Don Quijote

4.7
300 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"
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time dining here. This restaurant is amazing. The food is excellent. The owners and staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous. The live music is a nice treat, and it's not too loud. We were seated right near the stage and could converse just fine without raising our voices. Both our times here have been very enjoyable. The prices are very reasonable for the amount of food and extras they give you. Also, the desserts are amazing. Definitely will be going back again and again.

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T
Minneapolis
63 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The was our first time here. Staff was welcoming and very attentive. We ordered the crab cakes and calamari appetizers. The were delish! When they brought out bread and a homemade potato veg side dish complimentary, we were over the moon!
The fried cod and baked seafood stew were fantastic. We couldn’t have been more pleased. When next in town to visit our son at Valpo U, we will make it a point to come back!

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JS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

App wouldn't let me edit Noise level selection. The noise was low. Musicians that aged that evening were great. We always love going here. Don Carlos and his wife are always pleasant and happy to see us.

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F
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! It was my husband's first time eating there and Elaina went over the menu with him thoroughly. He loved it as much as I do and we will be back again and again.

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LK
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We came to Don Quixote for a nice dinner before going to downtown theatre. Service was wonderful, had a great bottle of wine but food was mediocre. Hostess/owner was so nice...we told her we were going to the show and she told us to have a good time. Imagine our surprise when we got to the show, opened the playbill and there was a full page ad from Don Q. for 30% off your dinner when you show your theatre ticket???!!!! Wow.

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s
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice quaint setting with very attentive staff. The desert and port wine provided after the meal was a big surprise. The overall bill for the meal and the level of service was well worth it.

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S
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience both in dining, service and atmosphere. Wide selection of wines, food, with very friendly helpful servers.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be sure to get the Tapas. We had the Combo. Everything was delicious!

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KA
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great had the seafood paella wonderful. The desserts were delicious too. Chocolate hazelnut cheesecake mmmmm good.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish everything was delicious! Service was terrific too!

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PG
Indiana
25 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A truly perfect meal. The service was wonderful as well. The meal began with a complimentary salad and bread. We ordered a Spanish Syrah. It was terrific and affordable. We got a combination appetizer which tasted great and was a generous portion of sausage, potatoes, torte, mushrooms and meatballs. The paiella for two was FULL of fish, mussels, shrimp, crab and more. The portion for two could serve four! Dessert was followed by complimentary port. Two servers plus both owners came to our table. The singer/guitarist even played Happy Bday for my wife. Can't say enough about how great the night was in every aspect.

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DJ
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything cooked in olive oil!

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L
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good but not what we expected.

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g
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Quixote's for a number of years and I would say the food has always been excellent but has improved over time. It's probably the best place in the area to get reliably good seafood, but of course many other options are available. Carlos and Elena are the most hospitable restaurateurs we have ever met, they are friendly and care about their customers, kids and adults. Highly recommended.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely experience! Lighting was just right; it is a quiet atmosphere, family-friendly with soft music in the background. Decor is lovely and welcoming. We were greeted warmly by the owner, and wait staff was knowledgeable attentive and friendly. Food was excellent! Knowledgeable wait staff was able to help us with selections . We will definitely be back.

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TM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in the whole world. Food is great, wine was fantastic, service second to none. We'll be back.

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CT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
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 on December 7, 2018
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 on December 6, 2018
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
Chicago
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 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in all respects!

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DB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, special ambiance, and delicious food!

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J
London
15 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
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 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 22, 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 21, 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
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 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
90 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 10, 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 8, 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
15 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
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 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 13, 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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