Macarena Tapas

4.8
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$30 and under
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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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CW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe of this place. Staff is very friendly and attentive. Great food!!

L
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & can actually hear person across from you

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very personable service. Will definitely go back!

g
Las Vegas
131 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Macarena is a favorite restaurant for many reasons. Exceptional food that is perfectly prepared with a broad range of choices. A thoughtful wine list that provides ample choices and allows you to explore Spanish wines. Friendly service makes for a fun dining experience.

b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner as always and enjoy the atmosphere with the friendly staff! Always a very good time for a great dinner! Will be back soon

c
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food - lots of variety. Expect to spend a bit, even without drinks. Noise level was quite loud when we visited. Staff very friendly and attentive.

M
Orlando
52 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best paella in town; probably as good or better than In Spain. Very creative tapas and great menu, not the run of the mill. Cozy ambiance and owners, John Braga and his brother, are always very cordial and warm. Highly recommend this restaurant.

CH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service with Victor! We had a terrific time!! Make sure to try the Whiskey Old Fashioned. The salmon, steak and chicaken tapas were unique and tasty! We will definitely be back.

MM
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hole-in-the-wall tapas place! The atmosphere is very intimate - perfect for date night! Great drink selections, including non-alcoholic cocktails. We particularly enjoyed the sangria, and appreciated the carafe options. The service is great, and a bit unique as the staff works together to serve your table - so you get the advantage of getting the recommendations directly from the chef staff when you order. The meal will end up being a bit pricey (as is often the case with tapas), but it is so worth and is a fun way to spend an evening or celebrate a special occasion.

T
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Have gone there regularly. Food has always been good. Service slipped about a year ago, but this time it was fine.

I would definitely recommend it.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love this place, whether I come for a date or for GNO. I used to be a very loyal fan of Meson Sabika, but feel like quality of the food has gone down there. Macarena is always experimenting with new pairings, and their menu is constantly updated, so if you are wanting an old favorite, or if you are in the mood to try something new… You will always find what you're looking for. The drinks are amazing! The atmosphere is really nice and cozy. You can write your name on the walls, which is really cool. I always have a great time doing that every time I visit! They have cozy blankets and very comfortable seating. The ambience is beautiful, and the only thing I would change is a little bit more light. Maybe it is my middle-age eyes, but I always have trouble reading the menu. I think small table lamps may be helpful, without ruining the ambience. I love the location because it is convenient, and they put a few tables outside in summer, which is nice, and they include blankets to cover with, in case it gets chilly. This is truly a neighborhood gem. The owners are super friendly and always make us feel welcome, which makes dining here extra special. This location is small, so make sure to make reservations in advance to ensure you have a set. Sometimes, it gets busy, which would make just walking in difficult.

N
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Service was great. I wish the dinning area wasn’t So tight. Mini chairs and table.

f
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cozy tapas restaurant. Great service. We ordered lots of small plates to share. Good drink menu. Our only complaint: the room was cold. We got there just after they opened. Other than that, we really enjoyed our meal.

AS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love everything about this place!

AV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great meal, great service!

WC
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

g
Las Vegas
132 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

KW
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Spanish restaurant with great owners and staff. Must go to!!

BG
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

g
Las Vegas
132 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
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
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
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 on November 8, 2019
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
12 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
5 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
132 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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