Macarena Tapas

4.7
561 reviews
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Lunch Hours: Restaurant available for Private Events
Contact Victor Borras at 630 420 8995
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Borras
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Aurora Ave
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 561 People Are Saying
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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very good meal. Haven't been there for several years. We love tapas and they do a really good job. Portions were larger than in a normal tapas restaurant. We overordered and couldn't finish it all. Service was outstanding. Loved the tenderloin skewers, garlic shrimp and garlic and butter mushrooms. Plus it was "Thirsty Thursday" so margarita's and sangria were half price. We'd go back.

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PG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute hidden gem. Amazing food and superb service. Couldn’t recommend more.

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g
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Our favorite tapas restaurant!

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. The service is wonderful and the place is small enough to feel home.

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BU
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Macarena's! We are always so warmly welcomed, served delicious creative dishes in an intimate environment and provided awesome service. Can't wait to return!

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YS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I have been going here for years. We love the food, drinks, and atmosphere. Normally we get helped by Victor, who is awesome but all of the staff are great. We will continue to come here as long as we can! Don’t forget to get the croquetas de queso de cabra. Another one of our favorites is the salmon ahumado.

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OT
Chicago
161 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

First time here. We like tapas but have mixed feelings about this restaurant. Small place, cramped at small two-top table. Hostess and server very friendly. Would have liked a few more options on the menu. Everything was tasty but pricey for tapas.

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f
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say. Victor provided outstanding service and all the tapas were amazing. Once again, made new “friends “.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tapas restaurant. The service was excellent. Very comfortable although a small place. The Margarita was awesome. Will be back soon.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place for tapas. Once again, we had out of this world plates at Macarena Tapas. I can’t say enough about the restaurant, the owners and the staff. Everyone is always so nice and attentive. The food is truly out of this world. I’m always excited to go back.

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g
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top notch service and every dish was wonderful as usual. It's consistently a winner for me and any guests I bring with a fun dining experience too.

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HT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great neighbourhood gem serving good, authentic Spanish food. Menu selection is just right so make choosing easy. The wine list covers Mediterranean and South America regions, although more Spanish wine would be nice. Overall we feel it is a better place than Meson Sabika.

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T
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always the food is very good. The wine and drinks list is extensive but not overwhelming. About 6 months or so, we noticed the service slipping because they were very busy and maybe short staffed. It would take awhile for someone to take our order or bring the wine or food. The last couple of times, though, everything has been fine. Even when slow the staff has always been very friendly.

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PB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious as always. Love those Bacon Wrapped Dates. We'll be back!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love this place. I love to try a new tapas and they never disappoint, Victor is amazing and makes me feel so welcome each time I visit.

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SC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and we loved it!! Food was delicious! Service was great!! We will definitely come back!

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d
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

This restaurant used to be one of my favorites. Unfortunately, this place has gone way downhill. Their menu has changed (not for the better), and their prices have gone up significantly. We had a reservation but still waited about 30 minutes for a table. I can't say we'll be returning anytime soon.

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N
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tapas in a cozy fun place.

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XP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just love it best service and food it’s just perfect in every way 😃

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N
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had theater tickets and informed the wait staff upon our arrival. The service was good, the food was great and we were able to leave for the theater at the time we needed to.

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f
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Food quality and presentation were excellent. Wait staff were slow and slightly abrasive and the restaurant had few guests at the time. Other patrons were verbally frustrated with the poor service by waitstaff also. Hostess was very friendly and appreciated we were returning patrons.

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding, and the sangria was delicious--not too sweet.

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TI
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their food is amazing! Never disappointed, will recommend their garlic mushrooms and solomillo en tostada. Those are our favorites! 💜

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EB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good store front experience. Good to very good food, good wine list, attentive and helpful service. I will definitely be back.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John, Victor and team are fabulous! The tapas and drinks are the best! Great ambiance for a date night or to be with friends!

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Y
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Some of the best food and sangria I’ve ever had in my life. I don’t normally write reviews but felt compelled to share - and since they were SO nice!

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CE
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an absolute gem. The food is creative and very good. The staff is attentive and friendly. The owner, his brother and his father make sure every customer is satisfied. I highly recommend the Garlic potato salad and the Goat Cheese. The Crab Cakes are excellent as are the Scallops wrapped in Bacon. We were so impressed on our first visit we want back the next night to celebrate a birthday. I recommend making reservations as it is small, about 16 tables. You can really tell that they care about the food and the customers. Top notch all around.

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K
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is our 3rd time and it's always a fun place with good food. We loved our waiter (Victor) again and that he let me sample several wines before choosing. We also did not care for the Frites as they were soaked in Bleu cheese dressing and we thought they would just be sprinkled with cheese, no smothered. Enjoyable night all in all.

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m
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great. The food was amazing as usual!! We had jamón serrano sampler and it was great!!

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E
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, intimate, crowded setting. Food and margaritas well worth the trip. Chef said hello, extremely friendly.

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E
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service every time. Good sangria too.

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PL
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. The beet salad was one of the best I ever had plus lots of vegetarian options

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great they have the best food, drinks and service.

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F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the options, the wines selection and how fast the food comes out.

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MW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely wonderful! The food is amazing and the service friendly and fun. Looking forward to going back.

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner is friendly. Ask him for a recommendation, he has never steered us wrong. Outstanding selections in food and beverage. Don't miss the goat cheese croquettes or the bacon wrapped dates.

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g
Las Vegas
119 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite place to eat. Great wine list and superb food. Great to talk to Chef tonight and hear is thoughts on new menu items. Highly recommended

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f
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable.food and service was great
A little noisy.will return

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GA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Best tapas restaurant in Naperville!

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DW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have seen the sign for years but never tried it. We loved it. The food was fresh, generous servings and very friendly, attentive staff. We actually ordered too much food, but the leftovers were great! Nice atmosphere....interesting decor. Will definitely be back.

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