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La Taberna Tapas on Halsted

4.2
270 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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About

The chef team of Enrique Cortez (Olé Lounge) and Gustavo Castañeda (Zocalo) bring their modern interpretation of classic Spanish tapas to University Village. Savor the puff pastry empanadas filled with ground beef, raisins, queso fresco, chile ancho and topped with avocado mousse. For the heartier appetite, try the cedar plank grilled New York strip served with spicy patatas bravas and chimichurri sauce. La Taberna Tapas also offers specialty sangrias, creative cocktails and a fun and approachable wine list. Come enjoy the modern taste and atmosphere of La Taberna Tapas on Halsted.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 243-9980
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What 270 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.2
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4.2
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NatalieB (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on August 12, 2017

Great Patio, Great Food and Great Service. This is a comfortable, relaxed setting for lunch and dinner.

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Cherie (Miami)
5.0
Dined on July 30, 2017

Fantastic,amazing, gastronomically wonderful dining experience My friends and I enjoy a different ethnic dining experience each month and none has come close to this one! The food was prepared and presented beautifully. Everything was fresh and tasty. Enrique,the chef was friendly and very helpful in his suggestions to assure we ordered the proper amount and enjoy a variety of dishes that compliment d each other We cannot wait to return to this fabulous restaurant

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BonnieM (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on July 23, 2017

Went there during lunch time. I ordered mussels with bacon, toast with goat cheese and grilled chicken with saffron rice. Food was very good however alittle pricy. Background music was loud during lunchtime. Decor is beautiful

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vipChitownSista (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on July 21, 2017

My husband and I went for dinner because it was too hot to cook. We really enjoyed our meal, especially the pork belly. It was tender and the sauce was yum!

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Sage (Chicago)
3.0
Dined on July 15, 2017

Typically we always have a good experience when we go with no complaints about the experience, this time we did have a few issues with the service , value and ambiance - first and most importantly, the service - waitress was not attentive and did not check up on us for awhile after our second tapas - we would've liked to put our main course in while the second order of tapas came in - other smaller issues , such as no candle was lit on our table , and the lack of cutlery when I received my main course (8oz prime rib with no fork) - secondly: value - this place started to charge for Coke refills - ridiculous! Every similar restaurant that We've been to does not charge for refills on soda - even fancier more expensive places , sugar tax is not even into effect - third , Ambiance: it was so hot in this place that we started to perspire - the A/C would kick on every so often , and the ceiling fans helped , but it was definitely warm. Lastly they have live music every Saturday, and it's typical a gypsy flamenco style of music - this time they had something that sounded like sped up elevator music - to each his own but it wasn't pleasing . I hope they make the adjustments necessary, because the food really it's excellent and it's one of our favorite restaurants.

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Jose (Chicago)
3.0
Dined on July 14, 2017

Food was amazing but service not so much. Once our food was out, our server barely checked on us. We had already finished dessert and we told her we were going to leave after dessert and it took over 20 minutes to even see her. When we tried to talk to her, she walked away. We had to ask a busser to find her so we can get our check. It was even more disappointing since it was a slow night.

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Vita714 (Chicago)
2.0
Dined on July 8, 2017

We waited five minutes for someone to acknowledge us at the hostess table. Restaurant only had three other couples dining. The music was so loud you couldn't hear the person in front of you. It took 10 minutes for the waiter to acknowledge us and take drink order and another 10 mins to get our drinks. The seafood paella was good but not good enough to return.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2017

Great place for tapas. The food is delicious and the service and ambience are just right on.

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JosephP (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on June 11, 2017

The waiter was very helpful in describing the dishes. The food was excellent. The red sangria was wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on May 24, 2017

Very good food.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Cross street
Maxwell
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(312) 243-9980
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Entertainment
We offer live music on the weekends.
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Catering
We offer competitively priced catering options for every occasion. For more information call us at 312.243.9980 or send an inquiry to jc@latabernatapas.com.
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Parking details
There is a university lot at Maxwell and Union that charges $2 for the first 2 hours
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Executive chef
Enrique Cortez / Gustavo Castañeda
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Private party facilities
We offer packages to accommodate cocktail parties to formal dinner parties. For more information call us at 312.243.9980 or send an inquiry to jc@latabernatapas.com.
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Private party contact
Juan Carlos Castañeda: (312) 243-9980
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine