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Macarena Tapas

4.6
435 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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 435 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

My favorite!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Food was delicious. We asked for 1 item without honey due to an allergy & it came w honey. We had to send 1 item back due to being cold. Food comes out very slowly. Once you get it, it's tasty!

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vipDubs (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Always awesome!

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MichelleK (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Macarena Tapas is Naperville's best kept secret! Delicious tapas with lots of seafood options too! I especially love the scallops wrapped in bacon and the crab cakes! They also have some vegetarian options too, such as potato salad, hummus, plantains and mac and blue cheese. Also, they offer a 30% discount on food for teachers! Love love love this place!

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nicke (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Very good tapas. Hole in the wall ambience. Noisy. Will go again.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I appreciate they give a discount to all area teachers. They are consistently excellent with creative tapas and amazing sangria.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

This restaurant was absolutely spectacular! The service was excellent the food was exquisite, each plate we ordered had such flavor, and we continue to talk about it up to this day! We definitely are planning our next visit as soon as we possibly can. The owner, John, what is so accommodating, friendly and nice, and our server assisted one of the people in our party to all of the vegetarian options available without hesitation. Their sangria was amazing and they even had nonalcoholic sangria, which I thought had alcohol in it! How many places can you go and get and nonalcoholic great tasting drink? I highly recommend visiting there! Once you go there one time, I promise you will be a regular!! Go there and tell him Angie, The designer and Donna sent you! We had such a great, pleasurable, relaxing experience that was so needed, thank you John And your amazing team!

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caribbeanqueen (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was terrific and the drinks were outstanding. The service was a little spotty. Our waiter was very friendly and we really liked him. His only shortcoming was he kept forgetting our water or our bread or little things like that. We really enjoyed our night and will definitely go back.

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vipDubs (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

This is one of our favorite spots. Anytime we take friends there for the first time, they love it and say they will return. The food is great, and the chef/owner is always adding something new. The service is awesome too! If you frequent the restaurant, they treat you like family.

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Notcookingtonight (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

We love the food here!! The goat cheese croquettes are sooo good. Pork medallions also a favorite. Sangria is great too!! They offer discounts to teachers or school district employees too.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was fabulous, great wine selections and the atmosphere was so warm and welcoming. The owner even stopped by our table to say hello. Only weird thing is when we were sat at a table, we were given water and bread, then no one came past our table to take our order or even a drink order for almost 30 minutes. But once we got past that it was wonderful!

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vipmybuster (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Very nice place, great food options, large sangria list. Nice and quiet but a bit high priced.

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vipNanobel (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Great tapas in a cozy location. There were also around ten types of interesting sangrias.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

With the understanding that it is a small establishment, the decor and service is great. Drinks were terrific, but the food was awesome. However, we did not enjoy our outing mostly because they do not have an enclosed entryway into the restaurant so every time customers would walk in, everyone inside would be blasted with frigid air and we were not allowed to keep our coats with us which was odd. They said it was because it makes it too difficult for the servers which I totally understand but we were the only ones in there at the time and one of our friends, with significant health issues, was absolutely miserable. I might go back for drinks and appetizers but that's about it.

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vipDubs (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Food is great! It is a fun place to go. Always a pleasure to talk to John and Victor.

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Mickxxiii (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Absolutely amazing restaurant. Small space, great drinks, fantastic service, and the food is always on point.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

The garlic cauliflower is heavenly! Hope it's permanent! The beef skewers were extraordinarily tender & flavorful. Goat cheese fritters with balsamic glace: perfection. Our waiter was attentive without rushing us. This place never disappoints. The hardest part is trying new things when we have so many favorites. And there are always new surprises.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Always excellent food and friendly wait-staff. So happy we tried it out this past summer because now it's our go-to place for a quiet dinner with family and friends and to enjoy great tapas!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

I didn't know what to expect, only been to one other tapas place in the area. was pleasantly surprised. the menu options were great. Sangria options tasty.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

It was very loud and hard to hold a conversation with people at the table. The food was great and servers were more than helpful with our tables many food allergies! Thank you thank you!

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