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Tinto

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City Center West
Spanish, Basque
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114 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Sansom)
SEPTA: The 17, 21, and 42 buses stop near the restaurant. The Market-Frankford El stop is at 15th & Market.
215-665-9150
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Tinto, an expression used to describe red wine served in pintxos bars...
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, Shrimp & Chorizo Brochettes, Short Rib Bocadillo, 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 events@garcesgroup.com
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Low key restaurant at first blush Hostess not too accommodating. Other staff superb and food was excellent Tapas to share or two tasting menues. We took the $75 version. Was just excellent. Flavours and design superb A most memorable meal

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
Lesia B
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

Low key restaurant at first blush Hostess not too accommodating. Other staff superb and food was excellent Tapas to share or two tasting menues. We took the $75 version. Was just excellent. Flavours and design superb A most memorable meal

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We did a rehearsal dinner for 40 in their main dining room for our son's wedding. It is pricey -- we paid about 140 a head for a 4 course meal and drinks. A Friday night reservation for a group like ours required $4000 minimum food/drink order plus about 25% service so you are looking at a minimum of about... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Manager Justin, bartenders Steven and Valery made the evening. Or should I say the amazing food. A must when in Philadelphia or from Doylestown on the train for the nite. We will be back!!

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Lahore, Pakistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

A tapas restaurant with very good quality food and efficient service. Even though we were a large party the dishes kept on coming at a good pace so no one had to wait. Though a bit pricy, overall a good dining experience.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I really enjoy Basque food in Northern Spain so was delighted to find Tinto, owned by Iron Chef Jose Garces. This restaurant specializes in Basque tapas, which range from soups and salads to shellfish and fish. The wine selection is also good. We found the ambiance to be warm and welcoming and our server was pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive. My... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

My daughter lives in Philadelphia and recommended this restaurant for mother's day. Our server Scott was very helpful and professional. He explained tapas concept and portion sizes. Helped us make great choices. Food presentation and taste exceeded expectations. We chose 5 plates: crab, prawns, mushrooms, baby beets ( which were incredible), octopus, and asked Scott to recommend the 6th (duck).... More 

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Washington, DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Our group couldn't decide how to rate Tinto. The service and presentation were excellent. The restaurant was a bit noisy, as is typical in many urban eateries. The menu was lovely, and they even had a separate, printed gluten free menu. The food itself was mixed. A few items were standouts (duck confit, lamb brochettes), a couple of things were... More 

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Oakland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Had the Chef's tasting menu at Tinto - really excellent overall. Food was as good as the best tapas spots in Spain, and the wine list was superb. Really worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I ate at the bar and it was a totally enjoyable experience. Wonderful sangria along with a very nice assertion of tapas. The duck confit, short ribs, octopus and scallops were just wonderful and I would order again. Turns out these are the favorites of the bar tender, which I discovered after I ordered and I know why! Highly recommend.... More 

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Selkirk, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We selected this restaurant with no idea what the cuisine of the Basque region was like. However, as fans of Food Network and Iron Chef Jose Garces, we felt safe trying something new. Our party of four opted for the high end tasting menu with paired wines. It was a wonderful introduction to the cuisine of the Basque region of... More 

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Additional Information about Tinto

Address: 114 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone Number: 215-665-9150
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
Cuisine: Spanish, Basque

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 114 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
    (Sansom)
  • Public Transportation: SEPTA: The 17, 21, and 42 buses stop near the restaurant. The Market-Frankford El stop is at 15th & Market.
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighborhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: 215-665-9150

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Basque

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic

Description

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, Shrimp & Chorizo Brochettes, Short Rib Bocadillo, 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 events@garcesgroup.com
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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