La Taberna Tapas on Halsted
La Taberna Tapas on Halsted

La Taberna Tapas on Halsted

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.latabernatapas.com/
  • Phone: 3122439980
  • 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 3122439980
  • 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.
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La Taberna Tapas on Halsted reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (9)good for groups (9)great for outdoor dining (8)great for lunch (7)romantic (6)great for brunch (4)special occasion (4)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great for family and group events.
    Frankie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Had a birthday gathering with 6 people and the food, atmosphere and service was absolutely wonderful Made it a memorable evening, and we will be back - recently had enjoyed an outdoor lunch, and that was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Full stomach
    Slicvic
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Took my dad for his birthday. Great find. Calm scene. Great food. Reasonable price. Def worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good times
    George
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great place with wonderful food! The service was wonderful. I would defintely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refreshing eclectic menu!
    UniqueFindInVegas
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    There was live music on Friday night. It was nice but a bit too loud for quiet conversation. Other than that the experience was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent tapas
    mamatubsVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The $12.00 lunch special is a very good deal. Plenty of food and it's easy for those new to tapas to enjoy 3 courses. For dinner the indiviuals tapas are quite excellent. Datiles are a favorite as are the charcuteria, gambas al ajillo and do try the paella!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CJSophie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Nice outdoor patio. Good tapas. Friendly staff. Great service. Desserts were fantastic! Try the churros and the molten chocolate cake!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Restaurant
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was average. The restaurant was hot since they did not have the air conditioning on. Service was fair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 192 reviews are from the La Taberna Tapas on Halsted reviews archive.
  • I HAD A GREAT TIME
    Bill
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere, we went there with some friends and they loved it. I think this is a Jewel in the south loop. They serve tapas with a Mexican twist. If this place was downtown it would be really one of the hottest places to go after work. I am glad this guys are around to my fridays/saturday nights happier :0) LOVE ITTTT ! ! !
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Woody
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food here is awesome, the bacon wrapped dates are my favorite and the different Sangrias are amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Watch UEFA champions final
    Mapsc
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Tapas and service was really good. Only thing is price VS food quantity could be better.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor food
    Poj1VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food was poor. The tapas was overcooked and tasteless. There are many tapas places in Chicago that are much better and this doesn't even compare. The only reason why this has some good reviews is because it is in a college area. Out of 4 tapas places I've are at in Chicago this is the worst. This is not because of the service or anything, but plainly because the food is just not good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for birthday dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My friends and I came here on a Saturday night before we headed out on the town. The tapas were amazing! We got scallops with kale, dates and sausage, paella la taberna, and the spicy potatoes ALL super delicious! The drink menu had a great variety, mixed drinks, wine, sangria and beer. I would highly recommend this place and would definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem Worth a Ride
    Joygee3
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Sweet spot near UIC that offers very good tapas and paella, bar scene, and live music that has a presence but doesn't overwhelm conversation. Chose the place for menu and convenience to where I was otherwise committed before and after, but would happily take a ride from the burbs to return for more good eats and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The service, the waiter and the food were excellent but the Friday Night live music was unbearable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good lunch
    smbs
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Went here for a casual birthday lunch. Food was great! Serving size was decent. I had their Paella and Ceviche de Gambas, and both were excellent. Their daily lunch special for $12 includes two tapas and a dessert. I like the decor of the place. I has a loft-style space. It actually feels very spacious. The only negative concern I have is how they serve their food. I didn't order soup but for two of my companions who did, their soups were served last, right before the dessert.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Sangria Ever
    cwandkd
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Try the flight of Sangias. My favorite had fruit, ginger and lavender. Truly Amazing. The bartender was very knowledgeable and the small plate choices ranged from seafood to vegan. In fact, they will make special vegan plates by request. The prices are very reasonable and the quality is outstanding. It is a very nice but relaxed atmosphere and the manager stopped by to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food Reasonably Priced
    Natalie
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I have been to this restaurant many times. The food is always the best. Some organic. Very original preparation. Beautiful to look at.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch at a dinner place
    NHKGY
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    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)!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    SaoriKido
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Tapas in Town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relax & Enjoy the Food & Friends!
    Jonathan
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Great place for a group lunch for work and for fun. The staff were very courteous and the food and drinks excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really quite good
    Joonbugsy
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but could be better
    MMEE
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love! Love! Love!
    BridgeportTracy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sangria and tapas
    Rlundgren
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday night
    Michele
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner here!
    AmiT
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    Russ
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious tapas!
    rosa2417
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    I've been here quite a few times, and even brought my 5 year old daughter once for a late night dinner. This place is never full - not sure why. On weekend nights, they have live music so noise levels are higher. Otherwise, it is relatively quiet. If you order tapas, they are brought out separately which seem to be strategically timed. The datiles con tocino are delicious, and my favorite is pollo al curry de costa rica. My sister ordered duck, and the meat was very tender. The sangrias are also good and you're better off getting a pitcher than ordering by glass - you get more for your money. My daughter absolutely loved the desert. It was chocolate lava cake with a scoop of ice cream. The scenery inside is absolutely beautiful.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Dinner With My Wife
    Nick1222
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great live music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch nuggets
    Eightgr8
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Enjoyed a wonderful lunch. Good service and delectable food. Small plates...my fav! Patatas Bravas on the house!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty tapas, no crowd
    jkeats
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    MeganVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ole!
    GarciaDines
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Excellent food, service was good but a bit inattentive. The live Flamenco was outstanding. A thoroughly enjoyable evening. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wretched experience
    LiveToEat
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Tapas! Has such a nice ring to it. I love little plates - and we were going to meet a friend in little Italy - what could possibly go wrong? The place looks lovely, then the menu comes and it's laminated. Really? Are we at Wendy's? Or at a restaurant for big people? Nice guy takes our order. We order 4 or 5 dishes and say, bring them slowly - the waiter even repeated the word, "Slowly". We wanted to eat our food hot. All the dishes came at once. I finally started turning them away. The food - RANK. There wasn't a dish there worth wasting the calories on. Wow. How do you get away with that in a city with so much good food?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    ShikhaVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    We had a group of about 20 people and everyone had a great time! The food was great and the service was great. Attentive staff and we are excited to dine there again! Hands down my favorite tapas restaurant in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The tapas overall isn't bad.
    reviews
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    The tapas overall isn't bad. However, we ordered a 4 dollar olive plate that was loaded with run of the mill pimento stuffed olives that you would find in a martini at your local dive bar. Not a bad experience in all, but little things like that will keep me from going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem on Halstead
    FBarber
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • average experience
    MargaretmarieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    was hoping for more from this restaurant. the interior is beautiful. staff is friendly. food was average. there for lunch on a friday. only one other table was taken. sloooow service. owner was nice and gave us free app and a topper to our wine. wish i could say it was great. goat cheese w toasts came out w toasts in the sauce so they were soggy. took a bit but we finally got some more but it was bread not toasts. asparagus was good. the other items were not even worth mentioning! id like to try again before recommending to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate