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Bar Pintxo

109 Santa Monica Blvd. (Ocean Ave.) Send to Phone
310-458-2012 | Menu
Joe Miller, chef-owner of Joe's restaurant, shares his take on Spanish tapas.
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Dinner nigthly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late
  • Dress code: Casual

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Dining room at Bar Pintxo, Santa Monica, CA

Bar Pintxo Restaurant Review

: Chef Joe Miller of Joe's restaurant in Venice was so inspired by the tapas restaurants he had visited during trips to Spain that he decided to open his own back home. He even adheres to the Spanish tradition of discarding napkins and toothpicks on the floor. So here on Santa Monica Boulevard, a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean, you will find authentic and rustic tapas (stored in a refrigerated window) paired with wines and beers, all from Spain, in a very friendly and lively atmosphere. Bar Pintxo (PEEN-cho) is small, and does not take reservations, so be prepared to wait, especially on weekend nights. Whether you are sitting at the bar or at a table, you will not miss the constant action going on in the open kitchen under the direction of executive chef David Plonowski. Since Plonowski has arrived at Bar Pintxo, the level of the food has drastically improved. Start with manchego cheese topped with quince rolled in Marcona almond, mussels in escabèche, or crimini mushrooms filled with mushroom mousse, piquillo aïoli and Idiazabal cheese. The “jamón Ibérico pata negra” aged for 24 months is a delicacy (priced at $18), and the gazpacho is as good as it gets. Continue with the shrimp served with garlic and parsley sauce. Plonowski’s croquetas de pollo can compete with those of any Spanish chef. Crispy duck breast on a bed of lentils is another good option. There is, of course, paella, which alternates daily depending on the chef’s mood and discoveries at the market. Finish with flan, which changes flavor every month --- the evening we went it was a delicious combination of lemon and rosemary. In case you are wondering what “Pintxo" means: it is the equivalent of Spanish tapas in the Basque culture.

User Ratings & Reviews for Bar Pintxo
Average rating    2.5
Reviews 1 - 2 of 21
not authentic spanish food, but good!!
by Libel on Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:33 am
Finally, in LA, you can walk into restaurant claiming to be a "tapas bar" and actually see, experience, and enjoy Spanish tapas.
The wine list is great and for those complaining about the crowds, try going to a tapas bar in Spain!
What I love the most about Bar Pintxo is the vibe.
No reservations can be made so its first come, first serve!!!!!!!!
by vdoro on Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:17 am
We were four people and almost ordered everything on the menu. Most of the tapas they serve you can't even finish because they're so awful. People there clearly have no idea what they are doing. Believe me, we know tapas as we lived in Spain for years. Too bad. We were very hungry and really wanted to like the place. After we went home, we were still hungry and so we ate cheese sandwiches!
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