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This buzzy tapas bar shoehorned in the corner of a vast development is the younger sister of Casamia and is named after the head of the family who own ...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
Simple restaurant
Just like its namesake, Paco Tapas offers a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere. With an influence from Andalucía, Paco's dishes are colourfully tasty and stay true to authentic Spanish cuisine.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was a little apprehensive about what it would be like, but it was so nice. A lovely evening of Tapas dishes some I would have never ordered but would now including octopus and sardines. Instructions were very easy to follow and to top it...all off we added a cocktail which was pure alcohol but extremely nice. Would definitely order again. Thank you Paco.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely delicious food and clear instructions with the exception of the octopus which was not to our taste at all! Other than that, a delightful evening of cooking and eating - thank you paco tapas :)

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really excellent. Lots of items (obviously for Tapas) but all straightforward to make and very delicious. Expect a little bit of hopping up and down unless you are extremely organised / slightly psychic. Generous portions. It fed our family of four easily (we were stuffed,...kids 10/12). There was not enough bread. Luckily I had baked a sour dough (ideal addition). With another sour dough loaf, and some store cupboard bits, there were enough leftovers for a light supper the next night as well. We adults shared a Sherry tasting pack - perfect accompaniment and well matched. Sharing was fine if you just want a taste of each of the 5 sherries (a generous shot of each for each of us). I will try to check out the restaurant when next in Bristol...More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a finish at home meal for 2. There were actually 3 of us but the boxes only come for 2, so instead of ordering for 4 I decided to top the food up with tapas from a local restaurant that does takeaway tapas. There...was plenty of food for 2, we probably didn’t need to order much of the other tapas to make it for 3. The box arrived in Liverpool in good condition, the contents were well packaged and presented and it was all nicely chilled. The instructions were easy to follow, apart from some of the stickers were similarly coloured so we got a bit confused on which sauce went with what, we figured it out though. Food was really tasty and good quality. If I was ever in Bristol I’d definitely try the restaurant. I’d recommend the finish at home box to anyone. Great idea.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed December 21, 2020

Our experience at Paco Tapas was a million miles from what we were expecting. Having eaten at Casamia back in the day when they were based in Westbury on Trym and having enjoyed some well executed cookery this place just struck me as a platform...to trade off the back of a good reputation. Our group was made up of ex chefs and avid foodies so we know decent grub. From the off when we were meeted and greeted there was an air of .... You should be really grateful to get a table here..... We browsed the Tapas menu and were quite taken a back by the price tag. On enquiry with our waitress we were given some pathetic and frankly irritating speech trying to justify the costs of a bit of sourdough bread which had either been on the branding plate or chargrill and drizzled with a bit of olive oil. its fair to say its the sort of thing you'd do at home. We enquired about the tomato salad which was in excess of £12 a hit, to be told that its sliced tomatoes dressed with Olive oil etc etc but we were not sold on the big speech so gave it a miss. We did decide to share a whole fish so say cooked with pork fat. When the said item arrived it was just that, a whole fish, nothing else, it didn't taste of anything and was just about cooked. I could go on about how very average at best this place was. There are loads of Tapas restaurants in Bristol or Bath serving food so much better than Paco and at a fraction of the price. Get off your PedestalMore

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 31, 2020 via mobile

Cancelled on us with only a few hours until our booking after travelling specifically from Dorset to come it was very disappointing.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 24, 2020 via mobile

Hubby and I went for lunch on Saturday as a Birthday treat. The service was impeccable -efficient, knowledgeable and Covid safe. We decided to order off the menu as we’d heard great things about a few dishes that we wanted to try. Ordering off the...menu cost us in total the same as the Chef’s Menu. We ordered: - Tortilla (sublime goey cheesy delight) - Jambon Croquette (small but delicious) - Ribs (delicious but not a standout for me) - Chorizo (again lovely cured meat but not a wow) - Octopus (wow wow wow) - Cod Cheek (sublime and delicate) - Leek and Romesco (charred leek with the most delicious nutty dipping sauce) - Patatas Bravas (the richest sauce in the world!) - Chocolate mouse with salt and olive oil (very very good) - Creme Catalan (smooth, luxurious and subtle orange flavour. We started with a glass of fizz each but then ordered a sherry to accompany the savoury dishes and then another for the dessert. Hubby had a beer or two. We were given sound advice as we are no sherry experts. I can highly the ‘Noe’ 30 yr old Pedro Ximinez. All in all a relaxed but delicious meal!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 22, 2020 via mobile

Fantastic from arrival to exit. - Delicious food ✅ (we ate the chef’s menu - a selection of dishes which allowed us to try some Paco takes on classics along with some things I’d have never ordered usually but loved) - Great chat from the...staff ✅ the hospitality was top notch - knowledge without pretence, made to feel very welcome - Sweet atmosphere ✅ great music matched by the view, all in an awesome building Thanks for having us!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 11, 2020 via mobile

Lovely food and good service. We had the chefs menu with sherry pairing. Sherries were lovely. Food was also lovely though the quail at the end was just too much!

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 9, 2020 via mobile

We booked a table here during lockdown, and on what should be a busy Saturday evening to boot. We arrived on time and were greeted by name at the door - a lovely touch. The restaurant itself is bustling but you feel comfortable and secluded...at your own table (we sat on one close to the bar, with stools). As this was our first meal out alone since having our daughter nearly 7 months ago, we decided to go all out - and we’re glad we did! The food here is simply exceptional; even the bread tasted completely different! We decided to try as many of the dishes as time would allow - we were fortunate to visit when rock oysters were on the menu; if these are an option whilst you’re there, order them! In terms of other dishes, we recommend the peppers, octopus and fillet tail. Although the desserts are limited, the chocolate mousse with sea salt and olive oil is, to date, the BEST dessert I’ve ever had. The service was quick and waiters attentive and knowledgeable. Yes, it is expensive (our bill came to £260 but we had 12 dishes with drinks), but it’s also an utter culinary delight. We will be back!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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