El Chipiron

4.4
76 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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In EL CHIPIRÓN we want to bring to Austin Spain’s heart, soul and passion, to celebrate life with you. In
other words, Spanish food, culture and the social institution that blends them all together, the Spanish
Bar.
To do so we will present you our gastro bar where you’ll be able to enjoy our amazing tapas, specialty
drinks and taste our delectable pinchos, small format high quality food for your
delight.
We will also offer you our dining room where to enjoy classic Spanish dishes and delicacies created using
modern cooking techniques and served with the greatest care.
We will also offer you a wide variety of events, such as cooking lessons, Spanish wine, beer and cheese
tastings, Spanish cocktail making classes and more. We want to get to know our local community and
show you what Spain is all about.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(512) 518-3618
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Pablo Gómez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2717 S. Lamar Blvd Ste 1085| Austin, TX 78704
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Parking details
We have 14 parking spaces in front of our door, and 40 more retail parking spaces at the end of our driveway.
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Public transit
Buses: 331 338 484
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 76 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined a day ago

Every dish was unique and of the highest quality.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

We eat here frequently and love the staff, the vibe, the food and drinks. The gintonics are sooooo refreshing and fabulous.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Great delish food, great mellow vibe. Excellent GinTonic!!

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

My wife is Spanish and her folks ran two restaurants so we know and love Spanish cuisine. El Chipiron has some definite pluses: good service, imaginative decor and some good Spanish wine and beer options. The empanadas are excellent. Patatas bravas not so great, not the least bit spicy (my wife called them patatas tímidas) and the mejillones were too small to justify the $15 price. That said, if the portions were a bit larger and the prices a bit lower this place would have a good future in Austin.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

My wife and I went for dinner and had a great experience. We enjoyed Pan con Jamon, Empanadillas de Cerdo, Patatas Bravas, Gambas a la plancha con ajillo, Arroz Caldoso de Marisco, and a fabulous cheese board. My wife is from Spain and I have lived, worked and traveled there many times, so we consider ourselves pretty good experts on Spanish food. We agree this is authentic and well-prepared. The Arroz Caldoso de Marisco was a little too spicy for my wife although I enjoy spicy food; and the Patatas Bravas while delicious were not as crispy as we are used to. All the rest was perfect and the cheese plate superb. For dessert I had Tortos de Pan con Helado (bread pudding with ice cream). It was fantastic and reminded me of a similar dish I enjoyed in Oviedo, Spain. Also we drank Estralla Damn beer from Spain. They also have great wines and mixed drinks. Well worth a visit for authentic Spanish tapas. Our server, Andres R was very efficient, friendly and professional.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

BEST Gin and Tonic's in the World! This was one of the most memorable meals we've had in a long time.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Great service, excellent food...over all great!

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2.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Decided to try this place - not far from our house - for our belated anniversary dinner, since it was Paella Tuesday, and we both love paella. The evening started out GREAT - we ordered the paella pre-fixe menu, the cocktails were excellent, the Classic Board and the lovely Spanish rose we ordered to accompany the meal were amazing, and the servers were attentive and helpful. Aaaaand then things turned terrible. A party of 11 sat down just as we were served our 2nd course - which was delicious and delivered promptly - and it was as if we had suddenly become invisible. We finished our 2nd course, and the spent dishes sat on the table for a good 15 minutes before they were cleared. Then about 10 minutes later, a server reappeared with apologies that our paella had been overlooked by the kitchen, but they were preparing a new one to send out soon (which they would comp). About 5-10 minutes
after that, a VERY SAD-LOOKING pan of paella was put on our table. The rice was dry, overcooked and fused to the pan, the shrimp, calamari and mussels were all dreadfully rubbery and overcooked (with singe marks on the shrimp tails and calamari breading). Based on how it looked, it appeared as though the paella had been prepared, put it in a warming oven, then completely forgotten about for 20-25 minutes (which squares with the timeline)...so much for preparing us a new one. They did comp the paella, which we appreciated, but it was just such a disappointing experience. I really wanted to like this place and for it to be successful, since it's right in our 'hood, but I won't be able to recommend it, and don't know if I will ever go back. :-(

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I loved this place. The food was excellent and the service was even better.

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2.0Dined on July 5, 2018

There aren't enough words to describe how disappointed I was with this experience. The service was terrible, the food was mediocre (UNDERCOOKED SHRIMP) and the bartender was incredibly rude. Server never offered a second beverage and when we asked, the bar was suddenly closed without warning (at 9:10PM), the hod stone steak is served on a ROUND STONE laying on a bed of salt so there was no way to cook the meat without it falling into a salt pit. They take reservations until 8:45 but close at 9? We had 2 minutes to decide what to eat with no explanation of the menu from the server and then when it was time for the check she left us waiting for 10+ minutes while she stood barely out of sight and texted. So, rush our meal and then make us wait to leave after that crappy service?

There is so much more, but I don't want to give any more time to this place. Such a waste of a good concept and SO poorly executed. Unbelievable.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Fantastic flavor profiles....exceeded all expectations. Austin has a jewel.

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2.0Dined on June 24, 2018

For a small plate/tapas style restaurant, they haven't figured out how that style should work. The waiter began with a very long description of how the cold plates would be served before the hot plates. However, all of our food was served exactly the opposite. I'd much rather start my meal with a beet salad than end it that way. The food was tasty, just hard to enjoy in the order served.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

El Chipiron is a delightful restaurant with great decor and atmosphere. The dishes were well thought out with great flavors and smaller portions so you can try different plates. The gin and tonics were fabulous. I had the citrus version which was very refreshing on a hot and muggy day. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. I love this restaurant and will return.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Always a fun and delicious experience!! Love everything but the pintxos are my favorite.

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1.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Nope. Doesn’t meet Austin standards.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

One of the best meals of my life! Every single thing we ordered was delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Absolutely amazing food. Everything I ordered was spectacular!!!!!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Phenomenal selection, incredibly creative and delicious options. So happy to have found this spot.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Authentic classic Spanish tapas and yet unusually creative at times in a modern, cool atmosphere with helpful and friendly staff. Highly recommend.

LUNA LLENA Gin & Tonic
ALBARINO WINE
RIOJA WINE

Classic Board
Tortilla de patata deconstruida 
Huevos rotos
Gambas a la plancha con ajillo (shrimp)
Pescado al mojo verde canario (red snapper)
Mojamita de atún ahumado (tuna)
Empanadillas de cerdo y pimentón (pulled pork)

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The small dishes are outstanding. The wines are mostly Spanish which was disappointing. We would prefer a larger variety of wines. My husband was happy they had Thirsty Goat beer! The owner/chef is a lovely man from Spain. The dishes were presented beautifully. We are going to try their paella night one day (Tuesdays)

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

This was our first visit, and we will definitely be back. The food was creative and delicious, and the gin and tonics (as the website mentions) are fantastic!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The food is fresh and delicious! The fish in mojo verde and the churros and chocolate were to die for. The cocktails were great and the bar was very accommodating with my dietary restrictions. Service was excellent overall and the music was fun to listen to and it wasn't too loud. Definitely going back!

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food & service were much better than on our last visit. The timing of items is quite inconsistent but the food was delicious. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The service was excellent.The tapas gave us an opportunity to try healthy & deliciously cooked dishes.

Spanish (Catalan) dishes and the wine in the porranes was fun.
It is a restaurant to be tried when you are in Austin or if you are of Austin.
Worth every buck you spend here.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

My husband and I went for dinner last Friday. I had a very flavorful and smoky gin and tonic while we shared a meat and cheese board. We ordered three tapas and each one was better than the last. We especially liked the gambas a la plancha con salsa de ajillo (shrimp with saffron garlic sauce). Our server was attentive but not intrusive and gave us excellent guidance on our choices. There was a flamenco guitarist providing a nice vibe which added to the fresh and light interior of the restaurant. We plan to return soon.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Loved the service the waitress was real attentive and friendly, were accommidating and the different meals were delicious

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This place is such an undiscovered jem. Drinks are AMAZING. Really fun staff. Beautiful build out.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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...

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Just a really bad restaurant. Overpriced, only 3 other people there on a Saturday night. Bad food

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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.

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