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Picasso Restaurant & Bar

3.6
193 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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Picasso Restaurant & Bar specializes in Spanish-style tapas and offers a wide selection of beer and cocktails. Inside the restaurant, a Picasso painting has come to life. The tables are decorated with a design reminiscent of the great painter's geometric designs, while prints of his work hang on the wall. The colors are a wonderful mash of bright reds, blues and yellows, giving Picasso Restaurant & Bar a look that is unlike any other. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment on select evenings.

The menu's tapas are meant to be ordered a few at a time and shared amongst friends. Picasso Restaurant & Bar has many seafood options, like the grilled calamari, crab cakes, PEI mussels and shrimp skewers. If guests want something heartier and more satisfying, there is also a menu section of larger grilled entrees, like the hangar steak and Pablo burger.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, International, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 10:00, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(610) 891-9600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Loic Barnieu
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Catering
Catering for private parties and special events is available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Olive street
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Parking details
Metered street and public lots are available. All parking is free after 6pm and on Sundays.
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Public transit
Bus, Trolley and Septa R3 Regional Rail are all available.
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Entertainment
Tuesdays: Live Acoustic 7pm
Wednesdays May-September: Dining Under the Stars
Thursdays: Open Mic 9pm
Fridays & Saturdays: Live Bands 10pm
Second Sundays: Jazz Dinner 5pm
Third Tuesdays: Bro-lesque Show 10pm
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Special events & promotions
Media loves live music, theater, arts and festivals. Like us on Facebook to see all of our upcoming events such as the Blues Stroll & Jazz by Night.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.6based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.6
service
3.5
ambience
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on May 16, 2015

We had been there a while back; still a really enjoyable night!! Great tapas; great wine list and really terrific desserts! We took my sister out with us and were really happy we had shown her the great experience that is Media, PA.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2015

The menu had changed since last we were there and everything was terrific!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2015

I was delighted on finding this small gem in downtown Media. It was a delicious light fare meal and will go back next time I visit Pennsylvania Philadelphia area.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2015

I enjoy dining at Picasso as the service is great and sangria is delicious! However, some of the tapas items are not really tapas. I believe it could be more authentic or take those items off the menu. For example the papas fritas are french fries with ketchup and a couple of other dipping sauces. A bit sad. It should be papas bravas!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

First time here. The food was very good, menu is on the small size. Prices are average. $40.00 for 4 drinks, which I thought was high. But I will go back.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2015

Excellent happy hour menu. Shrimp skewers and crab cakes were really tasty!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Wanted a place to taste several small plates, they did not disappoint. The decor could be updated, a couple of prints of Picasso works would make sense in a place named Picasso's.

This of course is not the reason you go to eat at this place, the food was good, the menu provided a good sample of many flavors. It was New Years and they also had a price fixed multi course meal which sounded great, but I really wanted to sample more of their dishes and small plates are great that way.

What I was most impressed with was the beer selection, with 13 taps rotating, they seemed to have a least 2-3 items on tap that would meet your expectations.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2014

Open Mic night started at 9pm so if you're looking for quiet conversation, which we were, go a little earlier in the evening. Other than that everything was terrific. My friend and I shared a few small plates and one entree. papa frittes with three dips, lamb skewers, calamari and fish special and we enjoyed everything! Calamari was slightly over cooked as Calamari often is but the flavor was delicious.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2014

This was not my first time at Picasso; all have been great. Food choices not extensive but soooo good. The chicken entrée was interesting & delicious.

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2014

We took advantage of the Restaurant Week $30 prix fixe dinner and it was very, very good. Excellent selections, very well prepared. We highly recommend this restaurant

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1.0Dined on October 7, 2014

Had an 8 PM reservation and there was not a single other table of diners, yet one uncleaned table. Three people at the bar, loud music, and how it is possible, I don't know, but cigarette smoke. The hostess greeted me by saying "no you don't" when I said I had a reservation and then said "Oh, you must have made this today" When my guests arrived, we decided not to stay. I'd eaten here in years past and it had been a really nice spot. Not sure if it was a bad night or that time hasn't been kind to the restaurant. (I clicked "fair" for food though we didn't eat; can't submit form without. Menu was fair looking, best guess.)

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4.0Dined on September 27, 2014

Enjoyed our dinner here last Saturday evening. The front of the restaurant opens to the outside and we sat at the in the restaurant but felt like we were outside. The food was very good and we enjoyed sharing several small plates. Nice selection of craft beers on tap.

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1.0Dined on September 26, 2014

Not impressed at all. If you're looking for authentic tapas, do not come here. The grilled calamari was tough and drowned with pepper flakes. The PEI mussels were tiny and flavorless. The sangria tasted like straight cranberry juice. Wait staff knew nothing about the cheeses. Would not go back!

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2014

We had a confirmed OpenTable reservation for Wed nite (DUTS) with outside requested. There was no table reserved, telling us that they didn't reserve tables during DUTS. If not, then take them off availability on OpenTable!! We only got a table because 2 nice women switched tables for us. Our server was wonderful, calmly and efficiently serving too many tables.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2014

We enjoyed the option of small plates or full sized entrees. The food was very good and the service was very attentive,

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2014

Our waitress was very inattentive. One couple that was seated about 10 minutes after us was served, finished their meal & left just as we finally got our entrées. I had to go find our waitress 3 times to ask for a glass of wine, etc. Very nice lady, but we just felt like she forgot us. Noise level (music) was loud, but they did turn it down when we asked.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2014

The menu is fairly simple and the food is very good. My wife ordered house salad and mussels, I went for the swordfish special and my daughter had the burger. Their salads are always fresh and refreshing, the mussels were tasty though small (that time of the season), and the swordfish was perfectly cooked (moist and very flavorful). My daughter enjoyed the purger with caramelized onions. The martini with kaffir lime was tasty! Reviewers often complain about the noise level then note that they were there during a jazz festival. Duh! We have never found it too noisy whether on weeknights or a weekend. BTW, in the summer the front of the restaurant is open to State Street. You can say hello to friends who wander by while you dine.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2014

Our group shared the tapas at our table and had a wonderful experience. Try the arugula flatbread and the calamari
Appetizer. Actually, everything we ordered was good. The waitstaff were working hard and were extremely nice inI helping with selections.

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2014

The prices are similar to a nice restaurant in Philly but the good quality is nowhere close. However good mixed drinks!

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2014

There was nothing exotic or phenomenal about our meal at Picasso. However, it was reasonably priced, good and a bit different for a place that has a more "pub like" feel. We had two small plates and two flatbreads and several beers. We content and pleased with all. It was a pleasant night out, not overpriced, and in a place where similar casual places are BYO, a place to grab a drink and nice dinner without wearing more than jeans!

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2014

Started off by sharing the grilled calamari, tasty but had a strong garlic flavor. The Halibut special was amazing, fresh, crispy on the outside, very nice flavor inside, served over a bed of asparagus and small red potatoes.
My friend and I couldn't resist trying the Mushroom Risotto which was equally amazing with a wonderful creamy texture.
Waitress was attentive, Cosmo made to my perfection, specialty drink's, so, so.

Lick your plate delicious, my new favorite place.

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2014

The variety of the menu was great. We had a group of four, and the small table size was a challenge with multiple courses. We would eat there again, but earlier - before the bar crowd gets really loud.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Tapas are fun so Picasso, is an integral part of the foodie fun scene in Media! It was our first time. It would be a great place to bring a group and just sample all of the different tapas. They share a kitchen with La Belle Epoque, so I surmise that it is common ownership and allows LBE to offer an informal hangout option while extracting more revenue from the kitchen. Good idea.. Many of the tapas are really appetizers as opposed to the bite-sized tapas one gets in Madrid. Perhaps the menu could be expanded. With a little more focus, this place could blossom.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2014

We were excited for our dinner at Picasso with our family of 4. Things got off to a bad start, we asked to be seated at a booth but they instead sat us in the middle of the main floor despite there being no one else in the restaurant. The hostess said they were too booked up to move us. The restaurant was empty the majority of the time we were there and the booth was open that time. The mussels were good as was the cheese and meat plate. The grilled calamari had way too much garlic and the white bean salad was ok. There is a good menu but the poor service and attitude we received turned us off.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2014

Food was varied, interesting and tasty. Our waitress was pleasant and accommodating. Noise level was higher than I like (you almost had to shout to talk across a small table).. Tables are too small for a tapas restaurant. Our party of four did six tapas dishes. They were served three at a time, partly because that was all that would fit on the table (and even then it was awkwardly crowded). The other problems were that we weren't asked which three tapas we wanted served together, and there was a long delay between the first group of three and the second group pf three being brought to the table.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2014

we enjoyed the restaurant very much and the food was tasty, we would return.

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3.0Dined on November 30, 2013

Everything was very good - food and service.
The tequila choices were disappointing.
Not enough choices or flexibility for vegetarians.
The menu found on OPEN TABLE for this restaurant was outdated. I didn't expect this to be a tapas only menu; on the OPEN TABLE menu it showed entrees including pastas and more vegetarian choices.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2013

Have been to PIcasso several times for the fabulous beer selection and the wonderful food. The food menu is smallish, but inventive and delicious. I'm a fish-eating vegetarian and have never had a problem, especially since they have a decent list of veg-friendly tapas. Justin is our favorite server; he's extremely knowledgeable about beer and really friendly. Eat outside in summer on a Dining Under the Stars night, it's a great experience!

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1.0Dined on November 22, 2013

This restaurant was so noisy, my husband and I couldn't hear each other at all. The food wasn't exciting and the restaurant was boring. It felt like we were in a restaurant in a strip mall. We won't be going again,

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1.0Dined on November 19, 2013

If you like to wait for your server, a limited menu along with a limited bar, this is the place for you!!! Terrible Idea , I will not return.

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2.0Dined on November 16, 2013

It was Jazz Fest night in Media, which certainly impacted our service. BUT, it took an hour and a half to be served. The wine, declared "our best" by our waiter, was terrible. We ordered several tapas, which were uniformly mediocre. The sauces were particularly odd matches for the foods they should have enhanced. No reason to go back, even for a drink!

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2.0Dined on November 16, 2013

I probably should not review a place on the night of the jazz festival, but there seemed to be a number of systemic problems. We made a reservation and they tried to seat us at a table where we couldn't pull out the stools to even sit down--they moved us to another table, but we watched the hostess try to seat one party after another there--each rejecting the location. Once seated it was obvious they were understaffed, our waiter was frazzled. Our salads were brought out with our meal. Half way through our meal we were asked if we wanted dessert. When we replied no, our check was brought immediately, with no offer to refill empty drinks. The food was not good and the service was poor.

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3.0Dined on November 16, 2013

Upon arrival place was empty. Hostess seated us in a very uncomfortable corner stuffed up against the bar. After some exchange, as we were leaving to go to another place we were offerre another of the many available tables.

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4.0Dined on October 23, 2013

I had been wanting to try Picasso's for a while but it was either too crowded and I forgot to make reservations or it was closed. This time I wised up and made reservations which was ready to do on line. I had a fantastic drink, the Picasso martini. (Ok...maybe 2) And I had the risotto special which was excellent. I can't wait to go again.

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1.0Dined on October 17, 2013

The ravioli was very overcooked and lying in a heavy unappealing sauce. The majority of the food choices had some kind of cream sauce; not an appealing menu for foodies. Although we were dining at dinnertime, the restaurant was almost empty. Now I know why!

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2013

The food and drink was delicious. Service was great. And we were seated right next to the bar and was still able to have a conversation without shouting. I will recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2013

Love the small plates options and the beer selection is amazing. Best meal to be had in Media I've had for some time.

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1.0Dined on June 8, 2013

I think the kitchen forgot our service. I know it was a Saturday night, but everyone seemed to be trying to out-shout the the table next to them.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2013

Really good, loved the grouper special on Saturday.

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2.0Dined on June 5, 2013

Service was very, very slow, probably because Wednesday nights in Media are very, very busyl We were seated right away with our reservation, but then waited 45 minutes for our appetizers and another 1/2 hour after that for our dinners. Prices were reasonable, and food was very good (except the chicken caesar salad was tasteless for some reason).
My advice: Don't go on a Wednesday night in the summer if you are very hungry or in a hurry or if you want good service.

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