Tapas Barcelona

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Dine on traditional Spanish cuisine at Tapas Barcelona. Located in Chicago's north suburb of Evanston and just south of Northwestern University, this restaurant offers casual comfort and a friendly setting for dining out. Tapas Barcelona has various dishes on the menu, such as baked snails and pizza topped with spinach and goat cheese. It also serves seafood and vegetarian entrées.

Tapas Barcelona has a full bar that offers guests various drinks, including Spanish selections of wine. Its atmosphere is ideal for meeting up with an old friend for lunch or having dinner with the family. This restaurant welcomes reservations and provides take-out services.

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MP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Seems like a Northwestern hangout. The food was just okay, but the service was very poor, there were too many tables for the space and it was quite loud, which I know some people like, but wasn't what we were hoping for.

KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tapas Barcelona was very nice. We had a tasty sangria and some deliciously executed cold and hot tapas. I can’t wait to get back and try more things.

DM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant! The food was good and the service was outstanding. I made a reservation through this website but the movie we went to prior to it ran later than we thought. I called them to tell them we were running late and they said no worries but we just needed to be done by a certain time for the next reservation. I said that would be no problem at all thank you. So we ordered our wine and our food which all came quickly. The surprise was that the hostess came over to say she made some adjustments and we didn’t have to hurry up and leave by the time she stated to me originally! How considerate!

The food was good—outstanding in fact! But the wine list was the real surprise! Every bottle under $40 and the wine we chose was excellent—Spanish Rioja.

I really hate it when restaurants have a very pricey wine list with no choices for the value minded customer. There is lots of good wine in the world and when a restaurant cannot offer good value wines, it says to me that the restaurant only wants customers on business accounts or who are trying to impress other people with expensive price tags.

I plan to go back and eat here again soon. Thank you so much!

EF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places. But weekend evening I do recommend reservations.

C
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is very good and the service was excellent. Must make a reservation on weekends!

H
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food; prompt service; good selection. And if you order enough, you won't leave hungry.

G
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent variety of Catalunyan tapas, well prepared and tasty. Nice casual atmosphere. I'm not a fan of high tops so maybe more regular tables?

MZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.

M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great spot for a date! Not stuffy but not too casual. The food was outstanding and decor was fun. We had drinks and shared 3 dishes for about $60! Can’t beat that!

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The place was busy and it seemed that they could use more wait staff as it difficult to get the attention of our waiter. Once he came though the service was excellent!

a
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love there waiters. busy at at around 5-6 definitely should have a reservation. All though it was busy wasn't loaud could hear good.

JM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and excellent service!!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelentes precios, la comida es buenísima y el servicio muy bueno
La sangría es una delicia

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RB
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tapas! Have been going back again and again for years.

DH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Meh. It was okay. Not special in any particular way.

SE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got lucky and got a corner spot in the restaurant. It made it a wonderful night. The food was outstanding and a great experience of trying new things. As well the House Sangria was amazing and delicious. Recommend dining here, just make your reservations because it gets busy.

AK
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Tapas Barcelona for more than 10 years and it has been a wonderful experience every time. The food and service is excellent!

g
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always reliable and delightful

TM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I’ve been to Barcelona Tapas it’s been a wonderful experience. I have some standard favorites and throw in at least one new dish each visit. I think the food is so well prepared, the wait staff are very attentive and you can’t go wrong with the sangria. I would highly recommend it.

R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Stuffed dates and grilled shrimp special were quite good. Staff tried to accommodate us on the noise level of the music, but still too noisy. Would not return at a busy time.

b
Denver
177 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tapas Barcelona is a fun place to dine. This was our second visit since our grandson started college at Northwestern. We love the three-bean soup, so all three of us started with that. Then we ordered four tapas dishes (which was just the right amount for the three of us): Lomo de Cerdo, Jamon Tomate, Albondigas/Tomato and Penne C/Pesto. All were fine, especially the Penne and Albondegas. We washed it down with a couple very tasty margaritas. The waitstaff are most friendly and patient. We highly recommend Tapas Barcelona for a casual meal served in a happy atmosphere.

V
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was lovely. It’s my mom’s favorite restaurant in Evanston so we try to go every time my parents are in town. This time was a fun celebration of their visit. The food yummy, the drinks strong and my mom’s favorite dessert came out with a candle. Thanks so much for making their last night in Evanston a great one!!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selections. Lots of gluten free options. Everything was delicious!

R
Chicago
118 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very interesting wine selection, with many low-priced excellent selections. We enjoyed a Grenache. Among our favorites of the tapas we selected: mussels, meatballs, crab and avocado salad, grilled octopus, and fried shrimp and calamari. The pizzas looked interesting; we'll try one next time. We were on a tight schedule, and our waiter exceeded our needs and expectations. We will definitely be back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tanto ma comida como los vinos son de excelente calidad. El lugar está muy bien ambientado y el servicio es excelente!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit to Tapas Barcelona and we loved it! We tried 8 of the small plates (both hot and cold) as well as the soup and Sangria. Everything was delicious and the portions were fantastic. We also shared a dessert and a glass of Cuarenta Y Tres 43. An excellent experience! We will be back.

TC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious! I loved the grilled octopus was amazing! I will definitely be back to try other dishes.

H
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, attentive waiter, things took a little longer than usual.

TL
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to Tapas Barcelona before and both times found the food to be excellent. Service was great. When we got there on a Saturday night it was quite busy and noisy, but later as the crowd thinned a bit, the noise level was more moderate. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered.

JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Tapas Barcelona - great food, drinks, environment and service

PK
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was good. Nice variety on the menu and servings were right-sized for tapas. Black bean soup was disappointing. Salads were tasty. Entrees were very good, but were all delivered lukewarm. Service was slow for order taking and retrieving the check. It was a Thursday night - moderately busy.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed.

E
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to Tapas Barcelona. Service was great, food was great - we will definitely be back soon.

TO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and the staff was helpful and friendly.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a good time and good food.

GS
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tapas Barcelona is a high energy and fun dining experience in Evanston!!!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The goat cheese and the special bacon wrapped shrimp were fantastic! Our server was friendly and helpful and had good recommendations.

AB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was reasonably good, but not great. The sangria was a bit bland. The ambiance was okay. The waiter was wonderful - attentive, friendly and knowledgeable.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

First time at a tapas restaurant. Great food and fun sharing plates together trying new things. A little noisy but overall great experience.