Tio Pepe NYC

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$30 and under
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Spanish
Since 1970, this delightful restaurant has charmed its way into the hearts of New Yorkers. Tio Pepe has managed to cook up all the right ingredients for success. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner 6 days a week, Tio Pepe has you covered!
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AP
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went to Tio Pepe for brunch with my friends. The wait staff was the best. Shout out to my boy Kevin. WE had a great time, food was fantastic. We all got the pollo torta, which was fantastic. The waiter was very attentive to refilling our drinks, which is all you can ask for at a bottomless brunch. Everyone at the restaurant was super friendly. 10/10 would go again.

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the mixologist. He’s very creative in his homemade liquers. The place is happy and fun ! It’s our go-to spot!! You won’t be disappointed! Come and be a believer!!

JY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Fast service. Good food. Good value for bottomless brunch

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fave spot to hit for brunch. Yummy food and delicious bottomless mimosas. Our server, Kevin was a gem! Attentive, funny - always made sure our glasses were full!! Will be back again! Get there for noon when they open, especially if you have a large party. If it’s just a small party, sit by the window to watch all pups that pass by.

J
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Spanish style restaurant in the West Village. One of my favorites. Tapas plates are good. Brunch is also very good.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a BLAST there! Music playlist was early 2000s and earlier and it was great. New favorite brunch spot...? I think so. We did 8 people for boozy brunch; we did a 2:45 brunch so it wasn’t crowded and we had the back room all to ourselves. our glasses were only ever empty for less than a minute and the food really hit the spot. We tried the burger, steak sandwich, and chicken and waffles. The French fries were absolutely on point as well; my friends who got waffles (which comes without fries) loved them so much they got an extra order.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great, even got free tequila shots! Definitely recommend

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience5

The menu was designed as if it was a Tex-Mex Diner as they had a little of everything from fries to pizzas. First off, the guacamole was probably worst I have ever had and tasted like it came out of packaged container despite being made table side. The guacamole had way to much lime squeeze in, too many tomatoes, and probably hurting food cost. The salsa with the chips most likely came from a can. The paella was just ok, with the rice having no flavor and mussels not opening up during the cooking process. The fajitas were pretty good, but nothing I could not replicate at home. Furthermore, the fajitas were served with the same sour guacamole as table side and when asked for more tortillas, I was brought warm bread. The aforementioned means the staff are not trained on the food. Lastly, our tio Pepe fries came out after we were finished with our entrees. Not to mention, they were seasoned with paprika and the Parmesan coming from a packaged container. The combo of paprika and packaged Parmesan actually made a decent French fry taste bad while the ketchup served was most definitely not Heinz. For dessert, we had churros that tasted good, but were not cooked all the way through. For New York City, this place had no passion for food. Nothing tasted fresh and simple items like guacamole gave off a bad impression. I won’t even talk about service because the food needs a complete overhaul and the team needs to be retrained. If you need any help, I have been in the restaurant business for my entire career. I mostly feel bad for decent spots with bad food.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had been here a number of years ago. Menu changed significantly so not as Mexican as it had been so disappointing in that regard. Table made guacamole was great! Entree portions were generous . Friendly and attentive wait staff.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice environment and service. Staff was very pleasant!!!!

PL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to dinner on a Wed evening in Sept. We got a very good table by the open window which was great for people watching. Our appetizers and entrees were very good. The 1/2 pitcher of red sangria was perfect for 2 people to share. We would definitely go back.

CJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun ambiance, GREAT service, good food and the drinks were on point. Love this place.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went on a beautiful summer night and the front doors were open. The paellas were excellent. The entire night the service was excellent. We ate definitely going back.

JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great bottomless brunch! Came for my birthday with 8 others and service was great. They were quick to fill our glasses which doesn't happen often at bottomless brunch, but Tio Pepe was on top of it. We were pretty loud and obnoxious but the staff was fantastic. DEFINITELY going back soon!

s
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as,always!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Parents weekend

TG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

I've been to Tio Pepe a few times over the years and the food is always serviceable and the environment pleasant. On this trip, however, the music was unbearable. From the time you approach the restaurant, it's blaring and once inside we couldn't even hear the hostess. We were meeting friends and asked that the turn the music down. If they did it was negligeable. The food was decent, but conversation at the table among the 4 of us was impossible. I would not return as it was not a pleasant experience overall.

NR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and the Ambiance was just as nice. Would go back here for brunch or dinner.

AM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Second visit for bottomless brunch and it was much quieter this time - maybe everyone was out enjoying the sunshine. Service was a little slow to start but got better as brunch wore on. Food was great and bottomless is good value for money. Will be back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

The food was good. The staff was not particularly knowledgeable about the wine list and the service was overall nothing special, but that wasn’t a problem.
The thing that bothered me the most was that I was able to make a reservation for “outside seating” when no such thing exists at Tio Pepe. The reason why this was so bothersome is that by the time your whole group is there on a Friday night... well, you don’t have much of an option for finding another place with outdoor seating without a really long wait. So, we had to settle for the inside and deal with music at volume fairly close to intolerable. Definitely not an experience I would like to repeat.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Loved everything about this place except the food.

JM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the atmosphere. Quickly made room for 7 of us on a VERY busy night in town. Everyone loved their food, and the mixed drinks were good. One girl with us asked twice for a Margarita and never got it, so they just took it off the bill. But that's why the Service didn't get 5 stars. It got louder as the crowd filled up the place, but we all could still hear each other.

J
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem in the west village. Brunch is a favorite for me at this Spanish restaurant. Food, beverage and service are great. Highly recommended

SW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We all enjoyed our meals and were pleased with the service.
Since we were able to be seated beside an area open to the outdoors, the high volume of music wasn't too troublesome. Other patrons were celebrating an event, so we were loathe to ask for it to be lowered.
The bathroom was sparkling clean but was located down a flight of stairs. All restaurants should be required to notify people making reservations when the toilet is not accessible for everyone. Our little group was fine, but I have been with others who cannot navigate stairs (unrelated to age).

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Brunch is better. But I enjoyed dinner.

CJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place ! Food was hot and amazing. It's very loud and super fun!

D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great spot for celebrating my husband’s 45th birthday! Very good for a big group. Thank you!

a
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Enjoyable dinner at Tio Pepe. We were greeted warmly and lead to our table. We felt at home and comfortable. The atmosphere was relaxing and the food was very good.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

15$ for a single avocado? We asked for table side guacamole they gave us a single avocado, when we asked for more they charged 15 for a second avocado. No wonder this place has bad ratings on yell

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service - Steven the manager is a terrific host

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingggg, thanks tío pepe

J
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A village gem... Great place for brunch. We always enjoy our time at Tio Pepe and we highly recommend it to all our friends. Enjoy!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was quick service but the food was ok. What made it great was the margaritas.

B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Not sure if they messed up our reservation for 8 that was made on OpenTable, but we were seated about 10 mins after whoever greeted us at the door scrambled to put something together. We were seated in a crammed side room that seemed like a storage room/closet, at 4 high two-top circular tables that were pushed together. The servers treated us well and constantly checked up on us and refilled our drinks. However, at some point during the meal, a staff member placed a handwritten "VIP" sign on the doorway to the room we were seated in. The "sign" was on the back of an old receipt, so I don't know if that was to try to make us feel "special" for our reservation being forgotten, but we had plenty of laughs about it. The food was mediocre at best. I had the paella AM that was very soggy, with 6 slivers of chorizo that tasted more like kielbasa. Mimosas were extremely sweet. The rest of the restaurant was nicely decorated, so I'm more disappointed that we were crammed in a side room, rather than the restaurant owning up to their mistake and giving us the option to wait for a table that would've better accommodated the group. Would not recommend, nor would go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food was so mediocre

MU
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was below average and expensive for the portion sizes (they gave a side salad with most of their entrees, which were ~$13-18+ each). The bottomless service was good though - our waiter was on top of refilling our drinks for the most part.

m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Tio Pepe was great for group of 12 for our Saturday brunch! The bottomless deal was very reasonably priced and they did a great job of keeping the drinks full! Food was not anything amazing, but it was good enough for our purposes. The service was great- waitstaff were super nice and accommodating. The vibe was great- we were in the back area that had a lot of light and the plants and decor made the freezing winter day a little bit more enjoyable. I will definitely be suggesting this place for future brunches!

j
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The white washed cellar never changes. The good service never changes. The food is quite reliable and arrives at the table hot, which is great. Spent a very nice time in Baltimore's little corner of Spain.

CM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We made this reservation last minute as we were unable to get to another restaurant. We started off with guacamole, which was delicious but the menu said it was prepared table side but it came out already made and without tortilla chips. We got the shisisto peppers and stuffed mushrooms tapas, which were incredible. From there on, it all went down hill. Our server was a nice guy but we barely saw him. We had to request for water refills several times. Two of us ordered the paella, which was just a giant salt bomb. The other two had the fajitas but like the guacamole, we had to ask for the tortillas and accompaniments. We will not be back here again.

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