El Pulpo & Tapas Bar

4.4
98 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Welome to El Pulpo & Tapas Bar! Welcome to El Pulpo Restaurant & Tapas Bar! At El Pulpo, we specialize in traditional Mediterranean and Tapas infused meals with a unique look and flavor. If you are a food enthusiast, you will surely be pleased with a our menu and wine selections.
El Pulpo features upscale dining in an elegant atmosphere. We promise our customers a truly enjoyable dining experience in a Mediterranean setting.
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CP
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have come here many times and plan to return. Lovely place, great Spanish-oriented food, good wine list, fine service, quiet enough for normal conversation, plenty of parking in back, and a much more adult-leaning crowd than most Middletown restaurants.

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t
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice meal. Good wine. Pleasant environment Service was a little slow, but friendly.
Inside of stuffed shrimp was surprisingly cold.
All else was delicious.

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner, so delicious! Great wait staff. Sarah was delightful! Would definitely return!

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent, but the service so slow that dinner with dessert took three hours! We missed the movie we wanted to see nearbyvas a result.

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PG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent as was the service. First time visit but sure to come again

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RO
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Price fix is excellent Service a little on the slow side, definitely not rushed. Serjvers friendly

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Retirement

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G
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was very good and the value was good, based on the fact that we used a “Living Social” coupon but my entree was extremely salty. I had ordered the penne with chicken and I sent it back and they remade the entree but this time it was bland and tasteless. So we went from very salty to lack of flavor. Because we used a coupon the value was there but if we had paid full price it would not have been worth it. I was surprised that the manager didn’t send over dessert or coffee to make up for the entree. I would be willing to give the place another try but I will be cautious.

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I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible service - almost non-existent. We love the food here but the service is always a little slow. This particular dining experience it was more than a little slow. What made it worse was that there was no acknowledgement by the server. No apologies or explanations.

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JM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It has become our go-to place in Middletown for small plates, starters, tapas, etc. Always friendly and attentive servers and staff appears to have very little turnover, which to me is a sign of a good employer as well as a good restaurant.

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TP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly good good. We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant!

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AC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner and service were phenomenal! One of the three owners was there and he was so nice! We can't wait to try the one in Southington!

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of over 40 and the staff was attentive and friendly. The food was at its usual top quality and everyone enjoyed themselves.

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JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. It was a little loud, but all the positives out weight that. Menu was creative, presentation superb.

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CU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tapas
Fresh ingredients
Well designed combinations
Fun

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JL
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff are friendly and awesome and accommodating. We did have an issue when we arrived with our groupon coupons. We were two couples, each with a separate coupon and were told two coupons could not be used at the same table. Keep in mind we did pay for these coupons and could have purchased a 4 person coupon. If we sat at different tables, both coupons were allowed. So, we asked to sit at adjoining tables. Management decided to let us use both coupons at the same table. In the long run, all was good (the service, the food, the wine, the ambiance, the music, etc.). Was it not for the coupon hassle, it would have been a perfect night.

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p
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and creative food. All six of us were more than satisfied with our choices.

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FF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent Spanish restaurant in the middle of Connecticut.

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KG
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular Mediterranean spot in Middletown. Parking in the back. Must get the grilled squid.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food. Love the outdoor seating area.

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KB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was extremely slow and the restaurant was not busy, was there for almost 2 hours. Food was ok, probably will not return.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was great, the only thing is that the portions are small. A little over priced.

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PK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant has consistent excellent food, drinks, and service. The menu and specials have enough variety to appeal to all guests but I would not recommend bringing younger children along. This time I had a wonderful gazpacho with lobster, along with garlic grilled shrimp and an endive salad with pears , cheese and walnuts. The prices are on the high side but very worth it. They also have great but half priced tapas and drinks during happy hour.

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KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tapas and cocktails! My husband and I enjoyed our dinner here so much. The food was fantastic and everyone was very friendly. The patio is so cute with lots of flowers. We had a great time and will definitely be back!

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of a kind, very unique menu! The tapas portions are perfect; as you are going to want to try many different things!! Will definitely be recommending to friends & family!

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M
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed another diversified meal at El Pulpo. The menu offers wonderful choices between tapas an entrees. We're looking forward to returning to try more of the culinary delights.

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WH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great business dinner of Tapas for four people. We kept it simple and asked the waiter to chose 8 small dishes for us according to his recommendation, and to bring them in 2 groups of 4, so that we could focus on our conversation. We then picked 4 desert dishes to share. This worked perfectly. Pleasant environment, food was great, prices reasonable. Recommended.

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KH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is so fresh and delicious! Been here twice and loved it both times!

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TM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Pulpo is one of our favorite Middletown restaurants. The food is always good, the menu varied and the service superb.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was outstanding. Very flavorful and portions were large. Wait staff was friendly and very helpful, but service was extremely slow.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was ok, but not good enough to make up for the very slow service. There were only two servers and it took 2 hours for our party of 6 to receive our entrees. In addition, they were sold out of the empanada appetizer by 6:00 and had to substitute ingredients in dishes. My parppadelle with seafood was overcooked, bland and only came with shrimp and lobster. It was missing the other seafood in the menu description. But after waiting over 2 hours, I ate it. There were other diners who left without eating their entrees. Not sure if I will return.

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EK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to El Pulp in Southington and decided to try their new location in Middletown.
The new restaurant did not disappoint. The decor, service and food were all top notch.
They have a great cold and hot tapas menu as well as a regular entree menu.
The P.E.I. Mussels tapas and the Mediterranean Seafood stew were exceptional.

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KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service at El Pulpo are excellent! We will be back again

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SJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved El Pulpo! Food was outstanding—we ate tapas—crab cakes, Mediterranean salad, garlic
Shrimp, goat cheese & marinara on pesto toast.
Just the right amount of food for 2. We’ll be back.

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RS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Overall was good with high marks on cocktails and food choice. Ambience was a little bland. A good pace of service which was just right.

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KS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we visit El Pulpo, we are treated with the BEST food: Tapas, salads (Brussel Sprout Tower is wonderful) Main Courses and specials. The paella is great. Truly we have NEVER had anything but the best in taste and quality!
The service is also excellent.
We highly recommend El Pulpo!

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service were great. Everything was seasoned properly and had a lot of flavor. Our waiter was attentive and friendly.
Sitting outside is a bit noisy as it does face a public parking lot.

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BB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food would definitely go back

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t
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious dinner

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AD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time here, and was even better than the first! Excellent

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