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36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
+44 1392 678445
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exeter
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We came late and we had not booked at table. The owner welcomed us and took us to a table, close to the bar. Now Tapas is not my usual choice but the mouth watering delicacies on the menu soon spurred me into action and we ordered seven dishes. We started with bread and olives and a soup taster which... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review! It was really nice meeting you. I agree that tapas is a really sociable food, and it is increibly enjoyable to have tapas with friends. I am glad you enjoyed our food. We make everything ourselves apart from bread, olives (although we marinate them) and ice cream, so it is a pleasure to see... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service and food was exceptional. Me and a couple of friends went to the El Bocado restaurant in exeter after college one day and we were blown away by the quality of service and food. We all WILL BE returning in the near future. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Thank David6787
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the review!! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our selection of tapas and our warm welcome! We hope to have you back at El Bocado soon, remember that you can book a table to have a great party with your friends with an economical and delicious group menu! More 

2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm Spanish so I was very excited about visiting a Spanish restaurant with my flatmates, so I could show them some of my land's cuisine. However, apart of being very overprized for the quantities and quality (one of the tapas consisted of two dried meatballs) I didn't feel comfortable at all as the waiters, (especially the manager) were constantly asking... More 

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Thank Elena D
Don S, Manager at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate that you and your friend who has reviewed us as well below took the time to let us know what went wrong with your visit at El Bocado. At El Bocado we aim to deliver not only top quality food, but also top quality service. The job of a waiter is... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went once before and thought it was expensive, gave it a second go and feel robbed. Ordered 1 small paella between 3 and paid over £50, the menu is misleading, lead us to believe one paella is £17.50 but is £17.50 per person, one of the 3 people that was charged only ate a tablespoon. When I tried to ask... More 

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

Thank you for reviewing us. We appreciate that you and your friend who has reviewed us above have taken the time to let us know about your experience at El Bocado so that we can improve our service. Our menu reads: "Paella. Please note: Paella is priced per person". This, we think, makes it clear that a paella for three... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thought would take a chance on El Bocado based on recent review but overall was disappointed. The tortilla (always a good test of quality and authenticity) was dry, fell apart and had a "coating" of egg. Calamares were ok. Patatas Bravas terrible no seasoning at all in the sauce and very sour. Couple of our orders didn't arrive but were... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we can improve our services. Thank you for the kind advice you are giving me here and you gave me last Saturday when I had the chance to talk to you. You told me that Patatas Bravas are served with Alioli Sauce. As you... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At a time when Exeter has become flooded by lacklustre chain restaurants, it's comforting to know that good independent restaurants still have the upper hand! El Bocado is run by people who know about and are passionate about tapas, and it shows! The food is always great, the menu keeps evolving with new dishes being added all the time, and... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate you taking your time to let us know you enjoyed your visit at El Bocado. We are proud to remain one of the few independent restaurant in Exeter as we believe this is the only way to continue delivering top quality Spanish food like no one else in the South West.... More 

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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with my parents a few weeks ago, and all the food was lovely. As a vegetarian, spanish food can be difficult but they had an amazing selection of vegetarian tapas, all of which was lovely (I would particularly recommend the goats cheese fried in honey and the pisto). The desserts were also all wonderful. The staff were... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We know finding good vegetarian Spanish food can be difficult. But in our annual trip to Spain with our chefs we visit every delicious backstreet tapas bar and big markets to find the right inspiration to please our customers with the most different range of tapas and always come up with new dishes. 95% of... More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were at this restaurant for an early dinner last night had a mixture of tapas all delicious and will be there again tomorrow can certainly recommend. Kenny and Vicky

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Thank kennyboy1975
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Kenny, and Vicky, thank you for the lovely review! We are happy you enjoyed our tasty freshly cooked tapas, and we hope you will come back to enjoy our early dinner discounted menu, we are just working on a new menu which you just have to try! More 

Newbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

What an absolute delight. Food here was amazing, tasty and really well priced. Forget chain restaurants you have to dine here. Staff and owner are delightful and superb cocktails too. Would eat here again on our next visit to Exeter.

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Thank Joanne270667
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review! At El Bocado we endeavour to serve top quality food at reasonable prices while remaining independent. We look forward to having you again at the restaurant to enjoy some Spanish tapas and some fine cocktails prepared by our Spanish barman! More 

Newbury, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Great food, real Spanish taste with real Spanish staff. One of the few places I'd recommend to make the trip to. Called in by chance and didn't regret it. I'll return on my next trip t o Exeter.

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Thank Ian0964
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words and taking the time to write this review. We are glad to know that you enjoyed our wide range of tasty tapas prepared with the best ingredients on the market. The members of our staff are mainly from Spain and everyone always gives its best to ensure the customers can have a lovely meal and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Spanish, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, 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
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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