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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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Exeter, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great value early evening special. Lovely wine and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Particularly enjoyed the dessert sherry!

Thank LucyR55
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Service wasn’t the quickest during our visit however the lovely food made up for it and was certainly worth the wait. Highlight dish was the mixed paella, fresh and packed with plenty of flavour and they weren’t shy on the ingredients either. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a good Spanish restaurant. .

1 Thank ellenguys
Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went twice in January for mine and the fellas birthdays. We love the food and the service there. The food takes a little longer than your average restaurant but as it states on the menu the food is all freshly prepared and made to order which is why it is so delicious. Definitely reccomend and will be back. My thanks... More 

Thank Rae S
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had high expectations from the minute i entered the restaurant. Didn't disappoint.Great food,great hospitality and menu was possibly the most authentic I've had to date. Would highly recommend.

Thank nick291983
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The most amazing tapas either of us have ever tried. Prawns were a little too spicy for me, but husband loved them. Would definitely recommend and would visit if in Exeter again.

Thank donnaxx89
Broadstairs, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a very nice evening meal with family as it was my daughter 6th birthday. Staff friendly whos always happy to help if you need anything. Food was fantastic , we had prawns and calamari and also nice warm bread then paella for main. Would recommend this restaurant if you fancy spanish food. Thank you

Thank jeffrey n
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited here within the last month on a quiet Monday evening, as expected the restaurant was quiet for a Monday but this did not detract from the wonderful food and service. The Tapas here is excellent, a large menu to choose fro m, all freshly cooked with real authentic Spanish dishes - the Spanish black pudding Burgos are lovely. The... More 

Thank T W
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely meal in this restaurant, a little off the beaten track but worth seeking out. Good range of tapas and a programme of entertainment. Very friendly staff.

Thank ChrissiePenzance
Exeter, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an informal business dinner with guests down from London. The tapas were lovely! I'm amazed at a recent review saying it wasn't fresh and probably reheated - it is very obvious this was all freshly prepared to order, King prawns in chilli & garlic, aubergine in tempura batter with honey, all gorgeous. For the main we had the... More 

Thank RachelAA
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. Our Spanish kitchen team are all trained in Spain and cook authentic Spanish food using authentic Spanish ingredients. Paella takes a while to arrive as its freshly cooked. Many Spanish customers have comment that its... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really looked forward to our night out but felt it was rather over priced. Staff were friendly and made us feel welcome, service was fine, the food was alright but nothing seemed fresh.

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

Thank you for your review. All our food is fresh and produced in our kitchen by our Spanish team. We use local suppliers wherever possible and use imported Spanish produce. I would be very happy to discuss this further with you if you would like to give me a call. Further feedback would be useful to establish which dishes you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Spanish, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
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?