Macarena Tapas

4.8
532 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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Cross street
Aurora Ave
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 532 People Are Saying
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E
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
1 review
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
6 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
112 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
26 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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DN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Amazing. AMAZING!!!! As always!!! Great food, great sangria, great atmosphere!!! Love love LOVE THIS PLACE!

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BC
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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C
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the place and the quality of the food was outstanding ! We also got a 10$ coupon for the next time, highly recommended!

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AR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Macarena never disappoints! Always delicious! The sangria was so yummy!! And I love the bacon wrapped dates!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is always incredibly fun and friendly. Food was and is always on point! Love this place!

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JR
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently we planned an impromptu quick trip to Naperville to meet my daughters for dinner. I was looking for something different and eclectic and I struck gold with this gem of a restaurant. We were a bit early for our reservation and were greeted with an eager and delightful server named Victor. He was an excellent tour guide through the menu and never disappointed with his recommendations. From the bacon wrapped dates to the spicy potatoes and the cauliflower salad each dish was innovative and full of flavor. He offered us many laughs and excellent service and we truly enjoyed each and every minute of our experience. This restaurant lives up to its great reviews and is definitely worth the drive. We are looking forward to coming back!

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D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was inconsistent with drinks and new plates. They were so busy. The owner is awesome. The Spanish Mariscada was delicious and worth it. I am coming back with my fiancee

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E
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience!! Excellent food and atmosphere.

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FF
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Macarenas is always a treat. The staff love the establishment and their customers and are very knowledgable about the drinks and menu offering - We go back again and again for date night!

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LC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Well, it wasn't bad, but it was billed as 'better than Meson Sabika' and I don't feel it really was. For one thing, the seafood was overcooked, and the service wasn't anywhere as lovely as at Meson. The drinks were good and the bread they serve was better than at Meson. Though it's in a strip mall, the ambiance in the actual restaurant is cute - just a little noisy. We might try it again, but this was our 2nd visit and we're not super impressed...

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CE
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Macarena a couple of times a year. Should be more but I don't always remember it! Great hidden treasure. An added bonus is a 30% discount for educators.
This cute little place has truly more than meets the eye from the outside!

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f
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drive from Orland Park to Macarena Tapas and it's work the trip every time. We usually turn our selections over to our server Victor, and he is always spot-on with making the right choices for us. This time he chose a couple of outstanding octopus tapas along with several other great choices. We also brought a couple of friends of ours and they commented on how great everything was.

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g
Las Vegas
113 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a delight to dine here. Exceptionally friendly service and superb food make it welcoming oasis in a frenzied world. Small but well thought out wine list pairs perfectly with the delicious well prepared menu items. Well worth your time to try this one out.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls night out!

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AR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there. Food was excellent! Our waitress was very helpful and attentive. Will definitely be going back!

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T
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great time there. Food is really good, and owner, who helps with service, is always friendly and attentive.

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b
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always had such a great time, and occasion was special as the whole family was together. Even had a great photo with the staff to top off the evening! Thanks

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Macarenas tapas is an exceptional place to find authentic Spanish tapas. I spoke for several minutes in Spanish with our waiter and he was quite funny and knew the menu very well. His recommendations were wonderful and the tapas brought me back to the time I spent in Spain. They also offer a discount for teachers which was so nice.

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DW
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time eating at Macarena Tapas. Great food, outstanding, friendly service. Loved every dish we ordered, one better than the next.

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best hidden gems in Naperville. Arguably the best quality food with flavors unmatched. I always enjoy a night at this restaurant.

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BH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Macarenas is a great place to dine. The service is great and the staff is really friendly! Great place to have a date or just hang out with friends.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent!!!! So happy to find this hidden gem some of the best tapas in the burbs!!!!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and food, very friendly staff!

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious and the presentation was beautiful! ! You can’t go wrong! Enjoy!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our relatives were in town for a wedding, and we loved the drinks and the food was so fresh and authentic with so much flavor, the owner stopped by our table and was very charming even will definitely come back again

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NH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff was very nice. Bread looked good, but was stale. We ordered three tapas that were good. Overall, I’d say it was good, just not great.

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DB
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & sangria, as always! Have been coming here for years & it never disappoints!

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m
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place to eat on the planet. Do you self a favor and visit the taste of Spain in Naperville.

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VH
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this place! The food is amazing and the service is always excellent. Highly recommended for intimate, unique dining.

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