Tapas Valencia
Tapas Valencia

Tapas Valencia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tapasvalencia.com/
  • Phone: 3128424444
  • 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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Tapas Valencia reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (62)good for groups (59)fit for foodies (52)special occasion (30)romantic (24)great for outdoor dining (21)vibrant bar scene (20)hot spot (17)great for brunch (17)notable wine list (15)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (10)great for lunch (7)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    Aquitaine0627
    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?
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Had a GREAT time!
    shamrockbb
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We booked this location from a recommendation from a local. We had a party of 10 here for a bachelorette party, and the service and food were amazing! I would definitely recommend this venue to anyone visiting or living in the Chicago area. Crystal was our server, and she was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit and miss
    Mfaz1550VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have been to TV many times and have alternatively enjoyed and been frustrated by the experience. There always seems to be one dish that disappoints while others are great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was amazing
    Nfarahfood
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Get the bacon wrapped dates! So good, we ordered it twice. Also the olives that come before food were to die for, and the sauces on every dish were licked clean. Like most good tapas places, can get a but pricey. Also-- the dessert with berries and white chocolate mouse..wow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and fine ambience.
    Judy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I stopped at Tapas Valencia after seeing the Last Ship in the Loop. We had delicious pomegranite Martinis, a selection of tapas and dessert. We enjoyed it! ,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebrations-Good Times
    Ajohnson711
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I had a birthday gathering here and I was delighted with our server. She was kind and thoughtful, taking pictures of our group and even bringing a little bday treat at the end. My only complaint was that I had one guest that stayed for just a little while and only ordered about $13 worth of items, and somehow her card was charged the full amount of our bill-about $232. When I spoke to the manager about it, he seemed like he was not at all concerned. He said, "oh, it'll clear in a couple days, we'll look into it". I found his tone to be both rude and inconsiderate regarding the situation. He eventually got it together and was later apologetic, but only after my tone became clearly more agitated. Overall, good experience. I'd go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We came to dine from out of town for my bachlorette party. The service was outstanding, Francisco and the rest of the staff treated us like VIP's. Every plate we shared was incredible and we happened to be there on a Thursday when they had $5 drink specials, the mojitos and margaritas we had were top notch. We had such a fabulous dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas Valencia - the best
    MmaureenVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Tapas Valencia is the best tapas restaurant in Chicago. There are other nice small plate restaurants in the neighborhood, but this is the best. The food is outstanding. We shared dates wrapped in bacon, the seafood medley, pot medallions, and the trout special. All we we beautifully prepared and generous portions. From the moment you are greeted by Jose you are treated in a warm and welcoming manner. A wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food, service, and atmosphere. The music and flamenco dancer were wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and atmosphere
    ksnickelVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Dined here for the first time and it was good. Shared a bunch of tapas. Everything was good but nothing really was outstanding. I thought the prices were a little high. Good service and wine was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 855 reviews are from the Tapas Valencia reviews archive.