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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Special occasions

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  • 169
    Excellent
  • 94
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Great Philly restaurant

My wife and I ate here for our anniversary and enjoyed everything about this place. With the help of our server David C we went with the chefs tasting with the wine pairing. What an awesome experience, delicious food, great wine and perfect service. There is nothing wrong with Tinto, we will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Middletowntraveler
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Middletown DE
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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Middletown DE
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

My wife and I ate here for our anniversary and enjoyed everything about this place. With the help of our server David C we went with the chefs tasting with the wine pairing. What an awesome experience, delicious food, great wine and perfect service. There is nothing wrong with Tinto, we will return.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I don't like tapas and I'm not a big fan of Spanish food. But I cannot get enough of Tinto. I have been about a half dozen times and it never gets old and never disappoints. The best way to go is definitely to order the tasting menu and let the chef decide what to bring. With a party of... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Normally, you expect small portions at a tapas restaurant--but this restaurant is taking this to the extreme. Here's a clue about how they price their menu items. Take a wholesale price for an items, for example, rack of lamb, at about $15/lb. Double this to produce a retail price ($30), serve no more than 1/6 of a pound ($5 of... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I dined here with 4 friends last Saturday night during a snowstorm. The hostess was very welcoming and happy to take our coats and do what she could to make us comfortable. The varied Tapas menu has a great variety of foods that are interesting and fresh. We all shared a variety of food and all were great, especially the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Let's just say this food has you not wanting to swallow it tastes that good in your mouth! Iron Chef Jose Garces's food will have you drooling from this Spanish tapas restaurant. Our favorite go to items to order: a mixto of cheese (make sure idiazabal is one) served with honey, chili powder and quince paste, the best dressed salad... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We have tried a bunch of Jose Garces' restaurants. I would say that Tinto is very good, but is not at the Amada level, in my opinion. We had the crab canapes, short rib bocadillos, chicken brochettes, and the wild mushrooms. The mushrooms were very good. The other dishes were very good, but not outstanding. Service was good. Restaurant was... More 

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Philadelphia
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97 reviews 97 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

You can tell by former reviews that the tapas is very good here. Be prepared to spend more than you expected, as ordering by small plates can add up quickly. We ordered the Deluxe Chefs Tasting, which was $75.00 per person, without beverages. So, what did we get for our $150.00 for two? Here is the list, with a la... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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104 reviews 104 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Hadn't been to Tinto's for a long time but we were in the area late Saturday afternoon so decided to try it. They weren't open yet but graciously let us wait inside out of the cold wind. They seated us as soon as they were ready for evening service and we had lovely wine and delicious plates to share: salad,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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293 restaurant reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We arrived at Tinto about 20 minutes prior to our reservation. We went to the bar and I let the hostess know. Less than 5 minutes later, she came to get us and let us know she had moved some things around so we could be seated right away. Awesome. Server was good. Food was also pretty good- minus the... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We made a reservation for 8-10 people, and arrived with 13 on a very busy night. The staff were extremely accommodating, setting up a private upstairs room for us, carrying extra furniture and place setting up there for us. Food was good, service was good too. If you like Spanish Tapas, this is a great place to go, especially if... More 

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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
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Basque

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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