El Quinto Pino
This winning and fresh approach has meant that El Quinto Pino has enjoyed being called “the best” and “most authentic tapas bar” over and over again since we opened in 2007.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:30am
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
What Insiders Are Saying
This restaurant/wine bar in Chelsea from the folks who brought you Tia Pol and Txikito delivers solid authentic Spanish eats, wine, and sangria.
Dinner was amazing and the server was adorable. I was Basquing in the glory of the good food and ambiance all night. Can't E'Spain how much I enjoyed it.
their listing says they are open very late but we were a bit rushed because they closed up at 11:45pm
Traditional real spanish tapas recipes with a modern touch. Superb wine list with numerous and good references of Jerez and manzanilla de Sanlucar.
The bocadillo de calamares and spanish o melette are really good.
The name of the restaurant is set with a great sense of humor, “el quinto pino” means in coloquial spanish a place very distant and with complicated access. The trip is worth it.
Good tapas restaurant.
Everything we tasted was delicious but the portions sizes were so small it was ridiculous.
Good food, cold atmosphere at lunch time, missing the spanish bustle
Espanol de mentira. Ningun plato es espanol. Ninguno. Lei un articulo en El Pais que colocana este restaurante en el mejor de tapas. Una mentira enorme, una desilusion increible. Servicio da miedo!
Service was fantastic! Food was delicious, but really everyone in the restaurant was so nice!
Always great flavors via their Tapas. Bring back the bacon in a bag though!!
My hubby and I were meeting friends in Chelsea for dinner and I had to quickly make reservations the day before. I choose El Quinto Pino partly because of the good Zagat review, but mostly because they were one of few affordable restaurants in the area that had an opening at 7:45 p.m. for 4 people. We all enjoyed the wine and food, even those of us who are sorta kinda vegetarians. Each of us like anchovies and were thrilled so many options on the menu included it as an ingredient. Specifically, we ordered the: Anchoa Campo dei Fiori, Tortilla Española, Escalivada, Fideúa, and a daily special made of octopus. For dessert, we shared an almond cake with cherries which was divine, especially if you (like me) adore marzipan. My only constructive note is that they offer more wines by the glass. If you are looking for a fine meal in Chelsea without the usual Chelsea prices, El Quinto Pino fits the bill.
Felt like a new place, just kind of finding its feet. The staff was great, very friendly, and understood the menu. Didn't have a chance to order my favorite tapas, since there were others making choices. Looking forward to going back - definitely worth a second visit!
Delicious food, lovely ambiance. A trip to Spain right off 9th Avenue.
Great to meet up with a friend/date grab a drink at the bar or sit in the dining room in the back and have a wonderful meal with with friends. Service was great, food was even better. Wines were solid and affordable. Will be going back
Service was very attentive. Had both a warm welcome and a fond farewell. Daily specials were outstanding. Highly recommend.
Bartender was very charming and attentive and even got me a cord to charge my phone while I waited. Special watermelon salad with salmorejo was absolutely delicious. We also enjoyed the jamon iberico and artichoke special - amazing. Roasted veggies in romesco also very tasty - we asked for bread with that, and the bread was probably the least impressive - soft not crusty, like I would expect in a Spanish restaurant. Loved sitting at the bar drinking a bubbly rose. Didn't see outdoor dining- would it have been in the back? Next time I am in the city I will head back with my daughter and hunt for the outdoor section... that would be perfect. Thanks for a nice visit.
I was disappointed that my favorite sandwich was not available: the flash-fried calamari. Re: the sherries, the Amontillado and the Oloroso, I found them to be a bit thin.
The food was good but not great. A trout special was really under-seasoned and didn’t taste like much... portions are on the small side so either come when you’re not overly hungry or be ready to open your wallet. The staff is very nice & the service is good.
Lovely tapas, bustling spot, worth a visit but book your table
Fabulous sangria and a wide variety of delish small plates - our favorites we're the trout, the chickpeas, the melon and tomato gazpacho and the chocolate desert
As others have said, portions are small and overpriced for what they are. Food was good, but not great. Hubby was not enjoying the meal very much as a group had arrived and it became very noisy even though they weren’t especially loud. I enjoyed the tastes but it wasn’t memorable enough to return, especially considering the cost for what we got.
Excellent as always!
Excellent tapas. Just wondering why you would put good uni into a panini. But, I had to try it
Everything about this was great... hostess, food, wait staff, atmosphere. The only thing that was disappointing was that towards the end of the fabulous meal, my friend who was sitting across from me (and is a real estate landlord of multiple buildings), noticed that the wood panel behind my chair (i was at the banquette) had some things that he thought were mouse droppings. The friend inspected it closer and confirmed it. We didn't want to ruin the evening but announcing it right away but quickly settled up and told the manager as we left. The manager seemed perturbed that he was interrupted from his texting and did not apologize. He just acknowledged it and went back to texting. Sort of surprising to get this reaction - it must be common place to have mouse droppings? Anyhow, hope they clean it up before anyone else sits in the banquette.
Post art opening group dinner. Manager was extremely helpful and accommodating.
Great food and service
We had a great meal. Ordered several tapas and were not disappointed with any of them. Would definitely recommend.
Wonderful tapas place - authentic and tasty food. Great frozen cocktails too!
Very disappointing experience, considering how good their other restaurant, La Vara, is. Food was over salty, or simply lacked flavor. The shishito peppers were so salty as to be inedible, the pincho lamb squeezers were tough and salty, the roasted vegetables were a soggy tasteless mush, the gambas al ajillo were incipid.
Service was borderline rude as the wait staff dropped dishes on the table without a word. And noise level was defeating.
The staff was incredibly nice and helpful.
I'm not a big fan of big portions generally, and tapas are tapas after all. But the croquetas, which were tasty, were tiny and the papas bravas a bit too smothered in heavy sauce. And the calamars, quite delicious, were also the size of an appetizer. The service was fine, if a bit glum. It is nice nonetheless to eat in a restaurant that doesn't blast loud and insipid music.
Small menu and even smaller serving sizes. Food was ok but an overall weird experience.
This is NOT a Spanish restaurant. Not even a tapas restaurant. They don't carry "jamon serrano" or cheeses. Poor menu all the way through
Service was terrific, food was excellent. We had a wonderful evening at el Quinto Pino, walked to the high line afterward. A perfect evening! We will come again.
Great food, great drinks, amazing authentic Spanish tapas experience!
Best white sangria I ever had!
Don’t miss the potatoes!
Very, very good food!!
My absolute favorite was the spreadable sausage with honey! Out of this world!!
Everything was perfect.
Ambiance fair. Food ok. Nothing special. The best dish was the lamb sandwich. Several dishes were sold out by 8:00pm. Way too early in the evening.
Overall great. A little noisy for get togethers in a group.
Most of these tapas are very good, a few even outstanding (tortilla de gambas, pinchos moruno, bocadillo de calamar), with only the occasional miss. The wine offerings are solid, although limited--they could use a couple of more adventurous options. The service is very friendly and attentive, if a bit too casual. Nothing is perfect, of course, but those little blemishes are not enough to mar the overall picture: an unpretentious neighborhood gem that you can visit again and again. Try it.