Paco Tapas

4.8
1046 reviews
£25 and under
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1046 People Are Saying
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ConnorR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was sublime, balances of flavours was out of this world and aleixandrus just made the atmosphere perfect for my birthday meal.

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RobertG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great evening. James the manager was very attentive and explained the chefs menu perfectly.
We also requested to move to an outside table for the last course which was facilitated without issue so we could enjoy the view for the end of our meal.
All in all, lovely food with a great vibe for an occasion or date.

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vipRachalex
Bristol
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food from the best ingredients

FT
FenellaTheFoodie
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience4

This is the first time we have eaten at Paco Tapas after many years of visiting Bristol. We were excited to find a restaurant providing authentic Spanish food but found the price of drinks rather steep.

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LisaP
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful experience great food staff and chefs very friendly and informative explaining how all the food is sourced and cooked. What ever you do you must try the Octopus.

SB
SueB
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic flavours, is quite expensive

NH
NicholasH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food on a beautiful autumn day, sitting outside with the sun sparkling on the water.
Excellent service from attentive and interesting waiters.

PW
PaulW
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Simple and delicious. I do understand the previous reviewers who like their food cooked through a bit more as a few things were on the edge - but that's how I like it.

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CathieH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, attentive staff. I would particularly recommend the tortilla and tomato salad.

PJ
PaulineJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was good, staff were very friendly, food as we expected from a tapas restaurant but the music was deafeningly loud and made it difficult to hear the staff or to have a conversation.

JG
JacquelineG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could find no fault with our experience at Paco's.Excellent support from the servers as our experience of tapas is limited.The food was absolutely delicious and the wine superb.This is a venue that we plan to visit again.It was worth the 2 hour drive from Plymouth to get there.Well done Paco's!

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LisaT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning food and service, will definitely visit again when in Bristol.

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StuartR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and friendly staff. A real taste of Spain and every dish was immaculate and prepared with care.

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AmandaW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabtastic food, friendly and helpful staff. I would happily return here and recommend to others.

MB
MBMB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Except for the tomato soup.
The price was good for what was served.
The music was well selected.
The chairs were not comfortable.

TG
TGBaker
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Some good food, although some a touch overpriced. Very loud and service inconsistent. We were left without service for over 20 minutes at the end of the meal when we wanted to order coffees, only to be then told we had give up our table for the next booking!

JB
JamesB
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose the chef’s menu, and would certainly recommend this! The food was deserving of its Michelin star, sublime! It isn’t a cheap night out but as a special event and experience it far exceeds expectations. Staff also attentive and friendly but never pushy or stuffy. Well done Paco’s!!

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Charlotte
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourites in Bristol ! The food was fantastic as well as the service.

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StephanieH
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so friendly and helpful, and the restaurant isn’t too big that you’re drowned out by noise. It’s a fairly intimate place, but very comfortable and cool. The food isn’t pretentious at all, is absolutely delicious, and the Sherry pairings totally changed the way I view Sherry! I’d happily eat here every week.

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MadeleineC
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Some tapas were good but all were overpriced. Only high, uncomfortable stools for seating.

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MegB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Doesn’t live up the hype, although some dishes were very nice, others were very average! VERY poor service, would not return, do not recommend.

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StephenM
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall. Only major criticism is that they don't take American Express. I don't undertake why a restaurant of such quality doesn't, when many small independent traders do. Time for Paco Tapas to change their approach.

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ClaireF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Overpriced
Very small plates

Very expensive wine list

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Peter
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food took a while to come. Food is tasty and delicious. Staff are friendly and do a good job of explaining the menu.

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FoodieSS
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good quality of food at a premium price. Good to go there once for awhile

KH
KimH
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible! Highly recommended great food service and atmosphere

SA
SamA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Half of the food was great, but the rest was below average (to the point we couldn't eat it), even though we took the staff's recommendations. The music was terrible and very loud (I'm 20 years old and saying it's too loud...). Most of the staff seemed to be on another planet and not worried about serving customers. However, there was one waiter who was very good and professional (although I didn't get his name!).

You would never know this restaurant had a Michelin Star.

JH
JamesH
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding meal. Fabulous food and wine. Real treat for a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great food and the service was exceptional. Definitely worth going

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foodluva
London
23 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose Paco Taco to celebrate a 'milestone' birthday. It delivered on all levels. A warm and friendly welcome set the tone for the evening. Food was some of the finest Spanish dishes (all sharing) that I've ever tasted. Friendly and helpful service continued all night. Music mix was excellent, loud but not too loud which gave Paco Tapas a buzzy vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent enjoyed the evening

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the chef menu and every dish was explained and presented well.
It brought back fond memories from living Spain.

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Neal
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unreal!!!! Food was unbelievable and the atmosphere was fantastic. Definitely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so lovely and the staff are wonderfully attentive!

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MartynT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and food, recommend the chefs menu as plenty of variety.

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EmmaC
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for a belated (due to covid) Christmas meal and it was so worth the wait! The food was incredible, wine and beers tasty and the service from Carlos was exceptional. He gave us great recommendations, customised the menu for dietary requirements, and was just wonderful! Everything we ordered was perfect we all said the Octopus was the best we'd EVER eaten!

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique Spanish food served in a special way. Superb wines and Sherry with food cooked to exceptional levels

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Tapas. Possibly best I’ve had outside of Spain. Attentive friendly service. Interesting wine list and some good Sherry. Highly recommended.

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MichaelL
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully presented and very tasty food and excellent friendly service

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richards
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience
Food was delicious and service was spot on

FAQs

Paco Tapas is rated 4.8 stars by 1046 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.