Macarena Tapas is a casual Spanish eatery that serves both traditional as well as innovative contemporary dishes. The restaurant has an intimate ambiance that makes it a great place for a romantic date or a relaxed dinner. Owner and Chef John Borras is particular about using high-quality ingredients to serve guests the best of Spanish flavors. Macarena Tapas also features a full-service bar.
The menu at Macarena Tapas features a wide range of both cold and hot tapas. Popular cold tapas dishes include garlic potato salad, classic Spanish marinated scallop and shrimp salad and a platter of cured Serrano ham, sausage, Manchengo cheese and olives. Some of the recommended hot tapas selections include classic Spanish-style meatballs with tomato sauce and artisan white cheese, mussels in a spicy tomato-based sauce and crab cakes topped with Asian coleslaw and paprika aioli sauce.
I absolutely love everything about this place!
Great meal, great service!
Portions were small in comparison to other small plate restaurants. Overall the tapas were not as good as other places I’ve been. The owner served us and was attentive and very helpful. I went away hungry and probably won’t return.
Macarena remains my favorite area restaurant for many reasons. Passionate cooking and excellent service are the best reasons. Chef John and the back of house create amazing food from a small space. Tonight I was stunned by “jamon tacos” which displayed the finest Spanish cooking I’ve seen outside of Spain. Well done Chef! Service is spotless. I love this restaurant. Buen provecho!
Great authentic Spanish restaurant with great owners and staff. Must go to!!
Flatbread special and beet salad were excellent!!! New dessert mousse-fun and very tasty!!!!!
Remains a favorite and for many reasons. It’s like dining with family - very friendly service and food that reminds me of being in Spain. An unassuming place from the outside and a wonderful place inside. Specials tonight included particularly good mussels in ecabeche sauce and jamon iberico. Desert was just incredible. As always great values on the wine list. Very much worth a visit.
Small friendly place, menu not extensive. Too many spicy dishes for my taste, but we found some excellent dishes. The pork medallions and the scallops were outstanding!
This restaurant is the hidden gem of the western suburbs. The restaurant has charm and culinary enjoyment. If you are looking to enjoy good company and fine food this is the place. Whether a simple bite or special occasion they will make each time special for you.
The hostess and waitstaff were attentive and charming. We had the mushroom and cheese fritters and they were outstanding. The paella was very good, though a bit too much squid for my taste, and a bit tough. The mussels, shrimp, and white fish were delicious and ample. Sangria was good, but a bit pricey. Will definitely return!
Always great love love their food .....😀
Another great experience!!!
The food was absolutely delicious and the portions were larger than expected. Will definitely be back again. Wish we lived closer!
A great place for true Spanish Tapas. Excellent selection of dishes packed with flavor. Fabulous drinks as well. Service is always friendly and attentive and helpful in any suggestions of new things to try. If you haven’t tried it, it’s a must visit if you like tapas!
Great restaurant with friendly staff. Ambience is very nice, food is good and the drink selection is nice as well. Would definitely recommend for anyone. Not necessarily for kids but you definitely could bring them.
Too loud and noisy
Been going for several years and I have never had one bad dish.
we came over for our anniversary, we've been visiting for special occasions for about a decade.
Never left disappointed. The tapas combine sweet and savory, with sauces that excite all the taste buds.
The special was great, and the scallops with bacon and a savory sauce, Yum... of course save room for the goat cheese fritters with honey and balsamic reduction...
You won't regret it...
Excellent food. Cozy tight space. Always good when we go here
Try the flatbread special, you won't be disappointed! and the Sangria's too.
This is my go to restaurant for everything from a simple dinner to a special occasion. Each time they make the experience special. The menu is outstanding and so is the service.
The food was fabulous and the staff was very attentive and friendly.
Always a great experience here. It’s my favorite restaurant, hands down. The food is fantastic and the service is excellent every time we are there. Everyone I have introduced to the restaurant has thought the same and always returns. I’ve been going there for 6 or seven years and am still excited to go, every time! If they suggest a food, try it! I’ve never been disappointed!
Wonderful as always
Last question is would you recommend Macarena to a friend. My answer is actually, "That depends." If my friends were looking for a romantic place with good food and service, then no. Not because the food and the service isn't very good, because it is, but because the place is so cramped and LOUD that we couldn't even really talk to each other. We were celebrating our 28th anniversary and so this was a bad choice for us. I'm always dubious of a place in a strip mall and this kind of confirms my dubiousness.
Great food and atmosphere. And of course great drinks!
Macarena remains my favorite restaurant in Naperville. Gracious service. Delightful food. Who could ask for not?
Always good food! Better than other tapas restaurant in the area since it's smaller, less crowded, food is tastier, prices are reasonable.
Excellent food, always clean, loud enough to be fun, but not overwhelming. Victor is the best! We love Macarena!!
My 3rd visit and I love it! Every visit gets better everytime.
Excellent food and service. Will visit again and recommend to our friends.
Great service, excellent food, perfect ambiance.
It was the first time my guests had been to the Chicago area, and they loved this restaurant. Great food, attentive service.
Nice selection of tapas. The small restaurant is very cozy and fun to sit in. The paella was as good as some we had in barcelona. Very nice sangrias that are made fresh. we will definitely go back and bring our buddies.
The food is absolutely amazing! Service was perfect! Our waiter took great care of us but did not hover. The Sangria is superb! This restaurant is a hidden gem!
Excellent. Good food and service.
Macarena Tapas is a slice of Spain found right in Naperville. The chef is very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was delicious. Our favorite is the scallops wrapped in bacon. Try it, you will definitely love it.
Food was delicious, service was excellent. It was loud.
The food is consistency phenomenal.
Quaint restaurant, rather loud. The good is good but not great. For tapas, there are better places.