El Quinto Pino

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451 reviews
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El Quinto Pino is a Multiregional Spanish tapas bar in Manhattan from chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero. A gathering place and the perfect place to go for drinks and traditional and signature tapas. Famous for our Uni Panini, our unique menu and off the beaten path wine list celebrating all regions of Spain. Above all, we are inspired by the tapas lifestyle and the ability of the tapas tradition to bring people together. Our authentic and creative food is rooted in tradition but has true flair and our staff is knowledgeable but most of all friendly.

This winning and fresh approach has meant that El Quinto Pino has enjoyed being called “the best” and “most authentic tapas bar” over and over again since we opened in 2007.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

This restaurant/wine bar in Chelsea from the folks who brought you Tia Pol and Txikito delivers solid authentic Spanish eats, wine, and sangria.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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l
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bottom line: I would recommend and I would go back.

What was excellent: pan con tomate, whiskey cocktails, patatas bravas, gambas, pimientos. Also really liked the atmosphere, edgy and modern, but also warm & cozy. I can see why it would be a good date spot. Feels like you've discovered something.

What was just ok: pulpo (served cold, think it should have been room temp or warm), service (took waiter a bit too long to check in on us after our meal, so by the time he came to us we weren't even in the mood to try dessert. Also found him to be a bit cold but I guess that's NYC for you)

What we didn't like: cauliflower (had an overwhelmingly fragrant flavor that was a bit off-putting)

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l
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating an art opening. Really fun, thanks!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was lovely. Unexpected quirky retro ambiance with delicious food. A bit overpriced, but we were in NYC so to be expected. Wine was delicious red Spanish wine.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The perfect spot for delicious sangria and authentic Spanish tapas.

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k
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent choice for those who have experienced Barcelona, as three of our party had. Good food brought back a flood of good memories. Marry your visit here with a stop at El Quinto's sister restaurant, Txchitos (just around the corner) for an Iberian immersion.

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N
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

60 minutes for brunch dishes to arrive and there were only 3 tables seated in the restaurant.

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KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Looking forward to my next time at El Quinto Pino. Great sangria and great portion sizes of the tapas. Ambience is great. Deliciousness all around!

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d
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Portions were too small. None of the plates I ate really stood out as being amazing. However, the service was great and the drinks were great.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good experience overall

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CF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this little nook! It was Delicious and cozy!

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Charming venue! Great Food!

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food with great quality! Really tasting almost as being in Barcelona. Just suggest to serve the ‘escslibada’ cold as this is the true traditional way. In any case all was great! Cheers! JM&Miriam

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, delicious tapas

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BP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun. Fun. And more fun.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I have been going there for years but had not been in about 6-8 months. I was thoroughly shocked by the food and the portion size. It is completely a rip off! Very very expensive for minuscule portions and banal food. The seafood paella came on a tiny dish with 1 piece of shrimp and some mushy pasta - awful! The wine is overpriced and just dull. I used to like this place but will NEVER Return! What happened?!! I want my money back! A total waste off my time.

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OT
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great vibe- intimate spot. Vegetarian options.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restuarant was a pleasant surprise...in a good way. My friends and I enjoyed a pitcher of sangria and ordered croquette ( totally delicious), bomba toledana( I swear it's not spicy), fideua and gamble al ajillo. Definitely did wonders for the taste bud. The portions are just right, so if you're worried about your figure, the menu does accommodate.

The setting is intimate enough for a date or dinner meeting. The staff is very knowledgeable about the dishes including the level of spiciness.

I have 6 more request to visit this restaurant. I never recommend a restaurant to my fellow foodie unless I've tried it first. This restaurant is definitely a must visit.

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PV
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Negligent, ignorant, unconcerned, stingy servers; exceptionally high prices for ridiculously tiny portions; mediocre ambience. Food was average at best.

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Z
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great tapas in a casual, friendly place. Although we had booked a table we chose to sit and eat at the bar as preferred the look of that room to the restaurant. Both servers were very busy but still managed to look after everyone well.

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OT
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow what an amazing spot. All seven tapas were perfect.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! The food was delicious. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the food. We will definitely be back.

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t
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Meet a few friends. Staff was friendly and attentive. Found the food good but not exceptional. And this is tapas so you must be ready to order many plates if you are hungry.

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Love the frozen drinks and tapas
The food could be a bit better- I’m a foodie- but it’s great overall.

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LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met three friends for our monthly dinner. Perfect spot. Food to share. All of which was delicious. Simple but great. Hard to do. Wait staff friendly and attentive. Easy to hear and be heard (critical for our group). Leisurely dinner with wine with no pressure.

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KH
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful tapas—closest I’ve found in the city to those I’ve had in Spain.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice and cozy but too expensive . Portion too small too

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PL
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good but not great. Wine by the glass was good. We bought a bottle of wine that didn't measure up to the wine by the glass. I thought the waiter should have been more forthcoming about the quality of the bottle - it was obviously a lesser value. Overall, a nice date place, but more of a one time experience - just to try something different. Not going back.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great but very very small portions. Great bar area, nice distance between dining tables. Service was ok.

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was really good and interesting. Very nice restaurant. Just one quibble and that is that there is a mish mash of chairs. Our table had 4 different chairs. Not all were that comfortable.

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AF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing. Given the multiple 4 and 5 star reviews, i had high expectations, especially since i am a fan of authentic Spanish tapas. My companion and I ordered a variety of dishes, and unfortunately, found the food to be lacking. Perhaps the kitchen was having an off day. Service and ambience so-so.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice brunch. Wish they had few more options.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely start to finish

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EV
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and tasty dishes. Just excellent all around food for great value!

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MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

El Quinto Pino was a delight. It was my first visit and will certainly not be my last. Having visited the Basque region in Spain, I found the food to be spot on. Great Gin & Tonic. Above all else, our server James P was terrific. He offered great guidance and helped make the right choices when we were not certain. This is a great tapas place.

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DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think I may have found my new favorite restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, excellent service, lovely room. Go there!

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LD
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice, quaint place... Spanish style tapas.. service was awesome at the bar and excellent choice in wines. The garbanzos fritos were so dry I choked! Other than that everything else was great! The bartender was a delight and my 17 year old daughter loved him!

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K
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Casual easy tapas in Chelsea. Tiny room. Friendly service.

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GF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is terrific. The food is delicious, the service excellent, and the noise level allowed us to have excellent conversation throughout dinner. We kept extending dinner because we wanted to continue tasting the various tapas selections. Not a single disappointment. We did not realize there was a dessert menu. but when we saw it we had to force ourselves to try a couple of those choices. Everything was fantastic. Thank you for a lovely dinner experience

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M
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved this place and the food and the service! Would make the effort to go back often.

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