Macarena Tapas
Macarena Tapas

Macarena Tapas

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.macarenatapasnaperville.com/
  • Phone: 6304208995
  • 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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Macarena Tapas reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)fit for foodies (25)romantic (16)special occasion (15)good for groups (12)great for lunch (9)late-night find (6)hot spot (4)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • 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
  • 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
    PHOTO
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!
    KKIS
    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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 162 reviews are from the Macarena Tapas reviews archive.
  • Excellent
    luv2goout
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We have dined there three times and every time the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tight
    motherof4
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Had reservations on saturday night, we were brought right to our table.....but forgotten fot a while. This place was very bust and had only 1 server that I saw. He, at that, came to us when he wanted, not when we needed him. This place is small. Tables very cramped. Hard to walk between them without hitting someone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mothers Day Dinner Success
    Anon
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We probably ordered around 12 tapas for 6 people. Everything was shared and everything was good. Some tapas I liked better than others but I did not regret ordering anything as it was all fun to try. The service was great. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. They brought dishes out quickly and promptly cleared empty dishes. After finishing our meal they even brought out a free desert for our table to share. We had a $15 off coupon but instead they gave us 15% off, which was an even better deal. My only complaints are that we were unable to order one tapa because they were out of it, the noise level was a little high at times, and the plates were a little small to eat off of. All in all, it was a great experience and I would go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectable
    Lovegreatfood
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Macarena Tapas is our favorite restaurant! We absolutely love enjoying all of the different flavors from the wonderful dishes. We have never had a dish that we did not like. Victor and the staff have done an amazing job with their menu, the facility, service, etc. We always recommend this restaurant to others who greatly enjoy food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sub-par tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were excited to try a small tapas place, thinking that the size of the restaurant would allow for the kitchen to really focus on turning out good food. We were very disappointed by the dishes we had, including the bacon wrapped dates (the bacon was rubbery and tasted frozen) and scallops wrapped in bacon (same-- nothing tasted fresh). The goat cheese fried balls were good, but not even a reason to return. It took a long time for our server to greet us and the food did not deliver. We will not return; next time we have a craving for tapas, we'll make a reservation at Meson Sabika ahead of time instead.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • intimate and fun
    grazer
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I keep coming back to this place that's different from most other restaurants and never disappoints. It's fun to try out new tapas dishes so I never have the same meal twice. The service has always been friendly and helpful. Love to introduce others to this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous, as always!
    MichelleD
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This is our fave place to go, by far. We go here for any and all holidays and occasions. This time was just as great as it always is. Fabulous food every single time and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 times in a month
    tigras
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Came with my cousin from Los Angeles and I had scallops. She made sure we returned. My husband eats scallops at most restaurants and so we went to Macarena and had scallops for a warm dish and had a fabulous cold tapas with cold salmon. Now my husband is dreaming scallops. He is trying to figure how the scallops became sooo wonderful. Tigris
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food...Hidden Gem
    leonflow
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    You wouldn't know it from the location (in a small strip mall next to a Cici's Pizza), but this place is SO GOOD. The ambiance and decor are cool, and the food is probably the best in the suburbs (on par with Bien Trucha). Lots if clearly markers gluten-free choices. This was our second time there and we will definitely be back. If you can swing it, sit at the bar instead of the tables as the menu is a lot cheaper that way. Our favorites: Red Sangria or Mojitos for drinks, scallops, bacon wrapped dates, goat cheese croquettes, beef skewers, and the broasted potatoes.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was just OK
    yogamama
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I had bought a groupon for this restaurant and my husband and I love tapas so thought it would be a great date night without the kids. The ambience was not bad and although our server was nice, he was very slow and seemed a little confused at times. The food was delicious, though. My husband and I both enjoyed our meals and I absolutely loved that the had items clearly labeled on their menu that were gluten free and vegan. Bravo! I put mg phone out next to our check so our waiter would scan my groupon and he never did and then we couldn't find him so got frustrated, paid the bill and left , without ever using the groupon.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food!
    PerkyVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This is probably the fourth time we've been to Macarena Tapas. The food is extremely good. Among our favorites: fried goat cheese fritters, scallops, crab cakes, spicy potatoes, and asparagus. Our waiter mistook our "goat cheese" order for the goat cheese bruschetta - so be sure to say the entire name of the dish. The bruschetta is still good, but we wouldn't have ordered both. Service was just ok this time, but has been good for past visits.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite
    Pleased
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    ALWAYS look forward to having dinner at Macarena Tapas in Naperville, IL. The food is amazing and the service couldn't be better. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • celebration dinner
    kwalker
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We went for a celebration dinner and as always it was phenomenal! It was my fourth visit to Macarena Tapas and I've never been disappointed in food or service! I would recommend it to anyone looking for good food and nice people in a cozy restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.