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Macarena Tapas

4.7
464 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Perfect For:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

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 464 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We always have a great time when we go and we love the drinks & food. The service is wonderful

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful experience every time.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent as usual! Our favorite tapas ~ we look forward to our next dinner here.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a great time with great people and great food. The owner and his brother are wonderful. They are very friendly and make you feel like you are family. The food is amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Gourmet meal: we loved every single bite. True Spanish tapas. My family was in heaven. Cozy ambiance. This is our new favorite spot for date night or family dining. Unlike any other restaurant in Naperville.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Awesome place! Lovely atmosphere! Delicious food and sangrias!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Very cool,intimate atmosphere with amazing food and drinks!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Very attentive server! We had a great time, and everything we tried, we loved.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Delicious, great service, loved it all! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Fantastic place! Great time as always! We love Victor! :-)

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Accidentally fell upon this gem. Excellent service & the food even better. Best tapas I’ve have had in the states in ages. We love an hour away & will definitely drive back to dine here again.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We have visited Spain several times and we love to dine here when we are missing Spain & craving Tapas! Always an excellent experience.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food is always amazing, my favorite place for Spanish food

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This is a small restaurant space in an unassuming location, tucked into a strip mall--but there's nothing small about the food experience at Macarena Tapas! Each tapas we sampled was exquisitely prepared. In addition, the chef paid us a visit and offered us our first-ever tapas of fresh sardines--definitely worth a try!
Our Sunday night visit was especially pleasant, uncomplicated by the hubbub of the traditional weekend dinner crowd. The noise level was quite moderate, and the waiter was attentive and very helpful.
For margarita fans, do try Macarena Tapas's homemade version, replete with a margarita popsicle. A fun presentation, and a tasty beginning for a marvelous evening.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Can't believe that they've been there for 10 years. Good food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Wonderful food. Some interesting dishes and frequent rotation so there is something new almost every time. Good wines by the glass, especially reds. I find the food better than Meson Sabika, but price is pretty similar.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was our 5th anniversary and our server (who I think is also an owner) brought us a plate to write on so they can put it in a shadow box and hang it on the wall. Macarena is so good at the little personal touches to show you that they care about the customers and the community. Plus, the food is great!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

First time here. Every dish was better than the last. Service was exceptional. Small crowd for a Tuesday nite so noise level was fairly low.
Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was delicious! You must try the Mango Sangria and the chorizo tapas!

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Server greeted us about 15 minutes after we were seated. He left and returned back to our table for our drink order. 10 minutes later the one class of wine was delivered. Bread had still not been delivered to the table. The server was only focused on one table of four the entire night. Not sure if they were personal friends or regulars guests.

The food was ok. The Pita bread for the smoked salmon was almost burnt to a crisp, the bread for the dollop of queso de cabra (mostly tomatoes sauce) was also burned, but soggy. Not good. Montaditos De Solomillo Con Queso Manchego (steak tenderloin) was mostly fat. It feels like we were given the scraps.

Overall, the service was not good. The food is not worth the high cost. I would not recommend Macarenas Tapas.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food and service were amazing! Definitely will be going back many more times!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food at reasonable price. Creative cocktails.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Amazing food and service! My favorite restaurant in the area!!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food and excellent service. We will visit again.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We love this place. Found it a few years ago and continue to go back for more. Victor and his team do an amazing job. Our favorites are all gluten-free...potatoes bravas, garlic mushrooms, bacon wrapped scallops, etc. (I don't need GF myself, so I always get the goat cheese fritters...drenched in honey and balsamic...YUM).

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My girls night out with my cousin was great! We had a reservation @ 4PM, the only thing I didn't like the fact that we were asked to "move" to the Bar or leave....I haven't seen my cousin for over a year and we were chatting and enjoying until we were asked to move. Other than that great food, drinks and environment.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great food and great sangria! Friendly service! Never had a bad experience here, love it!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We had a great meal on a Friday evening. We brought our toddler and the servers were great with him. Delicious food but a little pricey. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

My favorite!!!

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Always awesome!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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