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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 - 69 reviews69 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.”




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

    • DavidH_fal
      Paignton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Lunch at Polpo
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 20th July 2017
      Having bought both of Russell Norma's books a visit to Exeter provided the opportunity to sample his food. We struggled to find Polpo using two apps and in the end phoned the restaurant where a very... Read full review
    • Annie6930
      Exeter, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Thoroughly enjoyed
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 17th July 2017
      My daughter and I had lunch here during a shopping trip. The service was prompt and attentive without being intrusive. I had the seafood linguine which was excellent- the squid was cooked perfectly... Read full review
    • Kirsten R
      Trip Type:
      Dinner at Polpo
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 16th July 2017
      Had a lovely dinner at Polpo last night. Great food and excellent service. Our waiter Narciso was very attentive. Things just happened without you even noticing. All the staff worked hard and the... Read full review



    Key Features

    • In town/city centre
    • Themed restaurant


    • Bar
    • Serve evening meal
    • Serve lunch

    Establishment Features

    • Open all year

    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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