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Bar Pintxo

109 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
+1 310-458-2012
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Ranked #127 of 564 restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
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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52 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is far from Spanish level. Bread is toasted (=grilled with a strong taste of beeing burnt), potatoes seemed microwaved totally without freshness. Unsalted food, too much garlic and missing the last touch. Though staff is serviceminded and location is good, will not return. Pintxos with jamon and figues where delicious when taking away the burnt bread...

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Santa Monica, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Love Bar Pinxto. Been going here since we moved to Santa Monica. Authentic Tapas with the sea air right outside. We even see the head chef of this restaurant shopping for local, seasonal produce weekly at the farmers market here. What else do you need to know. Smaller spot so don't expect to drop in at 8:00 pm on a... More

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Bar Pintxo's location is what I like best. It's a good place to enjoy a sangria and a couple of tapas if you find a seat outside.

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Santa Monica, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Great food and location. Chef joe's second restaurant, great food and service. Best happy hour in town.

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

The word 'average' pretty much sums the place up. Sangria was pretty poor, service average and a bit slow, food ok but nothing to write home about. Tad on the expensive side for what it was. Wouldn't return.

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Santa Monica, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
133 reviews 133 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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119 reviews 119 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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