El Pulpo & Tapas Bar
El Pulpo features upscale dining in an elegant atmosphere. We promise our customers a truly enjoyable dining experience in a Mediterranean setting.
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.
Nice meal. Good wine. Pleasant environment Service was a little slow, but friendly.
Inside of stuffed shrimp was surprisingly cold.
All else was delicious.
Wonderful dinner, so delicious! Great wait staff. Sarah was delightful! Would definitely return!
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.
The food was excellent as was the service. First time visit but sure to come again
Price fix is excellent Service a little on the slow side, definitely not rushed. Serjvers friendly
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.
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.
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.
Incredibly good good. We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant!
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!
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.
Excellent food, service and atmosphere. It was a little loud, but all the positives out weight that. Menu was creative, presentation superb.
Well designed combinations
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.
Excellent and creative food. All six of us were more than satisfied with our choices.
Excellent Spanish restaurant in the middle of Connecticut.
Spectacular Mediterranean spot in Middletown. Parking in the back. Must get the grilled squid.
Great food. Love the outdoor seating area.
The service was extremely slow and the restaurant was not busy, was there for almost 2 hours. Food was ok, probably will not return.
The food was great, the only thing is that the portions are small. A little over priced.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Food is so fresh and delicious! Been here twice and loved it both times!
El Pulpo is one of our favorite Middletown restaurants. The food is always good, the menu varied and the service superb.
The food was outstanding. Very flavorful and portions were large. Wait staff was friendly and very helpful, but service was extremely slow.
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.
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.
The food and service at El Pulpo are excellent! We will be back again
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.
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.
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!
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.
Great service great food would definitely go back
Our second time here, and was even better than the first! Excellent