La Tasca

4.4
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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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4.4
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The loud top 40ish music in the back room didn’t really work with the ambiance. We found it very disappointing and while the food was good we cut our visit short and went to another place to finish our dinner out.

i
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, and Danny (the owner) is always there to talk to the customers. Nice atmosphere - the music was loud in the beginning, but then they turned it down. Great for any occasion!

TB
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner here with a friend of mine (who’s from Chile), who’d never been here, on 2/12/2020 ! I hadn’t dined here in the last 10 or 15 years, so I was curious about how the place was doing! My favorite Barrington High School Spanish teacher, Nancy Riesco, used to be a co-owner of La Tasca back when it first opened in the 1980s or 90s! I remember coming here their opening day and having the most awesome time being reunited with her! Thankfully, the food, service and ambience, after all these decades, are all still GREAT!! We ordered a pitcher of Peach Sangria (they have so many kinds!)and 6 different tapas—grouper, octopus, grilled chorizo & shrimp, trio of 3 sausages(duck, chorizo & lamb), charbroiled lamb chops, & sautéed sea scallops! Everything tasted AWESOME! Our server Angel also did a great job making drink recommendations and making sure our table was cleared accordingly and that the tapas were served at a good pace! We would definitely come back!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tapas, drinks and service!

OT
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Service was not the best and food was mediocre.

JU
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great way to eat dinner with friends. Thanks for the great service. Pura Vita!!!

SN
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at this tapas restaurant is always fantastic! It is our favorite restaurant in Arlington Hts. And it’s always a pleasure talking with either of the Greek American owners Danny or Peter.

M
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, but very noise restuarant.

S
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is very good and comes out quickly. Love the selection. They were out of a couple of options, but there were many others to choose from. Lots of vegetarian and GF options, which we needed. Had a wait a little bit for our reservation, but nothing too bad. A good, solid choice to eat...good food, good drinks, good service!

NW
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

First off, we were very disappointed that we had to wait 20 minutes for a table even though we had reservations. And we weren’t the only ones. Our waiter was pleasant and the food came out fairly quickly. We loved the bacon wrapped dates and calamari “steaks” which were cooked to tender perfection. The trio of sausages were tasty with a nice assortment of peppers. The spinach empanada was rather bland. Ditto the stuffed mushrooms. The special shrimp had a nice sauce but they’d been over-cooked a bit. To sum up,the dishes are hit or miss and be prepared to wait even if you have reservations. We’d go back for the dates but not too much else.

DP
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a nice time, our server, Arturo was very accomodating. Enjoyed the evening.

A
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as expected

MS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu has something for everyone! We always enjoy going to LaTasca to get the classics on their menu and try new selections.

q
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family time with fun food. A pitcher of Sangria went well.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

LB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate New Year's Eve! The food and service were both amazing!

T
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

In the past I would've always given LaTasca 5 stars. But this time, it was just okay, especially the service. I was grateful that I was able to get an early, last-minute New Year's Eve reservation. It wasn't very busy for our 5:45 p.m. seating. But our server brought one of the wrong tapas we ordered and I recall she was very distracted when we ordered it. We had to ask for extra lemons more than twice. And she didn't check on us very often. But she was very friendly. Maybe it was because of the holiday. But this visit won't stop me from going back again.

W
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual birthday celebration. We always come here.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

It all started with a salad that didn't use freshly cut tomatoes. Instead, they were tasteless and seemed to be old. The next two dishes were under-seasoned. The worst part of the meal was the Valencia Pallea. It was honestly the worst dish I've ever had at any restaurant. It was very disappointing, considering my love for Spanish cuisine. It had very large chunks of vagetables and under-seasoned meat. It just seemed like the ingredients were subpar. Cafe Ba Ba Reeba and Tapas Barcelona are a lot better choices for authentic Spanish food.

d
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was served too fast and then a huge lag for Paellla! The trout reeked we had to ask to have it taken away - the both adults the table are huge seafood eaters and trout should not smell that bad - no apologies from the staff just removed - extremely noisy I would say not my favorite tapas restaurant in the suburbs .

T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We appreciated the wine and tapas recommendations. Everything was wonderful!

i
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

La Tasca is one of our favorites, we have been there many times each year. We had another good time.

SM
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this tapas restaurant! Food and service are exceptional! A gem in Arlington Heights!

S
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our sever was most helpful answering questions and making suggestions

OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the NW ‘burbs. Server was knowledgeable. Food was delicious. The closest I’ve come to finding the same tapas I had in Barcelona.

R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Overall, none of the food was that good.
The calamari was ok, but expensive for the portion. Same was true for the Tenderloin. The crabcakes were very "Bready" and the grilled vegetables took a long time and we over cooked.

Everything was expense for the portion size.

Was disappointed, unfortunately. It's a nice place and I think they need to review their menu as far as quality and value.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner with friends. Great food and great atmosphere!

BB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The pls e us dated and the quality just isn’t the same. Needs an updated menu and atmosphere. COULD BE a gem....

S
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent La Tasca Restaurant. Food is always fabulous as is the service. Great for a date night or a night out with friends.

SJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was disappointing, with paprika as the overwhelming flavor. We had olives (very vinegary), patatas alioli (the potatoes disappeared under the garlic), bacon-wrapped dates, (again, paprika), queso de cabra (good, but not exceptional), crab cakes (soggy), stuffed mushrooms (overcooked), and gambas a la plancha (SO much paprika). Nothing stood out as wonderful, although the beef brochette was the best thing we ate. Service was good, but there are so many other better places for Spanish food (Emilio's in Hillside, for example), I don't expect to go back.

LD
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently good! Service is good. Nice atmosphere. Maybe music could be a little quieter.

RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible. We could not even dine there because we waited over a half hour after our reservation. A restaurant that takes reservations should respect the time of their patrons and seat them as close as possible to the reservation time. Another couple was still waiting 50 minutes after their reservation time. That is just ridiculous and unacceptable.

i
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food & nice atmosphere. Reasonably priced & close to home! Parking was a little tricky on Saturday night.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was good service was excellent the only bad thing is that it was loud and super noisy. It was hard to have a normal conversation with out yelling.

I have been there for lunch before and it is way better, quite easy to talk and the food and service is just as excellent.

Overall, it’s a great place to go and have a good meal with friendly staff and good service.

SL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Server was totally uninformed of the menu items, we had to point to them on the menu and she still didn't recognize them. When we asked what the five assorted cheeses were she had no idea. And when we got them, they were all the same, not different. The grouper was cold and greasy. Bad food, worse service.

K
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant! Love the small plates and it makes for a fun evening! Our server recommended something a little exotic, which we tried. When we weren't 100% thrilled with the recommendation, the item was removed from our bill! Great service! Server was very attentive.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It’s a nice experience overall but a few of the dishes we ordered were disappointing.

T
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific place, this is our favorite restaurant.

I
Chicago
123 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice dinner. You need to spend some time looking at the menu and figuring out what you want. Stay with the small plates and have fun.

TS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went there with a group of 4 people. Food was good. The wine was good.