Pimienta Bistro and Bar

4.8
196 reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Pimienta Bistro and Bar is an urban fusion of Latin American cuisine. Chef Blanca Rodriguez takes great care to create a delectable piece of art for every guest, appealing to every sense.



We strive to provide exemplary service each and every visit for our guests. We invite you to our restaurant, where you will find a combination of an eclectic, rustic atmosphere that captures the best of European cuisine with a Latin American flair.



Our mission is to create something memorable with every dish we present our guests. And with every delectable plate,

we will deliver a superior service making us a stand-alone restaurant in our neighborhood.



We love our friends and neighbors from NE Tacoma, Brown’s Point and Federal Way that frequently drop by for a delicious weekday meal or for leisurely weekend dining.

We also enjoy the regular visits from our friends in Oregon and others on their travels throughout the Seattle-Metro area.
What 196 People Are Saying
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4.8
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vipJamesL
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another wonderful dinner at Pimienta! Lamb Osso Buco & Pork Chops. Wonderfully prepared & delicious!

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DerekO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Friendly staff , nice atmosphere and a really great menu.

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CarolineJ
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was excellent and so were the drinks! Great date night spot.

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12thMan
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great chef always produces amazing food! Please visit this place often and support local business!

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DoreenH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pimiento was highly recommended by several friends. We finally had the chance to give it a try and were extremely happy with our experience. The food was amazing. What a gem to find in Federal Way.

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vipKeithP
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pimienta is a neighborhood jewel. We've been coming back to this restaurant for years and will continue to do so. Chef Blanca is fantastic! If you are anywhere in the South Sound area, Pimienta is well worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience and a true gem. I would recommend this place for everyone. Very nice and price is great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always delicious! Love this neighborhood gem!

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RichardF
Thailand
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Nicely presented and tasty food. Great service. Will definitely go again.

JL
vipJazzLover
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food . Varied menu options that delight.

JA
JeannetteA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food here.

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KevinF
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service will definitely go here often

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12thMan
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is so close to my house and I need to visit more often. The food is amazing, the owner and executive chef was running everything and you can tell how much she cares about her customers.

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LaurieP
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was our first time dining in a restaurant since March. So comfortable and the food was amazing, as always. Sockeye special and calamari were spectacular.
Blanca made us feel safe and welcome. Go support a small business where they value their customers and the food is very high quality!!!!

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Liliya
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, amazing place ! A hidden gem in Federal Way! It was so nice to have a celebration dinner with friends in these crazy times.

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TinaO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent - the pimienta burger was perfect, I would recommend any meal start with the chorizo and clams appetizer!

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vipThe5dolls
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing presentation and absolutely delicious food. We will be back. Service was so friendly and attentive. You must try...

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TinaO
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and menu selections. Highly recommend

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vipChristyP
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We really enjoyed this restaurant so much! The food was delicious and different in a VERY good way! In fact, we enjoyed our dinner so much that we bought the same thing again and took it to my parents that same evening so they could experience it as well! And they loved it too!
My only complaint is that the tables are so close together that we could hear everything that our neighbors were saying and everything we said to each other...…….

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KathrynS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Our meals were delicious and beautifully presented. The only suggestion would be to rearrange the tables, as we found them to be too close. It was awkward to be privy to the conversations of the couples to both the left and right of our table.

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vipCinnabrew
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is amazing as always...Josh is a wonderful host and makes great recommendations!!!

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vipSkipB
Seattle
63 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Another delicious meal at Pimienta Bistro on a quiet Sunday evening. There were only a few other diners there but service was lacking because there was only one person to handle the front of the house. The wait to be seated was long and the ordering process was delayed, but the meal was delicious and the wine was good.

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vipsford
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an excellent meal and excellent service!

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Thomas
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So we live locally, and I've realized we don't get here nearly often enough. This truly is a little gem in an area that just does not have a lot of options. No, you don't have sound views, but the food and the service far surpass expectations.
The owner/chef is truly outstanding, the menu is creative and ever-changing. My wife and I had the osso buco and pan fried scallops, rather remarkable. Plus a bottle of red that the owner blended herself at a local winery. Go Here!!! Eat great food! Be Happy!!!

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ClarkM
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

My date and I have an accumulative 100+ years of dining experience. And that's what dining should be....an experience. Last night went far and above our expectations. Had we not had a schedule we might still be there sharing dessert, sipping cordialls; hoping the evening would never end.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

We made reservations and not needed on a Friday evening after work. Parking is scarce.

The restaurant experience was as if they had run out of food.

1 young server for 5 tables (we were his 6th) made it difficult for him to navigate from one end to another. The young server was busy so we didn’t get acknowledged right away.

I liked the menus were on the table; easier and faster to review.

We order water with lemon wedge and he only brought 1 wedge.
Did not replenish my glass and I had my guest.

I order calamari, BAD! It was cold and dry.
My guest order paella -small portion- and did NOT look like photo on the website.

I order the Beet Salad and VERY/EXTREMELY disappointed. The small rectangular plate it came in had wilted greens “3 “ SMALL stripes of a half round size beat set on the side of the leaves. Goat cheese was not even visible crumbs neither were the glazed walnuts.
I might had just order the white rectangular plate by itself.

The server came once, asked about our meal, and never saw him again.
Once we paid and departed, no one thanked us nor waved us good bye.
Very disappointed from what I read. It was a disappointment.

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NatashaS
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing food! I would definitely be coming back!

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JennyH
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Josh was a great server the chef/owner is very engaged with customers. I cannot wait to go back

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Dean
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was unbelievable great. Live music was a nice a touch. I like the fact that the wait staff are actually the owners of the restaurant and provide the right amount of conversation to make you feel like family. I have never had a bad meal here.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and the service is amazing!!

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fluffy
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This establishment is awesome! The only thing that could make it better is a nice view! Food is outstanding!

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DonnaF
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience! Always a reliable choice for an enjoyable meal.

TG
TheGeez
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant. Owner very friendly and spent time talking to my daughter and me. Exchanged empty creme brulee bowl for new one!!

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vipSkipB
Seattle
64 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This was my second dinner at Pimienta and I enjoyed it very much. I am glad that I gave it another try. My companion and I both enjoyed delicious meals (food and wine), the service was attentive and helpful, and the ambiance was very nice (busy but still not too loud for conversation across the table). This is a gem of a restaurant in the North Tacoma/Federal Way area. I'll definitely be back!

Pimienta Bistro and Bar
Responded on 14 January 2020

We are happy that you enjoyed your experience at the restaurant. Thank you for your patronage and thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. See you at the restaurant soon!

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AlvaritaA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants in all of south Puget Sound. Tucked away in Federal Way but worth finding

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HKB525
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were greeted immediately, glasses of wine showed up right away and the appetizer we ordered shortly thereafter. The food, ambiance and service were outstanding.

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Mealsdoneeasy
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I personally have never had a bad meal or cocktail. Customer service is on point and the owner check on our group several times. Great overall experience.

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vipSkipB
Seattle
64 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

This was my first visit to Pimienta after recently moving to the area. I will definitely return! The menu looked really appealing and my meal that night was delicious. I had the Pimienta salad, seared scallops, and a warm apple pie for dessert. The service suffered that evening though there were few diners at the time. For example, I ordered a bottle of wine and was instead brought a glass. I had plenty of time for the meal so I ended up drinking three glasses for virtually the same price as the bottle would have been (but I would have had wine left to take home with the bottle). Still I look forward to returning soon.

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BrendaT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very enjoyable vibe. Great food and loved the small venue.

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vipKerryO
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Love Pimienta! Food is always delicious. Best restaurant in Federal Way, wish it was closer to where I live.

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Pimienta Bistro and Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 196 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.