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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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  • Good for Groups

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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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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Borras
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3.9  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
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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Ruby (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

Delicious food.

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FineLiner (Miami)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

We shared several plates, most of which were delicious. The scallops wrapped in bacon seemed a little overcooked, as they were a bit dry and chewy. The dates wrapped in bacon are always a good choice and we enjoyed the mussels, which were huge, and the Mac and blue cheese. The beef tenderloin skewers were also excellent.

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PeterR (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

Best kept secret in St. Charles!! The owner and staff are great! They don't rush you at all - They actually want you to stay and enjoy yourself!! The Tappas is a solid 10 - you will not be disappointed - and the Red Sangria is a must have! It is very nice to go out and have something that you can't make at home! Bottom line - When you go say Hi to John and watch how he and the staff treat you like family:)

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

Great friendly staff greeted us at the door and acknowledged our reservation seating us promptly in the outside terrace. We opted for the house margaritas - that were served right on cue -wonderfully balanced and served in classic large heavy glass bowls. We sampled a variety of tappas- my favorite was the cold trout on crusties! 07/09/16

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

Perfect experience. Chef was welcoming and very knowledgeable, and after asking if we wanted cream in our coffee personally walked down to oberweis and bought some.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

Every dish we tried was cooked to perfection especially the shrimp. Can't wait to go back to try the octopus.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

We celebrated mother's day with an early dinner. The food was excellent, possibly the best tapas I have ever had. The service was excellent, our server was attentive making sure we had everything we needed. The atmosphere was comfortable and the noise level was moderate. We had a great time and will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

This was our first opportunity to go to Macarena Tapas. We had a reservation but did not really need it at the time we went as the restaurant was not too crowded. We had our 10 year old daughter with us and this restaurant was family friendly. The menu had a great variety of items, including gluten-free options. All of the dishes we ordered had great flavor - the only concern was the octopus was a little tough - but we enjoyed everything overall. We will go back another time.

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vipboog (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

This is our second dinner and we had a great time. Great food and drink. We will be coming here weekly from now on. Great place. Love the food and the people.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2016

Authentic SPANISH food. Reminded us of our trip to Madrid and Barcelona. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. We will be back.

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