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El Olivo

Certificate of Excellence
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41 The Strand, Exmouth EX8 1AH, England
+44 1395 260176
Wed - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an absolutely spectacular meal here for my special graduation dinner after an absolute car crash welcome from Oddfellows down the road (please see my review on their page if you'd like to know more about that!) From the minute we walked in the door, the service was fantastic and it smelt divine inside. We were ushered in and... More 

Thank MulberryLover123
Yeovil, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited El Olivo again for our 10th wedding anniversary and weren't disappointed. Their Christmas menu was festive, fresh and extremely tasty. We've been coming since it opened in '13 and it remains our favourite restaurant. For a more objective review; we ordered 6 dishes from the menu (always changing with the season; check their facebook page for the latest... More 

Thank Gareth P
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ian and Lotta opened El Olivo in 2013. We've eaten there 30 times since then. You will be unsurprised to hear that we've eaten there so often because we've found both them and their food to be uniformly excellent.

Thank ColUFC4ever
London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Haven't been for ages but loved the selection of tapas dishes all on chalk boards. Two each and a bottle of wine is a good start, you can always add more.

Thank Margaret G
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I'm an unashamed food lover and very hard to please when it comes to eating out.. So much so that we rarely bother.. This little gem of a place totally blew my mind.. I nearly wept with joy We had four dishes and each one was packed with taste and exuberant flavours that were sublime in their combinations and balance.... More 

Thank Dave H
Vang Vieng, Laos
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Took my father to dine what a great choice, fantastic service, price and service. Family owned restaurant tapas bar recommend 3-4 dishes per person all fresh and bursting with flavours. Will be going back at some point for sure. Highly recommend this restaurant have been back a few times and never disappointed would recommend booking every time i have been... More 

Thank simon-boobyer
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
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29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Service was indifferent and unhelpful. At times the proprietor was bordering on the rude, and we (all 6 of us) felt we were intruding and unwelcome. As is often the case with tapas restaurants ordering the equivalent amount of dishes to make a good meal was relatively expensive. The food was pleasant, but expensive for the size of the portions.... More 

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Coventry - UK
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Had 6 dishes in total between myself, partner and 6 year old daughter. All were delicious, served with crusty bread to absorb the different sauces. Had scallops, meatballs, courgette fritters, chicken skewers and pork in a white wine sauce - this was my absolute favourite, the sauce was lovely! Worth a visit if in the area, prices reasonable too -... More 

Thank DebsCoventry_UK
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We visit Exmouth every three months and this place is on our must eat list, Ian the owner was again so nice and the food was excellent, we took our son and he loved it. Can't wait to go again in December .

Thank mrsbigfamily
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Charming little spot, good atmosphere and the host was very lovely - my one issue with this place is that we thought everything was very heavily salted!! Food itself was fine, not sure why they go completely overboard on the seasoning

Thank Haagen

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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
Average prices
US$4 - US$18
Mediterranean, Spanish
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 The Strand, Exmouth EX8 1AH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exmouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1395 260176
Meze and Tapas in a casual but stylish dining atmosphere, with a constantly changing menu using fresh local produce. Find us on Facebook to see our weekly menu.

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