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Macarena Tapas - St. Charles

3.9
148 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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Macarena Tapas was opened by Executive Chef John Borras in 2007. Whith an emphasis on traditional yet creative Spanish tapas cuisine, the menu incorporates both classic favorites and original new dishes. Macarena has a contemporary flare, but encompasses a welcoming, traditional Spanish tapas atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Lunch Tuesday - Friday 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Dinner Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 PM - 9:00PM
Friday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Phone number
(630) 945-3458
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What 148 People Are SayingWrite a review
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3.9
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4.0
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
value
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPhrjeff (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on November 26, 2016

Very good food served as small plates that are great to share. The owner and staff were very attentive and our group had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0
Dined on October 4, 2016

Very slow and inattentive service.

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vipPerky (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on October 1, 2016

Everything was very good with the exception of the chorizo and cheese dish (so salty we couldn't eat it). The scallops and the crab cake dishes are AWESOME! Spicy chicken skewers were very good as well. This is location has a smaller menu than the Naperville location, but has a nicer atmosphere and is larger in room size. Grilled asparagus was good as were drinks. Service was excellent.

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dlhoon (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on September 30, 2016

We were surprised at how good the food was here. The place was practically empty on a Friday night at 7 which is crazy because the food and cocktails were really a treat.

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vipTrishtheDish (Chicago)
1.0
Dined on September 25, 2016

Stay away from here, they appear to be getting ready to close. We sat for 30 minutes waiting for a beer and a Manhattan that was really a Cosmopolitan (huh??). The restaurant only had two other tables seated during our entire visit. The one server for the entire restaurant, who also tends bar and is perhaps the chef/owner, was just lost as to what service means. Did I mention that while he made the 30-minute drinks no other table received any service at all?

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on September 10, 2016

Great flavors, service was so so. I would go back and try it again, and will tell others. I hope they stick around

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on August 19, 2016

The food was great the service was wonderful. We have been to the Naperville location many times before but since we moved closer to the St. Charles location we thought we would give it a try. It's bigger and very comfortable the service is great and the owners daughter wonderful. It was very slow for a Friday night however and we discovered that the owners had been away taking care of family. They are back now. The menu is back on point and delicious. Hopefully people will give it another chance. We loved it.

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vipChrisS (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on August 6, 2016

We appreciated speaking with owner/chef John and enjoyed everything our great server suggested. They don't hurry you! Blue cheese Mac and cheese, fried goat cheese balls, all of our meat dishes were great! Family recipes and good sangria! We ate outside but inside decorations unique too.

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AnaA (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on August 4, 2016

Your chef and waitress were awesome and welcoming!!

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vipBPAT (Chicago)
3.0
Dined on July 30, 2016

Overall it wasn't the best tapas and while I expect tapas derive to be slow. The service was a bit slow and lasted 2 hrs for a party of 4). Glad I didn't order paella !! The mushrooms, shrimp and tacos were good. Grilled octopus was over Cooked and chewy. The spicy potatoes were ok (not the best plated or formed). I'm going to try out the one in Naperville to see if it is better. Ambiance was quite and it was not a busy Saturday night.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Lunch Tuesday - Friday 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Dinner Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 PM - 9:00PM
Friday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Phone number
(630) 945-3458
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Executive chef
John Borras