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Travellers' Choice2023
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£15 - £60
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Bar, Spanish, International, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A damp grey Torquay tuesday was brightened by Small World Tapas. Beef skewers / perfect langoustine sized garlic prawns/patatas bravos with aouli / octopus and chorizo/ padron peppers on a clever metal tree mound with a fine glass of Merlot. A great addition to Torquay....Sara from near Alicante was attentive and warmly Spanish as was the decor- characterful shabby chic.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Return visit, this time with my husband. It was just as amazing as my visit with my mum in September 2022! We will definitely visit again when in the area.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing!! Food is outstanding- the best meal we have had in a very long time! Owners put their heart and soul into their business and it’s really visible. Highly recommend, so pleased we found it! Thank you so much x

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Highly recommend this restaurant. The staff are lovely and the food is amazing. Tapas with a twist, a great culinary experience. Will definitely be going back

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food was amazing. The service was impeccable. Such a friendly relaxing environment. Definitely recommend and will go back for sure

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 14 January 2024

We were down in Torquay to celebrate our anniversary, and the Small World Tapas restaurant was booked as a surprise by the other half, and so glad it was, what a fantastic restaurant, great atmosphere, lovely wine list and fantastic food, you can tell they...take pride in their business, and go out of their way to ensure their guests enjoy the experience, it was sooo good we actually went back the following night to have the other things on the menu we didnt have room to eat on our first visit. The portions are a good size and the selection fantastic, next time in Torquay we will be booking another great evening at the Small World Tapas Restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

A very nice experience, great food that's carefully thought out. We ordered four dishes and some sweet potato fries which was enough for the two of us. It's a fun place with some great ideas. The octopus and churioso was a tiny bit disappointing being...a little over oily. However the scallops were great although they could be a little more generous with the morcilla which is delicious. The only negatives were the prices, I would love to see cheaper beers as it is tapas and should be enjoyed with beer. (compared to Spain or abroad in general it's expensive - but I blame the Brexit idiots for that!). The service was excellent, Sarai's a star ✨ My only other comment, which is a little superficial, is the decor is a little weird and doesn't exactly add that too much to an otherwise amazing place that is the number one place in Torquay.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 1 January 2024 via mobile

Was really looking forward to some authentic tapas and was not disappointed. We were able to just order a couple of dishes at a time which we really liked. Good service and reasonably priced

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 December 2023

Absolutely amazing evening. Fantastic staff and service. The food was out of this world, home made and full of flavour. We would definitely recommend this little gem of a restaurant!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 27 December 2023

Absolutely outstanding! The service was exceptional, with a team that was not just friendly but also incredibly attentive. Their genuine passion for the menu shone through, making the dining experience even more delightful. The food itself was a testament to both authenticity and innovation, featuring...delicious traditional dishes alongside ingenious and creative touches – the brilliant book of meats and the delectable scallops were true highlights. Moreover, the unique presentation of the bread in a bag added an extra layer of charm to the meal. Undoubtedly, this restaurant sets a remarkable standard in Torquay, and it easily stands out as the best tapas experience we've encountered in the UK. A definite must-visit!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2023

Warm welcoming and a lot love goes into every plate. The personal touch for our birthday meal makes this family business the success that it is and of course deserves. Number one for a reason and long may it continue. We will return and recommend...strongly you visit too.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2023

My wife, daughter and myself had the most wonderful meal here. We took advice from previous diners on the dishes to choose. 6 dishes betqeen 3 of us was plenty for us and we even took a little home as left overs. The egg dessert...was something very special which my daughter loved. Excellent service, friendly, professional and relaxed. A true gem and even though we live 1hr away we would drive especially to eat here. A must when you are in Torquay.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 12 November 2023

The food was excellent . The only problem is that it is so delicious I generally (perhaps!) order a little too much .. and I was beaten . They kindly offered to doggy bag it but I had only left a tiny amount . The...wine was good value and tasty too . The service was very good and the atmosphere excellent . One of our favourite places to eat and certainly (still) the best tapas we have ever eaten . . the Asian brisket skewers are amazing ! Booking recommended to avoid disappointment !!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023 via mobile

Gorgeous tasty food, creative menu, mixture of traditional Spanish and world flavours, friendly staff, nice ambience. We booked in on strength of trip advisor reviews and so glad we did. Food was delicious. I like to order food that’s different or better than I could...cook myself and this delivered. We had Asian beef skewers which were generous portions and super tender, slow cooked - easily enough to share. Also pork belly bites with cracking crumble - excellent and a big portion too. Brixham scallops and Spanish black pud was my favourite dish, smaller, but left me wanting more! Smoky Spanish corn cobs were our healthy option - never had corn like it before and very tasty! Rather greedily we ordered a side of patatas bravas as an old favourite and the homemade aioli was just the best ever!! Probably should have had 1 less meat dish for 2 to share but it was all just so good. The egg box surprise was a lovely dessert experience - we shared it as a mouthful of a sweet tasty dish to finish and I wouldn’t be able to make the egg shells myself. We had just driven 200 miles down to Torquay for the weekend but SWT is that good, I would drive that far again just for dinner here!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 31 October 2023

We booked this restaurant online before our visit to Torquay and was initially disappointed by the venues lack of kerb appeal when viewed from the exterior. Once inside our concerns were soon put to rest by the restaurants rustic charm and the staffs friendly nature....The interior is basic but elegant. We ordered several Tapas dishes all excellent but the stand out ones for us where the pork belly bites, Asian brisket skewers and the Miso ribs accompanied by a delicious bottle of Rioja. Bill was reasonable for the quality of food and service and this will be our first port of call on our next visit to Torquay. A fab night we will remember for a long time to come.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Andrea M
10 August 2023|
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Response from smallw2017 | Property representative |
Hi thankyou for taking the time to write a message to us, however unfortunately we are not dog friendly, simply because we are small and the kitchen is opened plan. Sorry for the inconvenience Regards Small world tapas
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No dogs when we were there. I would have thought they would take guide dogs but most restaurants don’t usually allow dogs as a rule but sorry I don’t know. 😕
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No outside dining but the food was fantastic and the staff were great
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Small World Tapas is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5