Tintos Restaurant is Now Closed

This was the official website for the Tintos Restaurant located in the River Oaks Center, Houston, TX. In 2010 it was rated at #8 in the list of the Top Ten Restaurants in River Oaks.
My husband and I frequented this delightful Spanish cuisine restaurant a number of times. The tapa plates both traditional and modern are tasty and inventive. I loved the ham-wrapped asparagus and the peppered cod, and the goat cheese and artichoke glazed snails. If you love paella, Tintos was fabulous, stuffed with generous portions of seafood, chicken, and chorizo. We went there late in the evening to top off my birthday. It was just months before Tintos closed. My husband surprised me with a final birthday gift, three unique rings - statement rings to be specific. These are large and gorgeous rings that won't be ignored. They were a bit edgy and certainly unique designed by Anita Jacob. Two of the rings were a chain link accent bands. One was brass plated in Rhodium and the other in 14K yellow gold. Chunky and intricate looking. They were great. The third was a rather large rectangular ring that was hammered, brass plated in 14K yellow gold with emerald and jet crystals and black enamel. It definitely made a flashy, statement. Emeralds are my favorite stones and although this was a faux gemstone, it didn't matter. I was really impressed by my husband's selections. He certainly knew my tastes. What a wonderful way to end my birthday evening. I'm just sad that Tintos is still not around for my next celebration.
Content below is from the site's archived pages. Unfortunately, as of 2016, Yelpers have reported this location has closed.

2015 West Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019

Tintos Spanish Restaurant & Wine Bar

At Tintos plan on having a posh and relaxing experience. With two separate dining rooms to choose from, and a shady and tropical patio availabe, you will enjoy delicious Spanish inspired tapas and sip on a great glass of wine from your favorite Spanish region.  You may also choose to purchase your favorite wine from our distinguished wine selection as we are a full wine retail restaurant.
So go ahead.. call a few friends and come and see us.  Let us help you celebrate life and friendship.  Salud!

Alberto J. Alfonzo - Chef/Owner

A native Texan who grew up in Venezuela, he spent the majority of his childhood within its large Spanish immigrant culture, tasting and cooking the foods of his parents homeland with family and friends. 
To create his menu, Alberto traveled to Spain, one of his favorites places in the world, to visit with family and friends, restaurant owners and chefs to not only enhance his family recipes, but to explore the latest food trends in Spanish cuisine.  With resources in hand, combined with a lifetime full of dreams and over 15 years of experience, Tintos Spanish Restaurant & Wine Bar was born.


There were times when it might have seemed that I lived here. When I was first dabbling in seo, I worked as a reporter for Search Scape and interviewed a lot of coders, webmasters and would be seos right here, enjoying Alberto's cuisine. I even managed to snag an interview with Bob Sakayama, the celebrity search guru of NYC, while he was here visiting clients in Houston. I conducted that interview over a drawn out dinner of multiple tapas and beers. When Alberto learned what Bob was able to do, he tried to hire him on the spot. Ever notice that the site ranks #1 for all the important searches? Now you know why. Someday there will be songs about this place.


Events/Happy Hour & Announcements


Join Us for Happy Hour 

Every Monday - Friday from 5-7 p.m. 

                                   $5 Happy Hour                                    


Tortilla Con Serrano : Spanish potato and onions omelet topped with serrano chips and romesco  

Pure de Garbanzos: Roasted garlic hummus  with smoked paprika and piquillo. 

Almendras y Aceitunas: Assortment of marinated olives and roasted almonds 

Albondigas Pinxto: Veal and beef meatballs skewers with Rioja Demi   

Garbanzos y Vegetales: Chickpeas, roasted tomatoes, zucchini, and squash in a saffron-curry broth  

Patatas Bravas: Potatoes tossed in a spicy tomato sauce and piquillo aioli

Champiñones al Ajillo: Crimini and button mushrooms in a spicy garlic and wine sauce  

Piquillos Rostizados: Fire-roasted,sweet Spanish red peppers in caper garlic olive drizzle  

Queso de Cabra Andaluz:  Baked local goat cheese, romesco and sofrito with pine nuts

Bocadillo: Serrano and Manchego pressed mini  wheat sandwich with fig mermelade

Basque Fries: Fried Sweet potato fries, smoked pimenton , sea salt and truffle oil with piquillo aioli

Coca de Chorizo y Queso: Spanish style baked flat bread "pizza" with chorizo and melted cheese

Montaditos: On baked pita  ($3)

Cured lomo , manchego roasted piquillos

Fig and Goat cheese with roasted almonds 

Seared Beef with piquillo aioli and cabrales

Cheese Tastes: Served with membrillo, fruit and toast points choice of: 

Red Wine Cured Goat Cheese

$ 5 Happy Hour Wines

2009 Callia Alta Torrontes San Juan, Argentina  $5/15

2010 PenescalTempranillo Rose  Rioja, Spain $5/15

2009 Tres Ojos Grenache Calatayud, Spain  $5/15

Gran Passion Cava N.V. Penedes, Spain $5/15

Red Sangria  $5  


Brunch:  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Tintos Spanish Restaurant and Wine Bar writes...
Tintos offers a wide variety of traditional and modern Spanish tapas. We also offer a large selection of Spanish wines as well as wines from all over the world that are also available for ratail purchase. Weekends will feature live entertainment and music. Come join us for paella, music and great wines on our patio. Sunday Brunch from 11-3 pm featuring: paella, empanadas, sangria and many breakfast dishes.

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
  • Neighborhood: River Oaks
  • Cross Street: Shepherd
  • Menu: View menu on restaurant's website
  • Price: $30 and under
  • Phone: (713) 522-1330
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch & Dinner: Monday-Wednesday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am. Sunday: Brunch 11-3 pm open till 9 pm
  • Payment Options:
  • AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Executive Chef: Janel Witt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Public Transit: Houston metro
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer complimentary valet Thursday through Saturday and self parking is available.
  • Catering: We cater to private house parties, graduations,and special events etc. We also have a private room for up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer areas of the restaurant that can be sectioned off for private events.
  • Private Party Contact: Matt Dawid (713) 522-1330
  • Entertainment: Live Music Thursday through Saturday : show starts at 8 pm Sunday Live Brunch music form 12-3 check out website tintosrestaurant.com for additional information