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El Bocado

36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
01392 678445
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Ranked #24 of 416 restaurants in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Tapas
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
188 reviews 188 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We walked to this restaurant from the nearby Mercure hotel having read the reviews on Trip Advisor. Although it was Saturday night we were able to secure a table and were quickly supplied with drinks. For starters we shared 3 tapas plates, calamares, chicken rustico and "Spanish" black pudding. The latter was superb and is highly recommended. Our main was... More

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Don_Sp, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We are less than 10 minutes walk from the main 4 hotels in Exeter - Magdelen Chapter, The Southgate, Abode and The Rougement - so its not far to wander back to your hotel after some of our authentic tapas and a bottle of that fab Rioja you mentioned! We hope that we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

When seated in this beautiful restaurant you feel the atmosphere of traditional Spain. Don our waiter was kind and helpful and very patient, as we chose our tapas;Piquillo rellenos, polls rusticio, Gambas Al vino blanco. The incredibly talented chef sent out complimentary soup shots, which were so delicious we tried to order more! The tapas was to such a high... More

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Don_Sp, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thanks very much for taking the time to leave a fantastic review for El Bocado. I am so pleased to read how much you enjoyed the whole experience - and of course that you will be back! So - we look forward to welcoming you again soon. More

Crediton, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

You can't beat El Bocado for Spains traditional dish! Although, that's not all thats on offer. Have been here several times, and have never failed to come away thinking 'that was a great meal'. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys the Spains Culinary delights.

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ElBocado, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Paella is of course one of our most popular dishes, and we aim to keep it as traditional as possible at El Bocado, so its great to read that you enjoyed this dish when you visited. Thank you again for your comments and we look forward to seeing you again soon at El Bocado. More

Exeter, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great tapas, great service and a great evening. I can highly recommend the aubergine with honey, sounds odd but is delicious. They do special evenings with femenco and spanish guitar but you need to book.

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ElBocado, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and your comments on the service at El Bocado. We aim to provide all our guests with attentive, but not intrusive service, so I'm delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit and felt that the service was "great". Thank you. More

Holbeach, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We loved this place. Great food, very varied and absolutely delicious. Service was great. I thought the location was great contrary to another review I have just seen - worth the walk. We'd definitely go back

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ElBocado, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thanks very much for taking the time to leave a review for El Bocado. We aren't situated in the main shopping area for Exeter, but at less than 5 minutes walk from the Cathedral and 2 of the best hotels in the city, so we aren't far from the action! I delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit to... More

Nuneaton, UK
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This will be our third visit as we just love it here. The food is wonderful and both my husband love it. I am vegetarian and always have lots to choose from. Sure that we will be back

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ElBocado, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We usually have around 12 vegetarian tapas on our menu at any one time, plus 3 potato dishes, olives and a couple of vegetarian main courses - and all made by us. Hopefully we will see you for your 4th visit! Thank you again. More

Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

El Bocado is somewhat off the beaten track, on South Street a bit away from the Cathedral Close and Exeter High Street. The menu was inventive and large; the wine list expansive. Our host gave us good advice about how much to order, and we were very pleased with the selection and quality. Highly recommended.

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ElBocado, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thanks very much for a lovely review. We aren't in the main shopping area of Exeter, but still less than 5 minutes walk from the Cathedral and on the walk through to the quay. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit to El Bocado, and hope we will see you again. More

London
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

the food was really good! Go for the Albondigas! service was a bit slow - but you can enjoy a glass of wine in between and relax..if you are in a hurry - not really the place to be!

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ElBocado, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for El Bocado. We don't hurry our guests - its not the Spanish way, but I do apologise if we weren't attentive enough for you. I do hope that we will see you again at El Bocado. Thank you again. More

England
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Had walked within 20 yards of this gem many times over the last five years and missed it! The tapas cooked for us were excellent. Good quality and tasteful without being drowned in sauces. They also organise special nights too. Sorry we missed the sherry tasting night!

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ElBocado, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. I am really happy to see that you enjoyed your visit to El Bocado - especially after you have walked passed us for almost 5 years!! Hopefully now you have found us we will see you again soon. Thank you again. More

Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Where do I begin? Upon entering this brilliant restaurant I felt as if I had stepped out of Exeter, and straight into Spain! The atmosphere was perfect- a delicate mix of casual and professional service, with beaming smiles of customers shining all around. The food here is absolutely delicious. The wide range of tapas dishes, main courses and desserts ensure... More

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ElBocado, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Great review! Thank you so much. We have put a lot of time and effort into trying to recreate the same ambience, food and service we have received when we have had tapas in Spain. We take our chefs every year to Spain to ensure that our food remains authentic and it's fabulous when we see such a great review... More

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