El Pulpo & Tapas Bar

4.4
151 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lomo de Cerdo might he the best tasting thing I have ever put in my mouth. The seafood paella could have had a little bit more socarrat, but was also delicious. My wife had the Shrimp with Garlic Sauce and La Cazuelita. Both were excellent. Pair that with an attentive and friendly staff and absolutely reasonable pricing....This place is not to be missed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived for our reservations yesterday at 6:15. The location was very hard to find, it was inside a small shopping mall. When we were seated we ordered our drinks. We had to wait over 45 minutes to even order our appetizers. Once we ordered our appetizer it did not come out until 7:40 about an hour and a half after ordering which seems ridiculous. Once it hit the two hour mark of us waiting we asked our waiter to cancel our entrees and asked for our check. Our waitress came over and apologized and said they forgot to fire up our meal! Probably the worst service I have ever received in a restaurant. We left around 8:30 with no meal. Would not recommend this place

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service.

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TThompson
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Restaurant was very busy with seemingly only two servers to cover the entire restaurant. Appetizers were amazing. Dinners were not served at the same time, slow drink refills. The servers were hustling, but needed more support. Definitely miss the Southington location.

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JudyW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding tapas dishes, great red wines by the glass. In fairness, service and noise level weren't great because it was Cinco de Mayo... will definitely go again to try more dishes!

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vip450EBR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Birthday dinner enjoyed by all! Specials were delicious. Highly recommend!

JM
JanetM
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have had a great meal every time I dined here. Food is outstanding!

MK
vipMarkK
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We go to this restaurant every time we visit my daughter at college nearby. It is always fantastic.

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vipAndrewD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tapas were delicious and our server catered to every need, I went into dinner (First time dinning here) thinking it was a middle of the road place, left incredibly happy. Hidden gems like this are what it’s all about; great value, great service, great restaurant.

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JoeE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Went on a Friday night at 6pm, a little early. Not many folks in dining room, but bar was full. Service was slow, but relaxing. Attentive server, who paced the tapas and meals well. Food was good, paella was nice. Would not call it first class, but a nice place to go out in Middletown.

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ChetK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Seems to me it just keeps getting better and better. Will be back very soon. Can’t wait.

CK
ChetK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service great time!

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ChetK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We try to go to el Pulpo once a week because the food is excellent, very authentic (my wife lived in Spain for a while}, well presented, and a joy to experience. While we have never met the chef, we can tell by the artistry in the presentation that his or her skills are not limited to just cooking. Bertin is the best server we know. His knowledge of both the food and the wine is better than anything we have experienced elsewhere.

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vipDuey
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

1) The paella was sopping wet and lacked any semblance of caramelization and crusting on the bottom, a poor performance from a Spanish/tapas restaurant.

2) For a place called El Pulpo, there should be more than two octopus dishes on the menu.

JD
vipJoeD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great Spanish inspired food and great paella @

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Ladybug
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tapas appetizers. Incredible variety and flavors. Paella is delicious. Sea bass was the best we’ve ever had with the purple potatoes and veggies . All incredible. Service is excellent. Waiter brought a special dessert for my bday and a small after dinner drink for all of us. Consistently good.

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ChetK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In our opinion it’s the best food in the area. We’ve been to El Pulpo at least 25 times and feel that the food is of the highest standard. If you are lucky enough to have Bertin as your server you will, no doubt, have a wonderful and memorable dining experience. We can’t wait to return.

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wnwx
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious fun evening out post-bridesmaid dress shopping at Lastrina Girls

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SusanP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

music sound system was terrible ... made everything sound like banging on tin .... thank goodness it was not that loud but it was annoying .... food was just OK ... service was a little uneven - they were totally booked and very busy.

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MikeK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, food was excellent.

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vipt4two
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice, central location in rear of Main Street Market in downtown Middletown. Easy parking in Melilli parking lot. Delicious, cooked from scratch, interesting menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant to celebrate with family. The food was absolutely delicious and served hot! This restaurant accommodated my family of ten and every one of us were pleased!! Every plate was served hot and together at the same time. Great atmosphere and such friendly staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Have never had a bad meal or happy hour dish. It’s all wonderful.

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PatiV
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely dinner at El Pulpo. The food was excellent, as was the service. We ate many delicious tapas, tried various interesting cocktails and ended with great desserts.

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missmitty
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful authentic Spanish cuisine! I especially enjoyed the sardine and potato’s appetizer prepared with a sherry vinegar on recommendation from our waiter Bertin, he never disappoints. I also highly recommend the Brussels sprout salad served on a fried risotto cake and the salmon entree served with a lobster sauce. Everything is always fresh, prepared perfectly and served in an artistic fashion that is very rare in most restaurants. I truly appreciate the fine dining, service, and ambiance of El Pulpo! Don’t be afraid to try the Pulpo salad or special appetizer (not listed on the menu but the chef will prepare if you ask!) I never expected I would like octopus but I do!

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CliffordL
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, nice music, outdoor or indoor seating... I would highly recommend.

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stina
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were well-tended to by the staff and all the tapas were delicious! And we picked a very good reasonably priced bottle of wine from a very nice list. The panna cotta had a hint of rosemary that was lovely. I brought a group of friends and family even though this was my first time at the Middletown restaurant, since I'd had a really nice meal once at the Plainville location recently. Both are gems! Will be back soon.

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LizB
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great flavors. The squash salad and shrimp tapas were very yummy. There was a large party also having dinner and it seems the restaurant was understaffed for the crowd since our meal took almost 2 hours. We enjoyed the food and our waitress was polite, just everything was slow. Food was good enough that we would try it again, but not if we’re on a tight schedule.

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3Foster3
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spot!

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ks217
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The appetizers were great, grilled calamari and octopus salads tender and lots of flavor. Entrees good- meat a tad overcooked, paella overcooked mussels and clams, salty too. But, I would go back for the apps.

TM
ToothMD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Pulpo is one of our favorite Middletown restaurants. The food and the service is always wonderful!

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viptamart
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The goat cheese, sauce appetizer is amazing. Only wish they gave more of the pesto bread to go along with it. It's a must order dish! Yum

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PetraKP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the meal. Went for wedding anniversary.

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DavidT
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great Tapas place, excellent, creative seasonal sangria. Service and atmosphere are both great. The outside patio is nice, you can see the CT River in the distance past the parking area. This has become a favorite of mine in Middletown, CT. This trip had a great variety of tapas, previously tried a couple different paella versions - all of which were superb.

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HeatherR
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went with a large party with some kids, and some stragglers. Food was cooked perfectly, and drinks were mixed nicely.

DG
DGCO
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great service and wonderful dinner. Will return!!

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TiburonH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was pathetic. It’s not a big place, but we waited and waited for 15 minutes after we arrived and never did find the host so finally just seated ourselves. Then we waited another several minutes for a waiter to appear. It then took more than an hour for our food to appear. Needless to say, we will not go back.

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AmoDiner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Pulpo's is still one of our "Go To" favorites. We have truly never had a bad, or average meal there, and the service continues to make us feel special and important. We can't wait to try each dish, and the drinks are outstanding. However, and this is a small however; they had a party in the dinning room, and it got pretty loud (not really for us as we were against the far wall), I would recommend that they get a few room dividers to kill some noise. They could easily be put in between the pillars. That said, we don't care how noisy it was, the deal, deal and service ranks as high as any we have had. Hats for to El Puplo, can't wait to see what's in store at our next meal!

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vipNikoleD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my boyfriend and parents from out of town! And they couldn’t stop raving about this restaurant. It’s a hidden gem and to die for! If you’re a healthy eater and like seafood, I highly suggest it!

FAQs

El Pulpo & Tapas Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 788-7525.

El Pulpo & Tapas Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 151 OpenTable diners.