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About Macarena Tapas

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.

618 S Route 59
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Naperville, 60540-0937
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish

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

Cross Street:
Aurora Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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Phone Number:

Website:
http://www.macarenatapasnaperville.com/

Executive Chef:
John Borras

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Macarena Tapas Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Always awesome!

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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Late-night Find, Disabled Access, Tapas, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·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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vip
 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Our waitress wasn't attentive. We rarely saw her. She never refilled our drinks. The food was ok, and over-priced. The pork medallions were extremely over cooked and the seafood paella wasn't good. Parts of the rice were under cooked and crunchy. It's DEFINITELY not worth the 45 minute wait.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Macarena has some of the best tapas around! I highly recommend this to any lover of tapas.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food didn’t come out as hot as it has before

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food and service are always excellent. The menu choices are plentiful. I love the ambiance of a smaller restaurant with warm lighting. The only thing I would change are the LED bulbs over one part of the restaurant. They don’t match the overall eclectic, warm European feeling of the restaurant as a whole. That being said, it doesn’t deter us from returning!

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always amazing food. Love the cozy atmosphere. The staff are always friendly and welcoming.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had an amazing experience at Macarena Tapas. It is a small quaint restaurant with a very friendly staff. John the owner has such a warm inviting manner, we felt welcome immediately. The food was fantastic! We tried all different varieties of tapas, from tenderloin, chicken, different types of cheeses to seafood. They were all delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Outstanding food and service. I'll be back and I've already recommended to friends. Victor was a gracious host.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This is a hidden treasure. The food is incredible and reasonably priced.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

What a wonderful find! We usually shy away from suburban restaurants preferring downtown Chicago. However, Macarena breaks the bland suburban mold by delivering unique and creative selections in a warm inviting environment with great service. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and can hardly wait to return. Bravo!

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The goat cheese croquettes were amazing! The service is exceptional! We felt like we were back in Spain. We will be back

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This place is an absolute gem.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Love the place. Shhhhh don't tell anyone. Smaller place, so not many tables.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Best place to get together with my girls, incredible food, family oriented business that makes me feel like I was eating in a friends home.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Quality of food was just OK relative to prices charged. Tried 6 different dishes and only a few were in the very good category. Crab cakes were not very good. There were no dishes that met the quality of the high prices charged for very small servings which is essential to enjoying small bite food that should be very high quality. Taste did not equal the nice appearance of the food. Another tapas in the area serves better food, has larger portions for sharing and far superior atmosphere for similar pricing. Will go back there instead for tapas. Waitress was very nice. No problem with service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent service, food, and sangria! Will definitely return!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food and service were outstanding as usual. While we have our favorite dishes there are always new dishes to try.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We enjoy the flavors and the service every time we come

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Second time there and tapas are outstanding...will definitely go back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We've been there many times. We always enjoy the food and the friendliness of the staff. The owner is in the dining room and very attentive. On Fridays, at least, the place is always packed and has a buzz.

Tags: People Watching, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Macarenas never disappoints. We've been many times and the owner is a jewel. He's funny and adds the the experience.

Ask for his wine recommendations. They are always spot on.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Always great! We have never been disappointed with any of the menu items. The pork is amazing. One of our favorite spots!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Tapas
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