Don Quijote

4.8
284 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
What 284 People Are Saying
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Indiana
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlos is an amazing host ... the best Port at the end of your meal and always stops by your table to say hello. Food is authentic and amazing !

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TL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! The food was perfect, good wine list too. The live music was a good touch, very soothing. The service was friendly and authentic, but they also left us alone to enjoy our evening. They were not annoying at all like most restaurants. Highly recommended, I can't wait to go back.

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BG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. Food is always prepared fresh and to order. Service is excellent. Desserts are well worth trying. The blackened red fish is excellent and cooked to perfection. Crab cakes are very good and not all filler.

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TL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Spanish cuisine combined with by far the best, most friendly customer service!

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in all respects!

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DB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, special ambiance, and delicious food!

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J
London
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding afternoon with family and friends. The service impeccable and above and beyond. The food as always delivered with great flavors

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MV
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We have a young lady from Spain staying with us as an exchange student who was missing authentic food from Spain. We saw the billboard and made plans to travel and pay them a visit. The ambiance and food did not disappoint. Our server was a bit curt and made us feel rushed, but the owners both made it a point to come out and check in on us, welcome our student to their restaurant and converse with her about goings on in Spain. There is a small shop which sells authentic Spanish groceries, olive oil, etc. The tapas were delicious and perfect for casual dining. This restaurant also featured live music which made the atmosphere special. We would definitely recommend.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The owners greet you and make you feel very welcome. You feel like you are a part of their family.

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MA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance at this restaurant were fantastic. What made the restaurant very special was the friendly attention given to us by both owners of the restaurant. The wife greeted us at the door, took our coats and umbrellas and hung them up, and seated us at the table. The husband, who is also the chef, came to our table 3 times, once to help choose wine to go with the dinner, once to ask how we liked everything, and once to bring us complimentary dessert and port.

The most amazing thing about this couple is that they searched through their entire load of linen to find the handkerchief that I had left there, and then mailed it to me.

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and hospitality that we received tonight was nothing short of amazing. This was our first visit, but will absolutely not our last. We were visiting our son here in valpo and celebrating his birthday. They made the night a memorable experience for all of us.

I own and operate 5 restaurants back home, so please take it from my honest opinion that these people are kind wonderful people that deserve as much success as they can receive.

Oh, did I forget to mention the food was outstanding!

Thank you again for a wonderful evening.

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MA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it. The owners were amazing. They made you feel like you've known them for years. I will definitely be back.

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HA
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time at Don Quijote and I've visited many Spanish/Iberian style restaurant and we were VERY pleased with the attention and service we received. The food was really good! I would highly recommend visiting this great restaurant. We traveled an hour and a half to try this place and were very pleased with the result.

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OF
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely OUTSTANDING!!!!!! Everything we ordered was terrific. Worth the 1 1/2 drive. Will come back again and again and again.

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D
1 review
Dined 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
88 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
4 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
7 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
17 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
5 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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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HD
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
13 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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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