Tinto - The Saguaro - Palm Springs
Tinto - The Saguaro - Palm Springs

Tinto - The Saguaro - Palm Springs

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jdvhotels.com/restaurants/california/riverside-dining/tinto
  • Phone: 7603221900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00 am - 11:00 am;


    Brunch Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm;


    Lunch Mon-Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm;


    Dinner Sun-Thurs: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Dinner Fri-Sat: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Basque, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jose Garces / Dave Conn
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Tinto will host a variety of entertainment offerings throughout the week and for special occasions including hosted wine pairing dinners and tequila tastings.

    We will also host a litany of live weekly entertainment including live latin jazz, flamenco dancers and torch singers in the patio area.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sunrise
  • Public Transit: Sunset/E. Palm Canyon
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Private Hotel Parking.
A word from Tinto - The Saguaro - Palm Springs
Tinto, an expression used to describe red wine served in pintxos bars throughout Northern Spain, is the ultimate expression of what a Basque wine bar should be. The intimate restaurant located at The Saguaro Hotel, draws inspiration from the rich cultural and culinary traditions of Basque country. Tinto inspires, tantalizes and satisfies with extraordinary cuisine by Chef Jose Garces and give guests the feeling that they are dining inside a rustic wine cellar.

Specialties of the House
Duck Montadito, Shrimp & Chorizo Brochettes, Short Rib Bocadillo, 60 bottle wine list from the Basque regions of N. Spain and S. France, and artisanal ciders.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Tinto - The Saguaro - Palm Springs reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (23)special occasion (13)notable wine list (12)great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (9)hot spot (9)romantic (7)neighborhood gem (7)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (3)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Worth another try!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Went to Tinto with a lot of trepidation as I have been disappointed a number of times but I do love the food and the ambience it's just the service that is a hit or miss. In fact the couple of times that my party and I went it was so bad that they comped or gave us items for free. I would have been more than happy to pay, that's why we come back and try it over and over again. This time though they were on the ball! Service was great food came out on time (except a couple of dishes were already 86'd and it was only 12noon(??) =( Tinto is worth giving another shot. They really try. They do have good food (try the smoked salmon, it's the best deal on the menu!) place is great and a good setting to bring friends over.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Chef's Choice - a must!
    walklikekungfu
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This place was GREAT! We had an awesome Chef's Choice set of servings that absolutely stuffed us. Each dish was extremely well presented and very, very flavorful. I'd recommend this restaurant as a must if you are into the Palm Springs food scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • loved it!
    aguitars
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    we went for an early dinner so it was quiet and service was great. we chose the chef's tasting menu and would highly recommend it for first timers. timing for the courses was perfect. food was creative and all went together nicely and we were very full when we left. would def go back when we're in town. not cheap but very comparable to other great meals we have had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food & service!
    BDouglas80
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The restaurant was a little quiet for a Saturday night, but it was also 110 degrees in late June. It's a beautiful, stylish space -- perfect for a romantic date or fun group dinner. Our server could not have been more helpful, knowledgable and friendly. Though he encouraged our group of 10 to get the chef's tasting menu to help streamline service from the kitchen, he was more than accommodating when everyone wanted to order their own dishes. The timing of the plates was perfectly paced, wine recommendations were spot on, and the food was beyond delicious. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Flavors
    CARR
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    All plates are tapas and served family style. The food was amazing and being that portions are small you are able to try a variety of foods, each bursting with flavor. Service was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Overall an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tinto
    eatoutalot
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The room is nice...dark and cool and quiet. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable. The drinks are very expensive (think a $17 martini) but the Wednesday half price wine list is a good deal. The food is what they advertise: tapas with very small portions even on the "large" plates. The food is interesting but not something I would eat regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    jamesVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Went during resturant week. It was the last night after eight previous restraunts. At 6:30 PM the place was empty. Five of us felt the food was fair at best. The method of sharing was strange- some times two per plate other times six to a plate. For example, six of us had to share one piece of cake. We will not go back. I think they were not happy that we ordered the restruant week menu. My wife chipped a tooth on the sand in the clams. However, the wait staff was outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wowie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Love the restaurant....but the Hotel it is in does not do it justice. Can not see how this hotel helps the restaurant...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    RickyBVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Michael, our server, did an incredible job of explaining everything on the menu and making it all sound delicious. We opted for the "high-end chef's choice" menu. Ten courses of small plates ("tapas"). It just wasn't very good. One course, the halibut, was dry and tasteless. The other plates were just run-of-the-mill dishes without any special flair (which we thought a "master chef" would have created). We wanted to try Tinto. We tried it, once is enough.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • won't be back
    Mankh
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food was unusual, but good not great. Our server started out well but was MIA for the majority of the meal. The runners brought the food (small plates) so fast that we couldn't keep up, and we wound up with stacks of dirty dishes on our table which weren't picked up until we asked. One of our guests didn't touch the last course because it was cold and congealed from sitting on the table for maybe 20 minutes while we finished the course before it. When this place first opened, about two years ago, it was beyond amazing, and we went often. It has slowly slacked off. Especially the service. An unusual dining experience to be sure, but I think this was probably our last visit. There are many other restaurants in Palm Springs trying harder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Meal
    AnderkinsVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    As fairly new full-time residents of Palm Springs, The Sagauro hotel screamed 'tourist zone, stay away'. That is until we ventured in one night a couple weeks ago and had dinner at Tinto. We were pleasantly surprised with the food service and decor. We returned 2 night ago for Restaurant Week. Instead we opted for the Chefs tasting menu with paired wines. A great choice! Everything we have had is top notch! From the in-house smoked almonds, to the kale salad and lamb lollipops. Creative, tasty and well presented. Who would have thought such a sophisticated palatte could be served up at this kind of hotel? Not us, but we sure are glad it's so close!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tinto
    PDpal
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We had the $65 tasting menu and thought everything was delicious! Our waiter was very helpful. However, the girl that brought some of the dishes was difficult to understand. The drinks were generous. It got a bit noisy as more people arrived.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of ítems on menu
    Monik
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The place is great, unfortunately they were out of the dates, artichokes,pulpo and by 10:30pm out of sangria. Not good for a bussy memorial weekend. Our waiter Julie was great and comped us with the AMAZING date ice cream. The other thing I did not like is that the customers siting next to us started smoking in the outdoor dining area, even though it is against the law in California, and I did mention it to the waiters they never did anything about the smoking. That was really bad!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 497 reviews are from the Tinto - The Saguaro - Palm Springs reviews archive.
  • Tinto_PS
    TintoPS
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food was good and the presentation excellent, however, the portions are very small. This is an expensive restaurant, you may end up paying a lot for dinner and leaving a bit hungry.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love Tinto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    we eat here every time we are in palm Springs,my wife is Vegan and Im vegetarian.....the food is incredible
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and different
    Domdom
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    There are many restaurants in Palm Springs, and this one is a little out of the downtown, but worth the short trip. The small plates were wonderfully presented and very tasty. The service was smiling and attentive. The outside patio was warm and colorful. Going back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food4Me
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Outside dining was fabulous, service was great, servers knowledgeable and helpful, food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    MDMA
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    delicious and adventuresome - - great tasting menu. well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    Janice
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The food was great and the selections suggested by Scott were perfect. We had a fun evening catching up with our LA friend over some interesting food combinations. Very friendly wait staff and very knowledgeable about the menu. We will definitely return next season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A visit to Spain ...
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Wonderful evening with family and friends in Palm Springs ... yet leaving the feeling of being transported to Spain for a excellent dinner ...
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food, great service
    Gustavo
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We made an early reservation and it worked out fine. The table looked rustic but it was fine. Food was good to very good and prepared quickly, ingredients were fresh, spices balanced and not too salty or fatty. The tapas and raciones are small in general. The food was quite pricey for what you get,
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I have eaten there twice when I have been in town from SF and both times have been incredible . The chef really understands how to combine flavors and textures to make spectacular dishes . The wait staff are exceptional and help to create an amazing experience .
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    foodlover
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Tinto. Exceptional and knowledgeable service. We chose the Chef's Tasting for 2 and it was a great way to experience the menu. Will definitely return the next time we are in Palm Springs.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Palm Springs weekend getaway
    Dinentell
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Extreamly happy with this place, was our first time there and definitely not out last. Everything was full of flavor and the perfect portions for tapas.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Presentation
    JayBilly
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    It was a wonderful evening from the time we walked in the room. Ambience was amazing. The food was excellent with incredibly unique presentation. Will definitely go back and take friends when they visit.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Weeknight dinner for two. Food (small plates, tapas style) perfectly prepared and presented. Both diners chose only from the appetizer portion of the menu. We each shared three plates and found sufficient portions throughout. Service was impeccable. Waitstaff works together to ensure a steady stream of plates at proper times, predicated on the diners. We dined on an open patio, and the sole concern was the proximity of other diners. Seatings are simply too cramped. Expect $40 per person; higher with alcohol.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great atmosphere and the food was absolutely delicious. Would definitely go back again for the third time.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOMaxVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Exceptional foodie experience. Chefs tastings menu is a great value and fun.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    Lovedthefood
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Our dinner was delicious, we had kale salad, beet salad, dates, scallops and lamb! Every course was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Restaurant -Hate the Hotel
    wowie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food 10, our server Ted 10+. Unfort. for the restaurant, it is in a overrated hotel. We were there when the Coachella music festival crowd desended upon it. Madness gettin into the hotel, but once in the restaurant it was very serene...and considerably empty...due to the coachella crowd. Would like this resstaurant better if it were not in this hotel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    Seattlefoodies
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Great food with spectacular flavors. Great shareable items that would pleas the palate !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • repeat customers
    Brady
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Inventive good quality Tapas, always good friendly service, beautiful patio dining, and the indoor area is also very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Fun
    EllieGVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Tinto is a stylish, lively spot in a town dominated by chains and restaurants oriented to an older crowd. The tapas were uniformly excellent and attractively presented. Several dishes we ordered were better than comparable dishes we had when we were in the Basque country in Spain. We did not try any of the larger plates, but the desserts were also excellent. This is a fun spot for a group and there was an energetic vibe.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wine and dine- Basque in the desert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The dining room in Tinto was warm and inviting upon our arrival. The fairly large space, located in the Suguaro Hotel, was divided on to sections by tall, wooden wine racks. We were seated on a lower level, near the outdoor dining space, which had really nice fireplaces. The atmosphere and the food were excellent. The Basque fare had some tasty traditionals, as well as some creative variations. Loved the octopus! Tinto loses some points for service, as we were neglected and overlooked at times in our seatin nook. Despite missing out on the specials, though, the server and kitchen were very accommodating. I'd go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing brunch
    ReneeVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We love Tinto and have had several wonderful dinners there, so we were excited to try Sunday brunch. What a disappointment that was! Our waiter seemed inexperienced and disinterested in us, and he could not describe the tapas plates -- specifically, the montadito. Although there was hardly anyone in the restaurant, service was extremely slow. My pancakes with blueberry sauce were unremarkable, and they came with fake maple syrup, not blueberry sauce. They were topped with about four blueberries and four overripe, old slices of strawberry. We had to request water and more coffee because no one paid attention to us. We requested our check and, when no one appeared to accept payment, we went inside and asked to pay. I'll stick to dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try Tinto!
    SueB
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This is our 2nd time to Tinto, and it was just as good as the 1st. We like to sit outside by the fire pits, great atmosphere. Since they are a tapas restaurant with food from the Basque region of Spain, they are great at describing & recommending from the menu. I would recommend the kale salad, artichokes, and either chicken or pork that comes in shot glasses filled with a great tasting sauce. If you are looking for a big meal where each person orders for themselves, this is not the place for you. but if you like to try new things, its a great place to have a good glass of wine & tapas with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef's Tasting Menu
    JimN
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Had a great birthday dinner with six guests. We all had the Chef's Tasting a Menu, and loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic poolside dining
    Famished
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    really enjoyed the beautiful courtyard setting and the fantastic food and great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tinto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The noise level was too distracting but the food and service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Under the stars...
    Bonvivant
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Our party of four dined outdoors, under the stars, and enjoyed a lovely evening. The food was delicious, though a bit pricey. Our server was either a novice, or disinterested, but we did not allow this factor to ruin our experience. Should it repeat, we might choose another restaurant instead. We like Tinto because it is a neighborhood favorite and the food quality is consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate