Guildhall Shopping and Dining Centre Queen Street Exeter
01392 422439

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.

Located at Queen Street Dining, Exeter’s newest buzzing food and drink hub, POLPO is modelled on the scruffy, but charming, backstreet wine bars of Venice and feels rustic and stripped back.

Open all day, signature dishes on the menu include cicheti, such as fried stuffed olives; arancini and potato and Parmesan crocchette (from £2.50). There are a host of small plates to choose from too, such as fritto misto, pizza bianca and spicy pork and fennel meatballs (from £4.50), while the dessert list requires some tough decision-making with delights such as affogato al caffe, flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake and tiramisu pot (from £4).

In the early evening, 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.

Polpo’s full menu can be viewed here.

Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8am – 11.30pm

Friday & Saturday: 8am – 1am

Sunday & Bank Holiday: 9am – 10.30pm