Tapas & Tintos Midtown's Spotty Service and Mediocre Food Fail

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Vieras rellenas, stuffed scallops baked in the oven.
Why is it that so many waiters insist on memorizing orders instead of writing them down? This often requires diners to repeat themselves until the waiter gets it right or, worse, delivery  of the wrong food. Both occurred during a recent visit to Tapas & Tintos in Midtown Miami. You'd think a meal composed of numerous tapas would make a pen and pad especially essential.

Then again, so much about this restaurant is off-kilter that the food mixup was all but forgotten by the time we got up from our chairs at meal's end. Like, for instance, the chairs themselves: The eatery's outdoor seats are hard wicker, the kind that need a cushion not only for even a modicum of comfort but also for raising you to the proper height for dining. The chairs are likewise wider than the gap between table legs, so you can't pull them in close enough.

Also, on one lunchtime visit, we arrived around 12:30 but had to wait five or ten minutes until they finished setting things up. Opening time is listed as noon.

Those sorts of oversights are surprising. This is T&T's second venture; the first, on Española Way in South Beach, has been around for more than a decade. The new locale occupies the former Kafa Café space on NE Second Avenue near NE 36th Street. It's just a short distance from formidable competing restaurants in midtown and the Design District, yet far enough away to be isolated from those scenes.

Read the entire review of Tapas & Tintos Midtown here.

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Location Info

Tapas & Tintos Midtown

3535 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Grace Stainback
Grace Stainback

go to montaditos. that is a real spanish restaurant.. they're like micky ds over there

Grace Stainback
Grace Stainback

Sucks about the chairs, but the service is typical of nearly every restaurant in Spain.... needless to say people there are running on a different internal clock and they take their time to do/forget everything... Maybe they are just trying to accurately emulate the homeland ;)MMMM gambas al ajillo....


Yeah.... another spanish restaurant... YAY MIAMI keep it exacting and cultural! (being sarcastic for those of u who missed it). This location is also a very unfortunate one. STOP miami was much cooler, offered cool music, AND tapas AND closed down. We need another hip spot there!!! Something with great beers, wine, bar menu and pool table. There are a large number of spanish restaurants in Midtown. Bring some good old fashioned American Gastropubs in the mix. I will be your best customer if you do!


Ate there two nights ago. Cheap IKEA furniture and wall hangings made the place look like a sushi restaurant.. Service was good but the food was a bit salty tasting. I will stick with the one at Espanola Way (mucho better).

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