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About Pintxo

Pintxo (pronounced peen-cho) is a Spanish Tapas Bar located in the heart of Belltown. Pintxo produces a vast array of Basque small bites from traditional favorites to modern takes on the traditional dishes from various culinary regions of Spain, including San Sebastian, Barcelona and Madrid.

While a majority of the food is sourced locally, some ingredients such as the Spanish Cheeses and Jamon Iberico de Bellota (cured ham from the acorn fed Iberico pig) are frequently used to create the traditional dishes that have been made in Spain and Pais Vasco (Basque Country) for centuries.

The beverage menu features wine, liquor, beer and cider/cidra from Spain, although local wine and beer are also readily available and easily paired with Pintxo’s bold and flavorful food.

The dining room is intimate and features bar and table seating as well as Private Dining and a speakeasy style bar behind the restaurant.

2219 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Gastro Pub, Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Between Blanchard and Bell

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 441-4042

Website:
http://www.pintxoseattle.com/

Catering:
Pintxo offers a wide selection of catering options for your next event. We offer both onsite and offsite catering. Please check out our website first for details, and then email with catering inquiries.

Parking Details:
Street parking is metered until 8pm, free on Sundays. Additionally, several pay parking lots are available on 3rd and 4th Avenues between Lenora & Battery.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Pintxo is a Spanish Tapas Bar located in the heart of Belltown. Pintxo produces a vast array of small bites from traditional favorites such as Tortilla Española and Bacalao Fritters to modern takes on the traditional dishes and tapas from various regions of Spain.

Pintxo Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.4

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4.2

value

3.9

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food, great service & cool vibe

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was good, i really loved some and was unimpressed by other orders. Drinks were good but not amazing.

Server was unfriendly.

Charged per person to plate a cake that the server did not actually serve or cut.

Would not split the bill even though i understand (because I’ve served tables for many years) that it’s really very easy to separate things off of a large Check. Gratuity will even transfer nowadays which was the old reason to avoid the separate Check dilemma.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were looking forward to visiting at the new location and it did not disappoint! Looking forward to future visits. We love trying all the small plates.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Nye dinner with a group was very enjoyable. Sangria was great and some dishes were very good. Some dishes were pretty average. Service was good!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Celebrated New Year’s Eve dinner at Pintxo with out of town relatives. We enjoyed the creative meals and ambiance. We thought the background music was a little loud.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My dear friend and me had a lovely New Years Eve dinner. Fabulous food and experience.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Friendly and flavorful!

Enjoyed the empanadas, fresh oysters and the smokey goodness of the paella. Wait staff warm and helpful. Definitely going back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Pintxo had great atmosphere, but the food was not good. Our menu suggested a mignonette would accompany our oysters, but there was no hint of acid on the plate. Steak skewers are risky: the meat has to melt in your mouth since it has nowhere to hide; Pintxo's did not. Our Iberico-broth braised octopus had a deep ham flavor but far too much salt, even considering the pickled shallot accompaniment. The tortilla espanola was cold, which is acceptable, but given the preparation should have been warm, and what the crostini added to the dish is still a mystery. Most glaring was the squid ink paella. The shrimp tossed on top was completely untreated, while the remainder of the dish was so salty we had to send it back. And when patrons send back the most expensive dish on the menu, don't charge them for it. I'd recommend that the chef recalibrate his or her seasoning palate so that salt doesn't overwhelm the other flavors of the food and the meal has more balance.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Tapas
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Perfect for before a show. We had a variety of tapas, a solid drink menu, and everything was quickly served.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Liked the old location more - felt a bit more intimate. This one was just large and open.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Another great meal, especially the Clams with Chorizo.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 21, 2017

This was our first visit to their new location on 4th Ave (we had been several times when they were on 2nd). Really enjoyed our time here. The staff were all exceptionally friendly and professional. We’ve always enjoyed the food and this time was no different. The cheese plate was substantial. The steak skewers (a featured special) were delicious with their accompanying tasting sauces. Crab stuffed peppers and a tin full of octopus were equally satisfying.
The music was at a perfect, low level that allowed us to talk to each other without feeling the need to raise our voices. It also helped that we were only one of three tables dining at the moment on a quiet Monday evening.
Great date night spot. Will return again soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Very good food and drinks. Our server, Adam, was excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great find! The wait person advised us on how much to order. We were on a time sensitive schedule and she helped us figure out when to order. The steak skewers were divine, as were the smoky mushrooms and bacon wrapped dates. Well everything was great!

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our server Adam was great - attentive but not obsequious, relaxed but not overly laid back. Food was fabulous, tapas brought out in stages so our table wasn't flooded. Best almond chocolate torte for dessert I have ever tried. Google showed Pintxo at its former 2nd Ave location which was a bit confusing due to the proximity.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Tapas
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Awesome restaurant, great food and location! I highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

This place is great! I took my wife here for her birthday. We went early, which likely explains moderate noise level and great attentive service. We ordered a mix of happy hour and regular menu items. The bacon wrapped dates were amazing, a tapas standard, but the best we've had.

The wine that we had there was also excellent (Spanish)

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great place to meet friends on a Thursday or Friday for tapas and drinks or dinner!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We visited Pintxo for the "Celebrating the Apple!" event. It was well worth it. We shared the Sous vide monkfish and the Basque seafood stew. The monkfish is very good, but the seafood stew was just exceptional.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Good tapas menu with sherry options. Industrial decor. Good deserts

Tags: Authentic, Quick Bite
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

What a great night! I don’t think we have ever had a bad meal at Pintxo. It is such a wonderful place. Great food... great atmosphere!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Well thought out selection of small plates, decadently prepared and beautifully presented. Attentive service, which is a must for tapas! Perfect for sharing 😊

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Friendly and knowledgeable staff! We went to celebrate my mom’s birthday as she loves authentic paella. We were extremely happy with the Valencia paella and back for more. I highly recommend Pinxto.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fun, Vegan, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

AWFUL decor, lighting, and plain food.

The lighting in the ladies room is terrible, when you go into the stall and close the door, it's almost pitch black. Therefore you couldn't tell whether it was clean or not. I used 3 layers of toilet seat papers, still can feel the wet spots. Extremely unhygienic.

The lighting above our table is terrible as well, couldn't see any of our food. If the food was amazing, then fine. But the food was so salty and almost didn't have other flavors, again, it annoyed the heck out of us that we couldn't see what was in the salty mess that we were eating.

The original location was super charming, this new spot is a total fail. Whoever designed this place, horrible.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our party of six, including two vegetarians, visited Pinxto for dinner after the theater. We ordered multiple rounds and in the end I think we had more than half the tapas on offer that day, including asparagus a la plancha, bacon wrapped dates, catalan pasta (stuffed with goat cheese and accompanied by pork shoulder), the cheese plate, choricitos, crab stuffed peppers, enchiladas de carne, octopus leg, patatas bravas, sherried mushrooms, and tortilla espanola. We also had a piece of the dark chocolate torte for dessert. The mushrooms were the blandest and least interesting of these, but with this one mediocre exception, all the dishes were tasty and well prepared with a good variety of flavors and textures. Several stand-outs included the patatas bravas (wouldn't think you could do much to make these stand out, but the sauce is exquisite; we had to have two orders), the lovely crab stuffed peppers, the octopus leg (amazingly tender and delicately smoky; best I have ever tasted) and the torte, which was very dark and luscious indeed. Sangria was pleasant and not over-sweetened, and a sherry flight provided a delicious accompaniment to the end of the meal. Really, all the dishes we had could be standouts at most of the restaurants at which I have eaten. Portion size is small (typical for tapas; don't think of these as entrees) and this is an expensive outing. The acoustics are good for conversation, and we were allowed to sit for a long time, so if you are looking for an evening where company and little bits of fine food are your principal entertainment, this could be a good place -- but be prepared for sticker shock. The nature of the meal is slow, so I recommend after rather than before the theater. Also, while I enjoyed the food tremendously, our vegetarian dining partners were distinctly un-thrilled; even the best patatas bravas and asparagus and cheese don't make much of a meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 29, 2017

For the price paid for the small plates the serving sizes were very small. Taste was ok but nothing to write home about

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We arrived 30 minutes before our reservation, hoping to sit at the bar while we waited for our seat to open. Instead they were able to seat us right away. The waitress did a great job making us feel welcome. Everything we ate was outstanding. We probably had 10 different dishes, every one outstanding and unique. The experience was as fun as it was delicious. A great way to start the evening!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 2017

For the most part it was a good experience, just that the toast was not toasted and the lamb was a bit gamey . But the dates wrapped in bacon was really good and the bread pudding,. The braised octopus was a little salty but it was nice and tender. Would try it again though. Our waitress was really nice and friendly, so was the receptionist.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 19, 2017

The food is so, so good! The new, larger space is a wee bit cavernous, but they've done a great job with it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great new location

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Very pleasant waiter, excellent food.

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

We dined here for lunch. It was an easy walk from our office on 7th. The menu is as extensive as their dinner menu and has additional lunch specific items. We loved the bean & rice bowl with Spanish peppers & the fried chicken sandwich was incredible! We were in & out quickly with attentive & easy service. This is s great spot, just in the cusp of the Amazon hubbub.

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

The new location is awesome! Beautifully decorated & beautiful finishes! They were able to keep the intimate & easy vibe from the 2nd Ave location. The service was as delightful & top-notch as it's always been. We loved the new food items (skewers & paella!) and the traditional items were as delicious as always. We're so happy to have pintxo closer to our condo & work. I'm looking forward to bringing colleagues from out of town in for lunch next week. Great work, Pintxo!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Service was excellent. The menu was very interesting and different from the usual. Very tasty food. Have some items on the menu that I want to return to try. I look forward to trying their paella.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Heard about this place because it advertised Spanish restaurant so we decided (my wife is Spanish) to try out the paella. She, being from Valencia, knows paellas pretty well and thought it was a little dry but not bad. The alioli was not alioli but the taste was good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Tasting Menu
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Went here Friday night for a date. The restaurant wasn't half full. I had requested an outdoor table in my reservation and was seated inside even with 3 outdoor tables open.

The cocktails were very delicious. The crab stuffed peppers and green salad were not good. The paella was good, not anything amazing, but we easily finished the dish. The $6 potato dish was our favorite thing besides the drinks.

The music was a bit loud and didn't match the venue. The service was amateur, had to ask 3 times to get something from the bar and the check was slow to arrive.

I would not be as disappointed if the prices weren't so high. $150 for a nice meal and good service is fair, but most of the food was just alright and the service was bad. I would recommend this place for tasty drinks and happy waiters, but nothing else.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Pintxo was fairly empty when we arrived a bit early for our reservation. It took ~7-10 minutes for a server to come to our table and check in with us. We ordered drinks, patatas bravas, and tortilla espanola to start. Both tapas arrived before the drinks, then my husband's drink arrived, but not mine. The bravas were only somewhat crispy on the outside and mushy on the inside. The tortilla was fine, but not great. Between the poor service and just okay food, we decided to call it a night. When we finally managed to let our server know we were ready to pay, she ran our CC. The bill was unusually high based on our order. Turns out the server charged us for a bottle of wine instead of a glass. This used to be one of our favorite places in Seattle, not anymore.

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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Hands down best tapas in Seattle. Creative menu but wine list could do with an update, staff could be a bit more attentive and available.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 19, 2017

As someone that has lived in Spain, I can say there's nothing quite like ending a long work day with tapas, a tall Estrella Galicia, and great company. Pintxo provided me with an authentic trip down memory lane, with perfectly prepared bites and my favorite beer... on tap!

Tags: Comfort Food, Organic, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Just a delightful place to drink, eat and linger with friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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