Tapas Valencia
Tapas Valencia

Tapas Valencia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tapasvalencia.com/
  • Phone: (312) 842-4444
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday:4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday:4:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday:5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 10:30AM-3:00pm; 3:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Filemon Ochoa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact the event department at 630.983.3563

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State and Roosevelt
  • Public Transit: CTA bus: King Drive-3, State-29, Archer-62; Red/Orange/Green Line "L" stop: Roosevelt
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and Street Parking Available
A word from Tapas Valencia
Sibling to the popular Meson Sabika in suburban Naperville, Tapas Valencia has moved to Chicago’s South Loop Area. It has brought along its #1 Spanish Restaurant ranking in the 2008/2009 Zagat survey. Guests are greeted by a high energy atmosphere with walls adorned in multi-colored mosaic artwork reminiscent of the art of the great Spanish artists Joan Miro and Antoni Gaudí. While dining, guests will find that each item on the menu offers a taste of Spain. Whether it is enjoying hot or cold tapas, an entrée or vintage wine- there is always a pleasant combination of exceptional food, friendly service and unique atmosphere where family and friendship can live life in celebration.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Tapas Valencia reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (50)fit for foodies (48)good for groups (48)special occasion (25)hot spot (21)romantic (19)vibrant bar scene (17)notable wine list (15)great for outdoor dining (14)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (7)great for lunch (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We saw restaurant on Check Please..downtown on business and decided to give it a try rather than jump on expressway at rush hour..and absolutely loved it..start to finish, unique mosaic walls, service was quick/friendly and efficient..extensive drink/wine list..wine priced right..We had the price fixe 4 course menu for 2, which was $37 and a great buy..each course had 3-4 items and gave a great overview of their favs..loved it..very extensive menu list so this was a good way to go in our opinion...Its a home run..and we wrote a review on their site as well..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, fun restaurant with fabulous food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We need a restaurant near McCormick Place Hyatt as we were meeting a friend who was staying there. This place was perfect! Cool atmosphere, friendly hostess and server, honored our reservation, great selection and great food. Our server was attentive but let us talk and sit. He made some recommendations that were right on. Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food Good Place Small Size
    LemlemcoVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This place was great. The waitstaff was very good. The food was very good. The portions were on the small end of the scale. We will return again..... Shalom
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best tapas restaurant in Chicago
    MmaureenVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Tapas Valencia is outstanding in every category - food, wine, specialty cocktails, service, and ambience. From the moment you walk in you are charmed. There is something for everyone. The portions are generous and the prices reasonable. Don't miss it"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Kacee
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I recently met a group of friends at Tapas Valencia. It's the perfect place to take your time over dining. You can order as much variety as you choose. The drinks are good - especially the Pomegranate martini. Nice wine list too! We went with the waiter's recommendations for the appetizers and were very pleased. Then chose the others ourselves. Everything was delicious! Most of the group found on street free parking but I love the $6 valet parking option!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Excellent since the first time I came here. Tapas Valencia by far one of the best Spanish Cusine Restaurant in the city.. Took my grilfriend for first time and she enjoyed everything, especially the talapia. Great service and great welcome from the FOH staff and Manager always welcomes you with a smile.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice variety
    docbart
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Tapas for relatively good price! Lots of food which is well prepared, quickly delivered, attentive service, not too crowded on a Sunday
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great time
    Sweeblades
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Once again we impressed our out of town relatives with a trip to your restaurant on a very blustery Halloween. Thank you. His and the rest of the wait staff were very helpful and energetic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vsvs
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Outstanding, as ever - never dispaoointed the past 8 years :) the rainbow trout cold tapas special was esp. outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints!!
    Michaeljm4VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Like it's sister restaurant Meson Sabika in Naperville this outstanding tapas gem never disappoints. From the reasonable wine list to the wide variety of hot cold and desert tapas, this is a great place to spend time in conversation and serious noshing. The 3 guitarists and flamenco dancer are not too obtrusive and set a very festive mood. Valet parking seals the deal for convenience too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid choice
    opentable94
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have been to Tapas Valencia several times, and always enjoy myself. However, this last time, I was bummed to be served a frozen tortilla espanola -- it was like ice, you could chew the crystals. Someone forgot to defrost it. We should have sent it back, but didn't.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NM2013VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The best Spanish restaurant in Chicago! Food is very flavorful and service is impeccable. Must visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent find
    Tgm4bonesVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Service spectacular-knowledgeable and animated. Every suggestion a hit
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place in South Loop
    Alan
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is an excellent restaurant, great staff, often vibrant and busy. Food choices are a nice cross section of the Tapas approach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Surprise!
    Betty
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Tapas Valencia was a great surprise. I went for my birthday with four other friends. We were seated promptly and treated kindly by every single staff member we encountered. Noise level wasn't high at 5:30pm, so we could actually enjoy our conversation. Waiters were total ROCK STARS. Great recommendations and service. We shared like 8 different tapas and 2 pitchers of sangria and they were all delicious. Dessert was phenomenal too! That cazuelita de chocolate and the bizcocho borracho were a highlight along with the baked goat cheese and the croquetas. Best birthday dinner I've spent at a restaurant, for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasure
    Woody
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We have enjoyed Tapas Valencia on a number of occasions and this time it seemed to us to be even better. The traditional tapas are done in the traditional manner but there are excellent, original items on the menu. Definitely worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    foodluverchi
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I had an excellent experience here. The flavors of the food were unique but made sense, there was a great variety for an excellent price point. Our waitress made great recommendations as well and I think it would be a great restaurant for large groups as all as everyone had the same dietary preferences. Overall excellent food and service! I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    Roberto12
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    All was excellent xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Always tasty and vibrant.
    Zena13VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I go here about once a month as we live nearby. The food is always really good. We like to order a mixture of confirmed favorites and try new things every time. They have a lot of great vegetarian and seafood options. The service is a little hit or miss, but always very friendly. This past time, it took our server a while to get to us, but once she did, the service was good. The live music with a Flamenco dancer on a Saturday night was good and entertaining. The place is a neighborhood gem. We always bring out of town guests for the great food and colorful decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    nice people with many options for tapas. the suggestions from waitress was tastey. The Sangria Cava is champagne. I did not know that. They should put that in the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Jacob
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Like it very much: food, service, people. Every time we try new dish: and we like each one of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • GottaGoHere
    GottaGoGirl
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Loved it from the moment we got there. Being from Harbor Country in Michigan, with lots of great dining we were looking for a hip and cool Chicago neighborhood jewel during a weekday excursion to Trader Joes in the south loop. We we not disappointed. Grabbed a hightop in the bar to check out the local scene. Order a single wine flight upon recommendation of very attentive and knowledgable server Alvin. The wine samples in the flight were generous and did not disappoint...yummm. We had olives, cheese with great bread to start, a couple of amazing tapas and then the paella... oh my! A great mid week escape , followed by our sojourn to Trader Joe's and then back home to Michigan. We will do this again and again. You should do the same!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    Bets
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    There were four of us, so we were able to have a good sampling of the tapas. All were excellent. Great flavors, plenty of variety, and good portions. Our only negative was that we did not get all the tapas we ordered; that said, we certainly were not charged for them either. I highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner party!
    AC44
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had a birthday dinner party for 14 people - everything was great! The staff were very nice and accommodating. Their band even dedicated a song to me for my birthday - a nice surprise :) The food was awesome, as always! I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'd eat here every night...
    CarlaVZVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    so many delicious choices! we always have the tomato y queso and the king crab toast points...but haven't tried anything that wasn't amazingly delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great variety of Tapas
    MacGregor417
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The music also good, and I loved the mosaics and lighting. Excellent ham, excellent scallops, great chocolate cake. A bit loud if one is trying to talk across a table sometimes, but you can ask to sit away from music. Staff is so welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Jacob
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Not first time been there. Like food, service, atmosphere, vibe. Highly recommending for all occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • must get
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Bacon wrapped dates Duck confit Rib eye Sauteed bananas Cleaned the plates!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We’ll be Back!
    Comish
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Perfect neighborhood, nice night out. Valet is $6.00 as cheap as a meter. Manager does check ins to make sure all is good. Some servers are from Spain. Sauces are really nice ~ fun, with exposure to different food and great to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun spot
    impsquirrelVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Interesting menu, moderate prices, and a Spanish atmosphere make this a lively and novel place to dine and drink.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    One tapas was better than the next! The service was outstanding as well.
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  • IAMRB2
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We stopped by Tapas Valencia prior to an evening concert at the First Merit Bank music venue. We arrived in time to catch a few of the Special Bar Tapas for $3 each from 4-6:30 pm. Wow...they were all fabulous. The other tapas on the menu were great too. It is a very cute place with an outdoor seating area and lots of great food options. Definitely would return and recommend to friends.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Delicious Tapas
    ChicGourmetVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Music and flamenco now enhance an already delightful dining experience at Tapas V. We love the wide and delicious tapas selection served in good portion sizes. Tilapia with spinach and artichokes is scrumptious as are marinated shrimp or patatas con alioli and scallops with Israeli couscous. Bacon-wrapped dates are to swoon over. Steak with garlic mashed potatoes, patatas bravas, and stuffed mushrooms are all tasty. Tuna-stuffed cannelloni and pato confitado are yummy as well as creative. We always enjoy the baked goat cheese as well. There are multiple vegetarian options, other fish and seafood options, and chicken creations as well. Service is friendly, the artwork is striking, and the management accommodating. Worth a detour!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved speaking spanish to waiter!
    SMAHAN
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Ordering in Spanish definitely gives this place a vibrance you don't get every where in the city. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Spanish tapas restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    "I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took the family
    Busyfamilyeattogether
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Picky kids had something to order too. Amazing shrimp dish.!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 868 reviews are from the Tapas Valencia reviews archive.
  • Nice place for small bites
    Day2U
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Nice venue with a nice lineup of food. Good place To go pre-late night with friends for some small bites and drinks. Wish they stayed open later than 11p on Friday.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    Aquitaine0627VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very good service! the tapas, especially shrimp and calamares were excellent. The paella Valenciana was supposed to be for one but was sufficient for two. However, it could have been spicier - adding some chorizo perhaps?
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I love this place. The food is excellent! The service is excellent! And the ambiance is excellent! But they are a little pricey for a tapas restaurant. I'm not used to tapas dishes being so expensive. They are supposed to be less expensive so you order more food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas Valencia is Outstanding!
    MmaureenVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Our dinner was amazing. we started with the dates wrapped in bacon, potato salad. and cold cucumber soup. We then had octopus and the seafood skewers, which were a special. Finally, we has an amazing dessert - chocolate base with cream topping. Every dish was delicious and accompanied by excellent wine. The service is excellent. Everyone from the manager to the car valet greets you like family. One of the best restaurants in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.