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About El Chipiron
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 displayed over the bar for your delight. Kid in a candy store feeling guaranteed. 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.
Austin, TX 78704
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have 14 parking spaces in front of our door, and 40 more retail parking spaces at the end of our driveway.
Buses: 331 338 484
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine
El Chipiron Ratings and Reviews
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!
Excellent food and service. Only place I know you can get acorn fed Spanish ham.
This is my seventh visit to El Chipiron, and it has become one of my favorites. Last night we brought a friend from NYC who is notoriously picky about food, and he loved it. The gin tonics are delicious, the food is inventive and wonderful, and the service is world-class. El Chipiron easily holds its own among Austin institutions like Barley Swine, Uchi and Odd Duck. I highly recommend it, without reservation--but be sure to make a reservation for that coveted table!
Food and atmosphere is great. The wine selection was excellent. They also have a great happy hour menu at the bar.
I had a wonderful experience at El Chipirón and will definitely return!
We were sitted at the bar and were able to see the kitchen and every cocktail coming out from the bar. Everyone that works there is very friendly and the bartender is amazing! we enjoyed watching him to prepare with so much detail every cocktail. Me and my friend ordered La Fresa and La Peligrosa and they were the best Gintonics ever! The people seated next to us ordered the smooky Gintonic and it looked amazing! I will try it next time!
I've been in Spain several times and definetly this is the Best place to enjoy authentic Spanish food in Austin! We shared a tabla de quesos, mussels and chorizo and the Fideuá, everything was so good, I loved the presentation and flavor.
At the end of the night they gave us an envelope with a secret gift in it, we need to wait until January to discover our gift! We'll be back soon!
Best gin and tonic ever. Food was great too, they even gave us little tapas that come with our drinks for free. Coming back.
Very solid Tapas place. Great ingredients. Great execution. A little pricey for the portions but I wouldnt really want to them to be any bigger. Except the jamon Serrano and cheese plate. Miniscule amount of ham and cheese for $15. Did not set a good tone for the reat of dinner. Good thing everything else was excellent. Very nice wine BTG as well. Drop dish prices by $2 across the board and this is 5 stars.
We had a really poor service experience. We even gave the manager the opportunity to recover, but unfortunately, he just dug into smug righteousness.
We came to El Chipiron on recommendation from a foodie friend. She was spot on. We easily visited with our friends in a corner table. It was intimate, easy to hear conversation, and the Gin Tonics were amazing! I was thrilled they had Iberian Ham, the real deal! It was delicious! We had the Iberian Ham with a cheese board, several small plates to share with the table and a strip steak to share with the hubbie. Bread pudding with cinnamon ice cream finished off a wonderful. Not heavy. Just delicious. Our server knew his stuff and gave us a great dining experience. We’ll be back, for sure!
My review was long overdue!!! My first visit was beginning of December. Since then i have been here 3 times! 1x Dinner, 1x Paella Tuesday and 1x Happy Hour at the bar. One of my friends was there for the Gin Cocktail Class which will be my next visit for next cocktail class. Let‘s start which with Gin & Tonic‘s. If you have friends they don‘t like Gin & Tonics bring them to El Chiprion! They will love them! Hands down best Gin & Tonics is Austin. Why? Fresh ingredients herbs, fruits, big ice cubes, fresh smoke... they keep changing the Gin & Tonics... i would recommend to go there at least once a month just do keep up the flavours. ;-) Or go once a week during happy hour! If Chris is at the bar he might tell you all the ingredients of the Gin & Tonics. That leads me to parking. There are a lot of parking spots next to entrance and guest parking spots are in bell apartment complex. There is no excuse „oh I couldn‘t find any parking, Blabla!“
The restaurant is very cozy and comfortable. Since I know few employees I like the bar. I forgot to mention that you will get served a free tapas at the bar after each new drink order! The food is packed full of flavours!! What I like on Spanish food is that simple ingredients are tasting so good! And the kitchen team delivers it. It doesn‘t matter if you order the fabulous meat or cheese boards, octopus salad, mussels, secretto, black rice, half chicken, steak, paella or churros... All dishes a nicely presented!! I like the fact that the menu is nice small not overwhelming with 40 different options! I love the paella! It is only available on Tuesday nights. I think it was $60 for 2 people with 1 meat or cheese board, Appetizer, paella and churros at the end!! In my eyes total authentic Spanish cuisine!! Everyone is very friendly from the host, servers and bartenders! They will explain everything to you!
On my last visit I got the chance to meet the owners Diana & Pablo. I only can recommend El Chipiron!
Excellent cocktails and outstanding sangria this is not always on the bar menu
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