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About Cafe Marbella Tapas

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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5527 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday Brunch: 12:00pm - 4:00pm - 9:00pm Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Monday: Closed

Cross Street:
W Bryn Mawr Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 853-0128

Website:
http://cafemarbellatapas.com/

Catering:
Catering menu is based in our regular menu but is not limited to it. By contacting us we can set up a convenient menu.

Parking Details:
Streets...Milwaukee Ave & Bryn Mawr Ave

Executive Chef:
Virgilio Trujillo

Private Party Facilities:
For parties of twenty to fifty we offer family style menu.

Private Party Contact:
Maria Roman: (773) 865-8391

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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Cafe Marbella Tapas Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.7

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4.4

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4.0

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4.3

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97% would recommend it to a friend

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Tasting Menu (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
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Worth the Drive (4)
Cozy (3)
Seasonal (2)
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Spicy (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

One of the specials was chicken empanadas. The dough was still raw and the chicken was spicy. I've never had spicy empanadas and wasn't told that they were spicy when asked how the chicken was made. The shrimp was also spicy. There were not enough waiters for take amount of people there. Our original water never came back so we had to tell the guy taking or plates that we wanted to order more. They were also ou their Rioja red wine.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Spicy mussels were superb. Great food and service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The service was excellent and would come back if ever in the area again. We got 5 dishes and the vegetarian and chicken/pork were awesome. Would think twice about ordering the seafood dishes, not the best. Loved the rotating tapas menu!

Tags: Tapas, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The menu is extensive (mmmm... the specials are amazing) and the seafood is impeccable. This is one of our favorite neighborhood places.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was good but service was terrible. Waiter seemed extremely overwhelmed.

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Of the four of us three thought it was very good, one thought it was just okay.
They have a really wide selection of both cold and hot tapas which we liked. The waiter was
clueless about the wine selections which were extensive and not overpriced.

Tags: Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful food- great sauces! We had 6 people which was a perfect size group to share- so fun!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We always have a lovely time eating at Cafe Marbella. The food gives us a little taste and reminder of our trip to Barcelona.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Love this friendly family run tapas place. They punch waaaay above their weight in the food and the service is lovely and warm. Really a gem and worth a trip out of the heart of the city!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My favorite tapas place. Brought friends there on many occasions. Excellent food, nice ambiance and friendly staff. On this visit our favorites were the scallops, grilled calamari, avocado salad. But there was not one thing we did not like. Thank you Marbella!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Met a friend here as a quick location change, first place had 1.5 hr wait. Not disappointed at all. It's BYOB but also has a nice selection of wines and cocktails. All plates came at a good pace and we probably over ordered. Their daily specials that night included a killer salmon (description should have stated mashed potatoes were included) and perfectly tender spinach ravioli. The only downside was that it was pretty cold in there. Originally was going to be seated close to the door, but I asked to be moved further down. They accommodated with no issue. We would have been frozen within the first half hour. The wine definitely warmed us up, but but should have been that cold in there.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Absolutely delicious Spanish tapas, fresh and tasty, describe this neighborhood restaurant in Jefferson Park. Cafe Marbella was BYOB for several months, if not years after opening. It now has a full bar with BYOB only on Tuesdays. There is no corkage fee! Very reasonable prices. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Cafe Marbella is always wonderful! The food is delicious and the staff very friendly, helpful and welcoming! I always enjoy my time there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food here is always incredible! Not as out of the way as it seems, and the atmosphere way better than the understated exterior. Do not pass up the specials of the day, which are inspired.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent food and service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I must also give a 5 star rating as the tapas and service was excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2017

This was a very nice restaurant, with good food and service. It was moderately priced and not crowded when we were there on a routine weekday evening. We plan to return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We drive 25 miles to eat here! The food is incredible...beyond words. The staff is so friendly and we love the ambiance and decor.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

This is gem! The food is creative but not overly so. Service is attentive and friendly. You can't go wrong choosing Cafe Marbella for Spanish food / tapas. Lots of super options. We try to order a lot from the specials menu and fill in from the regular menu. Love the avocado bacon and goat cheese salad. The scallops were a favorite of many of our group. Save room for their yummy desserts!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2017

With out-of-town family visiting Chicago, we gathered our group for a dinner at Cafe Marbella. Two of our five are vegetarians and found many delicious dishes that suited them, including the Veggie Paella. Other favorites are the avocado salad, patatas bravas and the queso de cabra. Maria is the perfect hostess and sporting her summer hairstyle: blonde!! Wow. We will return, again and again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Marbella has excellent food and service. We were particularly happy that we came on byob Tuesday and that the corking was complementary. We greatly enjoyed our food and the ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Authentic, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We only ordered things that were on the specials list. Everything was wonderful! We had a particularly engaging waiter. The manager said he had only been there a few months, and that they had hired him from another restaurant. It was a great experience!

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Authentic, Fun, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2017

As always, dinner was spectacular. In addition to the special avocado salad, we chose a tomato prosciutto offering. Then, we had 3 main courses from the specials menu, chicken in a pastry puff, salmon, and scallops. Finally, the 4 of us shared 2 slices of goat cheese cake. We ordered dessert first--because sometimes the restaurant runs out. It's very popular!

We took advantage of corkage free Tuesdays to bring our own bottle of wine since we were celebrating the retirement of one of our group.

If you enjoy tapas, this restaurant never disappoints!

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Been here twice before and really loved that it was BYOB. Unfortunately, now, they serve alcohol, but can still bring wine and beer if you pay a corkage fee. Taps is very good. Not being BYOB is a deal breaker for me and we will not return.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We went there on a Wednesday evening for a birthday celebration it was a party of four the service was less than desirable I had to ask for a glass of wine 3 times before I actually received it it was better when it was BYOB previous the shrimp Nest was very greasy and the figs were kind of sweet the tuna and bananas were good but that was a special not sure it's on the menu every day bottom line he have patience when you go there and maybe try a Tuesday when it is BYOB it is a fun atmosphere however.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 6, 2017

I've been to Cafe Marbella probably 20 times. This one was yet another great meal. If possible, the food was even better than previously. The specials, particularly the duck/fois gras sausage, the sole, and the mussels in spicy tomato sauce were just outstanding. The chef also took more care with creative presentations (not that they were ever bad before). Pair all that with excellent standards (e.g. patatas riojanas), free parking, and BYO Tuesdays and Cafe Marbella is a "must-go."

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 4, 2017

the food was fantastic, service was quick, the music was very good

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 4, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. In addition to the regular menu, there are always specials. We tried the mahi mahi and dover sole. Amazing! In addition, save room for dessert. The goat cheese cake is to die for. Since they could run out--it's a favorite--I always reserve a piece as soon as I'm seated!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

I love the food and service is great. Lots of choices and everything is top quality.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Excellent food and service. Great value and love the BYIB Tuesdays!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 27, 2017

if i lived closer, i'd eat here every day ... the food, yes, IS "that good" - and the variety is endless. favorite restaurant in town! viva cafe marbella!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We have eaten here many times over the years and always have found everything to be great. We are vegetarian and still find a lot of great choices. We did like it better when it was BYO, but the food is worth going for and their wine list is pretty good.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Food is excellent.
Service there always seems a little slow with a big group. Not sure they always have enough wait staff, but our waiter was very nice, helpful and funny.
I would definitely go back again. The food is unique and delicious and reasonably priced.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Been here many times. Great tapas, very good specials, reasonably priced, quiet-ish (music too loud for me). Good service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Larger portions than you expect for a tapas place. Quiet and intimate. Decent plethora of menu options with frequent changes to specials.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Not BYOB anymore. They should advertise this.
10 dollar corkage fee a bit high.
Food was good but clams were too salty.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great dishes... the mussels were unique and delicious.. shrimp and calamari were excellent...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The good is delicious. Servers are very friendly. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed- you can take your time. We love it.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Delicious, fresh, home made Spanish dishes. Very friendly owners & staff. Very accommodating to our 3 year old.

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Tapas are always good at Marbella. We had nonmeat tapas, including codfish, calamari, and manchego cheese. Garlic is a strong flavor in most of the tapas, but never to excess. We appreciated the fact that even though they now have a liquor license, you can still bring in your own wine for $10 corkage. This keeps the price at this comfortable restaurant quite moderate.
We will return again soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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