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3656 N Ashland
Chicago, IL 60613
Lakeview / East Lakeview
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Tapas / Small Plates
$30 and under
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Hours of Operation:
Spring – Summer: 4/1 – 10/31: Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am – 12:00pm, Friday: 11:00am – 1:00am, Saturday: 11:00am – 2:00am
Winter – Fall: 11/1 – 3/31: Monday – Thursday: 4:00pm – 12:00am, Friday: 11:00am – 1:00am, Saturday: 11:00am – 2:00am, Sunday: 11:00am – 2:00am
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Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Latin / Spanish
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
A word from Bulerias
Bulerias Tapas Bar serves authentic Spanish food in Chicago.
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I've been to Bulerias twice now.
First time was when it just opened up, and there was plenty of tables open on a Friday night. Now, after being open for a while now Bulerias has definitely grown in popularity. I made a reservation for 6 at 8:30 for a Friday night. Once we arrived (a few minutes early), we didn't get seated for another hour. I understand, even with a reservation you might still have to wait a little bit to get seated. But waiting an HOUR is a little bit unacceptable. There was another party that had a reservation at 8:30, and they, too, had to wait about an hour to get seated. I've read similar complaints about this happening at Bulerias... so I guess this happens a lot. Food is pretty good though! Not amazing, but good."
Dined on 4/11/2014
The food was great! However, the
overall service was not the best. Upon entering the restaurant, which really does have an awkward layout, there was a sign that said to see the bartender to be seated. We went up a few stairs to the bartender and she sent us back down to the front door. We waited about 5 minutes before seeing a girl who was wandering around. I had to ask if she worked at the restaurant and explain the situation and only then where we seated. We were seated downstairs, which is what most other reviewers recommended. It was really nice considering it was in the lower level. However, it was still rather loud for what most reviewers claimed was the quite seating option. It must be really loud upstairs."
Dined on 3/7/2014
The Bacon Wrapped Dates are
probably my favorite thing to eat in ALL of Chicago. They are prepared perfectly, and the extra touch of goat cheese is mouthwatering! Everything else is wonderful too!"
Dined on 3/1/2014
I just went for the first time
last weekend, but it may already be my favorite tapas place in Chicago. They have great specials every day, the sangria and food are fantastic, and you should definitely come in on a birthday or anniversary for a special treat."
Dined on 2/15/2014
Half the recipes taste authentic
and half like American fast food. Calamari a la Plancha was exquisite; Montaditos de Seta was the most authentic (and excellent). Tortilla Espanol had mashed potato (or cream or something) that pushed it into the realm of idiosyncratic, although still in the bullring. Pinchos tasted like the chicken had been frozen -- dry, bland -- the kind of American food mistake usually covered up with lots of bbq sauce -- you would only find this in the scuzziest tapas bars in Madrid. Croquetas were over-breaded and overcooked -- a big crunch -- like the Kentucky Fried Chicken Tenders. You would never find this anywhere in Spain except in McDonalds. The wine list is strong, and authentic."
Dined on 1/28/2014
I had a great experience at
Bulerias. Great service, amazing value (get the mussels-only $9.10 for around 20 mussels), and even better sangria! I'll definitely be back!"
Dined on 1/24/2014
The space was incredibly small.
I'm not a fan of having to move my chair and feeling in the way every time a waiter or another table gets up. We waited for over 20 minutes for the first tapas to get to the table. The three tapas that we ordered, were actually very tasty. We had the goat cheese croquettes, a beef/manchego toast and the shrimp with garlic...all delicious. We ordered the Paella con Todos, which we knew would take about 45 minutes, so we were prepared to wait for that. When we got the dish though, every bite tasted like fish. I couldn't eat it. My boyfriend ate it since he was hungry, but I opted to stay hungry vs. eating the fishy Paella. Ah well. Hopefully another good tapas spot will open up by us soon."
Dined on 1/24/2014
My girlfriend and I went here for
the first time after seeing it dozens of times. Don't be fooled by what appears to be a smaller restaurant, there is actually a large seating area downstairs that we didn't even know existed. We tried ~4 tapas, wine and sangria. All of the tapas were good- I wouldn't say great. Our favorite was the dates wrapped in bacon, while the spicy potatoes were our least favorite-- they were essentially a big container of hash browns with a dipping sauce. I'd recommend this restaurant for a reasonably priced, local option."
Dined on 1/18/2014
This place is wonderful! I went
for the first time last week and can't wait to return. The food is wonderful and not overpriced. The flavor combinations are outstanding. Definitely order the bacon wrapped dates and the red wine sangria."
Dined on 12/17/2013
Great food, fun ambiance but very
loud. I had to shout in order for others across the table to hear me."
Dined on 12/14/2013
The food was not great. There are
much better Spanish tapas places; I wouldn't go back there for the food. And the sangria tasted like juice. Overall not a good place."
Dined on 12/13/2013
Since finding this gem a few weeks
ago, my husband & I have brought many of our friends and family back so they can see/taste what we've been raving about. It is definitely our new favorite tapas restaurant in Chicago. Absolutely delicious food (try the Carne en Tostada - one of our favs) & pretty generous portions, as well. I'd recommend trying to get a table downstairs, it is more intimate and quieter."
Dined on 11/23/2013
Bulerias is in the neighborhood,
and a friend recommended it to us. The ambiance was very nice. Everything we had, from the wine, to the tapas, to the cappuccino was really good!"
Dined on 11/16/2013
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