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Bar Pintxo

109 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
+1 310-458-2012
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Ranked #81 of 554 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Bar Pintxo is an authentic Spanish tapas bar in Santa Monica providing a unique combination of outstanding food and drinks in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Our exclusively Spanish wine and beer list represents wines from every region in Spain, comprised of small and traditional family-owned wineries throughout the Spanish wine regions. Many are offered exclusively to Bar Pintxo, including an assortment of Temperinillo, Cava and Txakolina to enjoy with your meal, or for purchase. We have created a sophisticated space with a relaxed and warm feel, an old world ambiance with modern touches that transports you to Spain when you walk through our door. Remember to check out our retail store, which offers Spanish Jamons, Cheese, Olives and other Spanish foods and wine, so you can create your own Spanish experience at home!
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47 reviews from our community

82% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Santa Monica, CA
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Very authentic Spanish tapas and the place is run by an excellent local chef. They change the menu pretty often and have great sangria and fun music. Close to the promenade and beach.

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This is a great spot to go with a small group of adventurous eaters. The three of us ordered 7 menu items and shared it all. Our favorites were the sautéed calamari, the mussels, the dates and the chicken stew. The potatoes were okay, very different from my Spain travels, and the salted cod croquettes were kind of nasty. Like... More

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Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This charming shoebox of a restaurant is like a bit of Barcelona by the Pacific. On a damp, foggy evening this was a cozy place to drop into. Right away we could tell this was a good decision. The aromas from the small kitchen were out of this world. We enjoyed a variety of tapas including grilled calamari which was... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This is my second visit to Bar Pintxo, a small tapas bar on Santa Monica Blvd, steps away from Palisades Park. It is conveniently located in Santa Monica, near shopping and good parking. The restaurant offers classical pinchos and tapas: from tortilla espanola, to excellent jamon Serrano and iberico, gambas al ajillo, croquetas, etc. I especially enjoyed the bacon-wrapped and... More

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Sydney Australia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Best garlic shrimp and calamari. Lemon garlic butter was to die for. Churros disappointing but aside from that our meal was wonderful. Would return!!

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Sydney, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This place was a real find. Located close to the beach with both indoor and out door seating. Very welcoming service, delicious Spanish tapas (also try the Paella) and a great wine list.

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74 reviews 74 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

I have consistently given this tapas place positive reviews. May wife and I eat there frequently, as we did last night. Everything was going well until our final dishes arrived. They were paellas, one vegetarian the other lobster. They were both overlooked to the point of being I edible. They were burnt and dry. The waitress apologized but I still... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

My wife and I were staying in Santa Monica and were meeting up with another couple. We wanted a place near the pier that had good reviews, but not super expensive so we decided on Bar Pintxo. When we arrived, there was a loud, drunk group that was about to leave and the waitress apologized to us for their behaviour.... More

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Ballarat, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We had a bottle wine, a few tapas dishes and dessert. The wine and food, the service was good. The churro s and the tart was to die for. We were told that because we had waited so long for our dessert that we would only be charged for one dessert. We didn't think we had waited that long. A... More

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84 reviews 84 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

A fun little bistro tapas place. Food was good and the drinks were cheap during happy hour. Go early because it fills up fast and there are limited tables.

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