La Tasca

4.3
371 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Hola! La Tasca means "local gathering place" in Spanish, and it translates perfectly at our lively Arlington Heights location. We have been serving delicious, authentic, creative, and contemporary Spanish cuisine since 1996. We are located directly South of the Arlington Heights train station in the Central Business District of downtown Arlington Heights. La Tasca tapas restaurant is perfect for dinning alone, couples, families , gatherings, and large groups. Friendly atmosphere offering guests a variety of hot and cold tapas or small dishes. We also offer soups, salads, and larger dishes. Try the lightly breaded calamari, sundried tomato alioli, Bacon wrapped dates, red bell pepper butter, Galician-style charred octopus, charbroiled lamb chops, air-dried Spanish meats & aged cheeses, herbed goat cheese baked in tomato basil, and of course our Paellas & homemade desserts!
Catering ~ Private Rooms ~ Group Rates ~ Outdoor Dinning available!
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HH
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to La Tasca since day one! We absolutely love it there! Same friendly staff, fantastic food and always a fun place to celebrate.

r
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Excellent food and service

NB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food

EK
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This place was recommended to us by a few locals as my husband and I are from out of state. There must have been an event going on because they had the street blocked off right next to the restaurant. We were not greeted like you normally would be at a restaurant. There were two loud annoying little girls there whose attention I had to get because instead of doing their job, they were giggling and jumping up and down. Total lack of professionalism. Do yourselves a favor and get rid of them. After we were seated, we were given menus and our waitress helped navigate the menu since we had never been to a place like that before, which we appreciated. She was lively and attentive so no complaints there. The noise level was the loudest I had ever experienced at any restaurant I have ever been to. And when I mean loud, I mean that my husband and I were literally shouting just trying to converse. It felt cramped in there, seats were touching back to back and you heard everyone's conversation. I mean it was ridiculously loud. I cant stress that enough. The food portions should be called samples. They were that small. And I wouldnt say anything I tried was worth remembering. I would not go there again nor would I recommend it to anyone. It wasnt the worst experience in the world but honestly nothing about it stood out or made it worth going out of our way for. If it wasnt for the nice waitress and the salad, I would have given it 1 star.

T
Chicago
91 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food here is very good and a great selection, lot's of options for sharing and tying new things if you're with a group. The service here is consistently very good, attentive and friendly.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific al fresco dining and people watching on a lovely summer night.

JK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Or second time here. Once again, outstanding platas with plenty to choose from. Everything we had was very tasty and nicely prepared. Very good service, quiet enough for relaxed conversation. A lovely experience.

T
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We shared small plates between us with each person picking a couple of plates. We therefore had a wide variety of tastes without having to order a big plate and then not liking it.

TM
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything we ate was completely delicious. Server was also a terrific person who gave us some solid recos.

TW
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and attention to making my wife's birthday dinner nice. Manager was highly engaged with our sangrias and brought us the best flan we've ever had for dessert. We'll be back.

BJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We really enjoyed our meal. The food was very good; our only issue was it was rather loud. We ate in the dining area as opposed to the bar because we thought it would be quieter. We will be going back and hope to bring friends. This is a very good restaurant.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Drinks took forever and bartender wasn’t busy. Food quality was average. Service was very slow and sporadic- he might have been only server. Took forever to get check and he never mentioned the Birthday.

R
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent dinner at La Tasca.

SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

This restaurant has so much potential but the food is not true to Spanish tapas and was just not good. I wish it was because I was really craving homemade tapas and fresh seafood made with good ingredients. It was all tasting frozen and drowning in gravy like sauces :(

G
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We came in with our baby. The server was alright. Forgot our bread. Bacon wrapped figs were tiny and bacon over cooked, chicken and chorizo were gross. Like rubber. Steak was over cooked. I’ve gone before and it was better. Disappointed with this last visit.

TJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good experience. Everything we ordered was delicious. This is our special occasion place to go... without kids!

D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious food and fun to try different thing with a group. Smaller than expected portions. Very noisy and hard to talk with a group since noise bounces off all the tile floors and walls.

RU
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, Atmosphere and Staff. Would recommend to all.

Great for friends, family, couples.

Great experience.

MM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. I love this place will definitely go back.

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

BV
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

seven people seven yeses the service was very good food was better

M
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

They give me the smallest table for four people while there is bigger table available.

MO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

For years we have loved this place and the food. This recent visit - we had the seafood paella which was missing all seasonings (salt pepper saffron etc) and was tasteless. There are no more courtesy olives - now when you order you get a bowl full which is just silly. The flan was over cooked and tasted old. Disappointing all around this visit

RS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Wonderful variety of food. Dessert was excellent. Good value. Will return.

KD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious except for the octopus - maybe it wasn’t what we were used to, but when we mentioned it was not our favorite- the server took it off the bill!

M
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to this restaurant several times and it never fails to disappoint!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service and great food

I
Chicago
118 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice local restaurant. Various dishes. Some better than others.

j
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and excellent service! Great selection of food

P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great! Because it’s small plates it can get a little pricey quickly, but it seemed worth it overall and were definitely going again!

RK
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I've been to LaTasca many times and the menu hasn't changed over the years, so you know what you're getting going in. We had a great waitress - attentive and sociable without hovering. We sat outside on a Sunday night so noise wasn't an issue. Overall the food is decent - the one menu item that was not as expected was taken off the bill without us even asking - another testament to our waitress. There's usually something for everyone on the menu and the sangria is always ready for pouring. There are many restaurants in downtown Arlington Heights to choose from, but this one has been around for over two decades and I was glad our group revisited this tapas restaurant!

T
Chicago
91 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food and a wide variety of choices, always a great meal here with great service.

CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal and service was top-notch!

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

While the service was good the food is very generic. Portion sizes are very small for sharing, sauces did not have any flavor. The food here does not compare to any quality tapas restaurant. Also sangria was watered down with a ton of ice in the pitcher. I really wanted to like this place as I live in walking distance, but I have given them 3 chances and it never improves.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our server maya was exceptional

T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LaTasca is our favorite restaurant. The food and service is terrific.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely time. Celebrated Mother’s Day and the wife really enjoyed it. Recommended 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

n
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

We made a reservation and then waited 40 minutes from the time of our reservation until the time we were seated. We were surrounded by other diners that also had reservations and were also waiting 40+ minutes. Why would I ever make a reservation here again if it’s meaningless? It’s too bad, the food is really good but the experience was terrible

H
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had reservations and waited 45 minutes for a table. Very disappointed.

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