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Paco Tapas

4.6
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670 reviews
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£25 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 670 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RebeccaC
Bristol
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The taster menu was just lovely. The best bits without having to pick from the a la carte. It's the first time since Covid lock down that we've been out to eat and the last time before baby number 2 arrives. It was a wonderful anniversary treat. The staff were friendly, helpful and attentive. The day we booked for was particularly hot and so it was quite warm inside otherwise I would have put a higher rating. Also at times I did have you ask my husband to speak up over a few of the tunes that were playing over head. All in all though it was a lovely and reasonably priced evening.

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DanP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The restaurant itself is very nice however not much can be said for the food. Generally the food was over salted and I would say that the tortilla was ridiculously over salted. I was also disappointed the the waiter did not ask once how any of the dishes were. Given the notoriety of Paco Tapas I left thoroughly disappointed.

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Rosina
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational. Great mix of dishes in tasting menu. Really helpful, and non-obstructive service. Absolutely delicious loved every moment.

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SusanD
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The best bread and oil we’ve ever eaten! Pork ribs to die for and octopus that literally melted in the mouth. Delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful experience - first time out since lockdown and thought we would go somewhere special. Excellent ingredients simply but expertly prepared. Really friendly front of house. We had the chefs menu which covered most of the house specialities. The mackerel grilled in pork fat was the standout choice, although I will also call out the toasted bread and chargrilled leek as superb. Very pleasantly surprised by the bill- perhaps too used to London pricing but this felt like great value for money (especially with the £20 off for the eat out scheme).

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SteveU
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our party had the tasting menu and still talk about some of the courses we had. Great food and pleasant service.

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ToddP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always, but even more impressive was the quality and service while still maintaining a safe experience.

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SimonD
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The restaurant is noisy , loud music blasting so we were lucky to find a table outside with electric heaters. The staff were friendly and professional but the meal is expensive and well over priced. The tapas arrived in stages, which is normal but the final dishes to arrive were large aubergines and courgettes, which had little seasoning and flavouring. The earlier tapas dishes were nice, but there’s not a lot of them, in contrast to the large dishes of courgettes and aubergine. Wine too is well overpriced at around £40 per bottle. Someone is making serious money but at the expense of overrated food.
All in all we enjoyed the evening but it is not somewhere I’d go again.

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Argus2603
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Sorely disappointed. Whilst the food was good, the portions were small, the pice was crazy and the delay between dishes was long

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KirstyM
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to eat. Lovely tapas and a good feel to the place. Also delicious cocktails, would recommend the daiquiri. Staff were knowledgeable and able to talk about the food. Definitely worth a visit.

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ZoeS
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

brilliant to see them open again - tables nicely spaced out, everything spotlessly clean. The food and the staff were as brilliant as ever and they have expanded into more space inside and outside which makes for a very comfortable and reassuringly safe eating experience. It was an absolute pleasure to eat here again and I would definitely recommend it as a post-lockdown treat!

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Liza
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My husband and I decided to book Paco Tapas as our 1st meal out since lockdown and to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. We picked the Chef's Selection menu for the variety of dishes offered however we found that we enjoyed only about half of the dishes from this menu. Most dishes were extremely salty (as they would usually in Spain however we are just not used to it) however the seafood and vegetarian dishes were cooked extremely well.

The main issue with the poor scoring is the lack of Covid19 social distancing rules. The tables might have been spaced out however the walking corridor was still so narrow that the staff were practically touching me to explain the menu/serve your food/collect payments. It's a shame as I was making progress on my anxiety about this disease and now I feel I'm back to square 1. No masks, face shields or gloves used by any staff member. Very disappointing as this experience has made me nervous about eating out again.

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NDis
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location, and we managed to get a table outside overlooking the mini harbour. Staff attention to diner's requirements was exemplary. Slight issue on a couple of occasions with not maintaining social distancing when in conversation.
Food was good, we had the Chef's menu as we had a gift voucher for this. The food was nicely presented and in the main the food was cooked well, except the stuffed quail which was undercooked (possible personal preference, but they didn't ask beforehand).
The biggest criticism I have is that there is not value for money - the quantity and quality did not warrant the £120 for two people. Drinks are pricey too and the glasses of wine come in 125ml!!!

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JB2015
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service - the quail and the tortilla were stand outs!

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James
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere and lovel location right by the harbourside.

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AlexM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another excellent meal at Paco Tapas. The food was its usual high standard and as tasty and high quality as ever. Service was not quite as slick but not a problem.

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Debbie
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing from the padron peppers, the courgettes and fillet tail amongst other dishes all were really good

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FrankM
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Veggie choices, food is amazing, and the staff are always lovely. Love this place.

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, beautiful setting. Great food and wine.

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Beep
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good little restaurant, with a nice ambience. Service was excellent. Fairly pricey.

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SarahH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was truly excellent and the portion size for the chefs menu was great... left feeling absolutely stuffed!

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steggs2
Bristol
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delucious food, great atmosphere, highly recommended

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OliverS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu, food and staff. Really enjoyed our visit and will absolutely be visiting again (and very likely again after that). Can’t really fault any aspect of our experience and equally have no desire to do so - it’s just very good.

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BelleC
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent restaurant! Such fun, friendly staff; incredible food and a lively atmosphere. A great place to be really spoilt!

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AliceC
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time coming here. Still just as blown away with the whole experience as the first time!

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EmilianoT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is great and service as well. The place is nice but rather small and a bit noisy, but the selection of music was nice.

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Jenthepotter
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great evening at Paco Tapas. The atmosphere was so vibrant, relaxed and warm just what we wanted. The food was delicious, would definitely recommend the chefs menu. I can't wait to go back.

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BenS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places we have eaten in Bristol we were especially lucky to get the bar table so enjoyed banter with the chefs and saw how they worked..!

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MaryAnnM
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly wonderful restaurant....love coming back for a special meal. Expect to pay above the norm.

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LyndaP
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fantastic location and nice ambience. Food nice but not that special.

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James
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food very good, but rushed out and told we had 10min to have pudding so they could use the table again. Which was a real shame as had to rush and didn’t have time to finish our wine.

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Sues2
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the convivial feel about the restaurant, easy going relaxed evening

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WarrenW
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant food and service, would highly recommend

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AliceC
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came away feeling so inspired. My partner have not had food like that in such a long time, it’s so difficult to find food cooked like that in Bristol. Highly recommend. Staff were excellent and that is including chefs. Absolutely buzzing from the whole experience!

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CharlotteW
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service. A very nice special occasion venue!

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Piankoos
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great atmosphere. A fantastic experience.

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SteveD
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was fantastic probably the best tapas I have tasted. My only slight complaint was we were given two seats on the bar overlooking the kitchen. It was interesting watching the Chefs prepare the food but it was very cramped as we had a table behind us and two people by our sides. Fully understand the use of space generates income but we would of preferred a table. Great food and staff were very helpful. Will go again

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with the warmest, most amazing front of house. Come as a customer, but leave as a friend. An absolute delight.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

As you would expect tapas means small plates, what I didn’t expect was the same cooking technique for pretty much every dish.Virtually all the cooked food is done over a charcoal grill which is fine but it means you don’t get the subtle flavours that you would anticipate from a restaurant of this standing.If your expectations are that you are going to have a Michelin star meal then in my view you have to think again and probably go elsewhere.If you want some very nice tapas and are happy to pay quite a lot for it then go!

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deutsche
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

been a couple of times now since they opened a few years back. as usual, food is good but portions are small (even for tapas), though prices have steadily increased. But wine remains decently priced. However this most recent time i visited, service was a letdown. It has never been great, but this time it was just poor - sloppy, clumsy, overly familiar, no initiative, uncoordinated, not professional at all despite my table spending a lot of money. Having been to every M-starred restaurant in Bristol and plenty more elsewhere - this has easily the worst service. Used to be good, but the restaurant is now complacent and has lost its way. If you know anything about dining well and have a shred of dignity - give this place a skip. Bar44 does a similar job for half the price and the drinks are great. You'll thank me later

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