Paco Tapas

4.8
259 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Tapas
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
With jamón ready to carve, padrón peppers roasting over the wood fire & sherry straight from the barrel let us transport you to Andalusia.

Our ever changing menu combines traditional tapas with personal interpretations from Michelin starred Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, whilst staying true to the vibrant and comforting flavours of his heritage.

No tapas bar is worth its salt without a carefully crafted sherry list - just ask Paco! So, we've handpicked ours, and offer them by the glass, bottle or shaken into the finest cocktails.

Thanks to all our amazing suppliers & team we are realising another Sanchez Brothers dream - A modern tapas bar bringing a taste of Andalusia to Bristol. Whether you're coming para picar, for a glass of sherry or a tapas feast we can't wait to see you!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Tue - Thur 5:00pm - late
Fri - Sat 12:00pm - 3:00pm and 5:00pm - late
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0117 925 7021
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Casual Dress
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What 259 People Are Saying
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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic staff who guided us through the tapas experience. Prices were a little steep, but that didn’t detract from the occasion.

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CC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't miss out on the two Tapas style desserts! I only wish I had ordered a dessert wine to go with the chocolate one.

Overall, this was a complete foodie treat, with small dishes served so that you can share. Everything we ordered was perfectly cooked and delicious. All staff were friendly and very helpful.

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e
Bristol
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved LOVED the food here!
The service is outstanding.......such friendly and knowledgeable staff! Cocktails were fab too!
Totally recommend a visit here!

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A
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Incredible food and environment, but to be honest we didn't expect anything less. It's no surprise that we were blown away and it was all too predictable.

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C
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place speaks for itself, doesn’t fail on any aspect as far as I’m concerned. This is our second visit and I’m sure it won’t be our last!

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P
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, food and wine were delicious and waiters were very friendly and knowledgeable. We're looking forward to coming back!

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PT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Simple ingredients, brilliantly done. Made me re think what a tortilla should taste like! Fun, great service and advice. Friendly and casual maintaining tapas sharing vibe but with fine dining thrown in. Best hake and lamb I've tasted. Fennel pollen was new and smart! We did the chefs menu...Great value for money. Highly recommend.

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GE
Bath
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tapas on another level. Made our first anniversary very special.

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p
London
9 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Paco Taps very much deserves is Michelin star. The food is widely varied and excellent throughout. Servers are knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. Always worth a visit.

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LT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here on the recommendation of a colleague who lives in the city. From the moment we sat down the staff were attentive (without being annoying) friendly and knowledgeable. Not just about the menu either, recommending several places to continue our night out.
We particularly recommend the jamon croquets! Could eat them forever!

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i
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great night with family. The second time we have eaten there. We all had the tasting menu again which was great and the wine was very drinkable.

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BC
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband here for his birthday and we had a wonderful night! He didn’t stop eating for 2 hours - every dish that came out was divine. Very good for meat eaters!
The service and knowledge of the staff was impeccable - they made our night! Could not speak more highly of this place - thank you for a memorable evening Paco Tapas!

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NJ
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty especially from the coals and the staff were knowledgeable and friendly. The prawn at £22 was ridiculously overpriced. Stick to the cheaper prawn dish which was really sumptuous. Wine was quite pricey too but delicious.

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food, seems really to eat in Spain! Pity about the price, some dishes are just a little too much for the quantity. But quality superb!

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t
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate our sons A level results . We decided to opt for the tasting menu and it was fantastic. The waiters were attentive but not overly and the wine recommended was exceptional ! We love tapas and couldn’t fault any of the dishes that were served .

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

High end tapas, brilliantly cooked. No frills. Modestly expensive for what you get, but the quality of the ingredients and the cooking compensates for this in part. Great setting on a beautiful Bristol evening.

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GT
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tasting menu and every single mouthful was a delight. The food exceeded my expectations and I cannot wait to go back again.

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RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, brillaint service, excellent wine. highly recommended

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g
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional meal and ambience at Paco Tapas. The food was incredible and the knowledge of the waiters really helped in delivering an enjoyable experience- definitely ask for advice and let yourself be guided into sherry pairings for the food (be prepared to have a few glasses, at least). We will be back as soon as we can.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and ambience. Beautiful setting. It was a surprise for my wife, very much enjoyed by both of us.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, authentic tapas Michelin style right in the heart of Bristol. Great atmosphere. Sit at the bar!

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BW
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply loved it! Great tapas, lovely wine, really helpful and interesting staff

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BG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant with a great atmosphere and brilliant food. Will definitely return

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RS
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the 3rd time I have been to Paco Taps and I have yet to be disappointed. The service is outstanding, very attentive and friendly without being overpowering. The food is exceptional. There was one dish that we didn't eat because it was far too salty, but could be to others taste. Overall I would highly recommend as a place to go for lunch or an evening meal.

One thing to think before you go is that all seating is on tall bar stool type chair at high tables, so if you suffer with back problems it might create some difficulty/discomfort.

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c
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a table for Friday evening, as we were in Bristol for the weekend to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We had the Chef’s Menu at £50 per head, which may sound expensive but you get lots of tapas course. Our lovely waiter, Alex, couldn’t have been more helpful or attentive and, when asked, suggested a fantastic dessert wine to go with the Crema Catalana. Altogether a wonderful evening and we would highly recommend it. We’d definitely go back.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, drinks were delicious and the service was amazing - brilliant all around!

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m
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I made a reservation well in advance for a very special occasion. I really wanted a table, it was important for what I had to announce. I said I did not want to be at the bar. Check in, I'm told it was not booked. What a desappointment ! I ended up at the bar. I do not understand that a star does not take into account the reservations of its customers.

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GR
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food is good as ever but we were sat at the bar and it was too squashed and hot which was a shame. The food came so fast there was no time to relax in between

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NS
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently one of the very best restaurants in Bristol. A wonderful mixture of traditional Tapas but elevated with Michelin star cooking techniques using only the very best ingredients and with the view of the non-chavy marina you could easily be fooled you are on the med

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LR
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Paco tapas on my birthday and it was the perfect place to celebrate. The location is beautiful, right on the harbour, the service was attentive without being obsequious and the food was incredible! We loved it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and ambiance!

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AR
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening at Paco Tapas the food and service were outstanding and it is in a fabulous location by the harbour. Stand out dish was the pork ribs but everything tasted great and was of a high standard. James the manager looked after the 3 of us so well. We would definitely go back and recommend it to others.

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TP
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far some of the tastiest food I’ve ever eaten!
This is a fantastic restaurant, the service and atmosphere is exceptional, only to be beaten by the outstanding food they serve. My advice... order one of everything!!!
Top dish - Duroc ribs... mmmm.... ribs... 🤤🤤🤤
Easily some of the best cooking I’ve ever tasted, literally melt in you mouth like butter!
The chef here really knows what he’s doing. 10/10

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JB
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my son's graduation with some friends and wanted a very special meal out.
We were not disappointed! In fact, it was, without question, the very best tapas any of us had ever had.
We had the chef's menu, which was a perfect balance of delicious flavours. Just the right amount and each dish different from the last. My boy is still talking about the hake.....!!
The drinks were also unusual and amazing - perfectly refreshing for the heat of the summer.
The staff were so lovely - attentive, friendly and efficient.
We sat outside in the evening sun and in short, had the best time. THANK YOU!

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FB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was delicious. Special mention goes to the lamb rump, melt in the mouth and smoky and the octopus with paprika. The real honeycomb with cheese was a delightful surprise (gluten free option). We will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time we have been and both times have been absolutely amazing. We sat outside overlooking the water and it was the perfect relaxing lunch watching the world go by with delicious food and wine

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great tasty tapas that’s also very expensive. Bravas, Bellita, Bell’s are just as fun but cheaper. You pay for well sourced ingredients.

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DL
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I managed to book a table last minute, James the manager was fantastic and very accommodating, top man! It was a special occasion as I’d just proposed, James made the evening go very smoothly indeed. Fantastic service from the waitress and the food was incredible, thanks for a memorable evening 👌

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JH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our 1st trip, but took two Friends this time, sat outside, exceptional evening with excellent food and Sherry. New sherry cocktail was very welcome on arrival. Great place bravo.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paco Tapas is amazing!!! The food is delicious, served with enthusiasm and knowledge. The staff are wonderful and you can sit outside in the summer and enjoy the little harbor view. My boyfriend and I have visited three times and I can't recommend it enough! :)

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