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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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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely friendly service and a really pleasant atmosphere. The portions are generous and the rotating serving stands made it a great way to share tapas. The food was nice and hot but lacked a really authentic flavour. There is a good selection of dishes and the use of local produce is admirable. Lots of vegetarian choices and the whole menu... More 

Thank CAM5211
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

a cosy Spanish haven on cold, wet October evening. Relaxed atmosphere, knowledgeable, friendly service. Authentic tapas with a good selection of Spanish wines to accompany the tasty food.

Thank scousemax
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there tonight for my husbands birthday after he had been given a free sample whilst shopping! We came up from cornwall and brought his son. So glad we did! It was beautiful. The paella was outstanding and the home marinated olives a treat!!! A lovely evening out. Highly recommended

Thank Futcher
Exeter, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went back to this old favourite after a long time. The food is still every bit as good as I remember. There are lots of places where you can get "tapas" in Exeter now, but this is by far the most authentic, and the best! Really good quality food, from the meatballs, to the delicious chorizo in cider, to Iberico... More 

Thank ManWithVan
Witney, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived soon after the opening time of 17:00. Oh dear! - met by a very surly waiter but we had come a long way for Tapas so we stayed. Shame! - Very poorly presented and didn't taste any better. This was the only time in 16 days away that we didn't leave a tip of any sort.

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

Thank you for leaving a review. I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your food. We have a wide range of over forty tapas, it may have been that the ones you chose were not to your liking. We have had the same head chef for two years and the quality of our food has been consistent during that time,... More 

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66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

having been out to lunch we only wanted a few snacks and a glass of wine for supper,what a find this was lovely wines and tapas,big portions,we did enjoy it all,the staff were efficient and friendly,it was very busy.

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

Thank you for dining with El Bocado. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, we aim to provide authentic tapas and good wine for a reasonable price. Our dishes are all authentic Spanish recipes prepared by chefs knowlegable in Spanish food, and served by our friendly and polite staff. Thank you again for leaving a review, we hope to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was meant to be just a quick snack, we ended up staying for 2 hours and having a tapas and desert! Really nice food, good prices and good staff. Child friendly but only one high chair so book if you need one. We're going back for an evening meal without the kid very soon! Well done.

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

Thanks you for visiting El Bocado. We're proud of being able to offer quality, authentic tapas at a reasonable price, and proud of our high service standards, and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and look forward to welcoming you for a return visit. Thank you for leaving a review. More 

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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first time to El Bocado and they kindly fit us in without a reservation on a busy Saturday. Lots of tapas choice on the menu..we had sardines with lime and parsley (lovely and fresh and oily in a good way), tempura goats cheese with honey, amazingly crisp thin fried aubergine with honey again and morcillo which was... More 

Thank Ruth O
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to dine with El Bocado. All out food it cooked to order using fresh ingredients sourced from Spain or locally wherever possible. Our drinks are carefully chosen for their great flavour. Our aubergine with honey is consistently a best seller. We carefully craft an ambiance that is as Spanish as possible through the decor, music and... More 

Lutherville Timonium, Maryland
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51 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The owner, Don, and the wait server Maria were outstanding. The food was perfect. I let Don choose my selection of Tapas. His choices for my friend and me were perfect in every way. We also enjoyed the atmosphere. There was music that only added to a splendid dining experience. When I started out tonight, I was not looking for... More 

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

Thank you for leaving such kind comments! We carefully select all the items on out menu for superb quality, flavour, and to get a genuine taste of Spanish cuisine, and our waiting staff are trained to be professional and friendly at all times. Thank you for visiting, and we hope to see you again soon. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, great food, excellent live music (flamenco guitar). Better than a lot of tapas restaurants I've been to in Spain! Brilliant.

Thank Kay V
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing El Bocado. Our tapas are made according to authentic Spanish recipes with Spanish and local ingredients wherever possible. Our flamenco nights are always a treat, and something a little different. We hope to see you at another soon. Thanks again for dining with us. 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
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, 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?