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36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
+44 1392 678445
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Ranked #31 of 418 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
  • Any
English first
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Plenty of choice. Food was well cooked and tasty. The staff were welcoming. I had a range of Tapas and finished with a cheese board which had more cheese than I could eat! Mid priced for the area, but worth a visit.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Never had a bad word to say about this restaurant. We went for the Flamenco night, and despite the place being completely packed, we had the most attentive service we've ever had in a restaurant, with genuine friendliness from every staff member. Excellent quality food, decently priced (5 tapas is easily enough for 2 at about £5 each), great desserts... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We went here after a busy day and were fortunate to get a table with no reservation on a Saturday night, despite it being busy. We were given a free "shot" of warm spiced veg soup which was nice and had a well presented, well cooked and exceptionally tasty selection of tapas. I have to recommend the trio of deserts... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Food pretty average and rather expensive. Service was quite good but as we were the only customers that's not surprising

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

My wife and I really enjoy tapas food and had wanted to come here for a while and it was excellent. As soon as you walk through the door you feel a very relaxed atmosphere with cosy lighting and a nice decor. We had some bread and olive oil to start followed by 4 tapas dishes each and every one... More

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

At El Bocado we love tapas. The Spanish treat it a time to chat and catch up and its never hurried. We aim to do the same at El Bocado. Our food is freshly cooked, so its not fast food but it is good food. Thank you for a superb review and your comments about the atmosphere, decor and service.... More

Derby, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This is a lovely Spanish restaurant, the tapas was excellent. Nice to have a change of food sometimes. You can dine here knowing you will get first class food. I enjoyed it

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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. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit - and its great to read that you felt our food was "first class". Thank you again - and hope to see you soon. More

Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Fantastic restaurant, lovely staff and awesome tapas " chorizo, meat balls...". Even loved the relaxed feel of the place and the friendly staff, can't wait to come again!

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

El Bocado is a little bit of Spain in Exeter! Thanks for a lovely review. I'm pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again soon. More

Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We arrived here minutes before they were due to shut the kitchen but they were very patient and let us order. I'm so glad they did! Absolutely superb tapas food and a lovely dining experience. I travel to Barcelona regularly and I can honestly say that this tapas stands up well against the real deal. One of the best tapas... More

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

Thanks for a great review. We have taken some inspiration from the traditional tapas bars in Barcelona - we want to be as authentic as we can with our food. I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit and to see you again soon. More

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I'd never had tapas before but after seeing good reviews on here I was very keen to try El Bocado and i'm glad we did. It was good to see they had a proper Spanish beer on draught that went down a treat. Between the 3 of us we ordered about 12 dishes and all of them were delicious. The... More

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

Thank you very much for your review. Estrella Damm is a great beer we think and it is an authentic beer from Spain and goes so well with tapas. Apologies if we were a little slower than usual with our service - we have some new staff and we to it right rather than go for speed! We hope we... More

Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Lovely food with a good selection to choose from, staff were charming and service was good, lovely quiet and romantic atmosphere, really enjoyed the trio of mini puddings to share, would recommend this place highly!

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

Thank you for your review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to El Bocado and sampled our trio of mini desserts. This is our most popular pudding and now you know why! Thank you again for your review and we hope to see you again soon. More

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Additional Information about El Bocado

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

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