. The manager recommended an unoaked Rioja which we could have drank all night, it was so smooth. We'll be back!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Traditional Tapas Bar. Home made dishes and not part of a big chain. Well worth a visit. Quite central

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

The food tasted absolutely delicious and the ambience made you feel like you were somewhere else rather then in Exeter! A little bit of abroad on your own doorstep! The live music added to the great atmosphere. Staff were very efficient and friendly. I thoroughly enjoyed my evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Very attentive staff, accommodated all of our wishes and food orders on short notice! Food was freshly made - even the cookies for postres / expresso. We can recommend gambas al ajillo , verduras tempura. Allioli is sensational! We asked to reduce the draft of the air conditioning and all wasdone to our liking!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Atmosphere food and service excellent service with a smile with a complimentary glass of soup which was lovely

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Went Saturday evening - booked easily during the day. Had a selection of nice tapas and white sangria. Also offered free soup shots. Especially like the aubergines in honey. Struggled to finish the dessert trio as meal was so filling. Service and food very good.

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Mere, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The experience was more than expected, we were tired and needed food. What an uplift, convivial, easy atmosphere. Good portions of tapas. Loved it. Flavour

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We went here as a couple for a paella and it was lovely. The food was good and there was plenty to choose from. The service was a attentive a good and the wine went down well too :-)

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Recently took a trip to this tapas Restaurant - I have never had Tapas before and thought why not try something different! what a good choice it was, you only need to look at the menu to get an idea of what tantalizing dishes are on offer. The place itself was very relaxed with a chap playing guitar. Lighting was... More 

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Address: 36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
Phone Number: +44 1392 678445
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas

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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, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic

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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