El Chipiron

4.5
148 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
In EL CHIPIRÓN we want to bring to Austin Spain’s heart, soul and passion, to celebrate life with you. In
other words, Spanish food, culture and the social institution that blends them all together, the Spanish
Bar.
To do so we will present you our gastro bar where you’ll be able to enjoy our specialty drinks and taste our delectable pinchos, small format high quality food for your delight.
We will also offer you our dining room where to enjoy classic Spanish dishes and delicacies created using modern cooking techniques and served with the greatest care.
We will also offer you a wide variety of events, such as cooking lessons, Spanish wine, beer and cheese tastings, Spanish cocktail making classes and more. We want to get to know our local community and show you what Spain is all about.

Specials

Friday & Saturday 4-6pm Happy Hour at the bar

Join us every Friday & Saturday 4-6pm for Happy Hour at the bar
$5 drink and food specials, $2 Off Gintonics & cocktails

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 25, 2019

Ends: March 26, 2118

Availability: Fri-Sat 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 148 People Are Saying
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Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere!!!
Very authentic

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GP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful cocktails, delicious food, attentive service, lovely ambiance.

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LB
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great bar and happy hour, loved the gin and tonics.

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HR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved the ambiance and the food was amazing. Really loved the patatas bravas and the soup with manchego foam - incredibly unique and delicious! Unfortunately our server seemed very new/inexperienced. If she was in training she needed a bit more oversight.

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AS
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great as usual! Their steaks are amazing if you can manage not to fill up on all the other goodness.

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e
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Frustrated that happy hour was only at the bar. Most restaurants have happy hour throughout. And although we were only 6 feet away from the bar, we were told the specials were unavailable to us.

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HR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and authentic. We had driven past this place hundreds of times and thought it was a quick dine in place. It's got a really cool ambiance, with ropes strewn up and down and across the room. The food is awesome and comes out awesome. We will be going back again for sure.

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Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance and service. We walked in on a Friday night and had no trouble finding a seat at the bar. They had a Spanish guitarist and drink specials which were nice. Would be nice to have more vegetarian or vegan entree options. There really aren't any.

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KO
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smokey Gin and tonic was the best I had ever had. The mussels and the beef were also incredible. There was a Spanish guitarrist who did an excellent job!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The place was full of energy. We had reservations so we were seated promptly but others turned away when they were told the wait. Service was slow at first, but became great once our server finally caught up to us. The gin cocktails are something to behold—crosses between pieces of art and aquaria and very tasty. Their take on the old fashioned was top rate. The food was very good. I can be a skeptic of small plate menus but theirs worked and it worked well. We will be back, if for no other reason than to check out paella Tuesdays.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great hosting and food! One of a kind in town, Spanish at its best!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Wait staff was courteous, but understaffed for a Friday night prime time slot. Had to wait on drinks and food. French press coffee was served warm. Company and conversation made the time fly for this less than remarkable dining experience.

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SD
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so much fun to cook steak on a stone! And the cocktails were amazing.

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HW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant - pleasantly surprised by the menu. Reasonably priced for some of the better cuisine I’ve had in the city so far. Highly recommend.

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BD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a perfect dining experience. My very particular 12 year old brother-in-law even warmed up to it. Great for families, friends or couples and sufficiently south Austin which is nice.

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FF
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bartender, Gabe, was very patient explaining the unusual and different gin and tonic cocktail options that the U.S. is unaccustomed to. Food service was quick and the tapas plates were excellent. We had the potatoes, calamari and pickled olives and grapes to start. All tasty and at the appropriate temperatures. Then we ordered the arroz dish and the gambas which were excellent. We hadn't eaten that day and because the portions are perfect for splitting we had the chance to sample several dishes. We will definitely return and bring friends!

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SL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Solid tapas restaurant overall. Food was delicious and simply presented. Small but well curated wine and drink menu; we especially liked the variety of Gin & Tonics on offer. Beware the Pelligrosso G&T...it is spicy!
Only snag in our meal was the long wait for the steak. We assume it went to a different table by mistake as it came out 20 minutes after the last dish (Patatas Bravas; which it should have been paired with).
Other than that a great experience; we’ll be back!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful team at el chipiron. We had a fabulous evening and our hostess was very kind and took time to explain us the menu and the various wonderful cocktails that they had to offer.
I would highly recommend their cocktails and the steak on a rock is a must have. Cheers!

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KN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Look forward to going back soon. Will try different items on the menu

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JO
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was ok but not particularly exciting. There also wasn’t much choice. Also, disappointed in the sangria and the coffee drink I ordered. It was loud, too bright (felt like I was in a cafe) and over priced for the quality. Wasn’t horrible, just meh.

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WG
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance. Food was good, some items were greater than others. Seemed like some of the food was missing a bit of flavor but overall a good place to experience Spanish cuisine. Would go back.

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G
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went here before a concert at the Long center and were looking forward to some of the items on their website menu. Unfortunately, the actual restaurant menu was more limited than the menu on the website. Service was pleasant, but not good. Our server did not seem to be familiar with the menu and we needed to point to each of the items on the menu when ordered. The menu states that items will be served when the kitchen prepares them - rather than when the diner wants them. This led to each of us eating alone at times, while the other watched - not good and not necessary. My starter was a room temperature item that could easily have been held until my wife's squid was ready. However, the server immediately served me my course and we then waited until the squid arrived. The olive selection was just a few standard olives - no uniqueness or character. The food was generally under-seasoned. Prices were fair but there was nothing that would prompt me to return.

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EN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. Great vibe. The gintonics are unique and food is delicious. Definitely bringing my friends here

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M
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Total neighborhood gem! Happy Hour portions are small but only $5, cocktails are amazing and fun, the service at the bar was fast and friendly! I can't wait to go back!

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JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and drinks were very, very good, but I would suggest you go with people you like because this dinner will be a loooonnnggg one. It IS a Spanish restaurant, so I get that they may be trying to make it a real Spanish experience, BUT they seem to be very understaffed. We had the option of buying "Kitchen Beers," so when we asked how many were working in the kitchen, our waitress said "just two"... on a Saturday night. There were also only two waitresses and one bartender. Please hire more people for a weekend night!

Other than the service, everything else was pretty great. They had run out of mussels, but the Gulf Shrimp, blistered, peppers and patatas bravas were delicious. Steak was a tad salty, but good. The Gintonic cocktails are a lot of fun, I definitely recommend trying one of them out.

Hopefully the owners see that they're getting dinged for service across some of their reviews and make some staffing adjustments.

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The experience was amazing! A typical Spanish style of dining; with multiple courses through out the two hour dinner. The food was delicious, with fantastic combinations only top chefs know how to blend. I definitely recommend it to anyone who appreciates good foods.

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CG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is great and so is the service. Make sure to check out the cocktail selection. The best red sangria I’ve had.

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CC
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience! Amazing food and cocktails!

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Valentine's Day Menu!

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EM
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is amazing! I highly recommend. My boyfriend and I made a reservation for Valentine's Day. They had a specialized menu for the day and each of the plates were amazingly delicious. It did take some time each plate to come out but I could understand since the restaurant was really packed. It also helped prevent us from feeling full from all the food that kept coming out. Definitely a great place for special occasions.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Valentine’s Day meal was spectacular. Every dish was phenomenal. The dishes were well constructed and delicious, with unique presentation but classic, bold flavors. The only negative was that the hot rock was unable to cook our last few pieces of steak as well as the earlier prices since the rock was no longer hot enough. We will definitely be back.

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SP
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Valentines Day

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Super friendly staff, nice variety of tapas, and stylish space. A great evening out

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AG
Spain
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Español en Austin, cumpleaños magnífico!
Destacados: Tablas de queso, queso de cabra extraordinario, langostinos y mejillones fantásticos, carne de cordero y a la piedra excepcionales así como los gin&tonics.
Sercvicio magnífico

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AT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, they have the best gin & tonics in Texas and the food is authentic and delicious!
I will be back soon!

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meat served on a stone was a wonderful experience. Service was excellent!

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b
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. Just go - you will not be disappointed. Simple, fresh, local. One of the best meals I’ve had.

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ER
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Increible servicio y excelente comida.!! Lo recomiendo ampliamente.!

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, loved our waiter and might be a gin and tonic convert (I’m a vodka girl). However, they were out of a lot of things - food and beverage - that we were looking forward to. Would definitely go back.

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b
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to El Chipiron for our anniversary and it was great. The Tapas were the perfect size an also get the steak on a rock. Our server was awesome. She was funny and nice.

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