Don Quijote

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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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They always perform to exceed expectation.

Love the place

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vipPike2013
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food ! Very tasty and professionally prepared in their unique way! Service was prompt and courteous while also offering suggestions ... and this is good as much of the menu is detailed and some not in english. :) Highly recommended

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VinceB
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner, service was very good, and atmosphere pleasant. Complimentary after dinner port was excellent. At coat check owner assisted with the donning, old school courtesy / manners rarely seen today. 👍

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great music, personal attention. Don’t know why we don’t go more often. A wonderful evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing dining experience! The warm welcome begins once you enter. The staff is pleasant and engaging. Chef Carlos and Chef Elena deliver a memorable Spanish culinary adventure reminiscent of a night on the town in Madrid. They clearly make sure that the food, service, and ambiance exceed all expectations. The tapas are authentic. The croquetas, the tortilla, the pulpo are as tasty as any in a Spanish bar. The paella valenciana is plentiful, piping hot, and filled with chicken, shrimp, mussels and bacalao. Don’t give up the socarrat without a fight. Save room for the flan. It will blow you away. Que aproveche!

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TimothyI
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and authentic Spanish cuisine. Also it was the first time a chef came out and shook my hand. I can't believe I didn't hear about this place sooner.

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Zagreek58
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Went for dinner. Have gone there in the past. This time Presentation was ordinary, crab cakes were mostly filler not much crab. The “shrimp dish in the shell” were not in their shell. Sauces were just so so. My scallops still had the beard attached! Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

1st time at DQ. Food was outstanding. My wife and I tried a variety of tapas plates. Then split the blackened sea bass fish specialty.
Our waiter, unfortunately, was little lagging. Couples who were seated after us, were already served their wine and table appetizer before our waiter asked us for drinks or appetizers. And then seemed perturbed if we asked for wine recommendations or a selection.

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JohnJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have driven by the billboards for years and have always said “we should go there some day”... last weekend was “some day”. My wife was born in Spain and lived there into her 20s. She could not say enough good things about our evening. Everything reminded her of home. We had tapas and a dessert and they were all excellent. Next time we will try the entrees. The restaurant was a hour drive for us and worth every minute. This will be one of our regular restaurants going forward.

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ConnieC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and generous portions. True Spanish meal start to finish. They make you feel like family

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

1st time we’ve been there, on Valentine’s Day. Goid Foid, Goid Service. Will go back on a regular day.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Carlos and Elena were fantastic as well as the ambiance for Valentine’s Night.

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GuillermoG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed this place from the moment I walked in. The owner sat us at our table and was extremely friendly and talkative, made us feel like we were old friends. The food was amazing! I would recommend a pitcher of sangria as well, delicious.

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BethK
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove up from Indianapolis and it was definitely worth the drive. The food was fantastic...brought back so many memories of our trip to Spain years ago. The staff was incredible. You MUST eat here!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don Quixote is a fabulous restaurant with lovely, authentic, Spanish food. The ambiance is wonderful, the owners take great care to ensure that their diners are happy and satisfied. The sangria is divine! A glass of port after dinner was a very nice surprise. 😊

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vipSimeonW
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant, everyone was personable! I would definitely go back😊

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Appreciate
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going to this restaurant for over 25 years. The food quality is consistently excellent and authentic. We had tapas - patatas ali oli, cauliflor rebonzada, albondigas, queso manchengo and then had the tarta de guajada for dessert. All the food was perfectly prepared and presented. The owner Carlos couldn’t have been more warm and inviting - he made us feel like we were family. Every member of the wait staff was attentive, polite and bent over backwards to make sure we had an enjoyable and satisfying dining experience. Great restaurant find.

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ToddL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don Quijote is an amazing dining experience. My wife and I wanted to do something special for our 20th Anniversary, and Don Quijote delivered in every way. The food is always amazing, and Elena (one of the owners) made it a memorable night with her hospitality. The live music and service were absolutely great as well.

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Mayte
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it! Food was delicious! Dessert was a bomb!! I definitely recommend this restaurant. Thank you for making our wedding anniversary memorable <3 It’s an A+ place to eat and have a romantic dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night eating here with friends! Definitely recommend: sangria and the tapas combo plate, as well as the after dinner port! Great service and everything others have said about the homey, welcoming atmosphere is 100% true! Live music on the weekend too. :)

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TedF
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic, tapas are excellent and Carlos has a great wine cellar. We highly recommend it.

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BrianMulholland
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was fantastic. My girlfriend and I shared a recommended white wine, a tapas combo (we're new to Spanish food) and enjoyed the Paella Marinera for Two. The food was wonderful, the portion was enough for six adults, and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. The duo guitar live music was excellent, as a Beatles fan especially. Fine dining with a real family feel. Worth every penny, we'll be back again soon! -Brian Mulholland

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Danielle
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful time here. I always bring my family and friends here when they come to town. Amazing food, atmosphere, and staff!

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vipTAEOhio
Columbus
56 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful neighborhood gem. I would drive back to Valparaiso just to eat here (about 4 hours for me). I was passing through town and found this restaurant on Open Table as well as other social media sites. Go if you are in the part of Indiana. The owners are so kind, the food excellent. Feels like you are in Spain. Excellent.

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vipTbear
Minneapolis
68 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here when visiting our son at Valpo U. The owner and staff are friendly and very welcoming. They always go above and beyond with complimentary bread and delicious garlic butter and a side dish of vegetable salad. This time they featured sea bass and two of us tried it. I wasn’t sure about the entire fish being served but it was delicious. Then as our son and his friend ordered dessert, they surprised my husband and I with a small sample of apple dessert and red wine. It was incredible! We will be back next trip!!

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TomM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit, and it was a very nice surprise. The wait staff were courteous and took time with us. The atmosphere was elegant, and the food was great. A very enjoyable time. We will be back!

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vipMalarney
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is nice and relaxing, making you feel as though you are on a street side cafe somewhere. All of the food was delish and the service was absolutely pleasant!

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Restaurant was wonderful. Unfortunately they did not have my open table reservation. Wish I could review open table instead of this fine restaurant. If you are making reservations through open table you may wanna call the restaurant and confirm.

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CindyS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent as always. They provide the best selections and everything great

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vipBeethoven
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary and were given a bottle of wine at the end of dinner! We ate outside under a full moon. Our server was very helpful and attentive. Oh yes: the food was delicious. All in all, a special evening for a special occasion.

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KimberlyT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I had high expectations based on the menu and the pictures. I made reservations as it was our 30th wedding anniversary and stated so on our reservations. Unfortunately the experience was far from the romantic picture painted by the website. Our server was less than attentive and had to be reminded by another server to tend to our table. He did ask about, nor mention why we were there for dinner. When I asked him for a fresh cup of coffee after dinner to go with dessert, he only topped off an already cold cup that had been sitting there since before appetizers (which were so-so). My caramel sauce for the flan was burnt. They did not have the dessert my husband ordered. We waited forever for our check even though there was literally only one other table sat at the time. So bad service made our 30th anniversary dinner suck. But on a positive note, the flounder and the paella were good. So a good piece of fish and paelle cost me a $100.

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EdwardB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Have been here many times and food is always great. However, the menu description for Paella Valencia does not match actual ingredients since fish is added to dish when it shouldn't be there. If you only want chicken and shellfish per the menu, make sure you tell them.

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MattinCT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall, Excellent. Food was great, service just a notch below great. Prices average but overall a great value. Friendly staff. Owner is very friendly. Great spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, the workers were wonderful and very respectful. Food was very authentic. Would highly recommend the empanadas. The paella was a bit small but delicious.

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DamonL
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had an absolutely terrific dinner at Don Quijote! The night we were there, they had a wedding party that occupied about 2/3 of the main dining room. So they were clearly very busy. But they still managed to give us attentive service and delicious, well-presented dishes promptly. The hostess greeted us with a gracious "Buenos tardes," and a choice of tables. But we saw many returning guests greeted by name with a warm hug. And Carlos himself - the chef and owner - made sure to come around to every table on a busy night to greet patrons and chat. If you can, have a poached pear in ice cream for dessert. And if Carlos asks if you'll have a port after dinner, say YES!

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Teddy
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We had reservations and it took a while before anyone seated us! They were not that busy at the moment plenty of open tables! I ordered salmon and menu did not state that it came on skewers! I got tiny pieces of meat on it and for $27 I think I should of gotten a bigger helping! My husband ordered the crab legs and they were over cooked he couldn’t even finish eating them! Our other 2 guests didn’t like their food either! Flounder was also a very small size for the price and a cheeseburger was ordered and McDonald’s has a better lookin burger then what was brought out! Service was slow and they did not keep our water filled! Even the guy sitting at the next table was not happy either and walked out very upset!

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Timster
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Next time we are in town, we'll be coming back for sure!

MB
MaB60
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Don Quijote for my birthday. Was craving their tapas combo platter, homemade sangria and flan. Everything was delicious. Waitress and owner was very attentive. Love this place!

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MQrz
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and authentic! The menu offered a variety of selections and it was difficult to decide what to order because everything seemed appetizing! The blackened salmon there is the best I've ever had! The sangria was also the best I've had! There was live music and the staff was attentive and friendly. The owner greeted guests and spoke to everyone as if she personally invited you to dinner in her home. I was impressed and look forward to my next visit!

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JeffL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff always attentive
Beautiful decor
Outstanding food all choice's

FAQs

Don Quijote offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (219) 462-7976.

Don Quijote is rated 4.8 stars by 349 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.