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El Bocado

36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
+44 1392 678445
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Ranked #26 of 420 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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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

I came to this restaurant on Saturday evening. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a friendly member of staff who sat us down and explained the menu to us. It was very busy and we were expecting to have to wait a while for our food but soon after ordering we were given a surprisingly delicious... More

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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We ate here on a Saturday night in September. The food was absolutely fine however the meal was somewhat spoiled by the fact that the staff were constantly hovering around waiting for us to finish a course so that plates etc could be snatched away. As the restaurant was not full I am not sure if they were trying to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Fantastic well presented Tapas. Excellent service. Great location. Very popular recommend you book so not to be disappointed.

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London
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This Tapas Restaurant had a good atmosphere as it was busy/lively ( on a Saturday) but everything else about it was very erratic. Firstly, although I had booked 10 days prior to arrival they had no record of it. The service initially was fast but then it slowed to a crawl as the evening progressed. Of the 5 tapas dishes... More

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Preston
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

During our visit to Exeter we wished to incorporate a birthday meal during our stay. We love tapas so following a little research decided to eat at El Bocado. It is located a short distance from the high street and is well worth walking the extra distance. We were warmly welcomed and invited to sit where ever we wished at... More

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Truro, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A lovely place with super service. Lots to choose from with plenty of vegetarian options. Good for a light nibble or a more substantial dinner. Everything was cooked to perfection and the wine, a Rioja, was just right. The aubergine with honey was outstanding as was the trio of desserts. Super yum. Will definitely return.

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

Thank you for leaving a review for El Bocado. One of our most popular tapas is the aubergine with honey - its amazing! It tastes so much better than it sounds. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit to El Bocado and hope to see you again soon. More

Cambridge
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Found the restaurant by accident - we'll definitely return. Paella was cooked to order - so complimentary bread brought to us, even though we were quite early in the evening. Nice to have a selection of non-alcoholic "mocktails" for a change. Food was delicious and the staff were delightful: what more can you ask?

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

Thank you for a lovely review. We are quite proud of our paella - we think its pretty good and its great to read that you agree! Hopefully we will see you again for more Paella! More

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Went for a light meal on a Sunday night, tapas selection was excellent and we enjoyed a delicious bottle of red. The serving staff were efficient but unobtrusive and let us enjoy our meal - I'd return.

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

Thanks very much for leaving a review for El Bocado. We aim to give excellent service but recognise that as our guests you are here to enjoy the evening, and not to be pestered by over enthusiastic waiting staff!! Hopefully we have got this just about right. Thank you again and we hope to see you soon. More

Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My first time to Exeter and on business so not familiar with the area. Scoured Tripadvisor and the internet for recommended places for my wife and I to eat close to our hotel and found El Bodaco. We were given a very prompt, warm welcome and offered a choice of tables. The menu is extensive and the waiting staff were... More

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

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry if our early bird offer confused you, it certainly isn't intentional. We purposely refer to this offer as "dishes" rather than "tapas" to be clear on what's on offer - but might need to rethink this!! Again apologies. However, I'm really happy to read that you enjoyed your visit and felt that the... More

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8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Excellent night, with great service, all the tapas were very tasty. Got an amazing amuse bouche of mushroom soup shot, very delicious indeed! Great atmosphere for couples, can't wait to go again when back in Exeter

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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. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit - and re the soup - we make this in our kitchen and changes frequently - so next time you can sample another flavour!! I hope that we will see you again soon. More

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