Cafe Marbella Tapas

4.7
430 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish

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Cafe Marbella specializes in Basque and Catalonia"s Cuisine.Relocated from its former Peterson Avenue location, Cafe Marbella Settles in Gladstone Park (5527 N. Milwaukee Avenue) . The restaurant's Chef Virgilio Trujillo has cooked In some of the city's favorite spanish -style kitchens, including La Paella and Arco De Cuchilleros. Chef Trujillo has a wide selection of classic dishes like Gazpacho Andaluz, Gambas al Ajillo, Piquillos con Queso de Cabra and Tortilla Espanola. Now serving full bar!
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vipWindyCityLo
Chicago
180 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing meal, bringing more "newbies" to the fabulous food and family at Cafe Marbella! Our "go to" place when we're looking to fill our bellies and souls with fabulous tapas! EVERYONE should become "regulars"!

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RobinLLC
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was my first time at Cafe Marbella. A friend and I shared 4 entrees and two desserts, brought in a bottle of wine ($10 corkage fee), and our bill came to $72. We thought it was a GREAT value! The food was excellent--not one thing we didn't like--and we could actually talk to one another. The noise was just "talking noise," not loud music or blaring TVs. I have already recommended Cafe Marbella to another friend. I will definitely be back!

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vipGogebic
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've driven past here so many times. It is now a destination for us. Great place.

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NenaChitown
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I almost don’t want to share about this place lol! No, but really it is a hidden gem! The tapas, prices, & service was fantastic! Normally, there seems to be an older crowd and never packed, however it was valentines day weekend and it was quite the opposite. Despite the busy night, Marbella’s was on point! My hubby and I had a great date night!

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MarcusQ
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Food was very flavorful and waitstaff very attentive

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StephenS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Been here several times and always pleasing. Great value.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible creative tapas presented thoughtfully and beautifully. Warm service. Great affordable wine list. Homemade desserts. And they have remained consistently great for going on a decade of frequent visits now.

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LoriD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not crazy about the small plates. The bill was kind of high with all the dishes ad added up. The spinach salad had way to much dressing. Other then those issues, the food and service was good.

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vipConnie
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dining at Cafe Marbella is always a wonderful experience. We began with the special avocado salad--one of our favorites--and ended with a slice of goat cheesecake. In between we enjoyed 2 specials, crab stuffed avocados and orange roughy. The food and presentation were superb. If you like tapas, you need to visit this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic fresh food that makes you want to visit Spain!

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AntonioU
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice little tapas place, great authentic cuisine, excellent service, quiet and reasonably priced. You definitely need to stop in! Sharing plates is encouraged 😉

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TedK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent tapas, good variety, good presentation and excellent service.

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htalya
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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RIckT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, as always! Maria even had the chef make up something special for us.

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PaulH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

fantastic food at a great value.
the flavors were wonderful. each small plate was more delicious than the prior one.

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PAK1
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and price were ALL terrific!!!!!

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vipConnie
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What's remarkable about this restaurant is its very creative chef! For example, we tried the Spanish version of a caprese salad. It was amazing! No slices of mozzarella--they were balls. And the tomatoes were very tasty--several different kinds of little ones, both red and green. So good!

What's a constant for me is the special avocado salad--and the goat cheesecake. In between, I love trying a new special. Not only will you be impressed by the taste of the food--but by the presentation.

If you like tapas, you need to visit this restaurant!

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AshleyB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Introduced our kids to Tapas at Cafe Marbella and had a terrific experience :)

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vipConnie
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you like tapas, this is a restaurant you MUST visit. In addition to a large menu, there are specials. I love to start with the avocado salad special; it's amazing! And--while you're sampling wonderful appetizers and sea food--keep in mind that the goat cheese cake is to die for. Save room for a slice!

What's special about this place is that Chef Virgillio is always looking for ways to improve his creations. As a result, diners are always treated to something new--and interesting.

Over the years I've brought many friends to this restaurant. All have returned--with or without me!

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PamA
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great tapas at affordable prices and a comfortable family atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Everything was good. Not the best tapas option in the city but we all left happy

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vipConnie
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this restaurant because the food is different every time I visit. True, I always order the avocado salad special (thankfully, all my friends love avocado), but the courses that follow are always different. For example, while I'm not a fan of ordering soup in a tapas restaurant, Virgilio's clam bisque is to die for. And--I always choose several items from the specials. This week the fish in sauce was amazing. Finally, save room for the goat cheese cake. This week it's blueberry!

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Lynn
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is consistently excellent. A wide variety of high quality food. Our friends were very impressed with the selections. We'll be back!

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vipFalander
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Always great specials. The tapas on the menu are excellent as well.
It was a seafood night. We had shrimp in garlic, brandies mayonnaise shrimp, grilled squid and a red snapper with clams. Super fresh and delicious. The Spanish omelette and patatas bravos excellent.
We had a chocolate espresso sponge cake for dessert. Spot on!
The only negative is the meh interior but who needs sleek when the food is so good.

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vipKDash
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and terrific service!

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vipConnie
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Marbella is probably my favorite restaurant. I love to begin with the avocado salad special and end with the goat cheese cake. In between, you can have countless hot or cold appetizers--in quantities to share--as well as a main course from Chef Virgilio's specials. We tried the scallops; wonderful!

If you're a fan of tapas, you need to visit this place!

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Tracy
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner of delicious tapas! Staff was flexible in accommodating one extra person in our party reservation. Hot and cold tapas, plus tapas specials, as well as fresh desserts and various coffees were all delicious! We had a wonderful group dinner!

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vipConnie
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you like tapas, this will become your favorite restaurant. We ordered some old favorites--the avocado salad special, the salmon with blueberry sauce, and the wonderful goat cheese cake--but we also tried new things--the shrimp salad and pork tenderloin. We even tried a new fish as well as a mango tart. Everything was delicious. Virgilio is an amazingly creative chef! I strongly recommend this restaurant.

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Paula
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff and fun atmosphere. So many more menu choices I would love to try. The sangria was delightful. I'll be back!

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vipHealthyeater
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We love this restaurant. Excellent tapas and a nice, reasonable wine list. Service is always good. We have always had a great meal here.

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Jmickegley
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going here for 7 years, and never been disappointed. Charming and competent staff and owners. Specials are a very good choice!

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vipCBSJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious!

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vipKDash
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and excellent food! Went here for a birthday celebration and had such a terrific time.

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vipYumily
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This place is a hidden gem. Food is consistently outstanding. Have taken many foodie friends here and everyone loves it! Can BYOB on Tuesdays with no corkage!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Last night with family before leaving the city

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foodlover
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great Food. Will definitely be returning

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Marbella is possibly my favorite restaurant in Chicago. I'm sure I've reviewed them before. We were there a few nights ago and had yet again a fantastic meal. Only thing I'll say for now is that the nightly specials continue to change and continue to amaze. Go there!

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joannej
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place the food and service are all excelletn

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KarenH
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I have been to this restaurant with friends on several occasions. The food wasn’t quite as good as before, but the place was really jumping!!
The owners of the place are so charming and attentive, it would be very hard not to keep coming back!!

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kathyl
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to eat. Usually not very crowded.

FAQs

Cafe Marbella Tapas does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Cafe Marbella Tapas is rated 4.7 stars by 430 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.