Macarena Tapas
Macarena Tapas

Macarena Tapas

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.macarenatapasnaperville.com/
  • Phone: (630) 420-8995
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Lunch Hours: Restaurant available for Private Events
    Contact Victor Borras at 630 420 8995
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: John Borras
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Aurora Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Macarena Tapas
Macarena Tapas was opened by Executive Chef John Borras in 2007. Whith an emphasis on traditional yet creative Spanish tapas cuisine, the menu incorporates both classic favorites and original new dishes. Macarena has a contemporary flare, but encompasses a welcoming, traditional Spanish tapas atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Macarena Tapas reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (18)romantic (11)special occasion (10)good for groups (8)hot spot (6)great for lunch (5)late-night find (5)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Loved the sangria...the food, not so much
    RaiRaiVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great service. Sangria was top notch. Beautiful ambience. Good came out quickly, it just wasn't good. It tasted pre cooked and reheated. The flavor profile was off as some of the sauces didn't complement the meat it was served on.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    poptrot
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Met a friend for lunch. Delicious food with great presentation. Noise level was good. We could talk comfortably and didn't feel like we were being overheard. Love the atmosphere. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tried something new...
    Outforthenight
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Found this place online, was not disapointed. Tried several different dishes, all were very good. Nice ambiance, nice waiter, good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas as Dinner Opportunity
    aiat
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    If you experienced Tapas in Europe, you will like this place. If you haven't experienced Tapas before, this is a great place to start. Tip: start slow, order just a view items and share every plate to get the different tastes. And give yourself some time to enjoy your visit. The Sangria is great, a good variety of imported beers, and the ambiance is nice and welcoming. Give it a try, you'll love it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    Hockeymom
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Starting with the goat cheese fritters and ending with their banana dessert this meal was amazing! Fish tacos, bacon wrapped scallops & more. We will definitely come back when visiting this area in the future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas Mania!
    jrh2601VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Been here a few times now and we love it. Wife and I would go to another local Tapas restaurant called Meson Sabika. Macarena is a great spot with delicious food and fantastic service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tasty finger food
    savory2sweet
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Macaranas Tapas is a neighborhood gem hidden in an unassuming strip mall. Though small its atmosphere is cozy and welcoming to both those looking for a little romance or just want to kick back with some friends while enjoying their delicious take on Tapas. I recommend the goat cheese fritters, bacon wrapped dates and bacon wrapped scallops. You will defiantly need a reservation because seating is very limited. Its only downside it that the wait staff are required to do their own bartending. Things would go much smoother if the wait staff just waited tables and they hired a bartender. But if your tired of the same old chain restaurants this little gem will make your taste buds smile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was afraid to eat the food
    Kathy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The tapa my friend had was actually swimming in grease--we tried to to pick a couple of potato/peppers out of the grease but was difficult. This reminded me of the little canister of bacon fat which my mother kept on the kitchen counter back in the 60's. I was afraid to eat more than 1 of the goat cheese tapas which I had--I don't have the vacation time to spare if I become ill and can't get to work. The bread was dry and just so so. Extremely over priced even if food was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something Different
    DatenightVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We tried about 6 different items that we're all pretty good. I think the key to reach outside your comfort zone you may not like it but it will open up new horizons. Overall we enjoyed it but our hostess needed some lessons in customer service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Tapas in Town!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Really really good food and beautiful presentation! Service was excellent from the moment we walked in the door. The owner was extremely attentive to everyone in the restaurant - and took very good care of us making wonderful suggestions.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok
    Boomerdog1
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service was lackluster. Our server was also the bartender, and possibly mgr. he made us feel as if he was doing us a favor by waiting on us. Food was decent, some dishes were excellent. Desserts were very average. Ate here 2 years ago and food and service were much better then.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible location
    AmigaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We first discovered Macarena Tapas at their St. Charles location. We enjoyed outdoor dining & good food there. For convenience we tried the Naperville location. The restaurant is in a strip mall in Naperville. It's dark, uninviting. The tables are teeny tiny. Wouldn't go back to that location. Will stick with St. Charles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this place
    sblll
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food, outstanding service, and the birthday deal is wonderful. Our favorite place in Naperville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic once again!!
    PerkyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Keep up the good work! The Crabcakes and the scallops are 2 of the best things on the menu. The fried goat cheese fritters are the bomb! The only suggestion I would make - develop a specialty drink menu (something other than sangria).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spanish Gem!
    LibbyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I've dined at Macarena Tapas many, many times. I love that it is in a strip mall outside of Fox Valley Mall but the second you step in your in a little Spanish paradise. Everything from the ambiance to the food is great. The only reason I rated them the way I did is while the service is great, it is some of the slowest I've received consistently each time I go. While I like to take my time dining, each time I'm waiting...and then waiting just to be assisted. It can be frustrating however, it doesn't keep me from going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food & service
    mclince
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was amazing and the service was excellent!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time diner
    DiningDeb
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Initially upon entering I felt the restaurant was smaller than I imagined however yet quaint. My friend and I were seated at a high top that offered plenty of room for all our food choices. All the dishes we selected to try were fabulous! I would say I you are looking for a more casual tapas with excellent service and great food options give Macarena Tapas a try I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING TAPAS EXPERIENCE!
    OlyaZ
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    GREAT food, cozy atmosphere, excellent service. All in all, one of the BEST Spanish restaurants I've ever been to! It's hidden in a strip mall in Naperville, but well worth seeking out. Another has opened in St. Charles. Run, don't walk, to this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    wmcgee
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I'd never had tapas before, but after eating at Macarena Tapas, I will be sure to eat it again. Great food! I want to try the sangria next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had dinner here and the food was very good. In addition, the staff was very nice and attentive. I would recommend to anyone looking for some great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas lovers
    Tapas4two
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was delicious especially the macaroni and blue cheese. Service was prompt friendly and efficient. The peach sangria refreshing for a warm summer evening. Have eaten here many times and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 181 reviews are from the Macarena Tapas reviews archive.
  • Food & Service
    mclince
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food and presentation is amazing and the service is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem!
    Allison
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    You wouldn't think much of this place driving past the hidden strip mall that houses it, but it is amazing! The atmosphere is warm, the staff is friendly and hilarious, the tapas are DELICIOUS! (And the sangria isn't bad, either!) Best part? Teachers get 30% off their entire table's bill! (And there are always Groupon deals). I'm so glad we found this place- we will most definitely be returning! Best tapas of the night were the spicy potatoes, hands down! Beef tenderloin was good, and husband liked the mussels. All plates are plentiful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for intimate date!
    CarolandRick
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Love going on a date here. Intimate, low light setting. Great food and nice to have time between courses. Food is ALWAYS outstanding. A bit noisier than usual and wish they could do a bit better with acoustics, yet you can still hear your date talk without yelling. We enjoy going to Macarena's and will be there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gabi
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    What a great find for tapas. The food was amazing, the owner visits with all the tables and is very knowledgeable about Spanish food and wine. It's also BYOB which makes it even more fun!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Wonderful food and great serving staff. The Sangria is excellent, and the tapas to die for. Definitely worth coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    Cheli
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was great and delicious. Great atmosphere and sangria was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Excellence
    PHOTOVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Macarena Tapas Restaurant has always provided us with a friendly staff, a quality wine list, efficient service and delicious food. We highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sexy Tapas and Cocktails
    WiningDiningGirl
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I have dined at Macarena Tapas multiple times and the service, tapas and cocktails are outstanding. Unassuming from the exterior, the atmosphere inside is warm and inviting with sexy lighting, modern, comfortable décor. House sangria + specialty versions are perfect to begin a relaxing dining experience. Macarena's variety of cold and hot tapas are outstanding in both taste and presentation. The noise level is conducive to good conversation and the staff respectfully checks-in, but leisurely dining and lingering over dessert is encouraged-- no rush to turn tables here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WeinieVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Pricey & acoustics are horrible! The laughing table of 6 ruined our meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful tastes
    OpenTableBDFVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We loved the different tapas -- served on different types of boards and dishes so all were exciting. The restaurant is small, but not too crowded at lunch so try it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best tapas in the burbs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great food and service..definitely a great restaurant. Highly recommend it!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't judge a book...
    Erick3211
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This place is truly one of the best hidden gems in Naperville. Excellent food and service, one of my favorite places to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to like it but...
    Jgalt
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I'll keep this short and to the point. Pros: decent decor, several good wine choices, great goat cheese dish. Cons: slow service, mediocre overall food quality, poor mixed drink quality. I would have a hard time recommending this place to friends. Perhaps go for a glass of wine and the goat cheese tapas plate and then hit up another restaurant for dinner... that's what we ended up doing after our overall impression of our first 30 minutes dining there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent tapas experience!
    TAH3456
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    A group of 5 of us went to this restaurant to celebrate Father's Day weekend. Outstanding service! We made reservations and when we got there, were seated right away. Our waiter waited on us immediately and the food kept coming with no delays. The food was excellent and the Sangria was very good. Yummy crusted bread was served throughout the dinner. Scallops were delicious but just a little small (that's the only reason why I rated food as a 4 star rather than 5). Garlic shrimp, was delicious, garlic potato salad, delicious! Definately glad we chose Macarenas Tapas for our Father's Day, my family loved it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Authentic cuisine and great good you will want to come back for sure !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Naperville's best kept secret
    Jon10
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is without a doubt our favorite place in the area. The food is always amazing and service is top-notch as well. The scallops are probably the best small plate I have ever had and would rank high among best dishes I have ever had. If Macarena Tapas was located along the river walk in downtown Naperville instead of in a strip mall off of Rt 59 you would never be able to get a table. The quality of food and skill of the Chef surpasses any of the more high profile Chicago restaurants located in downtown Naperville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strip mall?....you'd never know it!
    KKISVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Escape from the frantic suburban life for awhile. MT is a gem!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    USCGCWO
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food and sangria were awesome. Sound level a little high
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for small group
    Wineandfoodandwine
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Lots of interesting options. A couple of items we ordered were not available. Gets a little pricey for just two people. Smaller group would allow for good variety at a reasonable price. Enjoyed everything we ordered, especially the goat cheese on toast.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.