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El Bocado

36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
+44 1392 678445
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“paella” (57 reviews)
“tapas” (264 reviews)
“sardines” (22 reviews)
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Spanish, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
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Reviewed 12 December 2017

Really enjoyed an evening here. |The food was great, try the aubergine, it sounds a bit odd but is really good. We had 6 dishes some bread and a bottle of wine for about £40 and were stuffed!More

Thank Jacqueline B
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! Our range of tapas are very wide and we always encourage our customers to try something new and unexpected, because we know we won't let them down. See you soon for another enjoyable evening at...More

Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

A great location for an office Christmas party with delicious tapas, generous portions, polite staff, and a great atmosphere. Only problem is the antiquated card limit (in this day and age, £10 is too high for a group using the bar).

Thank Felix S
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the review Felix, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the party. Thanks for the advice about cards, we'll take that on board. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 26 November 2017

This tapas restaurant is slightly south of the main high street/shopping area and we could only conclude that this was the reason it was very quiet when we dined here. It certainly couldn’t have been the food which was top notch. The décor is modern...More

Thank 309Chris
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! I am happy to hear that you liked our decor and enjoyed our great variety of tapas. I hope to welcome you soon again at El Bocado for a few tapas and a nice bottle of Spanish wine!

Reviewed 23 November 2017

The venue is great away from the busy Exeter restaurant scene and is very peaceful. The service was brilliant very friendly and attentive with lots of information about the food and wine. A perfect Tapas with each item carefully prepared and very tasty..... this is...More

Thank malcolm709
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the nice words Malcolm! I am happy to hear that you appreciated the quality of the ingredients of our freshly cooked tapas and our homemade cheesecake. Hope to see you soon again.

Reviewed 22 November 2017

Enjoyable meal of 6 tapas dishes, mussels were a bit 'shrivelled' but squid, patatas bravas, chicken and other dishes were very good. Enjoyed a jug of Estrella Damm rather than wine. Service was 'erratic' or slow, the waiter/owner? spent a lot of time at one...More

1  Thank guido342
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review Guido. I am happy you enjoyed our tapas and our draft beer. With regard to the service, the reason why I sat down with a table for a while was that one of the guests...More

Reviewed 19 November 2017

Popped in for a beer and Tapas. Beautiful chorizo cooked in white wine and slow roasred Padrón peppers, a delight. Thanks for a lovely experience!More

Thank Travel U
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the review. I am happy to hear that you tried our specials and enjoyed them, as all of our tapas they are made with fresh ingredients and will not let down our customers. It was a pleasure to have you and I...More

Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

We visited the restaurant for the first time in the evening and the owner Don was very attentive and helpful. We chose the 6 tapas and a bottle of wine for £39.95. very good value. we had 3 seafood dishes and chorizo and cheese, patatos...More

Thank deltaman0_0
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2017

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed our deal! We hope to have you back soon to enjoy our delicious tapas.

Reviewed 14 November 2017

We booked El Bocado on a Sunday Eve in order to experience the Flamenco and the Tapas. the Flamenco was excellent, however the food was only average. Would not revisit, especially having been charged £1.75 extra for a ball of ice-cream to go with the...More

Thank SuffolkJohanna
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are a small independent business and we source all our products locally from small businesses. All our puddings are made on the premises a part from our ice cream which we buy in Newton...More

Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

So lovely to be back in this fantastic restaurant - the menu has changed to include some new scrummy authentic Spanish dishes and has kept my delicious favourites too!!! Was great to talk with the owner Don and learn so much about the food and...More

1  Thank Fiona H
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2017

Thank you for your review and thank you for the flattering words! Good to hear you liked our new menu! Hopefully see you soon for another real Spanish experience at El Bocado.

Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

The food is always excellent with a good variety and something to suit most people. There is always interesting entertainment which makes it a good evening out.

Thank Louise B
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2017

Thank you Louise! I am happy to hear you enjoyed our freshly cooked tapas. Looking forward to have you back to enjoy one of our Flamenco or Spanish guitar nights!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Business meetings
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
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Description
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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