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“Amazing flavors and presentation”
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Tinto
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Sunrise
Transit: Sunset/E. Palm Canyon
Description: Tinto (red wine in Spanish) is a wine bar and restaurant from Iron Chef Jose Garces inspired by the culinary-renowned Basque region of Northern Spain and Southern France. At Tinto, Garces presents his modern approach to traditional pintxos (Peen-chos), or Basque tapas, and a deep selection of area's premier wines and native cocktails.
Reviewed April 4, 2013

We had a party of 6 and enjoyed one of the tasting menus - enjoyed every course! We started with the most amazing smoked almonds and moved through a feast that delighted the taste buds. Can't wait to return. Loved the lively environment.

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Thank spete88070
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

I have a few great things to say about Tinto, and one not so great.

Highs: The food is excellent. We had the tasting menu, which had a series of courses of really good textures and tastes. We enjoyed shrimp skewers, steak, delicious tapas. You receive a good amount of food for what you pay, which makes the dining experience a nice value. The service was attentive and friendly. We visited at the start of our Spring Break week in Palm Springs, and it was nice to kick off the week here.

One Low: We travelled during the day of our reservation, and at 8:00 PM we found the place packed with people (a good sign) but kind of loud. Not super loud headache-inducing loud, but loud enough that we couldn't really carry on a conversation at normal speaking tones. By 9:00pm however, half of the people had left and we finished our meal and were happy. It might have been the factors of Spring Break, and also that the hotel the restaurant is in attracts a bouyant crowd, but I wanted to share with readers to be prepared for a somewhat noisy atmosphere during the 8:00pm hour.

I would recommend the restaurant. The food is very good. You can explore tapas through a la carte or through the tasting menu. Take Care, Rob.

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2  Thank RobSwims
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

This was our first experience with tapas style dining and we were favourably impressed with the variety of dishes available, the freshness of the food and the range of flavors. Our group of four tried at least 15 dishes and it's hard to pick a favorite but the shrimp skewers and the scallops were fantastic. Even the green beans served with nuts were a big hit and the dessert which included a sampling of date ice cream was a special treat. As other reviewers have mentioned, the menu is fairly pricey but the service, food and quality were outstanding. I would like to go back on another visit to Palm Springs and hope they keep some of my favorites on the menu.

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Thank Marjorie K
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

It was an extra bonus to find this restaurant housed in the hotel I chose for my birthday weekend. Thankfully, we were able to get reservations (thanks to the helpful front desk folks at The Saguaro), but we had to take the earliest dinner slot, 6:00 p.m. That was OK because the restaurant was empty when we were seated. The hostess gave us the news that Jose Garces, the Iron Chef whose restaurant this is, was in the house for an event and book signing.

Our waiter was very personable and knowledgeable, going through the menu. Basically, it's tapas, in other words, lots of courses of small plates with big taste. In the end, some were good, some (like the mushrooms) were not (and the waiter returned it). Everything was overpriced, but hey, we expected that.

The biggest letdown of the evening was when we saw Garces. He stopped for a moment near our table. As I said earlier, we were the only patrons in that section. We waved to him; he looked away and walked past us. But we did get to see an Iron Chef. (He looks taller on TV, but doesn't almost everybody?)

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Thank BlueBoots92008
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

If you like tapas, even better if you don't know how fine tapas can be, head for Tinto. Christian will introduce you to the secrets and varieties of tapas, with a story behind each one. The food exceeded our expectations by far. All tapas were great, we can't say which was the best so try them yourself.

2  Thank SophievdS
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