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POLPO Exeter

18 Higher Market, Queen St Dining, Guildhall Shopping & Dining, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3FB

Tel: 01392 422439

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 83 reviews83 reviews
POLPO Exeter


POLPO is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young Italian wines. They offer tasty small plates, Prosecco and spritz in a setting that reflects the gloriously faded elegance of Venice. POLPO feels rustic and stripped back; modelled on the scruffy, but charming, backstreet wine bars of Venice.

Open for all day dining, signature dishes on the menu include cicheti, such as fried stuffed olives; arancini and potato and Parmesan crocchette. There are a host of small plates to choose from too, such as fritto misto, pizza bianca and spicy pork and fennel meatballs, while the dessert list requires some tough decision-making with delights such as affogato al caffe, flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake and tiramisu pot.

In addition to the main menu, the all-day ‘osteria’ menu is available every day from 11.30am until 6pm. It is perfect for great value dining, priced at just £10.90 for two courses and £13.90 for three courses. There are also daily-changing specials to look out for, so be sure to check the blackboard!

POLPO revels in the Venetian tradition of aperitivo and will be serving Spritz, Campari, Aperol, Negronis and Bellinis all day long. The exclusively Italian wine list begins with POLPO’s own label wines, and cocktails include Elderflower Martinis and Cynar Gin Fizz. Aperitivo Time takes place every day from 4-6pm. Sip on a refreshing spritz and enjoy some delicious bar snacks like black truffle crisps & Bella di Cerignola olives, for just £5.

Coffee and pastries are on offer to eat in or take-away, served from 8am every morning.

Unique features for Exeter include a fully open kitchen, where customers can see their food being prepared from scratch no matter where they are seated in the restaurant or bar.

POLPO has their own cookbook.

“Wonderfully fresh flavours... inherently satisfying dishes;
staff are cool and calm and the atmosphere terrific.”




    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

    • Service
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Value
      4 of 5 stars
    • Food
      4 of 5 stars
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Ian H
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Loved it!
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 21st September 2017
      Absolutely amazing service! I had been to several places in Exeter this evening and this was by far the cream of the crop! Great authentic service with amazing food! Well done Polpo Exeter...i will... Read full review
    • Steve M
      Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Tasty snacks
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 21st September 2017
      This place takes some getting used to. It is not really Tapas as the dishes are larger than that. It is really a series of snack dishes like lots of starters that become a meal, rather more like a... Read full review
    • 180michael
      Gillingham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Excellent Italian food in a very pleasant setting
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 15th September 2017
      We were here for lunch. Spacious and comfortable setting; there is some musak, but it's not a nuisance - we could hear each other perfectly well, and this is a continuous gripe of mine. Staff were... Read full review



    Key Features

    • In town/city centre
    • Themed restaurant


    • Bar
    • Serve evening meal
    • Serve lunch

    Establishment Features

    • Open all year

    Special Offers

    • 25 Sept - 1 Oct

      Free glass of Prosecco (or non-alcoholic alternative) to every diner. Part of Queen St Dining's 1st birthday celebrations.

      More offers like this - Exeter Shopping & Restaurant Offers

    Opening Times

    Polpo Exeter (3 Apr 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
    Monday - Thursday08:00 - 23:30
    Friday - Saturday08:00 - 01:00
    Sunday09:00 - 22:30
    Bank Holiday09:00 - 22:30
    POLPO Exeter (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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