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114 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (City Center West)
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Ranked #13 of 3,727 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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90% Recommend
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English first
brooklyn, ny
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We cannot visit Philadelphia without a return to Tinto! The excellent tapas are complex in flavor, beautifully presented, and absolutely delicious. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable; happy to describe the dishes and make recommendations. In this case, we had the chef's tasting menu which was outstanding, but (as another reviewer has noted) be prepared and go hungry! Can't wait... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I visited the city and chose Tinto for a nice dinner. It was outstanding. We had the tasting menu with a wine pairing. The octopus and green beans were particular highlights. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Food service ambiance very nice.. We ordered quite a few dishes all very nice, except the short ribs ,were fatty we did get a second one wasn't much better.. Sangria was just ok.. Other than that would go back again..

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Bangkok, Thailand
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

Tried the tasting menu. Everything was really nice. The staffs are nice and attentive. Be warned that the 4 course menu can be quite a lot! (Meaning that you should really go there with an empty stomach!)

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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Whenever I am Philadelphia I have to have one meal at Tintos. Last night was one of the best meals I've had a Tintos and maybe ever anyplace. I have a tendency to get the same items every time. I sat at the bar and after asking for a recommendation from the bartender, I decided on the Octopus, the potatoes... More

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Elkton, MD
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113 reviews 113 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

With so many good restaurants in Philadelphia, repeat visits for me are the exception to the rule. However, I recently had the opportunity to revisit Tinto and try the Tasting Menu. The food was plentiful and delicious. This is definitely a great way to try a wide variety of dishes, but be sure to go hungry as some of these... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Enjoy a bottle of basque wine and tapas! We had a wonderful time! The service was lovely, great recommendations for the paella and wine. They even customized a dish of pardon peppers! We enjoyed everything we ordered and the ability to eat at a leisurely pace! If you are in Philly do not miss the chance to eat here!

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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73 reviews 73 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Some of the best Tapas I've every had. I particularly liked the squid. Ask the bar tender about wines by the glass as in addition to what was on the wine list he also was keeping a couple of bottles from their reserve collection by the bar and offering them up by the glass. Fantastic experience overall... great place to... More

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Morristown, New Jersey
17 reviews 17 reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is an amazing little tapas restaurant that will transport you to Spain immediately. The wall is filled with wine bottles...a hint of the excellent wine suggestions to come. You are encouraged to study the unique menu as your very knowledgeable and patient waiter tutors you on what to expect and how to best enjoy the many offerings here. As... More

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Downingtown, PA
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Just dined there last night. Great dinner! Tapas done right. An added plus is that we sat at the high top table right in front of the glass showing the the team in the kitchen cooking and plating up. Fun night with good food, drinks and entertainment.

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