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Paco Tapas, Bristol,
Award-winning

Paco Tapas

4.6
4.6
2001 Reviews
£26 to £40
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!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–15:00 Dinner Tue–Thu 17:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–22:30
  • Phone number
    0117 925 7021
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 2,001 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Bristol

    Best Overall

  • Bristol

    Best Food

  • Bristol

    Best Service

  • Bristol

    Best Ambience

  • Bristol

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Bristol

    Healthy

  • Bristol

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Bristol

    Good for special occasions

  • Bristol

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Bristol

    Lively

  • Bristol

    Most Booked

  • Bristol

    Best Overall

  • Bristol

    Best Food

  • Bristol

    Best Service

  • Bristol

    Best Ambience

  • Bristol

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Bristol

    Healthy

  • Bristol

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Bristol

    Good for special occasions

  • Bristol

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Bristol

    Lively

  • Bristol

    Most Booked

2,001 Reviews
  1. KathyL

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a treat this place us on a summer evening looking out at the yachts moored nearby. Food is memorable, our waiter efficient and discreet, just a fantastic night, thanks 😊

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  2. KennethH

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exceptional! Wonderful food, wonderful staff, wonderful location!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Bristol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The setting, overlooking the harbour was excellent, particulary as we had a table on the terrace, and could watch the sun going down. The service was very good with the waiters & staff being attentive but not overbaring. The menu wasnt massive but had enough choice & variety to satisfy. The only thing we would slightly criticise were the menu prices. ie £19 for 4 king prawns, £12 for a small side dish of leeks, £5 for a half pint of lager. Apart from the prices, the restaurant experience was very good.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate outside and enjoyed the harbourside setting and sunshine. We chose a range of tapas - the quality was excellent, although the prices were pretty steep. Service was friendly and enthusiastic.

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  5. JamesT

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service, would definitely recommend

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and elegantly served. We ordered bread with olive oil, gordal olives, goat cheese, Monkfish on the Bone, and Lamp Rump. We had a choice between fish and meat, and I would recommend trying the Lamp Rump. However, the portions were a bit small for two people.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Portions get smaller every time, the tomato salad has shrunk! And no ham due to Brexit?!? Everywhere else seems to have it? Food always excellent but value gets worse every time I go

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a early dinner here before a show , The place was really inviting and the staff were so friendly and explained every detail to us . We enjoyed the food and the dessert was amazing . We also enjoyed the background music

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  9. TELV

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic We sat at the bar in the kitchen so had a birds-eye view Great service

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed our visit and food was exceptional and service was attentive and helpful.

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  11. AdamA

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal and wonderful atmosphere :) Our waiter extremely friendly and accommodating! Also offering advice on the food! Highly recommend!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Divine tasty food! one of the best restaurants in Bristol for sure!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, great service and a great location.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was lovely. The staff were all very friendly. They replaced the water very quickly and without having to ask them to. Wine was topped up frequently, again without having to ask them. The food was delicious. My favourite of the night was the quail.

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  15. Nightout

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great night here. This was our second time and the chefs menu did not disappoint.

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  16. AndrewR

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love our food and spend way too many nights in restaurants! Looking for something different while working in Bristol we came across some great reviews for this restaurant and wow were they right it has to be one of the best restaurants for service and amazing tasting food we have been to for a long time. The team in the restaurant were welcoming, friendly, efficient and really passionate and knowledgable about the food and wine. While all the food was exceptional, the highlights were the Prawns, the cabbage (don't usually complement the sides!) and the Goats Cheese with Honey (which we have tracked down to buy more of!). We will be back and advise you give it a try too. Its a little on the expensive side compared to the area but worth every penny in food, wine, team and atmosphere.

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  17. Templeton

    Hampshire

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food. Good service and nice atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

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  18. TaraI

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Paco Tapas is an incredible restaurant. Beautiful food, with such flavour and depth. The tomato salad was a particular highlight for me. I've eaten in several high calibre Tapas restaurants and this is the best one I've come across. Highly recommended.

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  19. TamsinS

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Was recommended Paco Tapas by a waitress at the Fat Duck and I can definitely say, the food didn’t disappoint! I took my dad here for his birthday and we had the tasting menu of 10 dishes. Each totally different from the next and like nothing I’d had before. It would be so hard to pick a favourite. The staff were polite, warm and friendly and was well worth the price. The only fly in the ointment was the noise. It was like sitting in a bar! We had to really raise our voices to talk to each other. It would probably stop me coming again at a busy time, it was that loud.

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  20. GeorginaZ

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been to Paco on several occasions and it's consistently outstanding. The staff are friendly, kind and very knowledgeable with delicious food and a great ambiance. The best restaurant in Bristol without a doubt.

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  21. Akelly

    Manchester

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service lovely, chatted and welcoming but as other review did think it was overpriced -£15 tomato salad which was just tomato’s and olive oil.

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  22. MariaF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Paco Tapas has become our favourite birthday spot in Bristol, and it is baffling that their star has been taken away. The food is consistently excellent, and the chefs have an outstanding command of flavour; every cooking choice brings out the best features of the centre produce, resulting in an essential cuisine which should be taken as an example of the fine dining of the future, free of embellishments and faithful to its origins. The white asparagus was so novel in its flavour combinations and so masterfully executed that it gave me giggles at every bite, which can't say has happened to me before. Uncharacteristically for fine dining, the desserts don't miss a beat: the cloud-like flan and delicately crispy creme Catalan are perfectly balanced, maintaining the quality sky high to the last bite every single time. The service is always attentive and friendly, but the maitre Sammy deserves a special mention for treating us both like royalty and like regulars, making our dinners even more special and putting us at ease with his friendly care, detailed knowledge of the menu and impeccable drink pairings. To all the team at Paco Tapas, thank you for your service, see you again at the first occasion!

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  23. Liam

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I had booked this restaurant after reading online it had received a Michelin star. Prior to attending I was disappointed to learn that it hadn't retained it's star in 2024, but after leaving we both understood why. I'm not usually one to leave reviews and my expectation of the restaurant may have been too high, but on visiting numerous highly commended restaurants in Bristol, this wasn't up to the standard of others we have visited. The food was delicious and cooked very well. However, it is very overpriced and portion sizes too small. A 200g sirloin steak at £50 is way above the prices of other highly commended steak restaurants in and around Bristol. We were keen to try the chateaubriand and deer loin but were abruptly told they had run out. However, in my opinion, the service lets the quality of the food down and reduces the experience of the restaurant as a whole. My drink did not arrive until we had finished four of the smaller starter plates, which are again very overpriced. We were served by three different waiters/waitresses throughout the meal, and although this isn't usually an issue, for a restaurant charging Michelin star prices, I would expect to be looked after by a single person who would explain the dishes to us. I couldn't see any soft drinks noted on the drinks menu apart from the £16 non-alcoholic cocktails which meant I had to ask what was available as I wasn't drinking. I appreciate it was a busy night and I'm sure the staff work their hardest to do their best, but I felt disappointed and am unlikely to return. There are other places in Bristol which provide tasting menus, steak, fish and more interesting dishes at better prices and we both came away £200 out of pocket and unfortunately, unfulfilled.

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  24. IngeB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food well cooked, the service was attentive but not overbearing. Lovely meal and great ambience

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is simply wonderful. No more need be said.

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  26. BenS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was fantastic. Scouser lad. Food excellent as always.

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  27. JoTo92

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stunning, high quality food served in a great atmosphere. A perfect combination of laid back and special feeling. We were incredibly well looked after - despite a few menu items being sold out, we picked some things that wouldn’t have been our first choice, and they turned out to be amazing. We’ll be going back for certain!

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  28. HannahB

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Their portion sizes are smaller than they've ever been now. The food is delicious but not good value for money. I feel like the new area has generated more noise so its not accommodating to neurodivergent people with noise sensitivities (it would be a problem throught the room) would be worth investing in noise canceling wall mounts Service is very very quick even of you order a lot of plates. So in and out within an hour and 15 which feels very rushed.

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  29. SeanK

    Bristol

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food excellent but completely ignored my wife's birthday. Told them it was her 30th before hand . Told the waitress it was her birthday and they nothing special with her £12 desert. I think this is very poor especially with the amount for money the group spent to go there for her birthday. I won't ever return.

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  30. BrianR

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I researched the venue before booking and we were not disappointed. Very polite staff, high stools and tables very comfortable. We selected 8 dishes and loved every one, a datk vermouth over ice could be my new go to drink, we added 2 sweets , and ended with a coffee. Amazing g evening , muchas gracias Brian & Ava. Great start to my birthday week

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  31. Travis

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice welcome, great food, great service and great ambiance. Can’t wait to go again.

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  32. DavidR

    Bath

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good, if a little overpriced. The cheapest bottle of wine at £40 is taking the Mick. Need something around £25. Ambience Ok, but not particularly relaxed. too noisy! Needs to rethink the offer.

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  33. HarryD

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another lovely visit to Paco! Everything on point. Staff were very attentive and knowledgeable. Special shout out to Sam FOH and Chef Sam. Can't wait to come back!

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  34. JohnQ

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Indulgent and exceptional ! Last night's experience ordering the “Chefs Menu” was simply sublime. From the incredible food to the outstanding service and warm atmosphere, every moment felt like a delicious adventure. With a delightful variety of dishes from around the world, I'm already planning my next visit.

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  35. NatalieJ

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, with great veggie options. Lovely staff and a great atmosphere. Will come back!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Good stylish food but poor value for money and a dining experience that doesn’t match the price. £100+ per head including wine, but paper napkins from a gelateria-style dispenser and bar stool dining. Attentive, friendly service (very large number of staff) but not always at a standard that matches the aspirations of the restaurant - white wines served warm in overfilled glasses a particular annoyance. Admirable ambition to reinvent taps for a Michelin-level audience but execution that falls short given the prices guests are invited to pay.

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  37. EalingGastronome

    London

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous Spanish fare, I’ve not been anywhere more authentic in the UK, and I spend a lot of time in Spain. Quality absolutely top notch, the rare (yes, that’s how the Spanish eat it and it’s fab) pork was best I’ve had. Excellent service, a decent choice of wine, and all 6 off our party loved it. Not cheap, but in my book worth every penny.

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  38. Inge

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Modern tapas cuisine. Best tapas we’ve had a in very long time (we are Spanish). Service was also outstanding. Would definitely return.

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  39. RebeccaK

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exception food, service and atmosphere! Best restaurant in Bristol

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  40. Clive

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you to all the staff for making our visit memorable. Our table was ready on time and the service was second to none. We tried a fair amount of the dishes on the menu and was impressed with anything that was put on the table. Personal favourite was the prawns! Also big up sammy who served us for the best part of our meal. Easy going and attentive, good knowledge on the food/wine. We will definitely be returning.

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FAQs

Paco Tapas is rated 4.6 stars by 2001 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Paco Tapas

Paco Tapas, 3a The General Lower Guinea Street, Bristol, BS1 6FU

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • Area
    Bristol
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–15:00 Dinner Tue–Thu 17:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–22:30
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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