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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
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have visited El Bocado on several occasions and decided to introduce my partner to the food as he loves Spanish food. As normal not disappointed. Flavours in the food varied er had five tapas dishes, two fish the rest meat. The chicken was tender, the beef was melt in the mouth. Desert was trio to share and omg three... More 

Thank Angie197438
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a Saturday evening, me and my other half enjoyed a variety of tapas. Personally I found the calamari to be one of the best I've ever had. Margaritas were pretty good as well! Staff were very friendly with a real family run vibe that made you feel at home.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was given vouchers to visit here by a lovely group of people I had taught on a course. I was so very disappointed. We booked a table for 7.30 pm... ordered at around 7.45 pm. We didn't receive our food until after 9pm. The wine was average. The food when finally arrived was poor. Lacking flavour, spice and in some... More 

Thank Sarah H
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having lived in Spain and experienced real tapas, I'm always on the look out for authentic tapas in the this part of the world.(not easy to find) El Bocado serves the real thing. The food is superb, the service is excellent and the ambience is great. This was our first time and we have booked again for next week. Highly... More 

Thank FrequentTraveller425
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Lovely selection of tapas meals to choose from. Great service. Good selection of wines. Ordered 6 tapas dishes between the 2 of us, plus a cheese plate to finish, and found this to be more than enough.

Thank dimamser
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We went to this wonderful tapas restaurant today, early evening. We have been several times before. Unfortunately we only manage to visit twice a year, as we live in West Wales. Every visit has been a treat! The food is amazing! The staff brilliant. The complementary soup tasty. The tapas scrummy. Oho how we would like to be able to... More 

Thank TeddyEdw00d .
Swindon, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

A little way from the town centre but an easy walk. An extensive range of meat, fish and vegetarian tapas along with main course and daily specials. Good value for money. Excellent service. Friday night had Spanish guitarist. And the chocolate dessert is amazing Move away from the big chains and try an independent restaurant. Can't wait to visit again... More 

Thank pathiggins
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Food great.. ambience great.. Flamenco guitar added to the atmosphere.. surprised low on customers but hey it is November.. this will be humming in summer.. good service and all round good night! Stopping at White Hart opposite so bang on for nipping "home". 😊

Thank NovaChap
Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Excellent service and wide choice of Gluten free food. Definately going back. Gluten free beer also. Could get some frozen gluten free bread in and then give them 6 stars! Guest needed gluten free due to being coeliiac but i am not but food is cooked with good quality products and does need gluten and freshly cooked. Selection of gluten... More 

Thank fawcettbaron
Exeter, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

As a coeliac I look for restaurants that offer a good range of gluten free food and I was not disappointed at El Bocado.. The manager was very well informed and friendly and all the food is freshly cooked to order. Almost everything on the menu was gluten free and I was even able to choose from a range of... More 

Thank angela d

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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
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, 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?