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La Taberna Tapas on Halsted
La Taberna Tapas on Halsted

La Taberna Tapas on Halsted Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.latabernatapas.com
  • Email: jc@latabernatapas.com
  • Phone: (312) 243-9980
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Enrique Cortez / Gustavo Castañeda
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer competitively priced catering options for every occasion. For more information call us at 312.243.9980 or send an inquiry to jc@latabernatapas.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer packages to accommodate cocktail parties to formal dinner parties. For more information call us at 312.243.9980 or send an inquiry to jc@latabernatapas.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Juan Carlos Castañeda (312) 243-9980
  • Entertainment: We offer live music on the weekends.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Maxwell
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a university lot at Maxwell and Union that charges $2 for the first 2 hours
A word from La Taberna Tapas on Halsted
The chef team of Enrique Cortez (Olé Lounge) and Gustavo Castañeda (Zocalo) bring their modern interpretation of classic Spanish tapas to University Village. Savor the puff pastry empanadas filled with ground beef, raisins, queso fresco, chile ancho and topped with avocado mousse. For the heartier appetite, try the cedar plank grilled New York strip served with spicy patatas bravas and chimichurri sauce. La Taberna Tapas also offers specialty sangrias, creative cocktails and a fun and approachable wine list. Come enjoy the modern taste and atmosphere of La Taberna Tapas on Halsted.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I have been to this restaurant many times. The food is always the best. Some organic. Very original preparation. Beautiful to look at."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I loved La Taberna for dinner but tried it for lunch & found it equally great. Great lunch special list. Very tasty options. Lovely service. Will do it again (when I can have some sangria with my lunch)!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Great place for a group lunch for work and for fun. The staff were very courteous and the food and drinks excellent!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We were celebrating my boyfriend's birthday, we've dined here before but usually show up without reservations. Since it was Friday night I chose to reserve one. First of all, I loved how OpenTable allowed me to request a booth & upon arrival there it was, waiting for us. Staff was friendly and service was quick. Their patatas bravas & queso de cabra are amazing, highly recommended Great ambiance, Taberna is able to provide a great experience for romantic dates or a night out with friends, & Friday nights they have live music I loved the gesture, since my boyfriend had a bag that read Happy Birthday, when we ordered dessert, without mentioning anything, the server came out with a candle on his dessert & the live band sang Happy Birthday"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The service is wonderful. The food is great and the sangria always hits the spot. The bacon wrapped dates are delicious along with the house paella are great eats. Nice ambience and there is usually some type of live music. You can also eat outside in the warmer months."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We have been several times at LA Taberna and the food and service is always excellent. We love the presentation of the tapas and the great sangria. But the best dish is definitely their paella. I strongly recommend their delicious paella to anybody who loves Spanish food."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant before and I remember it being better. Most of the tapas we ordered needed a little more flavor. A little salt will go a long way. It was a full house, so our waiter was very busy. He was very nice, but I think he had way too many tables to tend to, so sometimes we had to wait a while to get him to come to our table. They did have live flamenco dancer and singer, so that was nice. Overall, ok, but not rushing to go back. Café Iberico has better tasting food."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed pretty much all of it. The queso could have been a little more or less something but everything else was spot in. 4 of us and a baby, we ordered at least 8 small plates or more. Had a couple adult beverages and was shocked how inexpensive the bill was. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. I have been there with a group, also sat outside, a date, by myself, and I can't say enough about this restaurant. It's beautiful. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere will be whatever you want it to be--romantic to fun. I have never had a tapas or paella I didn't like....as a matter of fact---I've loved everything I've ever tried."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I feel compelled to reply to the review stating "watch out for the caramelized dates wrapped in bacon,yuck. Would like to talk to chef about this bad combo. I guess, not everything tastes good with bacon." This could not be further from my opinion! This is my favorite item on the menu and the best thing I've ever eaten. I order it every time I go. It is a rich, sweet, salty bite of bliss. Some of the tapas are average but on the whole I love the place, and the dates are to die for."
    Dined on 5/10/2013
  • "Three people celebrating their birthday on a Saturday night. Two large birthday parties happening while we were there. Live music after 7pm. was very good. Lots of people, excellent food choices made with the help of the waitresses suggestions. Our waitress was very good. However the hostess at the door, could learn how to be welcoming, she had a bit of clueless behavior. No smile, blank stare when you ask a question, as if you were interrupting her, a bit dismissive in attitude. Everyone else was fine, a good place overall."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We loved La Taberna Tapas. We went for my husband's birthday and were not disappointed. The server's recommendations were great. Everything we had was delicious. The live music was fun, but not overwhelmingly loud. Overall great experience!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "While we picked a terrible night (huge holiday party) the food and service was exceptional. We made the reservation on line not realizing a party would be ongoing. Regardless, the food and the service were excellent. We will definitely go back on a more normal night."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "The live entertainment was awesome. Really added to the experience. Only tapas place in the area with live music on Saturday night that I could find. Food and service were solid but watch out for the caramelized dates wrapped in bacon,yuck. Would like to talk to chef about this bad combo. I guess, not everything tastes good with bacon."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "My wife and I ate here on 11/23/2013 and absolutely loved it. The food was great and came it quick. We literally loved every dish we had. We ordered several tapas plates and each one seemed to come out just as we were finishing the first. We both enjoyed the white sangria as well. Atmosphere was great, and we really enjoyed to two musicians. We'll be back."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Enjoyed a wonderful lunch. Good service and delectable food. Small plates...my fav! Patatas Bravas on the house!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "The food and drinks were excellent overall, and the menu was quite extensive. The waitstaff was very attentive. This is going to become our go-to tapas place since you don't have to fight the crowds like you do at a lot of the downtown and northside tapas places. The ambiance was nice. They had live music (guy playing classical guitar). The only downside was the couple a table ove who brought a small baby that fussed for half of our dinner"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Went to La Taberna on a Wednesday night with a group of 8 for my birthday and we had a great time! Everyone loved the food and sangria and the price was reasonable considering the amount that we ordered. Also, I forgot my coat and they were kind enough to hold it for me until the next day when I could come back and pick it up. Will definitely be back here again soon :)"
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "The 7 tapas for $40 deal on Tuesday night is a great deal. The food here is always excellent - their tortilla espanola is excellent and the chipotle aioli sauce they serve with the croquettas is out of this world, We always have the same server and she is very nice and attentive."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "Excellent food, service was good but a bit inattentive. The live Flamenco was outstanding. A thoroughly enjoyable evening. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The food, service and sangria were excellent! The only thing the place was missing was people. I don't know why the place was not more crowded. I would recommend going. I loved the traditional sangria and the paella."
    Dined on 8/23/2013