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Tinto - 27 Reviews - 114 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (215) 665-9150


114 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 665-9150
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Tinto - Philadelphia, PA
Tinto - Philadelphia, PA
Tinto - Philadelphia, PA


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Absolutely amazing food, the most incredible dishes I have ever eaten. Every bite seemed to melt like...


We went to Tinto to get out of the cold one day. There's not too much else around there, and it looked cozy. Wanted to try Village Whiskey but it was closed for a private party....

Editorial review from Citysearch 9/4/2012

Be prepared to be blown away by the taste and the presentation. Took my family there to celebrate 2 birthdays and had a fantastic time. more

Absolutley Amazing 1/5/2011

Absolutely amazing food, the most incredible dishes I have ever eaten. Every bite seemed to melt like... more

Absolutley Amazing 1/5/2011

danielle Provided by Partner
Absolutely amazing food, the most incredible dishes I have ever eaten. Every bite seemed to melt like butter and tasted so good. A little pricey ... more

Absolutley Amazing 1/5/2011

danielle Provided by Partner
Absolutely amazing food, the most incredible dishes I have ever eaten. Every bite seemed to melt like butter and tasted so good. A little pricey ... more

Expensive 12/30/2009

We went to Tinto to get out of the cold one day. There's not too much else around there, and it looked cozy. Wanted to try Village Whiskey but it was closed for a private party. So in we went. Lots of people were in the small bar. We waited about 5 minutes for the bartender to notice us, then ordered martinis. When we got the tab, we were amazed that each drink was $14. The drinks were regular - not even a vermouth-soaked olive like you'd get at Parc- and since there were no seats we went to the narrow table by the window. Since there were no coat racks or hooks, there was a pile of coats on this narrow table, and we leaned up against it to find that it was not fastened in any way to floor or wall, wobbling to the point of almost spilling our expensive drinks. When I went to grab the table, I got a big splinter. This place is a tourist trap - with weapons! Pros: nice atmosphere, location Cons: expensive drinks, small bar more

good place for out-of-towners 10/14/2009

Although the small plates of food had me worried that it wasn't enough, my worries were quickly abated. I am not from Philly and going to Tinto showed me that I can get really good food and ambience outside of NYC. Service was courteous. Food came out quickly. The server recommended a really good bottle of wine and gave my friends and I the attention we deserved. If I find myself in Philly again, I would definitely return to Tinto. Pros: Good service, good food, great wine selection Cons: kitchen closes early more

Amazing $25 brunch 9/1/2009

I have only been to Tinto for brunch, so cannot comment on anything but that. It was fantastic. We went for the 5 course Sunday brunch tasting menu. I thought it was very good for $25/person. Yes, the plates are small, but you can choose between numerous sweet/savory items. All were absolutely delicious. The maple grits were the standout for me- so rich and delicious, the perfect complement to the rest of my meal. The brunch service was not rushed at all, and our server was appropriately attentive and very helpful in explaining the different dishes and answering our questions. We are not big brunch people, in fact we despise brunch culture and waiting around for overpriced mediocre food. Tinto was nothing like that- a truly relaxing and wonderful experience from start to finish. A splurge, for sure- but worth it. Pros: 5 course brunch Cons: nothing more

too expensive for what it is 8/10/2009

I think I am done with small plates.I went to Amada and Tinto and both times I left hungry and felt that I spent way too much to fell that way. I won't go back. Pros: nice ambiance Cons: leave hungry more

Great Dining Experience 10/16/2008

I live close to Tinto and have been here multiple times and every visit has been great. I always get the cheese mixto and the figs. I've probably tried at least 10 of the menu items and was never dissapointed. The restaurant is very romantic and the service has been ok (not the best). A few times I needed to remind the server about my wine or food order. I wouldn't go too hungry because the small dishes and the wine can add up. This is a good place for a date or a light meal. Pros: Food, wine, ambience Cons: not the best value, service could be better more

Probaby the best dining experience in Philadelphia 9/30/2008

I took a date here recently. It was the first time I've been since the expansion and the menu change and Tinto has stepped it up HUGE. We went for the deluxe tasting menu and it did not disappoint. The Iberian ham is quite simply one of the best things I've ever eaten--so simple, so perfect. The baby artichokes and the steak we received with our main course were excellent as well. By the time we had finished, I was ready to pop. The service was outstanding as well. Our waiter, Nate, was like an encyclopedia of food and wine; he recommended us a perfect bottle for our meal, and when we told him how much we liked it, he wrote us down a list of other wines to try when we got home. It wasn't cheap, but quality comes at a price. Hats off to Jose Garces--we'll definitely be back. Pros: Food, service Cons: small tables more

false advertisement 9/27/2008

I agree with one of the reviews I have seen from another fellow Spaniard. It was a horrible experience and I will not go back. Being from Spain, I guess I am a harder critic than most guests at the restaurant. However, most people may not really know what they are supossed to get when they order dishes from 'El Pais Vasco"". Besides having pimientos de Padron (from Galicia) and patatas Asturianas (from Auturias), which are dishes outside the realm of the Pais Vasco's cuisine, what they really offered is NOT what it is suppossed to be. Take for example, pimientos de padron, very specific type of peppers (dark green). Well, I ordered some...To my surprise, I received a plate with jalape?o peppers (nice presentation, by the way) which I asked to be removed from our table as it was not what I ordered. Then I proceeded to order merluza (a fish called hake) and I got sea bass intead. Once again, I asked them to take it away. The manager, who I think is clueless, comes over and tells us that he is sure that these are the right items as he orders those from Tienda com (An internet retailer). Let's think about this for a second... this is a really nice and extremely expensive restaurant in Philadelphia. WOULD YOU PUBLICLY ADMIT YOU GET YOUR FOOD FROM AN INTERNET RETAILER? Clueless... Pros: Nice Txacoli Cons: Everything else more

Better than Amada 8/17/2008

I went here with three friends and it completely lived up to my expectations. There was not a single thing on the menu that wasn't delicious. And our waiter was extremely friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. Definitely talk to your waiter because he recommended some things that were outstanding. I liked the food better than Amada, but that may be just that I like this region of Spain better. All 4 of us ate until we couldn't eat anymore, and had 2 or 3 drinks per person and the bill (including tip) came to 60 dollars a head. It was much more affordable than I expected. Delicious! I would definitely go back! Pros: Cool atmosphere, intimate tables, great wine list, knowledgeable waitstaff more

Big Prices Little portions mediocre food 7/1/2008

I rarely am this critical of an eating establishment, but I feel I have an obligation to warn the people of Philadelphia about Tinto. The place looks nice and actually serves some great tasting and novel cocktails. Just dont go there for dinner unless you expect tp get dissapointed by a combination of high prices and small portions. I mean really small portions. The salads are 3 small leaves of lettuce. Ask for bread and they give a tiny dish with 3 pieces in it. The taste and creativity is not there either...if after reading this, you go anyway..remember I warned you Pros: Beautiful Place. Some interesting cocktails Cons: portion size, value, flavor more

As good as Amada 6/3/2008

Amada is my favorite restaurant in Philly so I thought I'd give Tinto a try. I was not disappointed. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable, the atmosphere was inviting and the menu was filled with so many wonderful dishes that we had a hard time narrowing it down for our order. We ended up with 8 dishes including one dessert and were completely satisfied. Every bite was amazing and along with a beautiful bottle of crisp white wine our bill came to $140 without tip for two. Not bad in my in my opinion and if you wanted to make it less expensive, sit at the bar, have a few dishes, a bottle of wine and ENJOY! Pros: wonderful food and service. nice atmosphere Cons: not for an everyday meal if you're on a budget more

The Biggest Ripoff 5/5/2008

First of all, I cannot believe that all the reviews I read were only good reviews. \r I'm from Spain and I have lots of family in Pais Vasco, so I've visited them many times. I went to Tinto last Friday for the first time ever and I won't come back. My family would be laughing at this place (or crying) if they order Patatas Asturianas and they bring them between 7 and 10 little pieces of potatoes in a microdish and they have to pay $7... Yes, well, that's one of the cheapest item in the menu. I guess olives were cheaper (although nothing impressive). All the portions made me feel so annoyed and mad, and I'm NOT a big eater. I felt bad for the people we were with. I just don't want them to think that you have to spend that money in Spain to eat good. You don't.\r I couldn't believe what SOME people here are willing to spend for a little tiny dish. The owner of this place must be laughing at everybody. I'm happy that Capogiro was across the street and we all could get a second desert because the ones at Tinto were insanely small. Yes, we all had second deserts in another place.\r Anyway, in case someone is wondering, I do know exactly what PINCHOS and TAPAS are. In many regions of Spain pinchos are FREE when you order your wine, beer, or beverage. It's courtesy of the bar. The best the pincho is, the more wine they sell. Pinchos are not designed to be share like in Tinto's menu. What you share are tapas. Tapas are 10 times bigger than pinchos and you don't need to get 30 tapas to get satisfied. You probably need one tapa per person or two. In Pais Vasco you DO pay for pinchos. They are usually very elaborated, but the prices are VERY reasonable. People eat pinchos every day in different bars. They would be ruined if they went to Tinto. Some pinchos at Tinto were good, but I wasn't very impressed. Maybe they should change the concept, but if they are doing good, that's o.k with me. I'm the one that won't come back, but I'm trying to let people know my point of view. more

Disappointed with Dinner 3/30/2008

We had dinner on a Saturday at 6:30. I was excited based on the reviews and I had been prior to the renovations. However, after eating dinner at Tinto; I wished I had chosen another restaurant. The space is cramped and the service was terrible. The food was good, I must admit; however, the atmosphere and the service took a lot away from the food. We ordered seven items, based on our server's recommendation. The food was really tasty, one bad thing was that is came so quickly, you could not enjoy what you were eating. Bus-people were trying to take things away that were not finished and our food was coming out so quickly, you could not really enjoy it. I mentioned this quickness to the server and she said ""that is only your first course"". My date and I looked at each....""aren't we eating tapas?"" Anyway, we felt rushed and for the price we paid, we should be able to enjoy what we were eating. Our server did not know much about wine, other than recommending their ""new"" wine, she had little to say. I really wanted to enjoy my dinner at TInto and I really did not. Pros: Tasty & different food Cons: Tight seating & poor service more

Best meal in Philly 2/25/2008

In one word: unbelievable!\r \r Tremendous addition to the tapas scene in the Philadelphia area. I tried atleast 12 dishes that I can remember and each was excellent. Only item I would suggest skipping is the paella, but thats only because everything else is sooooo good.\r \r I suggest sitting downstairs if possible. There are some tables that make you feel secluded. \r \r The wine list is fantastic. If you like Spanish food, this is the place for you. Pros: Amazing Food, Amazing Wine, Amazing Service Cons: Expensive more

Amazing meal 1/26/2008

An excellent overall experience. Definetely worth the money you will spend. The waiter was very nice and helpful answering questions and giving suggestions. Two of us split 5 tapas and were full and extremely satisfied. I can't wait to go back!!! Pros: the food! Cons: can get expensive and it is small more

Perfect experience! 9/20/2007

Everything from the knowledgable staff to the delectable food is perfect about Tinto. This tapas style restaurant also has a superb wine list. Do yourself a favor and come here- there is no way you will leave disapointed. more

Fantastic food lives up to reputation 8/26/2007

We'd been wanting to try Tinto since hearing so much good about it, and having enjoyed Amada. Three of us had schedules permitting us to get a same-day reservation at 5:15 on a Friday. Everything we tasted was delicious and inventive; we found that about a dozen plates for the three of us was enough food (although still pricey; it adds up quickly). We ate on the main floor next to the open kitchen. The decor is warm but chic, although the chairs aren't particularly comfortable (perhaps this is better in the lounge-like lower level). Unlike the rest of the staff, which was quite friendly, our handsome blond waiter seemed to think that food service was beneath him as he waited for his modeling career to take off. Also, following a common practice these days, he didn't write down our order when we gave it; as a result we failed to receive one of the items that we were especially looking forward to (and that he had encouraged us to order!). We realized this only when the plates were suddenly cleared, since no one asked if we wanted anything else before dessert. But that's a relatively minor quibble, and wouldn't stop us from returning. Pros: excellent, interesting food Cons: expensive; some uneven service more
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  • In Short
    Warm and romantic, like its namesake, Tinto is a cozy place between a fiesta and siesta that combines rich, red Spanish wines and decadent ethnic dishes. Within the appropriately...

  • 1/5/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Fri-Sat: 5pm-12am, Sun-Thu: 5pm-10pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Discover, Visa, Diner's Club
  • Neighborhoods:

    Center City West, Center City