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Don Quijote

4.6
256 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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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 256 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Phenonmenal food and service. Had a great experience.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Grear little slice of Europe in downtown Valpo

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2017

Loved our Dineing experience. Would highly recommend your Resteraunt to friends and family. Terrific food and Great atmosphere. Loved meeting the Chef. We will definitely be back again Thank you so much for makeing our dinner experience so great. Kim Hutchison.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

The chef came out from the kitchen to talk with us, he chatted with me about how I wanted my main dish prepared. Hard to imagine a restaurant where you would get better service, I'd give it 6 stars in that category if I could.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Great food and great service. I love that Carlos comes to everyone's table. He makes sure his customers are happy. Very professional wait staff.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Unbelievable dining experience...again and again....drove from South Bend...every time the experience is worth the drive...we are in love with this place, the food, the service, the romantic European atmosphere and the warm reception from the folks who own and run this fine restaurant...it feels like coming home.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful date on Friday night without the kids. We used to frequent Don Quijote annually for my late father's birthday. He absolutely loved the place and would have conversations with Don Carlos in spanish, as my father was from Puerto Rico. It was hard to go back but I missed the ambiance, hospitality and authentic food, so my wife and I made it a wonderful date evening. Thank you very much.

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Carlos and Elena continue to serve up authentic Spanish cuisine in a delightful atmosphere while also being very philanthropic in our community. We love the Sangria, the tapas, the staff and kindness of our hosts.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2017

Don Quijote never disappoints! Authentic Spanish food and very pleasant waiters and owners! We went for their Tuesday 1/2 price tapas and sangria. Everything was wonderful and delicious. A complimentary dessert and a glass of port concluded our meal. Will be back often!

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

One of the best dining experiences I've had in Indiana. From the moment we arrived we were greeted with a jokingly fresh friendliness. Owners Carlos and Helena were fantastic. This is one of our first times eating Spanish cuisine, and it was worth the hour and a half we drove to get here. Our server explained menu items with exquisite detail. All of the food that was ordered was absolutely delicious. At the end of our meal Mrs. Helena was kind enough to light my Grandmothers candles and join in the Happy birthday song. Everyone in our party was pleased!, which is a rare occurrence. I enjoyed the food but I would definitely come back for the people. Make reservations prior because it seems to get busy on weekends. To quote the owner "if you don't have a reservation you will have to eat outside." This is a Hidden GEM in north west Indiana.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

It was my son's 30th Birthday and everyone made it a very special evening. The service was amazing as well as the food! Perfect celebration!!!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2017

What a total delight to find this spot! Delicious food, terrific owners who made sure to see everyone, and good wine to go with it all!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

The food was amazing. Nice selection of tapas, started with the combo tapa ....great choice. Gave us 5 different things to try, more than enough for two at a reasonable price. Added 2 more plus dessert.
Waitress was awesome.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Accommodating staff, excellent food, fabulous wine from Chile, topped off with a lovely atmosphere! We will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

I went to Spain 4 months ago with my husband and daughter, and the food at Don Quijote was so authentic and similar to what we ate there that it brought back many memories. Every dish was carefully prepared and absolutely delicious. The waiters and waitresses treated my young children so kindly and even brought them popsicles before dessert. They also brought out free side dishes for us to try throughout the meal. Everyone who works at Don Quijote is so nice, including the main chef. He came out more than once to say hello and ask how the food was, and he even agreed to take some photos with my daughter for memory's sake. She loves all things Spanish, and this incredible restaurant made her night (and mine, too!). We could not be happier with the way we were served or the way the food tasted. Definitely worth the drive, and if we are ever near Valparaiso again, we will be stopping by for another taste of Spanish cuisine!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Great food and service, as usual. Very friendly happy place.

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