Best tapas in the area, and the owners are always friendly. The menu rotates but the perennial favorites are always there.
9/12/2012 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious. The
The food was delicious. The restaurant is pretty small, not an impressive location. But, an excellent tapas menu.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food is incredible, but this
Food is incredible, but this place doesn't seem to have enough patrons to keep it open. Each time I've been there the place was empty. Go for the food, keep expectations low on the ambience.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful tapas in an intimate
Wonderful tapas in an intimate setting. Plenty of great options on the menu. The servers were quite knowledgeable and had great recommendations.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was our first vist to
This was our first vist to Macarenas but certainly not our last. John the owner waited on us and made us feel right at home. The food was delicious and the selections were plentiful. My other family members also enjoyed Macarenas later that same night and they enjoyed their food also. We eill definately be back.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a great little tapas
This is a great little tapas place! We just discovered it while looking through a brochure, but we will definitely return. The staff was very friendly, and the food was delicious! They were wonderful about checking on food allergies, too! They make absolutely everything on their menu except the bread! I would definitely recommend this place!
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Tapas, Great Sangria!
The tapas are excellent, but I especially love the red sangria. We ordered the Patatas Bravas (spicey potatoes), the Queso de Cabra, the albondigas (meatballs), and the blue cheese macaroni. The blue cheese macaroni took the longest, but it was the best. This is definitely a grown up version of mac and cheese. We have been going to Marcarena's since they first opened. They've changed the menu over the years and played around with pricing, but I think they finally hit their sweet spot. We stopped going for a while because the food quality didn't seem to be as good as when they first opened. I don't know what changed, but it's as good, if not better than we remembered. The waiter, who I think was one of the owners, was awesome!
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful all around.
The food, the flavor and the variety of the tapas were all over-the-top delicious. The service was outstanding! We were treated as those we were regulars. Macarena Tapas has risen to the top of our favorite tapas restaurant.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is always excellent but
Food is always excellent but the quaint and small surroundings magnify all sounds that somewhat reduces the experience. I will go back but hopefully find a time where eating is enjoyed more than shouting.
4/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I come here about
My wife and I come here about 1 month as always the menu changes sometimes a lot sometimes a little, but it is always evolving. Great Tapa's and not like to the same as the usual Tapas places in Naperville.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had a groupon so I tried
I had a groupon so I tried it, the service was fantastic and the food was very good. Its a small place and where we were sitting was kind of cramped and we couldn't really see anything. Overall I would reccomend Macarena Tapas.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Was very loud but good food and sangria. Will try a lunch visit or mid week to avoid the loud crowds.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, everything at the
As always, everything at the restaurant was WONDERFUL!!! OpenTable however, did not book my reservation with the restaurant, which was handled wonderfully by the restaurant, but from now on, I will call the restaurant directly.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time tapas goers!
A group of six women went here for a girls night and none of us had really experienced tapas before. The service was excellent and the food was amazing. Definitely a great time. The waiter who I think was also the owner gave us a free dessert.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great surpise
A strip mall find. Seasonal menu, great flavor combinations. The blue cheese sliders with fried egg and avocado is terrific.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best tapas ever
This place is amazing. The staff are all so friendly it feels like family. The food is out of this world!!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, knowledgeable service
We really enjoyed this place. It's small, but great food, and beautifully decorated. Great sangria.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place has fabulous tapas. Food was excellent and service was outstanding. Inside the restaurant is small and cozy, definitely a repeat.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love returning to this restaurant. The food is very vibrant and beautiful. It is tapas delightful. The strength of this particular place had been reasonable prices and super pleasant staff. The prices were very high compared to last visit and staff not so cheery though still professional and accommodating. It was sticker shock that 3 tapas, 2 desserts and a carafe of sangria was $81.Previously we would have spent about 55. Considering it'd a strip mall restaurant and had lot of unique competition in the area e.g. sushi, japaneses grill, Indian bistro...its tough to think of nacarrna as a frequent stop at the higher price points. Remember this is the suburbs not the city. Still love this place. Love the tasty bites. Everything is a delight
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love Macarena Tapas! I've
I love Macarena Tapas! I've been here several times and always have a great experience.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sangria and a few tapas
Life is good here... :)
We were going to try the Sangria Blanca but the waiter suggested the red. We gladly went with it and really enjoyed it. Ordered 4 tapas for lunch and ended up boxing the last one. Everything is good, and the Sangria made it even better. Definitely will come back again.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were so excited to stumble
We were so excited to stumble on this place! We have been looking for Spanish tapas in the burbs and until now have been disappointed. Everywhere else we have tried was just ok and a pain to get to. Macarena was perfect! 5 stars all around.
Went on a Thurs evening so it wasn't super busy and no problems getting a table. Would definitely make a reservation during prime times because it is a bit small. Service was great and the food was delicious!! Prices were reasonable. Our faves were the guava sangria and croquetas de queso de cabra( goat cheese fritters w/honey and balsamic).. Mejillones a la brava(mussels). Can't wait to go back and try something new.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife wanted a de-caf coffee- unfortunately, the restaurant doesn't serve de-caf. The waiter actually ran out the back to a coffee shop , bought some de-caf, and brought it to my wife. Outstanding - Above and beyond the call of duty! Talk about making an impression.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
fresh, delicious, unusual
Great service added to an unique menu. All dishes were fresh and delicious. No microwave here! Prices were reasonable for the high quality of the food.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice little gem of a place in the middle of a very busy area. Great food, reasonably priced. Great for a quick mod week dinner out
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was GREAT!!! not
The food was GREAT!!! not a larg place need to make reservations this place is small but so worth it!!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This cozy restaurant never fails to please. The food is delicious and the Sangria is heavenly. You will need reservations since space is limited and it is so good.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, excellent service. The restaurant is kind if small but there was a lot going on in terms of food, flavor and service. Would definitely go back!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
good tapas find
We discovered our love of Tapas 25 years ago, and will try any new Tapas restaurant that we come across. There have been some that we did not choose to revisit. We will definitely return to Macarenas. We have to try the paella next and glad to hear that they are opening another one in St, Charles closer to our home, I'm quite sure that we will explore the whole menu over time.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Character
Food is excellent! Sangria's are awesome! Cannot pass up the cheese fritters and dates!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific, tasty tapas!
I would not have expected to find such authentic, delicious tapas served by delightful and knowledgeable staff in a Naperville strip mall, but there it was! We had a fabulous evening and an amazing meal. Que bueno! We'll be back.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The whole staff remembered us and made sure the flowers were set up and waiting. Every time we go we have a great time and have the best food.
John, his brother and the whole staff are some the best people in the business. I expect they will do very well in St. Charles.
I have never been disappointed.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tons of Delicious Tapas Choices
Owners are right on sight, serving tables and ensuring that their many delicious tapas continue to impress. Also lots of fun wine choices.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small plates-Big flavor!
John and Victor never disappoint . Food is always interesting and amazing. This is a spot not to be missed.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place, food is excellent, service superb!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cute place and great food. We were a group of 5 and shared 8 or so tapas- all were very good. I suggest for those who like a big hearty meal to get the paella rather than just tapas. I tried the pina-coco sangria- sweet and tasty! Service was a bit slow-we were there at 7pm on a Saturday night, which is a busy night for restaurants.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love, love , love Macarena Tapas. The food is great, the service outstanding and the atmosphere is romantic and intimate. Go early on the weekends unless you want to wait...but it is definitely worth the wait.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first experience, and we are definitely going back. We had five small plates, and all were extremely good. I highly recommend both the Spanish-style BBQ pork and the goat cheese on toast with artichokes and jalapeños. We also enjoyed the drinks--I had a mango sangria and my wife had a caipirinha that she thought was the best she's had anywhere. The service was friendly and the food was out very quickly after we ordered. Dinner was definitely not cheap,but well worth the price.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The tapas are very, very good! The goat cheese tapas were delightful! We also liked the crab cake tapas, the beef empanadillas, and the scallops. The chocolate Grenache dessert was fantastic! All in all a great meal, albeit a little pricey for the amount do food served.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'd seen the restaurant before as I drove by but never tried it until I checked out the favorable reviews online. I love tapas type restaurants and wanted to try something new. We loved every dish we ordered and our server was so helpful and friendly. I went the day before my birthday and missed out on their birthday discount but I'll definitely return and bring others.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Tapas in Naperville, IL
We love this little hole in the strip mall (just referring to its size...nothing truly disparaging intended!). While the location is inconvenient as heck for access from the street (any street!) and the ambiance of a strip mall is not its selling point, Macarena more than makes up for it with the quality and diversity of its dishes...all the way through the dessert course (which we have observed in our numerous tapas experiences is not often the strongest course!). The tapa here are second to none in the city and I mean Chicagoland, not just Naperville, where it easily is second to none (including its much more famous competition). Go here, try their more unusual sounding dishes...they may sound bizarre (popcorn soup?) but they WORK!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Bet for a Good Time
First time to visit for a birthday with family (my kids and significant others) are mostly all 20-something and all (my wife and I are a couple of years older) had an outstanding. Particularly if heading out with a larger group I strongly recommend Macarena.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I enjoyed our
My wife and I enjoyed our evening. House made raspberry Sangria was very tasty. We had a huge Spinach salad which we couldn't finish. The scallops and crab cake tapas were very tasty. Finished off the meal with bacon wrapped dates and the house specialty goat cheese fritters. Best tapas restaurant in Naperville.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A very unique dining experience
I've been here several times and love the whole tapas concept...it's fun to share the unique dishes, I love the decor and what they did with your basic strip mall store front! The service is always attentive.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM