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El Bocado

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36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
+44 1392 678445
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went to this wonderful tapas restaurant today, early evening. We have been several times before. Unfortunately we only manage to visit twice a year, as we live in West Wales. Every visit has been a treat! The food is amazing! The staff brilliant. The complementary soup tasty. The tapas scrummy. Oho how we would like to be able to... More 

Thank TeddyEdw00d .
Swindon, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A little way from the town centre but an easy walk. An extensive range of meat, fish and vegetarian tapas along with main course and daily specials. Good value for money. Excellent service. Friday night had Spanish guitarist. And the chocolate dessert is amazing Move away from the big chains and try an independent restaurant. Can't wait to visit again... More 

Thank pathiggins
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food great.. ambience great.. Flamenco guitar added to the atmosphere.. surprised low on customers but hey it is November.. this will be humming in summer.. good service and all round good night! Stopping at White Hart opposite so bang on for nipping "home". 😊

Thank NovaChap
Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent service and wide choice of Gluten free food. Definately going back. Gluten free beer also. Could get some frozen gluten free bread in and then give them 6 stars! Guest needed gluten free due to being coeliiac but i am not but food is cooked with good quality products and does need gluten and freshly cooked. Selection of gluten... More 

Thank fawcettbaron
Exeter, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a coeliac I look for restaurants that offer a good range of gluten free food and I was not disappointed at El Bocado.. The manager was very well informed and friendly and all the food is freshly cooked to order. Almost everything on the menu was gluten free and I was even able to choose from a range of... More 

Thank angela d
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice to have the flamenco guitar player, but the restaurant was cold. Unfortuently the food was disapointing, it was bland and not partially hot when served, over priced for what you get. Such a shame after reading other reviews we had high hopes. Definitely wouldn't recommend and won't be back again.

Thank abbsUk
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous restaurant. Code be in Spain. Definitely worth a visit . Absolutely fantastic. Tapas worthy of the best Spanish town.

Thank michellehorlock
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32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very wide ranging tapas menu. Good sized portions beautifully cooked. Very friendly and efficient service. We visited on a very busy Saturday night without a reservation but the owner did his best to find us a suitable table. Good wine list reasonably priced. Very good Spanish brandy list but, unfortunately, a number of other Spanish liqueurs were unavailable. It was... More 

Thank davidmU4802OO
Croydon, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful evening here, lovely ambience, friendly staff and really superb food. We will definitely be visiting again next time we visit Exeter.

Thank Marion M
Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We all love tapas and enjoy the variety they offer but all of the 13 dishes we sampled were only average. The service was not good especially with no smiling or helpful staff. Food and drink was 'dumped' onto the table and we felt we were being thrown out when the bill was brought to us before the offer of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Spanish, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?