The restaurant was almost completely empty except for the outdoor dining area (which is where we were seated and enjoyed). Despite liking the look outside, the dining was a bit awkward hunched around the firepit. Our waiter seemed anxious, was stumbling over his words a lot, and couldn't answer basic questions about what beers were on tap (like a name? or style?), even after he went back to check with the bar. The food was OK, but nothing particularly memorable or exciting. We had one dish that was pretty tasty, but most of the others (especially the vegetarian items) were really bland and overpriced. Overall, we would definitely not return. For a Saturday night, it was a sleepy vibe and less impressive on all accounts than we would have hoped for.
We always want to be impressed by a new place but this was one of the most disappointing restaurant experiences we've had in recent memory. The service was so slow, the scrambled eggs had to be sent back because they were over cooked. The potatoes were cold and had to be sent back. we had to ask several times for catsup and ice tea. 20 minutes would go by without seeing a server.
Great hotel, used to be a different great resteraunt, the ambiance is awesome, servers lovely but the food is a complete and utter dude. Do not waste your money.
Thid is a wonderful find in our neighborhood. The outdoor seating is beautiful and inviting. There was a lot of variation in small plates, each one a gem. We loved the Manchego cheese and the shrimp. We want to go back. Two minuses: the noise from the pool distracts from the ambiance and the foliage up against the back seating needs to be cut back. Orlando was a great server even though he was swamped.
Tinto was in its last day of existence when we dined there, and the short-timer attitude of the staff was painfully obvious. We were relegated to the few wines left in the bar--unless we wanted to spring for a $140 Rioja-- despite being shown a full list on the menu. Though the dishes we ordered were very nicely presented, the punch of flavor we expected (from a previous visit) was a mere whisper. We are really sorry they were not the great restaurant we remembered, but if they had continued in this vein, we would not have returned. We wish the replacement business luck and will give them a fair trial when they open.
We tried a number of dishes and shared - everything was terrific. Tomato and beet salad, flat iron steak, brussel sprout salad....each item had a unique and delicious flavor. Good wines. Beautiful place.
Great meal! Valentine pre-fix menu with wine pairing at the outdoor fire pit. Service was delightful and attentive. Only drawback was not being able to hear the blues guitarist in the bar.
Decided to avoid the usual suspects for Valentine's Day dinner. The small plates at Tinto were great. The octopus and stuffed dates were a tablewide favorite. The low ceilings and tile floors could not muffle the noise. Tables in the room we were in were close together and the bass beating through the walls from El Jefe made dinner conversation a challenge.
Back room was high energy (bit loud). Large tables - great for larger groups. Service was good but food was only mediocre.
We had been to the restaurant before and were expecting to order the Valentine's Day special menu with wine pairings, and sit in the lovely dining room. Instead we got a cramped table in the bar, and ordered tapas, leaving early. Food was great. Tae was bad.
This was our second visit to Tinto's in Palm Springs. The second visit was even more appreciated than the first. This time we were seated in the very lovely outdoor area. Booths and tables under canvas shelter with radiant heaters when it is cool at night. There were also seating areas surrounding fire pits. The food was outstanding both times. We love the small plate options. The service was extremely good the ambiance was romantic. Great for us to celebrate Valentine Day and our 24th wedding anniversary.
Nice hip design and authentic Basque selections a la Hondaribbia and San Sebastian Spain! Excellent service. The chef cane by so we thanked him for his excellence!
The restaurant is apparently about to close to reopen as some kind of a Mexican restaurant. They seem to have stopped buying things. Of the fifteen or so Spanish wines on the list at this Spanish restaurant they only had one , not very interesting, bottle. We filled in with a decent Argentine Malbec. The food was okay Spanish Tapas, not the best we have ever had. The ambience was blah. The server was trying hard. Overall, it was a "why bother" kind of place.
We thoroughly enjoyed our sampling of small plates!
Our wine was outstanding.
The wait staff made great recommendations.
Definitely would return
The lighting was too direct for a restaurant of this caliber - pod lights point right at your table from above, which made our table too bright and the next table completely dark. Also, music was down so low and tables to close together (did I mention the lighting?!?) that it felt at once loud and quiet as we could hear all the wrong noises (conversation at the next table, orders placed, waitress correctly using "corner" behind us) and none of the right ones (our own conversation ONLY and some tunes). Food was okay, although I was surprised that the dates were room temp and we had to ask for them twice (after ordering them first and not receiving them by the end of the meal).