Macarena Tapas

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Tapas / Small Plates

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.

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BG
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flatbread special and beet salad were excellent!!! New dessert mousse-fun and very tasty!!!!!

g
Las Vegas
128 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

IQ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

XP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great love love their food .....😀

KC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience!!!

AM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the portions were larger than expected. Will definitely be back again. Wish we lived closer!

JR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

CS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Too loud and noisy

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going for several years and I have never had one bad dish.

b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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...

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Cozy tight space. Always good when we go here

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the flatbread special, you won't be disappointed! and the Sangria's too.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

F
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and the staff was very attentive and friendly.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

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.

AS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. And of course great drinks!

g
Las Vegas
129 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Macarena remains my favorite restaurant in Naperville. Gracious service. Delightful food. Who could ask for not?

DR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food! Better than other tapas restaurant in the area since it's smaller, less crowded, food is tastier, prices are reasonable.

t
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, always clean, loud enough to be fun, but not overwhelming. Victor is the best! We love Macarena!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 3rd visit and I love it! Every visit gets better everytime.

TS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will visit again and recommend to our friends.

M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food, perfect ambiance.

MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first time my guests had been to the Chicago area, and they loved this restaurant. Great food, attentive service.

RA
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

E
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Good food and service.

RI
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, service was excellent. It was loud.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is consistency phenomenal.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Quaint restaurant, rather loud. The good is good but not great. For tapas, there are better places.

N
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great twist on traditional Spanish cuisine. Highly recommend for first time tries. Great charcuterie

F
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Macarena Tapas is a local gem, a nice small place owned and run by the family. Our food was great, octopus and blood sausage were outstanding!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great birthday celebration and a wonderful overall experience! I would suggest this place 100x over! Drinks, apps, and dessert were all amazing.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricy but worth the experience

GS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our the FAV PLACE, FAV Food, The chef is amazing, explained us the entire menu, we will be coming back again.