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El Olivo

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41 The Strand, Exmouth EX8 1AH, England
+44 1395 260176
18:00 - 23:00
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Wed - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My boyfriend and I came here last year. I'm reviewing now as we are planning on going again on our next visit to the SW. Really looking forward to the food. It's an intimate setting but the food is tasty and the service is great. Food is flavoursome and I'd really recommend a visit. See you in June!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I both agreed that the food was exceptionally good at El Olivo. We had a range of tapas, including hummus and pitta, courgette fritters, roast vegetable and feta cheese tart and sweet potato fries with aioli. It was all delicious.

Thank Anne B
Exmouth, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The menu isn't particularly big (the drinks menu is bigger), but what there is, is done very well. The trouble is that whilst relatively cheap, you don't get much, and the menu even suggests each person should buy 3 or 4 plates, meaning you could easily spend £25 before paying for drinks. That's the problem right there.

Thank BlueWolf1894
Exmouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went to El Olivo for an impromptu dinner on Easter Monday. Ian and Lotta were as welcoming as usual and always have time for a chat no matter how busy they are. The food is also always of the highest standard and very imaginative - a new dish for us was the garlic crusted tuna steak, which was cooked to... More 

Thank albie209
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with my wife last night and food was lovely 😊 Excellent service and very friendly I would thoroughly recommend it

Thank simon s
Exmouth, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As always, excellent value. Pleasant ambiance, the wine choice is varied and fairly priced. The tapas choice offers something for everyone. Our favourites this time were the mussels, the lightly fried lemon sole,the courgette and feta fritters, and the mini-baklavas. It's not a large place, so good idea to book in advance. Thank you, Ian and Lotte

Thank Judith A
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We wandered into the little restaurant, amoured by the mouthwatering menu outside. We were in for an incredible surprise of tantalising tapas: scallops & spicy chorizo, wilted spinach & Parmesan, Exmouth Mussels... the list of delectable dishes rolls on and on. The wine - Camino Real White Rioja was like nectar! El Olivio is fantastic edible experience & one that... More 

Thank Michelle M
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for the first time last night with a friend. Have tried to get in before at short notice but always so busy, so booked this time. The food was excellent. We ordered six tapas between us on the advice of the owner who served us. We were going to order seven as we have good appetites...however, he said... More 

Thank janice f
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

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

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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$ 19
Mediterranean, Spanish
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, 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?