Macarena Tapas

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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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CS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Too loud and noisy

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always

G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. And of course great drinks!

g
Las Vegas
126 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food, perfect ambiance.

MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Good food and service.

RI
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is consistency phenomenal.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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

F
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricy but worth the experience

GS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AL
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food, great service.

SB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Macarena Tapas never disappoints! I hadn't been there in over a year; but the food, service, etc. was all just as top-notch as my past experiences. I highly recommend the goat cheese fritters and some sangria (any of the flavors!). I've never tried a dish I didn't like at Macarena, but those have consistently been my favorites every time!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Friendly, helpful and attentive. Food is amazing!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing food and Victor was such a fun server! A great hidden gem!

SG
Acapulco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When people say the one place they want to go is Disney World, for me it’s Macarena top is the food there is amazing.mMy husband and I go all the time their drink menu is amazing and the waiters and waitresses talk to you like you’ve been coming there for years it’s beautifully decorated inside you won’t be disappointed

HR
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food, as always! Our favorite date night place as well as a fun place to bring out of town friends and family.

PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very rich and tasty combination of flavors; friendly servers.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best place in the area for tapas! Great options for foods and drinks!

PR
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to this restaurant. The food is exceptional! It's not like eating out, it's like seeing family.
This food is always fresh and always delicious.

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