El Chipiron

4.4
103 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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 103 People Are Saying
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Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to dine at El Chipiron. Food is delicious and service is great. The owners personally take care of the restaurant and have always a smil in their face. The bread an aioli is to die for. I just want them to add croquetas to the menu. Highly recommend restaurant.

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P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great but not traditional Spanish food. Everything had more of a modern spin to it. The braised pork is unreal, highly recommend. Very good gin and tonics too.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, and the service was excellent. All around a good choice.

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The dishes were tasty, but I felt it was hard to order a cohesive meal for six adults. Maybe it was just lack of pinchos/raciones ordering experience, or maybe it was the order they brought the food out. We were all full, but at the same time we felt like we really didn't have a solid dinner... hard to explain. We ordered a chicken and potatoes kids meal (not on the menu, the chef was willing prepare for my 5 year old niece). Her meal hadn't come by the time we were done eating our food, so we just canceled it. The first round of fancy gin and tonics were completely flat, tasty but flat. We thought maybe that was how they were supposed to be. The second round of drinks were nice and fizzy from the tonic water. I think the first round was unfortunately prepared with flat tonic water. Our entire experience was just so-so. We were all a bit disappointed.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Overpriced for the product and service they deliver. We won’t be going back.

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CM
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really cute, yummy spot! We had a great time trying some cocktails and sharing tapas. Our waiter did a great job recommending the right amount of food to order so we could all try as much as possible.

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RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Austin from Chicago and a local blogger recommended it. We made a reservation ahead of time but probably didn't need to seeing as it was a Wednesday evening. The atmosphere was perfect for my husband and I and everything we tried on the menu was delicious. We especially enjoyed the vast gin and tonic menu. We would definitely recommend El Chipiron.

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TW
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere paired with delicious tapas and hand crafted gin drinks.

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B
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting meal with some great variety. Perfect amount of food so that we didn’t leave stuffed.

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OT
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been wanting to try El Chipirón for some time now, but given they aren't open Sundays and are far from us, we only just got in on their last seating Friday. One small disappointment - we were in the mood for paella, but they only serve that on Tuesdays. On the other hand, the richly flavored broth with rice and seafood (my substitution since I don't eat meat/chorizo) completely won us over as a terrific version of an "asopado" we're used to seeing in Latin America. The gambas al ajillo were standouts as well - flavorful, perfectly cooked and still juicy and succulent. The deconstructed tortilla was interesting, but perhaps not as satisfying, while the huevo 62° vegetariano was larger than expected but not as successful with the egg still too runny for our tastes. The gin & tonic was quite delicious, though, as well! Service was excellent and personalized. Ambience was modern yet casual, and given the place wasn't very full the noise level was not bothersome, though I can imagine that would change greatly if it were full. Overall, we definitely would return and would recommend it. Let's see if we can ever make it on a Tuesday for paella!

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AM
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm from Spain and I love it! Great food and good price! They have improved a lot. And the gin and tonic are fantastic!

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

美味しかった。タパスなので日本人にも適度なボリュームです。
店員さんが少ないのか、ウエイトレスが忙し過ぎて、なかなか注文できないのがたまに傷ですが、サービスや愛想は良かったです。

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f
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent...we will return...frequently!

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A
Austin
73 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Chipiron was a great experience. The service was amazing and knowledgeable. She had great recommendations and was clear on portion size. The food was delicious and very creative. This is a truly unique, exciting place.

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SL
San Antonio
66 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second trip up from San Antonio. Really worth the drive. The Shrimp with garlic is not to be missed. We always order two. All of the empanadillas are excellent, we favor the mushroom. Olives with anchovies are wonderful. The pan tomatoes are super good. The last dish was by far the best. I cannot recall the name, because by then I had had 4 gin and tonics, but it came with two soft boiled eggs, which we cut up and mixed with the other ingredients, serving as a salad dressing. The dish was elegant.

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D
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Besides the noise level (which seems to be a problem at a lot of restaurants, and I don't know how they'd fix it), this was so fantastic!!! It was trendy, beautiful cocktails, delicious and unique tapas, and our server was fantastic. We will be back!! (Just maybe not when craving a quiet atmosphere)

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MM
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Creative menu - especially the amazing deconstructed omelet and the hot rock beef. Great drinks - especially gin-and-tonic variations and Spanish wines. This restaurant is one of Austin’s treasures.

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N
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Novel, tasty, unique fare for Austin. Mussels are divine.

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KS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Northern Spanish restaurant is a hidden gem in Austin! El Chipirón (Baby Squid) has a delightful array of pinchos with amazing presentation (Don’t call them tapas.) The cocktails are expertly crafted and the incredibly fresh. I haven’t seen sangria that dark any where else in the city and it has that earthy spicy quality that is not at all watered down. El Chipiron is known for the array of gin and tonic creations. My partner got the which had some fresh cardamom pods floating on top. Yum. I opted for the mezcalrita which was perfectly done. I love seeing the fresh herbs and flowers for garnish on the bar and tried the cava which transported me back to Spain where I first tried it in El Born neighborhood in Barcelona. The atmosphere is upbeat and fun with great lighting and cool colors. I tried the queso de cabra con nueces which was a bit sweet but delightful. We had the chorizo empanadas, huevos rotos, gambas al ajillo, pan con tomate y jamón. The jamón was shaved so thinly and elegantly! Don’t miss the dark chocolate con churros for dessert. We will definitely be back for Paella Tuesday.

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RF
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having been to various Tapa's bars in the Austin area (and all pretty good) I will be making my way back to El Chipiron next time I am in town. Food was amazing and pricing was not out of the ordinary. Great quiet location.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The Gintonics were great as well as the staff. Polite friendly and very helpful with suggestions.
Food was excellent!!

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m
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service at the bar and outstanding cocktails. Never knew I could love gin.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bigger portions on paella tuesdays compared to other nights. Very good food and drinks!

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JW
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is delicious! I'm not a big gin drinker but the refreshing and beautiful gin drinks hit the spot. I can drink those and eat jamon, bread and manchego all day. The seafood is also noteworthy here. Excellent shrimp and mussels. Must try!

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SS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very tasty and the wait staff was very nice, however, I cannot say my experience was exceptional because they had ran out of pretty much all of their seafood menu and we had come here specifically for their seafood..........

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AF
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. Service was a bit lacking. Apparently they don’t believe in giving you water. Drinks were fantastic. Nice ambiance and easy parking. Will be going back.

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VV
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All the food is awesome but must go on Tuesdays for the Paella’s they have chicken and seafood highly recommended try the seafood and the Spanish margarita drink

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was unique and of the highest quality.

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X
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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C
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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BM
Austin
167 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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NJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AT
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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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SA
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BP
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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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D
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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K
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

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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P
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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