Tapas Barcelona

4.7
247 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates

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Dine on traditional Spanish cuisine at Tapas Barcelona. Located 1615 Chicago Ave, 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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4.6
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4.5
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ShaneFalco
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great as always, service was perfect, however with the tables seated near the door some may get a little cold when the doors open, but since there isn’t a lot of foot traffic right now it wasn’t an issue

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CelesteP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back as many times as we can. Food and services was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
74 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service. Excellent!!!

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Colleen
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great! Highly recommend!!

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ArielD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is amazing. Small portions yet really filling. I recommend getting the garlic potatoes and bowtie pasta!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, spacious seating. Accommodating staff, and usual good food.

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JennyA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great drinks and dessert. Great staff. Good social distancing and protocols.

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MonicaC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Have been going for years and the food is just simply delicious! Love that I have the ability to try many different plates in one sitting.

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vipWonderful
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barcelona never disappoints. The food is fresh and inventive, and always delicious. We have never had a bad plate here! One of our absolute faves.

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vipIronman
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff and the paella was excellent.

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vipEvanstonRestaurantFan
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the outdoor dining. Hope they can keep it open into November. Thanks!

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vipahoritica
Minneapolis
113 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Open Table allowed us to make an 8:30pm reservation. Upon arriving, I was told the kitchen closes at 9, and to sit anywhere and hurry up and order. I had to ask them to confirm the reservation as she didn’t even check. We came intending to order paella, but were told it was too late. We selected a bottle of wine on the less expensive end and were told they didn’t have it, so selected another bottle, which again was unavailable. The waiter “recommended” a much more expensive bottle that was available, and we agreed, but it was terrible! The service was also terrible. Our waiter was rude and obviously put out we had chosen to dine so late. The food was very sub par. Will definitely not return to this establishment or recommend it.

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RakeshT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There’s a lot about this place that hasn’t changed across the years. And that’sa good thing.

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vipCandid
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good; not spectacular. Server was nice but not that attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Waiter took forever to get. To table. Beef tenderloin was horrible, served mayonnaise on stress of horseradish and side of onions was ice cold. Wait staff and serving staff we pleasant.

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JodyG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tapas Barcelona is our go to place for every family gathering and occasion!

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LeeF
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Hidden gem in downtown Evanston. Diverse tapas & wine menu at a good value. Their bacon wrapped dates are fantastic, among many other small plates. Can't wait to go back to try the paella.

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Haley
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and had a full dinner for 7 (and drinks!) without breaking the bank.

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Chris
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waiter was terrific and the food was incredible. Love this place!

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AmberE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was delicious ajd the staff was so friendly. Thank you for a delicious meal.

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MayT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoy Tapas Barcelona. Best to bring a bunch of people to sample.

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Hawkeyeka
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Perfect portion size, great flavors & great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner. Incredible food, especially the cold plates. The marinated olives and the tomato bread were the highlights for me. Doesn’t hurt to have a pitcher of sangria on the table either.

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RenzoB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent value! Not WOW but very good overall. Ask for a table away from the door!

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JPDad
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE THE FOOD! Our server David was very informative and helpful.

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vipRowenaP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, ambience and service! The paella reminded us of Barcelona!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We chose Tapas Barcelona for a team outing. The food variety accommodated a wide variety of preferences and tastes and every dish was delicious. The waiter's recommendations were excellent. I had a few conversations with Vladimir in advance to set things up and he helped me get the set up just right for the group. The restaurant is cozy and was just the right spot for a small team dinner. Thanks again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

David our server was amiable and the food was great.

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DouglasW
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Tapas I have ever had.
Tapas is almost always enjoyable, but Tapas Barcelona had extra savory well presented dishes.
Service was attentive and enjoyable.
Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We wanted to like it but sadly we didn’t. Food wasn’t necessarily bad but honestly the best thing we had was the olives. We’ve been to a bunch of tapas around the city and often get the same things at each. While the olives were good they were almost too pickled and salty, the steak skewer was too raw and honestly bland, The patatas bravas were way too tomato and no where near the spice it should have been. The dates while good really need more zip in the sauce to cut the natural sweetness.

Also the tables are cramped in and it’s loud.

Once our server came to take our first order was basically gone the rest of the visit. No refill on my drink here.

Might sound picky but as I said we have been to a lot of tapas places. Can’t say this will be on my return restaurants.

Again not bad necessarily but a big disappointment.

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vipthoughtfulfoodie
Berlin
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service! It's pretty noisy, so don't expect a lot of meaningful conversation.

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vipLinda
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and easy. Our waiter was fantastic. Loved

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PatrickG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED IT---CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN AGAIN SOON! I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS AS WELL...

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Vulevoo
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The decor was artistic and the lighting was perfect. Service was good as our waiter was very polite, attentive and prompt. The portions were decent. Unfortunately the taste was not up to par. The rib eye, patatas bravas, pork and meatballs were covered in too much sauce. There was way too much salt in them as well. That made us question the freshness of the meats used. Pizzas were much better than the tapas we ordered.

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vipKendalG
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always—a delightful all around dining experience with friends.

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BLizW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great place to go with a group. The food was good and the server nice. Maybe next time we'll slow down our ordering. Everything came at once and that was overwhelming.

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Darcy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A liitle issue with the host/table. We like to sit next to each other so the 2 tops are too small. We ended up with a high top and it worked perfectly. I'll know to ask for one next time.

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SherriK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is outstanding. I can’t wait to go back. Highly recommended.

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DarrellH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I was in town and met my friend’s son (an undergrad at Northwestern) for dinner. Great spot in downtown Evanston with really authentic Spanish tapas. Everything we had was great, but especially the octopus, the bacon-wrapped dates and the paella.

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vipEsmerelda
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Under new ownership and nothing has changed: same great food and service.

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You can order delivery directly from Tapas Barcelona using the Order Online button. Tapas Barcelona also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Tapas Barcelona also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 866-9900.

Tapas Barcelona is rated 4.7 stars by 247 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.