Authentic Spanish pinchos with a twist. We were pleasantly surprised by the new menu. The dishes were all based on authentic Spanish dishes, but each has been elevated with more and unexpected flavors (traditional Spanish food can be bland). For example, instead of traditional gazpacho, they made it spicy, but added just enough strawberry to cute the spice without it being overly sweet. Both the vegetarian and pork empanadillas were flavorful and perfectly cooked, and the tuna had nice flavor.
$70 before tip for 2 people, with the only alcohol being one glass of wine. Austin restaurants have gotten expensive for tapas/small plate style food, so we felt this was more than reasonable. Each plate was $6-10 and enough for 2 people to have a very nice size portion, or 4 people to have a few bites.
As Austin foodies and lovers of Spanish food, we feel El Chipiron is underrated, especially for the price point, and hope the word gets out soon so that it survives.
This place could be so much more! The food was great but the ambiance and casual chairs made it look rather too casual for a nice date night. The really need to turn down the lights at night and have nicer chairs. The cocktails were great!
The food was very good prepared. Very tasty, good quality, something different.
There was a guitar player which was very nice. We had a good time with our friends.
I will repeat.
Loved the service the waitress was real attentive and friendly, were accommidating and the different meals were delicious
Everything was excellent. The chef took such care with each tapas, plata, and main course. We ate at the bar and hit lots of attention . So wonderful to find a couple who cares so much about presentation and quality. GO!
The food was absolutely amazing. The flavors were very authentic and complex. We sampled a variety of dishes and found that all of them had great appeal. From the rice with squid ink, rabbit and Steak to the desert, everything was delicious.
This place is such an undiscovered jem. Drinks are AMAZING. Really fun staff. Beautiful build out.
They were trying out a new pinchos menu and were a bit short handed in the bar so there were some waits for food and drink, but they offered to comp us drinks and some food for the delay. Service got better as they evening progressed. Had a lot of fun meeting people in the bar. We will go back
I am not going back! Service is horrible! Waiting an hour for piece of food...When we asked for food they were surprised...like we never ordered. Then I asked for the plate so I can share with my husband..they gave me coffe cup plate!! Holly Molly! It was just so off...everything! I had to ask for more wine, not being offered...
Queriamos obsequiar con una muestra fe la cocina española a nuestra familia politica americana ( somos catalanes) y hemos disfrutado muchísimo. Objetivo cumplido. Sois un trocito de españa en Texas. Gracias!
Service was slow, kind of hard to get our servers attention. Food took awhile to come out too. Everything we at was delicious and the gin & tonic menu is worth going for, but it’s a little bit of food for a lot of money.
Interesting tasty food and great service. Wonderful that the Co owner, Diana, came to our table to make sure everything was fine. Potato appetizer, gulf shrimp and branzino were delicious as was the gacha dessert.
Just a really bad restaurant. Overpriced, only 3 other people there on a Saturday night. Bad food
Every dish we had was great. Our daughter especially enjoyed the chocolate syrup that came with the churros for dessert. We brought the remaining broth home from the Mussels with Chorizo because it was so good.
We had a wonderful dinner at El Chipiron. I went for a gin and tonic with cucumber and Serrano peppers and it was great. We then decided to order almost everything on the menu and boy were we glad we did. The mussels were delicious and had a great broth with little bits of ham. The beet salad was beautiful and tasty. The squid ink rice was stunning and creative with the scallops and mussels on top. The star of the show was the panceta iberica, what a dish!
The Branzino and seasonal veggies were amazing! Everything else was very good too. I also love my gin and tonic - and I’m not a gin drinker normally.
Wonderful place for a Gastronomic Basque cuisine.. chef Pablo couldn’t be any better ... and wonderful hostess Diana ...
Superb service, great atmosphere and the food was divine!
Great food, great drinks but a bit overpriced
Gintonics are the specialty drinks here and they deliver! We initially had a long wait to get our cocktails, but we were given a complementary glass of wine to tide us over. Our server was wonderful and the mussels and chorizo are absolutely to die for - the broth is the best I have ever had.
Fantastic food and drinks. We could not have been happier with the different plates we selected. Love the chorizo and manchego!
20 minutes wait for a “Craft” Gin and Tonic is absurd. It’s shows an incredible level of arrogance by the restaurant. Yes they have lots of ingredients etc, but it just shows that the restaurant if full of itself and it’s bar program.
The cheese and meat plate is a joke at 15$. Two types of cheese and one meat? Come on....
I wanted to like this more than I did, since I love Spanish tapas and smaller plates. The two dishes I had were overseasoned, and overall the menu is expensive and lacks inspiration. The ambiance and location are great though.
Food and service were amazing. Loved the gin & tonic menu. La Tejana was our favorite.
Went on a Tuesday night for paella. Some of the best I’ve had. I like the minimal decor. It wasn’t busy so it was easy to visit and hear each other. The drinks were great, I’m a big G&T fan. La tejana was my favorite with the smoke in the glass. It was a tad slow getting drinks, but not overwhelmingly so and it really only occurred twice out of the 10 drinks our party had. The service was excellent and the food was great. I’ll definitely go back.
Food was terrific and the specialty cocktails were really good. We had an unfortunate service issue where the steak took over an hour to get to the table and it was what two of the five people were eating. The rest of us had our tapas and waited. It was fairly obvious that it was forgotten and then the first one was over cooked too much in the chef’s opinion. Luckily once we did get it, our friends said it was really good. Downside is they didn’t offer any discount for the debacle, just apologized. So food was great, service needs work.
It was a nice surprise to find authentic Spanish cuisine. The paella’s on Tuesdays is to die for. Don’t forget to ask for churros with chocolate.
Food was great. Out waiters was good but the bartenders were soooooo slow. We stood at the bar for 15 mins before they took our drink order and it wasn’t busy
The cocktails were some of the best I've had in the entire city. I'm very impressed with the bar manager.
With exception to the rabbit, every course was so so at best. They either ran out of coffee or arrogantly chose to refuse service of it As it didn’t “pair” well with the menu.... oh get over yourself. Service was pleasant but slow. Overall the price tag didn’t match the fare. I hate to see anyone fail but this place is destined to if this is the norm.
Disappointing Valentine's day. From the menu to the service, we were expecting much more.
The ambiance is great--casual and unpretentious, with cool decor. The service was attentive without being overbearing. The food was delicious, and you could order both large and small plates. They know how to make juicy roast chicken, as well as a crusted sea bass that was fantastic. I am not a fan of the regulation gin and tonic, but they elevate it here to a cocktail that is delicious and refreshing. I heartily recommend El Chipiron!
We tried El Chipiron despite mixed reviews. Prime time Friday night the place was pretty quiet and a bit sterile. The bartender and another guy behind the bar, who appeared to maybe be a manager, were generally inattentive and it was hard to get eye contact for assistance. It didn't help that the area where they made their drinks put their back to the patrons. Drinks took a ridiculously long time to prepare and were absolutely overpriced - just pouring a G&T and adding some fancy garnishes that didn't actually add much flavor do not warrant a $14 price tag and a ten minute wait to prepare. The food was decent, but they left empty plates on the bar until the next course came which was inexcusable since there were more staff in the place than customers. And as others state, the menu is very limited, and doesn't contain any fun traditional tapas bites like bocarones, etc. After 2 G&T's apiece, a very small meat plate, and two tapas, we decided that we would finish our meal elsewhere. The $160 tab really stung. Not going back. Can't recommend.
Joe was our waiter and he was smart, clear, attentive and helpful. Food was fabulous, unique and tasty. We really enjoyed the Gintonics, the drinks we're fresh, fruity, herbal and delicious. I'm not a veggies guy, but the vegetables we're really full of flavor and a highlight for the meal.
Paella night is Tuesday and it's great. Good value for the paella for two which includes appetizers and chocolate and churros for the ending.
What a wonderful, delicious place (with the very best cocktails in town!) with which to share diners with friends!
Wonderful cocktails made for a great evening with a meat and cheese board. Staff was friendly and accommodating while we waited for a third guest that never showed.
First let me say they were understaffed, but they clearly were flustered by that. My wife and I have worked in the restaurant industry for a while so we are super sympathetic but this was BAD. It took 30 min to get a drink. When I asked about them he said “we have been polishing glasses”. It was a strange reason to take so long. Once we got our table the server was clearly slammed and again we felt bad. We ordered some food and then he didn’t come back! We received a dish and ate it and it sat on our table for 20 min. Our drinks were empty, water glasses were empty and our plates were empty. When he finally checked on us we ordered more food and a bottle of wine. From here out things got marginally better. He did forget one of our items but we had wine so we were not bothered. The whole night took almost 3 hours, which I would normally be fine with except it was not because we were casually hanging out. It was that everything took so long. At the end it was a pretty expensive meal for really bad service. They apologized a lot but did nothing to really make it better.
Authentic Spanish tapas with premium product - which aligns with the pricing. Swanky design and craft gin and tonics. The quality of the food was superb. And don't miss the churros for dessert!