El Chipiron

4.5
118 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.
What 118 People Are Saying
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Austin
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Valentine's Day Menu!

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Valentine’s Day meal was spectacular. Every dish was phenomenal. The dishes were well constructed and delicious, with unique presentation but classic, bold flavors. The only negative was that the hot rock was unable to cook our last few pieces of steak as well as the earlier prices since the rock was no longer hot enough. We will definitely be back.

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Valentines Day

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AG
Spain
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Español en Austin, cumpleaños magnífico!
Destacados: Tablas de queso, queso de cabra extraordinario, langostinos y mejillones fantásticos, carne de cordero y a la piedra excepcionales así como los gin&tonics.
Sercvicio magnífico

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AT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, they have the best gin & tonics in Texas and the food is authentic and delicious!
I will be back soon!

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meat served on a stone was a wonderful experience. Service was excellent!

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n
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. Just go - you will not be disappointed. Simple, fresh, local. One of the best meals I’ve had.

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ER
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Increible servicio y excelente comida.!! Lo recomiendo ampliamente.!

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, loved our waiter and might be a gin and tonic convert (I’m a vodka girl). However, they were out of a lot of things - food and beverage - that we were looking forward to. Would definitely go back.

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b
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to El Chipiron for our anniversary and it was great. The Tapas were the perfect size an also get the steak on a rock. Our server was awesome. She was funny and nice.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place

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S
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a New Years Eve price fix dinner and was not disappointed. Great authentic Spanish flavors. Wine pairings were spot on. Price was moderate but well worth it. They have an unusual gin and tonic menu, which we did not try, due to New Years Eve traffic, but will be back to sample for sure.

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e
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went to El Chipiron thanks to the good reviews on this site and looking for an authentic Spanish experience. Well, not at all. Mussels are good and the sauce is delicious. But what spanish restaurant does not give you bread to eat the sauce? All the other tapas plates we ordered (they call them pinchos, but they are not) were underwhelming and expensive. Same as the Gin tonics. And service is slow and not well informed. Sorry, El Chipiron did not convinced us at all. It is just OK and far away of a good and real spanish food experience. There are plenty of better choices in Austin.

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CH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended the Christmas Eve special menu dinner and were extremely happy with our first time experience. Both the standard, and the vegetarian options were delicious! Our waitress also paired wines with our meal for us. We'll be coming back for sure

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SR
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for date night on a friend's recommendation. The whole experience was very positive. We arrived early, and they seated us before our reservation. The space is neatly designed. The service was very good, and the food was excellent. They were accommodating of my dairy allergy. Cocktails were excellent. Definitely the best gin and tonic I've had. Plan to order and share about 3-4 things per person.

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SA
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
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
6 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
8 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
27 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
24 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
75 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
69 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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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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JH
Austin
6 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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