Don Quijote

4.7
270 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Don Quijote Restaurant, the heart of Spain in the heart of Valparaiso. We have been ahead of the "Tapas" trend for the last 26 years!!
Serving Spanish cuisine since 1985 and featuring over two dozen different tapas, including, Octopus, Galician style meat pastries and the traditional "Tortilla Española", Spanish potato omelet.
Our menu doesn"t stop there,but goes on to feature an array of tantalizing entrees, from fresh seafood, like Swordfish and Salmon to succulent Castilian style roast Lamb. The food is sure to please and fortify any traveler who might be roming the countryside. The National dish of Spain is the Paella, and we offer four different versions: Marinera, Vegetarian, Black and Valenciana. Delicious Homemade desserts round out our extensive menu. Our decor, complete with street lamps an a fountain, will transport you, to any out door cafe in Spain.
"INDIANA'S ONLY SPANISH RESTAURANT"
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm (summer only)
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Phone number
(219) 462-7976
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carlos Rivero
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Private party facilities
Private room for up to 30 people.
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Private party contact
Carlos or Elena: (219) 462-7976
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Catering
Full or Drop off catering available for any occasion.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Michigan Ave.
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Parking details
Free parking on the street (three hours limit until 5:00PM). After 5:00PM, Free parking on the street and in the city parking lot, next to the restaurant on Michigan avenue.
Additional
Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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1 review
5.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent, we enjoyed our experience a lot. We will do it again.

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MA
Chicago
86 reviews
4.0Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

we love the ambiance and the hosts of this special place.
a true taste of Spain right here in our hometown.

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YD
1 review
5.0Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very authentic food and attentive chefs! Every single item from the appetizers, the paella, sangria and dessert were absolutely fantastic! Excellent food!

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RN
1 review
5.0Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatest challenge s deciding what to order. I’d suggest makng a choice, commit to it, and then order an assortnent of tapas to share!
If you are lucky, you will be there on a Friday evening when Carolyn and Pancho are gracing you with their vocal and guitar talent!

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KR
1 review
4.0Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went out of our way to make Valpo our overnight stop on a two-day trip so that we could enjoy dinner at Don Quijote’s—and enjoy it we did! Wonderful tapas, paella, wine, and warm, friendly service. We will come back again.

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f
Chicago
12 reviews
5.0Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, all made in-house. Authentic Spanish cuisine (and here I mean from the Iberian peninsula) The prices are reasonable. Excellent service.

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HD
Phoenix
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night, have been here numerous times, never bad service or food. Always freshly prepared food, service excellent. Highly recommended

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S
Chicago
6 reviews
5.0Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorites when ever we are near Valparaiso. This is the real deal. The food, music, decor and service at spot on. You always know you in for a treat when the owners greet you the moment you step in and make sure everything is just right. Traditional Spanish food choices, tapas, seafood, steaks, homemade sangria and port! Desserts that cover a wide range. This is a place for lunch dinner, special occasions or just a great meal. Do not miss this treasure from Spain!

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SB
Indiana
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a really good dinner at clearly a family-run restaurant. Service was really good and owner made sure of it. Will be dining there next time we're in town!

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RH
1 review
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I feel like I'm back in Madrid when I eat at Don Quijote's Spanish Restaurant. I can't visit NW Indiana without eating here. The food is amazing, and Carlos and Maria are wonderful, caring hosts.

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G
Indiana
15 reviews
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, a fantastic meal of tapas and sangria! Tuesday’s are half price, so our bill was very small. Shared 4 tapas and a pitcher of the white sangria. All were delicious and very filling. Will be returning soon!

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DR
1 review
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Large party inside so it was very noisy! We chose outside, which had some traffic noise, but still a better option than inside. The food was delicious, large portions. Waitress was new but fairly knowledgeable. Overall a pleasant experience. Definitely go again.

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TM
Chicago
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, a perfect evening with a perfect meal, in a perfectly romantic setting, served by friendly staff and topped by a perfect desert & cappuccino...perfecto...again!

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EL
Chicago
4 reviews
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

HAVE BEEN HERE MANY TIMES & WILL GO BACK AGAIN. always VERY GOOD FOOD & VERY FRIENDLY

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p
Chicago
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I enjoyed a lovely dinner before attending a play at the Chicago Street Theatre. Kitty, our waitress, was very attentive and friendly. She, as well as the owner Elena , made an effort to get to know us and were very welcoming . Our entrees were delicious ( Paella Valenciana and the House combination plate) and seasoned just right. And it was hard to select just one dessert! Allow yourself enough time to savor the food and the ambiance here- don’t be in a rush to just eat and leave.

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

We went with friends to Don Quijote after hearing good things about the Spanish food, which is not common in our area. We waited a bit to be seated, but our table was reserved and near the live acoustic music which was outstanding. The server was very friendly and helpful, although he misheard our order for a half pitcher of sangria for two people and brought a full pitcher. Just as well as their sangria is outstanding and three of us enjoyed it! The tapas that we ordered were just so so. Homemade crab cakes, on special, were overcooked (both orders) and had too much filler. Mushrooms seemed like the button variety from a can with little flavor. Asparagus was tasty however.

My husband and I shared a $58 paella and found it to be mediocre and not very flavorful. It had several nice shrimp but the other shellfish were very small. In fact, the crab legs were so skinny that there was very little meat to be gotten out of them. There was enough for us to take half home and, after we added grilled andouille sausage, more shrimp, and hot paprika, it was a tasty and rich paella.

The atmosphere is attractive and lively and the host and chef both stopped by to greet us. As mentioned the singer was wonderful. We would go back, but only for sangria and a few of the less expensive and foolproof tapas like olives, ham, cheese, and so on.

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Phoenix
1 review
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, friendly owners with hands on approach, so far my favorite restaurant after returning to the area.

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FR
1 review
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the paella, and being Cuban and living in Miami with so many Spanish restaurants, this place had authentic Spanish cuisine that would rival any in the world. The Seafood paella will feed 4 and is delicious!

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BR
New York Area
10 reviews
5.0Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a pleasant surprise! Firstly our drinks were generous and the margaritas were very tasty. The chips and salsa was very good. Appetizers, the main meals were hot and delicious! Dessert was great too! The best part was that the meals were reasonably priced. Would definitely visit again soon!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. The chef came around to our table and asked about our meal. The live guitar duet was great.

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JH
1 review
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were traveling from NY to Chicago and stopped in Valparaiso IN along the way. We saw some of their ads and thought we'd give it a try. What a joy to find authentic Spanish food in a lovely little town no where near the interstate. I'd recommend this restaurant highly to anyone who is on the road and doesn't want the same old stuff while traveling. Conversely, if you are in the Chicago metro area, it is worth the travel time.

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KR
1 review
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!!! Food was sooooo good!! The owner was absolutely terrific!!!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Authentic Spanish cuisine served warmly by the restaurantuers. Cozy and intimate, the tables nestle within a a kitschy Spainish decor (and a somewhat harshly lite interior that diminishes the ambience).
Extensive Spanish wine selection reflecting the many and varied wine regions of Spain. Excellent red and white Sangria.
Also, extensive menu selections, including the traditional tapas and paella of Spanish cuisine.
Serve was a bit slow, but always gracious.
As first time visitors of the restaurant, we had a very enjoyable evening and will definitely return.

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OT
San Diego
9 reviews
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing experience. Highly recommend- authentic Spanish food. Hosts were gracious and attentive. Will definitely be back.

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VA
1 review
4.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service! Warm & personable waitstaff & management. Before dinner complimentary appetizer was yummy. Pork on skewers was a bit dry. Fish special of the day was delicious. Delightful evening!

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FC
1 review
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal Friday night was one of the best I have ever eaten. The wild game Sunday afternoon not so much.

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GD
1 review
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The 4 of us Spent 2 hours grazing on a very authentic Spanish meal. The food was excellent and priced fairly. The service was good and the owners roamed the dinning area checking on and chatting with customers. We were offered samples of desserts (ordered two) and even received one of the most delicious Flan dessert's I ever ate, for free. The homemade Port Wine was excellent and samples were given before buying. We all felt like we were dinning in Europe at the owners home. We were never rushed and were even offered more Port Wine, on the house, to relax after your meal. Will definitely be back and highly recommend this restaurant as a must try!!!

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Miami
1 review
5.0Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The owners are great and the food is fantastic. Best crab legs and lobster we have ever had.

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EL
1 review
5.0Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenonmenal food and service. Had a great experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for Valentine's Day, and they knocked it out of the park! Wonderful service, food and ambience. They jumped to the top of my go to restaurant in Valpo!

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BH
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place, we go there every Valentine’s Day, gets better every year. For those who have never been, you’re missing out, won’t be disappointed.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grear little slice of Europe in downtown Valpo

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A
Chicago
11 reviews
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always! Can't wait til our next visit!

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EA
Chicago
17 reviews
5.0Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was on my recommended list of restaurants and after going here, I see why. The food was delicious and our server made great suggestions and was very attentive. It is definitely more of a special occasion place though, as the prices are on the higher end. The quality equals the cost though.

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MD
Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Me and my fiance wanted to try a new restaurant. We're very impressed with the service. The owner's wife and everybody working there were very friendly and felt like a family-orientated environment. Food was very delicious and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu.

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M
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I decided to bring my wife for her birthday. I introduced her to Tapas and Spanish cuisine in general on our first date some years back. This was in a well known Tapas restaurant in the city of Chicago. We have since relocated to the rural south closer to Indiana and after a quick search found Don Quijote in Valpo. Decided to give it a try and I'm (we are) glad I did. It was still an hour drive from my home but it was well worth it. I would much rather drive here than the original spot we frequented for tapas. Everything just seemed more authentic and welcoming. Great place. I cannot wait to go again. I will also say our server Jessie was great, she made us laugh and gave us great recommendations.

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LS
Chicago
2 reviews
5.0Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service like always. The owners always go out of the way to accomodate anything. Very fresh delicious food.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
5.0Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlos' food and Elena's desserts are always great. The sangria is second to none. The dining experience is very European, very relaxed

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
5.0Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with our family, including young children. Carlos and Elena made us feel special and gave our family an unforgettable evening. Food was fabulous and they knew just what to bring us to eat--including some additional items we didn't order but they thought would be good for the little one. Delicious!

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b
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, love the live music. Very personable staff.

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