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“Not what we were expecting!”
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Tinto
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Ranked #51 of 4,428 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$100
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: 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
Reviewed 28 July 2014

My girlfriend had read some reviews on Tinto which said that it was romantic. I took her for her birthday dinner this weekend and other then the fact that it has low lighting we did not find it to be romantic. It is loud, we sat in un-comfortable high top bar stools even though I had requested a nice table when making the reservations, we were dressed nice as you should be for a Saturday evening dinner at a nice restaurant yet several men came in with shorts, tee shirts and sneakers in several different parties, nothing about it was what we would consider romantic. We did the chef's tasting menu which was a nice amount of food for the money and the food was all good to very good but nothing we would call great. The sangria by the pitcher was good but your glass is all ice and the pitcher is all ice. My suggestion is that if you want to try Chef Varga's tapas you should go to Amada. At least people seem to dress nicer there and it is a little more romantic if you get a good table.

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Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

Five of us were on a business trip and our concierge sent us here when we asked for tapas. It did not disappoint. Everything we tried, from meats to veggies, signature cocktails to olives, was delicious. We had such a wonderful time!

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We stopped in for some Tapas and wine. The duck confit wrapped in serrano ham is out of this world. Also had great brussel sprouts and heirloom tomato salad. There are so many more to try, we know we will go back.

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

What a find! My son and I walked here from the Sofitel after studying the TA restaurant reviews of Philadelphia. There was a large selection of restaurants from which to choose, but Tinto looked promising.

We were the first ones in the restaurant, but that changed quickly. It was pretty busy for a Monday night.

We decided to have the "upgraded" tasting menu ($75/person), which as we understood was with better charcuterie. It was worth it.

The charcuterie came with three cheeses (goat, blue, Basque), membrillo, and jamon, which was terrific. The pulpo (octopus) was lovely with a smoky tomato sauce. It was slightly salty to my taste, but perfectly cooked. We had the shrimp, which was just okay. The duck confit was delicious as were the scallops with parsnip puree. The wagu beef with mushrooms was too salty, but perfectly cooked.

We ended with a dessert of chocolate versus fruit. Excellent balance.

Our waiter Devon was very helpful in helping me to choose a wine. I started with a Rioja Rose and then changed to a a red for dinner. They were both very good. Service was outstanding. Poor Devon had to answer lots and lots of questions from us, but he was very patient, and I appreciated that.

This was just a terrific meal, and I hope to repeat it in the near future.

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Thank Ttttraveler
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Went for dinner on our 19th anniversary and we were very favorably impressed. the food was excellent. The service was prompt but patient in that we would try one course before we ordered the next so we could take our time and not fill up. Our server was happy to help and gave us great advice on each course.

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Thank Edp25
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