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La Taberna Tapas on Halsted

4.2
4.2
248 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
The chef team of Enrique Cortez (Olé Lounge) and Gustavo Castañeda (Zocalo) bring their modern interpretation of classic Spanish tapas to University Village. Savor the puff pastry empanadas filled with ground beef, raisins, queso fresco, chile ancho and topped with avocado mousse. For the heartier appetite, try the cedar plank grilled New York strip served with spicy patatas bravas and chimichurri sauce. La Taberna Tapas also offers specialty sangrias, creative cocktails and a fun and approachable wine list. Come enjoy the modern taste and atmosphere of La Taberna Tapas on Halsted.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 243-9980
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Enrique Cortez / Gustavo Castañeda
  • Catering
    We offer competitively priced catering options for every occasion. For more information call us at 312.243.9980 or send an inquiry to jc@latabernatapas.com.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer packages to accommodate cocktail parties to formal dinner parties. For more information call us at 312.243.9980 or send an inquiry to jc@latabernatapas.com.
  • Private party contact
    Juan Carlos Castañeda: (312) 243-9980
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy / University Village
  • Cross street
    Maxwell
  • Parking details
    There is a university lot at Maxwell and Union that charges $2 for the first 2 hours
  • Entertainment
    We offer live music on the weekends.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 248 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 0.6Value

NoiseModerate

240 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on April 7, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    My fiancee and I were planning on having our wedding reception here, being that it was to be a small wedding and planned very quickly. The chef who we dealt with was very accommodating, and we had a verbal agreement with everything we wanted. Before we had a chance to draft up a formal contract, we found out that the chef had quit and we were to deal with another one of the managers there. After we got worried we were going to have to rework out our deal, he told us we had nothing to worry about, the original terms would be honored, and he would get the contract together. One WEEK before our wedding, the owner of the restaurant calls my fiancee' and would not agree to anything near what was agreed upon, wanting to charge us nearly double of what we were originally promised. He knew we were in a very difficult position and tried to take advantage of us. This is a horrible way to conduct business and no matter how much it ruined our wedding, I was not going to let this man hold us hostage. We found another restaurant literally 4 DAYS before the wedding and made the most of a bad situation. Since we put a $1000 deposit down on a credit card, we received a check from the restaurant reimbursing the money. The maid of honor, however, was not as lucky. She wrote them a check for $300 to help with the liquor cost, and we were returned the check, as the restaurant claimed they did not cash it. Only it turns out they did. When we confronted the owner about this, he claims we were given "cash" back and not the check. How he knew this, we have no idea; we never even met him in person. We dealt with the manager, who it turns out doesn't even work there anymore either! He refused to give her the money back and literally told us "do what you want about it" and hung up on us, knowing full well it is our word against his, and it would not be worth taking him to court over $300. After months of attempting to meet in person with him and not having any luck, we have given up.

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  2. Shorty

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Patio, Great Food and Great Service. This is a comfortable, relaxed setting for lunch and dinner.

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  3. Cherie

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic,amazing, gastronomically wonderful dining experience My friends and I enjoy a different ethnic dining experience each month and none has come close to this one! The food was prepared and presented beautifully. Everything was fresh and tasty. Enrique,the chef was friendly and very helpful in his suggestions to assure we ordered the proper amount and enjoy a variety of dishes that compliment d each other We cannot wait to return to this fabulous restaurant

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  4. BonnieM

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went there during lunch time. I ordered mussels with bacon, toast with goat cheese and grilled chicken with saffron rice. Food was very good however alittle pricy. Background music was loud during lunchtime. Decor is beautiful

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  5. ChitownSista

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I went for dinner because it was too hot to cook. We really enjoyed our meal, especially the pork belly. It was tender and the sauce was yum!

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  6. Sage

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Typically we always have a good experience when we go with no complaints about the experience, this time we did have a few issues with the service , value and ambiance - first and most importantly, the service - waitress was not attentive and did not check up on us for awhile after our second tapas - we would've liked to put our main course in while the second order of tapas came in - other smaller issues , such as no candle was lit on our table , and the lack of cutlery when I received my main course (8oz prime rib with no fork) - secondly: value - this place started to charge for Coke refills - ridiculous! Every similar restaurant that We've been to does not charge for refills on soda - even fancier more expensive places , sugar tax is not even into effect - third , Ambiance: it was so hot in this place that we started to perspire - the A/C would kick on every so often , and the ceiling fans helped , but it was definitely warm. Lastly they have live music every Saturday, and it's typical a gypsy flamenco style of music - this time they had something that sounded like sped up elevator music - to each his own but it wasn't pleasing . I hope they make the adjustments necessary, because the food really it's excellent and it's one of our favorite restaurants.

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  7. Elise

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was amazing but service not so much. Once our food was out, our server barely checked on us. We had already finished dessert and we told her we were going to leave after dessert and it took over 20 minutes to even see her. When we tried to talk to her, she walked away. We had to ask a busser to find her so we can get our check. It was even more disappointing since it was a slow night.

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  8. Vita714

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We waited five minutes for someone to acknowledge us at the hostess table. Restaurant only had three other couples dining. The music was so loud you couldn't hear the person in front of you. It took 10 minutes for the waiter to acknowledge us and take drink order and another 10 mins to get our drinks. The seafood paella was good but not good enough to return.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for tapas. The food is delicious and the service and ambience are just right on.

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  10. JosephP

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiter was very helpful in describing the dishes. The food was excellent. The red sangria was wonderful.

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FAQs

La Taberna Tapas on Halsted offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 243-9980.

La Taberna Tapas on Halsted is rated 4.2 stars by 248 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for La Taberna Tapas on Halsted

1301 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Maxwell
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy / University Village
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There is a university lot at Maxwell and Union that charges $2 for the first 2 hours
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Enrique Cortez / Gustavo Castañeda
  • Entertainment
    We offer live music on the weekends.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 243-9980
  • Catering
    We offer competitively priced catering options for every occasion. For more information call us at 312.243.9980 or send an inquiry to jc@latabernatapas.com.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer packages to accommodate cocktail parties to formal dinner parties. For more information call us at 312.243.9980 or send an inquiry to jc@latabernatapas.com.
  • Private party contact
    Juan Carlos Castañeda: (312) 243-9980
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