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“Disappointing!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Pintxo

Pintxo
256 Rue Roy, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1M6, Canada (Le Plateau-Mont-Royal)
+1 514-844-0222
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Ranked #69 of 4,550 Restaurants in Montreal
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas, Basque
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Cross street: LAVAL
Transit: Sherbrooke Metro Station
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“Disappointing!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We choose this restaurant through Trip Advisor and went there very open mind for an interesting tapas diner.
At the end of the day, a very commonplace diner. Tapas are ok, but not special. Not sure the Chef is doing a lot of effort. It looks like after a lot of good opinions, they do not really care more, as the restaurant is full.
Nothing was perfectly cooked. Just average. The octopus was really salty and overcooked. And when we told the waiter about it, the answer was : "You know what ? The chef won prizes with his octopus cooking !". So ! Ok ! Never mind !
The service was very long. We had to ask 2 or 3 times to get bread, or water or anything else.
Actually, as the restaurant is overbooked, they are not enough waiter to be able to take care of evryone. As the restaurant is full, it is really noisy.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Not What You Think - Overrated”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

I am from Montréal and lived in Spain for two years, with a month in the Basque Country, and I have a very clear idea on what a pintxo is like, as well as a verdadero tapita.

If you would like to enjoy tapas, don't eat at Pintxo. The super small portions are coupled with their creative spin in order to charge their high prices.

Our table made the decision to allow the kitchen to bring out pintxos as they saw fit. The gazpacho was served in a shotglass which was way too little, jamón serrano was chopped and sparingly used in a bland artichoke pintxo, and the scrambled eggs with Spanish cod (how do I know it came from there?) was very salty. Other pintxos came out but were forgettable and I fail to remember them.

The service was extremely disorganized. Although our "main" waitress took our order, her assistants were not in sync with her at all as we waited for many long stretches, especially at the beginning. Then, after we stated that we did not want any more food, it continued to appear in front of us. I then saw our waitress in plain clothes before we finished our meal using her smart phone at the bar. She left us.

The atmosphere was nice and their wine selection is fantastic.A great collection of Spanish wines. Bravo. That part of the restaurant is great.

So if you like super small, expensive portions of food with a descriptive marketing spin, Pintxo is for you. If you are looking for a tapas place like in Spain, you should definitely go elsewhere.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Montréal, Canada
2 reviews
“Excellent!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

The FOOD!!! the servive and the place, on a small residential street in the very charming Le Plateau Mont'Royal

Visited July 2012
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Montreal, Canada
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great Tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Book early , always full. Amazing tapas dishes, light touch and inventive. Great food for sharing and experimenting with different flavors.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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“A memorable meal you design”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

The choice of tapas is broad and delicious. The staff are very helpful and warm. You can order larger main courses, but I think the strength of this restaurants is in the small plates. Each plate arrives at a different time so you are not overwhelmed all at once. The plates are small, but the prices are very reasonable, so experimenting is easy and recommended. It is also in a nice neighborhood.

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