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Pimienta Bistro and Bar, Federal Way, WA

Pimienta Bistro and Bar

4.9
4.9
487 Reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Pimienta Bistro and Bar is an urban fusion of Latin American cuisine. Chef Blanca Rodriguez takes great care to create a delectable piece of art for every guest, appealing to every sense.



We strive to provide exemplary service each and every visit for our guests. We invite you to our restaurant, where you will find a combination of an eclectic, rustic atmosphere that captures the best of European cuisine with a Latin American flair.



Our mission is to create something memorable with every dish we present our guests. And with every delectable plate,

we will deliver a superior service making us a stand-alone restaurant in our neighborhood.



We love our friends and neighbors from NE Tacoma, Brown’s Point and Federal Way that frequently drop by for a delicious weekday meal or for leisurely weekend dining.

We also enjoy the regular visits from our friends in Oregon and others on their travels throughout the Seattle-Metro area.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Fusion / Eclectic, Latin / Spanish, European
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (253) 838-2398
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Federal Way
  • Cross street
    at 39th Ave SW
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 487 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tacoma

    Best Overall

  • Tacoma

    Best Food

  • Tacoma

    Best Service

  • Tacoma

    Best Ambiance

  • Tacoma

    Best Value

  • Tacoma

    Innovative

  • Tacoma

    Neighborhood gem

  • Tacoma

    Romantic

487 Reviews
  1. MichaelS

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good people, good menu, good food, good service, fair value

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful Mother’s Day dinner with my sons. The food was delicious with flavorful spices. I will definitely return.

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  3. Outoftownguest

    Seattle

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food served by customer-oriented, friendly servers. Can't really think of any negatives, other than it sometimes takes a while to get your food...which is a function of the number of staff, etc. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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  4. laurenml23

    Denver

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a surprise this place was! In a very good way. Our ride share driver was confused and we briefly thought she was going to get her car washed… But behind the gas station and car wash is this little gem! Truly delicious food and excellent service. We had a wonderful evening.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yummy food! Enjoyed the cassava fries and the lamb.

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  6. MargaretSC

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dinner and delicious drinks. Service from Brie was great. Love the intimate feel of the restaurant. Very nice evening!

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  7. SandieBeach55

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this neighborhood restaurant! Outstanding food! It’s quaint & close to home for us. But worth a drive if you’re looking for yummy dishes & great service! 5 stars!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Pimienta! Highly recommend this gem in Federal Way.

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  9. JosefS

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and incredible service. The owner was one of the servers and took time to discuss the food with us.

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  10. CherylM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We started with wonderful margaritas and calamari that was superb. For dinner we had the pork chop and the duck. Both entrees were really good. We did not leave a morsal on our plates or in our glasses..

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  11. LYGORE

    Seattle

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Four of us shared a birthday dinner which was quite wonderful. Each of us was happy with our dinners and had fabulous desserts to share. Our server was very responsive, and friendly. We all enjoyed her a lot.

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  12. KarynH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef served us personally until the Friday night Rush hit...She's such a beautiful soul and I can't tell you how glorious the food was! Highly, Highly recommend!!!

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  13. SkipB

    Seattle

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I enjoyed a really special four-course dinner on "around the world" night this month, featuring cuisine of Costa Rica. Every course was wonderful: beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. I don't know how Chef Blanca does it for just one meal each month but I never miss one if I can possible be there!

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  14. JasonK

    Portland

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time eating at this fabulous restaurant…I’ll be back for sure

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  15. Lyuda

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Liked the drink and the bread. Salad was not tasty. Linguine was very disappointing: shrimp was raw and lobster tail meat was missing! Duck was also not tasty! My daughter liked the cake. Only one server for the entire dining area who also mixed the drinks! Although she really tried to provide good service, she simply could not cover well. Even though the bistro ambiance was pleasant enough, - would not consider returning.

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  16. paulw

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was ok it was just bland. We had the lamb shank and the special which was scallops and shrimp and a zucchini mushroom gratin. The meats were cooked perfectly but they lacked any real flavor besides salt and pepper and the gratin had so much cheese it was almost inedible. We paid $157 including tip for 1 appetizer 2 entrees a glass of wine and one beer overall not worth it will not be going again until they add some seasoning.

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  17. KevinB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the drinks to the entrees, always interesting choices. I love to cook so I love food that I don't make. It is a treat for a good cook. It will be a treat for you as well.

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  18. maryd

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Had the butternut tacos, pork chop and a lovely apple dessert. All was amazing, perfect and VERY tasty!

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  19. RachelS

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an incredible experience! Couldn’t have been better!

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  20. Goba

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is inventive and delicious. Service is always very attentive. Highly recommend

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  21. SkipB

    Seattle

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed the “third Thursday” fixed price dinner, which was Italian this month. All four courses were delicious!

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  22. LesP

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Valentine's day menu was very good. We had the steak, which was prepared exactly as ordered and tasted delicious. It was first time at restaurant so we didn't get to try regular menu. We don't drink alcohol so didn't try any of the great looking drinks. They made iced tea after we ordered it, it was very good. We will definitely eat here again. The restaurant was busy and did an excellent job getting us seated and served.

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  23. SkipB

    Seattle

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Dined on a quiet Sunday evening (Super Bowl day) and enjoyed salads, clam chowder and Pollo Rostizado - all excellent. Pimienta is my favorite neighborhood gem for dining alone, for a romantic dinner. or for sharing a special meal with family or friends.

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  24. John

    Seattle

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super awesome! Enjoyed every bite! Great service too!

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  25. Ludomir

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Great chefs. Delicious foods. Love the restaurant. Highly recommended.

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  26. SkipB

    Seattle

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My companion and I both enjoyed the salmon/linguini special. The butternut squash soup was excellent as well. The restaurant was busy but there were only couples dining that night so it was unusually quiet. The perfect beginning to a week’s vacation after running out of food at home!

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  27. SoniaV

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The looong wait for our food was the main reason for my rating, the customer service was second. We arrived a few mins before our 7 pm reserved time. There was only one waitress the whole night and she was very busy so i can understand that she can be frustrated with extra requests but that is part of being in the customer service business. I appreciate servers who can memorize every guest’s order but sometimes it helps to write down orders. So i missed the very first item that i ordered (paella valenciana). Most of our party of 6 went with the steak so i think that became the focus. An hour and 20 mins passed before she came to our table to say that our orders are about to come out but wanted to ask us if we’re okay to switch the side to something else because they were low on the fingerling potatoes and we gladly made the change but when she wanted to confirm something we noticed she made a little eye roll on the side. Our orders finally came out at 8:30. We’re glad that we immediately ordered our appetizers as soon as we sat down so we had something before the long wait. The steaks were great; the fries that we switched to got cold very fast not because of their fault but because we were seated right by the door and it was a frigid night. The owner/chef came to us as we finished our food to apologize for the long wait and told us they didnt expect many people that night. it wouldve been nice to have been told this about half hr after we placed our orders.

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  28. RobC

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, service and ambience. A little pricey but overall well worth it.

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  29. IvanR

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff is good, service is reasonably fast, Chef is super friendly and awesome; checks in with you at multiple times. Food is amazing! Very well worth the price.

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  30. LewisM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great little gem in our neck of the woods. It's always excellent. it's our "go to" for birthdays or other celebrations.

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  31. AngieB

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and did not disappoint. We especially enjoyed the cocktails, they were unique and well crafted.

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  32. Ingo

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    great food in the neighborhood a bit drafty and cool

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our orders were absolutely delicious. My spouse had the pork chop and I had the paella. Both meals were delicious. We started off with the pork belly which was also flavorful. Overall the experience and meals were unforgettable. Blanca the owner is awesome with greeting her customers and provides them with the utmost experience and service. I’ve been to both of her places and BOTH are extremely wonderful. I will always recommend Pimenta for fantastic food and drinks.

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  34. JosefS

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food with a lot of attention to detail.

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  35. CherylM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a delightful experience at Pimienta Bistro. The service was impeccable and the dinner and drinks were fantastic. We will definitely return for more.

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  36. StevenC

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Rodriguez never disappoints. This is an incredible little spot that most people drive by without noticing. World class! My daughter was visiting from East Coast and was blown away by the creative menu, presentation and exquisite food. Chef makes an effort to connect with every guest, we highly recommend!

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  37. AnnetteB

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food is outstanding. This was my second visit and I brought my husband and another couple. The appetizers were excellent and the seafood entrees and pork chops were superb. I can't wait to try more on the menu! I highly recommend this restaurant and we eat out a lot.

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  38. Fafner1

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, small intimate locale. The best resturant in the world behind a Brown Bear Car Wash!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you have not gone, go, you will have a wonderful time. Food and atmosphere is perfect for a date night, couples and family gatherings or just a night out. Local and this is so important to keep our awesome local owners and businesses supported.

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  40. MariaB

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is amazing! The mushroom soup was so creamy and flavorful it melted in your mouth. The scallops were absolutely cooked perfectly. My other three guess couldn't stop talking about their dishes either. I can't wait to get more of that wonderful green wine which was so smooth. The server was superb and so sweet and knowledgeable about every dish. I Loved this place! Kind of pricey, but I will do it all over again!

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FAQs

Pimienta Bistro and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (253) 838-2398.

Pimienta Bistro and Bar is rated 4.9 stars by 487 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Pimienta Bistro and Bar

34029 Hoyt RD SW, Federal Way, WA 98023

Additional information

  • Cross street
    at 39th Ave SW
  • Neighborhood
    Federal Way
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Fusion / Eclectic, Latin / Spanish, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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