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Cafe Catalan

4.6
89 reviews
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£25 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Tapas (34)
  • Authentic (29)
  • Casual (25)
Welcome to Café Catalan!
Situated on the corner of Magdalen Road in the hubbub of St Leonards in Exeter, Café Catalan offers its customers and community a unique Spanish experience in an exclusive location.
Presenting authentic Spanish tapas from an AA rosette winning chef and award winning restaurateur, there's no need to journey to the Mediterranean to experience the exotic flavours.
We take care in sourcing our fresh ingredients, whether they be locally provided or, in contrast, the finest quality imported from Spain itself!
From cosy evening meals to lunchtime parties; from chocolate churros mornings to quick and delicious early dinners, Café Catalan has much to offer.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Wednesday: 6pm - 9:30pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2pm and 6pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
01392 436107
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Payment Options
Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
Additional
Beer, Wine
What 89 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
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AustinW (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great restaurant. Good food and service. Happy with price as well

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

The ingredients and the prep of the food was superb. But then, it always is!

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AnnieT (Cornwall)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Good food and service could have been a little bit warmer when we first took our table and background music got a bit monotonous after a while.

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RobertH (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Really excellent service and food. Staff could not do enough for us, a thoroughly enjoyable restaurant and dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Bristol)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

High quality varied tapas great choices lovely service

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Great little tapas restaurant. Small and casual, good choice of food, wine and sherry. Staff very friendly

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Sarah (Cornwall)
4.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

Tasty food, reasonably price, friendly efficient service. Great if you like sharing food as a group or with your partner.

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Fantastic choice of reasonably priced tapas and wine.

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

Excellent food, relaxed atmosphere, friendly service. Good choice of sherry, but had ran out of Spanish red wine to have by the glass. A bigger choice of Spanish wines would be good.

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

Superb, as always. Food, wine, service: can't fault it

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

Quality food and excellent service - as always! One of the best in Exeter.

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
4.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

weekend in Exeter for wife"s birthday;found Cafe Catalan on line we both loveTapas

so decided to give it a try ;was not disappointed excellent service great tapas(as good as anything we have had in Spain} nice wine ;really enjoyed the overall experience;will definitely go back the next time we visit Exeter

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Nicola (Cornwall)
4.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

We went for my partner's birthday and were very impressed. It was very quiet, however it is only a small place! Despite the quietness and cosy nature, it did not feel awkward at all and the waitress was very helpful and nice. We felt well looked after. The wine was lovely (we went for malbec, I think) and the tapas was by far the best we have had in Exeter, if not anywhere in the UK (and we like tapas!!). A special mention would be for the chicken with Spanish black pudding - the calamari was also especially tasty and melted in your mouth. It is a bit more pricy than we typically spend on a meal a recent graduates (~£60 for two for 6 tapas dishes, a bottle of wine, bread and olives, plus tip) but it was very much worth the money and we will be going back. Definitely recommend if you enjoy your food, or for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 13, 2017

Everything was amazing and i was very full by the time i got home. The Staff were really friendly and nice and the food was the same. Well priced too!

Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

We have been several times and it never fails to impress. Excellent (and authentic) food, great service and good value. What's not to like?

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foodlovingfred (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Cosy Spanish restaurant in St Leonards with friendly service and very good food and wine. Menu is based on "small" sharing dishes, but they are very generous for that description.

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Joafoo21 (Cornwall)
4.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

We go to Cafe Catalan a lot and we always really enjoy the food. Really liked the Portuguese balls special this time!

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent, as usual. Food, wine and service all brilliant. Great atmosphere. Can't fault it.

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Superrach (London)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

The food was authentic, delicious and great value. Service was friendly and helpful. Overall a really good experience. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on October 2, 2017

Amazing food and just enough for two people to have a good meal for under 35 pounds!

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on September 18, 2017

Tapas has been a favorite of mine long before it became fashionable in recent years and I've had it in mainland Spain, various Spanish islands and at some well known (and expensive) places in London. I would say the food at Cafe Catalan is equal to the best of anything I've had in the past and far better than a lot I've had. Whoever is in the kitchen is on top of their game. As well as the excellent food there is a good wine list and brilliant staff waiting on tables. It's also very reasonably priced. Can't fault it.

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
4.0  Dined on September 12, 2017

We ate early on a wet Wednesday evening so it's not surprising that we were alone in the restaurant. The food was excellent and the service friendly, even though I am not keen on being addresses as "guys" about twenty times. It's probably a generation thing! We would eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner (Bristol)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

The food was incredible and the restaurant had a great atmosphere. The staff were friendly and the service was faultless. I will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

Like the wealth of burger venues that seem to have filled Exeter, the City also seems to be full of tapas restaurants. All of which are good - although arguably you can't go too far wrong (ito the food, at least) - but this place does stand out as the best of the lot.

Food was excellent, some really interesting dishes and specials offered something different. Service was good despite restaurant being rammed full from pretty early on.

Location is excellent as well, being close to town but just outside the centre.

One point to consider, because it's such a small, intimate venue, you will more than likely need to book meals there.

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
4.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

Came for husbands birthday lunch. Shown to a small table for 2 and told we couldn't have the larger table for 2 as it was reserved. We were the only diners that lunchtime so if the table really was reserved no one turned up. The food was very nice on the whole. We had 2 dishes from the specials board and 4 others from the main menu , the lamb in one of them was chewy and had a lot of sinew in. Even though we were the only diners we had to ask for a second drink so not that attentive. We would go back for the food.

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
4.0  Dined on August 22, 2017

As always, great food and friendly service, but considering the cosy layout which should be conducive to chatting with partners and friends, we couldn't hear each other over the music - great music but way too loud so please turn it down to make for a really great evening.

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Spike2017 (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

Really great food and we picked a really good wine too. Service was a little slow but they were really busy so that's probably why. Would definitely recommend!

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RosieL (Dorset)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Delicious tapas, reasonably priced. Clear menu with interesting specials board. Excellent cheerful staff. Cosy as in a little, cramped. Wine was delicious it a little on the pricey side.

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OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
4.0  Dined on July 24, 2017

Great food, very authentic and well served. I'm really happy I've found Catalan and will definitely be a return customer. Highly recommended for sure.

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ExeUniStudent (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2017

Lovely meal in my favourite resturant to end my graduation day, perfect food and atmosphere.

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