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About Don Quijote

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"

119 E Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

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)

Cross Street:
Michigan Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(219) 462-7976

Website:
http://www.donquijoterestaurantandimports.com/

Catering:
Full or Drop off catering available for any occasion.

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.

Executive Chef:
Carlos Rivero

Private Party Facilities:
Private room for up to 30 people.

Private Party Contact:
Carlos or Elena: (219) 462-7976

Additional:
Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Don Quijote Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.7

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (8)
Authentic (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
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Good for a Date (7)
Tapas (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Casual (5)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Fun (4)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Tapas, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Tapas, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Spicy
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·Dined on September 23, 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.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 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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·Dined 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!!!

Tags: Vegan, Disabled Access, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 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!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on July 21, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Don Quijote never disappoints! The food the service and the owners are all wonderful! Our favorite place in Valparaiso!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The female manager older lady should have visited all tables to check on people not certain ones. That was my only major issue.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Business Meals, Casual, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Live Music, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Authentic Spanish cuisine in a charming setting. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly. The owners are very visible in the dining room, stopping by tables and making everyone feel welcome.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Tapas
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We were celebrating our sons graduation, and the restaurant and its staff were very accomodating. We had late additions and they were able to adjust their seating plan. The service was excellent and the food was great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. One of our favorites in NW Indiana. By the
way the sangria was excellent.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 19, 2017

The owners are wonderful. They want your meal and experience to be perfect. Food and wait staff are awesome.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food, service and atmosphere is excellent at Don Quijote. We went there for Mother's Day and had a great time! There was a guy playing the guitar and he was great also.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Everything was great. Our server was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and one of the owners kept stopping by to see how everything was. Everything that was suggested to us was amazing. the redfish special, the wine for the table, the desserts, all fantastic recommendations.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Fantastic sangria, great food! Friendly service
The only down side is how crowded or close the tables are

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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Consistently good food and service. Love to go on weekends when there is live music. Attentive owners/chefs. You'll feel welcome here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was superb!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Great menu, and Chef Carlos made something I requested which was a change to the menu. It was fabulous! The top notch dining venue is a good value. Superb service. I would leave downtown Chicago and drive to Valparaiso, IN for this.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Saw a billboard on the expressway and decided to go back for a birthday celebration. When we walked in on a Tuesday evening the place was very quiet - just a couple of other tables with customers. The menu contained many interesting choices. We started with an appetizer sampler. It was sufficient for two. The combination was excellent. The chorizo sausage was excellent as were the other items. Then we had the paella for two. It contained scallops, baby squid, shrimp, fish, mussels, crab legs in a lovely flavored rice. It was enough to take home a complete meal for two for the next day. Two types of sangrias were offered along with a full wine list. I had a white wine infused with apples, peaches, lemons and cinnamon. Very Good. The desserts made it impossible to say no. We ordered some to eat there and some to take home for the meal tomorrow. All in all, I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for some excellent Spanish food. I look forward to going back there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tapas, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Great place run by great locals. This Spanish restaurant may have the best food in Northwest Indiana. I personally go out of my way to have dinner here. The sangria is the best I have ever had. The food is completely home made and to die for. I cannot recommend this local treasure enough.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 4, 2017

The food here is always first rate and spectacular. Service is always attentive without being intrusive. One of our favorite places to have a uniwuw and wonderful meal. Carlos and company never fail to add special personal touches to every meal. Big city food in a small city.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Once again a 5! This is our go-to place. The food was excellent. My husband and I got some tapas to share. I had the chicken croquettas and the empanada; my husband had the pork loin and garlic mushrooms, none of which was a disappointment. Several tables near us were celebrating birthdays, and the guitarists played Happy Birthday. Everyone joined in. It was like I imagine it would be at a local tapas restaurant in Spain. Elena and Carlos were charming hosts, as usual, and Elena's desserts are heavenly. By all means, try the port at the end of the meal. It is wonderful. As usual, we will be back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 6, 2017

This has been and continues to be one of my favorite restaurants for many years. The food is outstanding as is the ambiance. Carlos and Elana make you feel at home, like you are eating at their kitchen table with friends. You can't go wrong with Don Quijote's for any occasion.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Owners were extremely nice. We had reservations for 7:30. Table was not quite ready yet, but the owner offered us free sangria while we waited. We were also able to strike up a conversation with the Woman who is an owner. She was wonderful. We talked for an extended time about Spain and she was very genuine and caring. Food was very authentic. It was a long drive from our location but much better that BARcelona's in Indianapolis. The tortilla and croquetas tasted very similar to what you will get in Spain. One of the most authentic Spanish restaurants I have tried yet with the dishes we ordered.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 25, 2017

We had reservations for 7:00. We arrived at 6:55 and were told to wait. We waited until 7:30. We saw another couple get seated before us who had 7:15 reservations. Once they finally seated us at 7:30, the table was too close to other tables and we felt like we were eating with them. We got up and left before anyone came and asked for our drinks after waiting for about 10 minutes. We have always had great experiences here, but this night was not working out well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 20, 2017

The appetizers were excellent. The entree was a pork that was very dry and tough. Definitely would not order again. Was introducing some friends to the restaurant. They were not impressed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Friendly chat with owner. Great deserts, wonderful Paella!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Extremely average, the food was ok. The service was also ok. The server was biased and didn't tell my table about the specials that were going on that evening. He also made a mistake in our order by putting in two appetizers, but I'm glad he did. Originally our party decided on calamari but we felt as though we could get that anywhere so we decided on the tapas as our final order. Thank God he brought out the calamari because the tapas were awful, extremely salty, and looked sloppy. The calamari on the other hand was divine. So we decided to order what is probably their house special which was the paella, for our entree. Nice size portions, but again very salty with crunchy rice, some people may like their rice crunchy but I certainly do not. So one we finished our entrees our server brought out a desert tray. Our party unanimously decided it would be a no on the desert. Once we told our server no, N-O, he brought out a sloppy unappealing, horrendous desert. It was the bread that was served in the basket before our appetizer drenched in wine, and drizzled with chocolate. Again, if you're into soggy bread this is the desert for you. Overall I would not attend Don Quijote the value wasn't great for the fair/poor service and food. :/ I just expected more.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Had lunch here, one of the best lunches I've had in terms of the quality and quantity of food! Also the best restaurant hosts in the business.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The ambiance of the restaurant takes you back to Spain. The tapas are delicious, as well the paella. Great owners, super nice and ask to visit the store of Spanish wines and other related items next door. We enjoyed our visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 2, 2017

I enjoyed the food ....it was exceptional. Our server listened to our questions and had very insightful responses. The chef delivered our food to the table then checked back to be sure we were delighted.

A+++ all around

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Special Occasion, Fun, Outstanding Value
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