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114 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (City Center West)
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Ranked #17 of 3,733 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Spanish, Basque
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center West
Cross street: Sansom
Transit: SEPTA: The 17, 21, and 42 buses stop near the restaurant. The Market-Frankford El stop is at 15th & Market.
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
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258 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Recently while visiting in Philly I had a mostly positive experience at Tinto. Having eaten at other Garces' restaurants our expectations were high (we love Amadas.) Our server was sweet but confessed this was only her second night working. We tried several of the tapas, including the prosciutto wrapped figs, moules and albondigas. Most of the tapas arrived promptly but... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I had only been to a tapis restaurant before and it was years ago. My husband had never been to one so it was a completely different experience for him. We loved it after we figured out the menu with the assistance of our waiter Dave. We ordered an assortment of food and loved every bit of it. The red... More

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Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

My husband and I are planning a return trip to the Basque region next spring, so we decided to check out the tasting menu at Tinto. After settling into our very nice table, we ordered the more expensive chef's tasting menu at $75pp and the wine pairings at $45pp. The dishes were served tapas style. The first grouping included an... More

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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80 reviews 80 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We made a reservation and were greeted with kind smiles when we arrived. We were a little early so we had a drink at the bar. The bartender was very friendly and made fabulous drinks! Our server was attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. The food, OH THE FOOD, was SO GOOD! We shared the Short rib, the Moules Basquaise, and the... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Three of us spent over two happy hours sampling the tapas and the wine by the glass on a lovely Friday evening. Every dish was delish! Most especially recommend the lamb brochetta and the pulpo, although the brussels sprouts held their own as well. Will return.

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Delray Beach, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Tinto was so highly recommended on TripAdvisor we decided to give it a try. Turns out one of our friends we were meeting works for a sister restaurant, and they took such great care of us! We visited a month ago, and after getting home from vacation there was so much going on I haven't gotten around to writing a... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I had read rave reviews of this unusual restaurant that features Basque small plates, so I brought a date. My friend and I ordered the chef's tasting menu with matching wine flight. We were disappointed.The flavors were bland or, sometimes, overly spicy to hide the food; the textures were too chewy and unattractive. The wine was ok, but not interesting.... More

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St. Louis
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78 reviews 78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My husband and I and our daughter and her friend went here for dinner and drinks during a one night stay in Philly. It was a fun evening with attentive service and way-above-average innovative tapas and "typical" Tapas Bar atmosphere (dark wood and lighting; tall tables and bar chairs). We particularly recommend the duck and blue cheese tapa and the... More

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Berlin, New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My girlfriend had read some reviews on Tinto which said that it was romantic. I took her for her birthday dinner this weekend and other then the fact that it has low lighting we did not find it to be romantic. It is loud, we sat in un-comfortable high top bar stools even though I had requested a nice table... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Five of us were on a business trip and our concierge sent us here when we asked for tapas. It did not disappoint. Everything we tried, from meats to veggies, signature cocktails to olives, was delicious. We had such a wonderful time!

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