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El Pulpo Restaurant and Tapas Bar

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Queen Street, Southington, CT 06489
11:30 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 11:30 - 21:00
Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 15:00 - 23:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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105 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Every year, we visit CT to tailgate with our friends for the UCONN football games, and every year, we go out for excellent Mexican food and margaritas, even though our friends always try to convince us to try another restaurant in the area. Well, we have a new favorite. We had several appetizers: fresh artichoke hearts sautéed in a garlic,... More 

Thank KCLBoston
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Great service. Appetizers are wonderful. Main dishes always well prepared and full of flavor. Best use of seasoning,sauces, and beautiful presentation.Always on my list to visit on regular basis.

Thank Jaykapmd
Southington, Connecticut
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Excellent service, staff is attentive, very tight space, and very noisy. Food was fresh, cooked to order, hot and delicious. Not a restaurant for children. A very small restaurant.

Thank Penny C
Southington, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Delicious meals with friendly service. Can't wait to go back. The paella was a hit, great espresso martini and desserts.

Thank pdaug2016
Southington, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

You have to love this place as it brings a more authentic style and flavor to our area that you would have only been able to experience in the Southwest. My favorite are the chili releno.

Thank Offthehook2
Prospect CT
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Ordered wines by the glass and a half dozen tapa's. Everyone was as delicious as the next. Fairly priced and the service was excellent! Great food, great value!!

Thank scott m
West Hartford CT
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80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

We went with friends on a Friday night around 6 pm. We were promptly seated and given menus. Orders included Sangrias, paellas, lots of different tapas, the special skate with risotto. We were ALL blown away by the high quality of the dishes. All were tasty, beautifully prepared and presented, of sufficient quantity, and overall wonderful! I hardly ever rate... More 

Thank susanseider
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

We started with the summer sangria which was delicious and refreshing. We ordered the chefs tasting for two. Started with the steak and salmon tartar both of which were perfect. Warm crusty bread with flavorful olive oil. Second course was the seafood stuffed portabella mushroom caps. So good! Next course rabbit stew. Wow! Very hot temp wise and all the... More 

Thank karltravels
Newington, Connecticut
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

My husband and I were craving Spanish food, and El Pulpo had been on our list for awhile. We headed there on a Sunday afternoon around 2 and, aside from one other couple, we were the only ones in there. The food itself was good. I had a chicken dish in a wine sauce that was delicious, along with their... More 

Thank Natalie S
Cheshire, Connecticut
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We have been in this restaurant many times in the last 2+ years, and the food and service have always been fantastic! There you can taste the true continental Spanish cuisine. Tapas are my favorite there. They offer new special dishes at times, and I always try to get something from that list. They also make pretty good sangria. At... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Spanish, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Queen Street, Southington, CT 06489
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Southington
  • Phone Number: 860-410-1147

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?