OK, so my mother mentioned that I “seem to love everything you shove into your gob” and need to write more scathing reviews. The problem is, I don’t go to shitty restaurants. Sorry, mom. But trust me, I won’t lie if I do. I’ll let you, the hungry reader, know if I eat crap or get awful service.

My friend, S.S. suggested we try this tapas place in Santa Monica tonight and I’m very glad I did. Bar Pintxo is quaint, unpretentious, and authentic. Friendly, efficient waitstaff. Casual neighborhood feel. Wine bottles surround you.

We ordered a few items to start, all pictured above. They sure looked great. Like spanish sushi! But I didn’t love them. (There you go, Mom) The Tomato and Serrano ham on grilled bread had an aftertaste because the bread was a bit burnt and the Foie mousse with caramelized onions and apples had a very pungent flavor. The pickled fish and potato puree on toast was ok. A bit fishy. S.S. loved the mussels dish we ordered.

All that aside, all that we ate next was INCREDIBLE.

We had the radish, jicama and avocado:

The amazing spanish olives:

The Tortilla Espanola (like a quiche with eggs, potatoes and onions) – HORRIFIC PHOTO ALERT:

And the star of the show, the Chicken and Ham Croquetas! Yum. Heaven in ball form:

Our waitress was a doll, I never felt bad about trying to get her attention. The Spanish themed music was relaxing, the wine selection was specific and impressive. I would definitely come back. Just don’t ask me to pronounce the name.

Sorry Mom, I’m sure you’ve fallen asleep now. Wake up!

109 Santa Monica BLVD
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-2012