Tinto

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Tinto, an expression used to describe red wine served in pintxos bars throughout Northern Spain, is the ultimate expression of what a Basque wine bar should be. Located in Rittenhouse Square, the cozy restaurant, drawing inspiration from the rich cultural and culinary traditions of Basque country, inspires, tantalizes and satisfies with extraordinary cuisine by Chef Jose Garces.

Specialties of the House
Duck Montadito, Lamb Brochettes, Pulpo Spanish Octopus, 60 bottle wine list from the Basque regions of N. Spain and S. France, and artisanal ciders.

Private Parties: Tinto welcomes groups of all sizes. Events can be booked throughout the restaurant and in our private dining rooms seven days a week. For parties of 12 or more, please call our private events team to schedule your reservation at 267-284-7979 or email us at pa.events@garcesgroup.com
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was average. The Paella was overloaded with protein and the rice had the wrong texture. Service was excellent.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Only complaint would be that it gets a little cramped in the upstairs seating‘s high top tables if you are looking for a table to two - group seating seems to get more spacious - just something to be aware of. Otherwise, great ambiance, creative drinks and delicious food. Recommend the beef tenderloin - great flavor and tenderness. Asked for medium rare and it was cooked to perfection. Croquettes were a great app, noticed the cheese plate looked great too and plentiful but didn’t try it.

RS
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Spanish Tapas restaurant Think Barcelona off the ramblas vibe. Near Rittenhouse so good walking area.

HA
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tapas and great wine. A little sister of Amada. We’ll be back soon.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great stop. A must in philly dining

OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, wine recommendations and food. Highly recommend.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The food quality and options were not good. Our “medium rare” steak had no pink at all. Other items we ordered were just ok. The service was great though. The server was attentive and knowledgeable.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pork belly was out of this world! Tinto is perfect for happy hour, but i love this restaurant for fancy nights out too

WG
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

to pricey for the little food you get i would never go back

RH
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just superb all-around!

s
New England
31 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We were in town for a concert and birthday celebration for my son. We had reservations for a party of 5 at 5:00 as we wanted to have plenty of time to enjoy dinner and get to the concert venue. Upon arriving...given that it was early, there were no other patrons in the restaurant. We walked in and immediately thought how warm and inviting the atmosphere was, only to be ushered to a room downstairs, where a) no one else was sitting and b) you could barely hear the music coming from upstairs. Honestly...it felt like a basement or time out space. We asked to be moved back upstairs and were accommodated. Having said that, they put us at a table for 4 with a chair on the end. My husband had to straddle a bar at the end of the table while we dined. Staff could have easily put a couple of tables together on the banquette to more comfortably seat our party. If it had been prime time dinner hour, we could have understood more, but the restaurant was basically empty when we were being seated. On to the food....quite simply mediocre. Octopus completely overcooked and absolutely nothing memorable about the flavors. Bland mussels served on toasted bread. I could go on, but frankly, have wasted enough time on Tinto and it's less than impressive cuisine. Thoroughly disappointing on all fronts. Total waste of money with so many other great options in Philly.

MM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

great food, attentive staff, but very noisy for any type of converstation

RS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to this restaurant for a birthday dinner for a family member. The food and the service was outstanding! We couldn’t have made a better choice.

MH
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at Tinto. The white sangria was on point!

s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had the Pintxo Tasting menu, the smaller of the two tasting menus, and it was very good! It was very filling as well. The duck with cherry on toast was probably my favorite, but everything was excellent.

AM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant. Amazing food.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food & service!

o
Philadelphia
189 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was my first time at Tinto and I was very impressed the server was very helpful an enlightening me about the menu since I was not that familiar with Spanish food he recommended the tasty menu which I did that was excellent I have to confess I wasn't able to finish the last course but the cook very graciously prepared for me to take home

s
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The new menu is quite a disappointment! Gone are many of my Tinto favorites including gambas al ajillo, jamon iberico and the fabulous arugula salad with jamon serrano wrapped dates. For the first time ever, I actually had a difficult time deciding what to order at a Garces restaurant. In addition, the wine menu is quite expensive with few if any value wines from Spain. I can no longer recommend Tinto!

P
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We couldnt decide on what to get so ordered the fixed price amazing chef tasting and wine pairing. Our server Anthony was excellent and gave us the history behind all the wines and dishes. Everything was amazing and a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday

MA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the tasting menu, was delicious! Service was excellent.

SJ
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

It's been at least 5 years since my last visit to Tinto and I don't think I'll return. The menu has changed (in a bad way), the food was forgettable and disappointing, and the service was lackluster. If I want tapas again, I'll definitely go to Amada or Charlie was a Sinner instead.

MO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were a large group so we were sat upstairs in a private room, so I cannot comment on the ambiance and other pieces of the restaurant. Our waiter was attentive and the food was very good. However, we ordered pitchers of sangria which I can say were very watered down and FULL of ice so they were a bit of a rip off.

MW
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had previously been to Tinto’s private dining room and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was very pleased with the ambience in the main dining area. We were able to sit at a booth, which I like. Food was excellent, wine selection superb. A special mention is due for the attentive, pleasant service personnel. In summary, a very enjoyable dining experience.

n
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Hadn't been to Tinto in a year or two, and was excited to go back again.

Apparently, they are doing some renovation work so they had a shortened menu and we couldn't order some of our favorites. Not sure how long they will be renovating, but maybe call ahead before making reservation if you want to be sure the full menu is being offered.

JA
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the pleasure of sitting next to the parents of the executive chef from the restaurant, and they were wonderful people who made the experience even better than we ever expected. The pulpo and the duck confit were amazing and the rose wine from the Basque region was unexpectedly delicious! Mike was an attentive and pleasant waiter. We will come back when we return to Philadelphia!

KB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful ambiance. Delicious food, and great selection!

JF
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great evening! Good portion in addition to being wonderfully prepared and flavorful. Nice service, especially appreciated not being rushed on restaurant week, which is often the case. Thank you!

LR
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on the second to last Restaurant Week evening. This three course meal was in a word FABULOUS. For $35, each person chose two appetizers, two entrees and one dessert. We opted for the $15 wine pairing (two glasses of wine)-another bargain.

We had dined at Tinto previously; this dinner was the best one to date. Kudos to the chefs, bar tenders and wait staff!

MB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent representation of Spanish food. Delicious tapas, wonderful wine pairing

MP
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We love Spanish Pintxos, but Tinto did not deliver. No flavor in the dishes. Very disappointing. The atmosphere is great.

RH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit to Tinto was fabulous. I dined during restaurant week, so we enjoyed a unique tasting menu and wine pairing. The meal was well-crafted, creative, and filling. All items were beautifully presented. They curated the experience in an impressive fashion, and the meticulous service was balanced with the quality of the dishes. As a member of the hospitality industry with experience in fine dining and small plates, I know how difficult it can be on a busy night to time the arrival of small plates efficiently- not crowding the table, but not letting us wait for the next dish. Tinto’s staff absolutely nailed it. Everything was perfect and I successfully impressed my date. You’ve earned your five stars!

AG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

DON'T LET THEM PUT YOU IN THE BASEMENT UNLESS YOU CAN'T HEAR

j
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another fabulous experience at Tinto. Went with my inhales-his-food brother for CC Restaurant Week, and even he slowed down a bit to enjoy the meal! Portion sizes are typically perfect, with some dishes just a little too big (but who's complaining about that!?) so it ends up that you get to try a bunch of delicious and wildly different dishes, all with some fabulous flair. Service was spectacular as always, and this time even above and beyond. I got excited by the name of a dish without reading its full description, and when it came and I did not like it the server not only offered to replace it with something else, but suggested a totally different dish that ended up being one of our absolute favorites of the evening. He also recommended another dish as we were originally ordering that was out of this world. Advice to my future self: just go with server recommendations from the outset and you won't go wrong! Will definitely be back again.

KS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tinto is some place I've heard of before but just never went, but they were participating in Restaurant Week so I figured I'd give it a try. I arrived early for my reservation, but they took us right away. Our servers were very attentive and kept adding and removing plates, so our small table never got crowded. The food was great, there was a nice variety of meats and seafood to choose from. Each tapas plate really packed in a ton of flavor, and their gazpacho (something I've never liked) converted me.
Even if it wasn't Restaurant Week I'd go again.

AL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!! Went for dinner during restaurant week and was pleasantly surprised!! All dishes were amazing! Server was friendly and provided excellent service! I will definitely be back soon!

D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back as often as we can. Food, atmosphere, and service...all incredible. Highly recommend.

g
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s has been my favorite restaurant of all times. Restaurant week was superb for my guest who likes to budget and to get out from being a stay home mom. Mike our server was wonderful. Roger management was friendly greeting every customer. Ella was superb with kind welcoming entrance to holding the door on our way out. Overall amazing staff and excellent service all around. A*++ rating.

EC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the flavor. Very special tastes -- would come back and try everything on the menu

d
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I've eaten at Tinto for many business dinners, but this time was with my partner for Restaurant Week. It has to be said that the Garces restaurants do restaurant week menus as good as if not much better than almost all other participants. The portions are well sized for sharing, the wine pairings are full pours and great taste and value and the service is as impeccable as it is when full price items are on the menu. We could not finish our secondi, despite how delicious they were. The tables are set close, but the noise level never gets distracting as in most smaller restaurants. Overall, high consistency to food preparation and attention to service makes this a winner.