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Tapas Barcelona, Evanston, IL

Tapas Barcelona

4.7
4.7
600 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (847) 866-9900
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 600 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Tapas / Small Plates

600 Reviews
  1. Superchief1718

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    After a 3 month hiatus, great returning. Definitely to go every Saturday. Consistent quality re food; cocktails. Friendly bartenders; some waiters+a gorgeous high school hostess.

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  2. HowardG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tapas is great but getting to be more expensive than it should be. I understand inflation but do not price your customers out of the door.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and really nice service and atmosphere, reasonable price

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  4. MarkD

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dining here for the first time, Mike knew the menu well and without making us feel uncomfortable, picked up on the fact we were first timers. Food was interesting, tasty and plated well. Enjoyed our time here and would recommend coming here, especially if you need a break from the mundane.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was great! Got busy quickly but I had a reservation which was good and recommended. Everything was delicious, honestly looking at pictures the food looked a little bland but after trying them, every dish was perfect and the portions were perfect for 2 people. Drinks were also a nice balance between tasty and strong. They had a butter sauce shrimp and rice that was a special item, it was one of the best things I’ve had in a while. The atmosphere and service was solid, but we got a weird table that was against a wall with us sitting in a weird set up. One person is staring at a wall while the other is looking out the window. It was interesting but could be a vibe killer for some. It wasn’t a big deal, I thought it was funny, there were chances to switch tables or move to the bar but it wasn’t that serious for us. There’s only one table like that, so it’s just a random off chance. The place was decorated very nicely, from the bar to the bathroom. Would definitely go back and a great spot to take guests/dates.

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  6. Ralphz

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great dinner at Tapad Barcelona! We enjoyed the evening.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Items were served hot and tasty. Only disappointment was the house salad. For $8+ it was rather small and some of the lettuce was brown.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great evening. The 8:45 resv is pretty close to closing kitchen time. Much quieter visit from previous 7pm resv. Food was fast and fresh. Amazing taste and timing. Did not have a drink on menu. Although. They made my Tom Collins on point.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always!!! Food is fantastic! It was great!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Tapas honestly. The Paella was a great size for 2 people but filled ourselves with too many side orders so had to bring the paella back home.

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  11. CameronS

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at Tapas Barcelona and we loved it. Great food with a huge selection of small plate options across the entire spectrum of meat, cheese, pasta, and vegetable combinations. Very reasonable prices given the quality. Service was good and we enjoyed the energetic vibe of the other diners. We'll be back soon!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    They should not offer a 2:00 reservation. We were informed upon arrival that the kitchen was closing in 30 minutes. We were embarrassed to have brought our friends there.

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  13. BrianD

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In my opinion, this is the best place to eat in Evanston IL.

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  14. Janner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service here are always top notch.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every selection was delicious. Service is always great.

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  16. LisaK

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been to Tapas Barcelona in the past. This time, the food was not as flavorful as it has been in the past. The garlic shrimp was lacking flavor, as were a few other dishes. Our server was GREAT, as well as the busser constantly clearing our used plates and refilling our water glasses. I want to think that they were having an off night. I will go back again, in hopes that the tasty food flavoring has returned.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The service was excellent. There were a couple big table around us that were making it difficult to converse with our friends due to their noise. The food was good but not as taps authentic as I had elsewhere or in Spain. Ambiance was cool, open airy. I would go again but my first choice.

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  18. JohnnyW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were served by Fernando and he did a marvelous job. He recommended the exquisite fried artichoke tapas that were on special. He said it was his favorite and we could see why. He warned us that the paella took a while, but we didn't worry about that. I had a beef filet in a red wine sauce. I was delighted in that the red wine sauce clearly used a cabernet sauvignon from Chile and the flavor was perfect. The paella was similar to what we had experienced in Barcelona, so we were pleased with that. Yes, we will be back!

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  19. Bbdadd

    Naples

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was all great, quick and friendly service, great wines and fun music. Lively crowd and mix of college kids and families. Will definitely come back. Perfect place to eat before heading to a show at nearby Space.

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  20. DavidH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I.ve been dining at Tapas Barcelona for about two decades. Depenably good food and ambiance. usually good service as well.

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  21. Akaliz

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My family and I have been coming here since I was a kid and it opened. It’s always looked, smelled and tasted the same! Truly a gem of an establishment. Love it here.

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  22. Babs

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The four tapas we tried were great - the stuffed portabello mushroom and their version of tiramisu were special. Lots of items on the menu which alas we could not try this time but will prompt future visits. Mike, our waiter, was attentive and suggested the stuffed mushroom to us.

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  23. SHELLEY

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delightful server, a woman, . She got drinks and the food came out perfectly. We were not rushed. We have been going to the restaurant for many years, and this was great as usual.

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  24. MaryroseB

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our favorite Tappas restaurant. Amazing food and cocktails

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  25. QTIPS

    Chicago

    145 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Grandson had: Datilles a la Sevillana – Fresh dates wrapped in bacon with bell pepper sauce. Grandson/Daughter/Son in law shared: Catalana Paella – All seafood paella. Q-tips shared: Queso de Cabra con Tomate – Baked Goat cheese in tomato sauce, garlic bread. Gambas al Ajillo – Sauteed shrimp with olive oil, garlic and chiles. Chuletitas de Cordero – Baby lamb chops in a savory red wine sauce served with couscous.

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  26. KarenA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was friendly and attentive. Food came out fast and it was delicious.

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  27. Lynn

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a little noisy but the food and service was fabulous. We did not know what to order and he suggested wonderful dishes for us to try. We come again.

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  28. Sweettooth281

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s pretty good but so similar to many other tapas places. I’d it me, or do they all taste exactly the same. I wish there was one that truly separates itself- but this one is just a good Evanston spot without any significant deficiencies.

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  29. Avalon

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious Tapas. Our favorite in Chicago . The croquettes were flavorful and delicious. The escargot and meatballs were yummy too. My son enjoyed the Flan. Service was flawless.

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  30. TomG

    Des Moines

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, no pressure to churn tables. Draft beer selection a little thin, but BARCELONA Damm a pleasant discovery.

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  31. Azgirl

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food very disappointing. Could have been frozen appetizers from Costco, but those taste better. Great service though.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent waiter , food ‘ok’ …. Not the best tapas I have had , decent though.

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  33. wiznit

    Phoenix

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food Was fine. Place is comfortable nothing out of the ordinary we had a nice meal.

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  34. QTIPS

    Chicago

    145 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food at Tapas Barcelona & all at an affordable price. Indoor/outdoor dining. Going out to dinner with great neighbors in the hood is enjoyable & fun. Our neighbors had: Red Sangria The Q’s had: Margaritas Q’s shared: Queso de Cabra Con Tomate – Goat Cheese in a tomato sauce with garlic bread. We shared: Gambas Al Ajillo – Shrimp in oil & garlic & A Chicken special. Our neighbors had: Croquetas del dia fried croquettes with aioli – , Albondigas con Tomate – Beef meatballs in tomato sauce and potatoes & Berenjenas Rellenas con Queso Baked -stuffed eggplant with goat cheese, hazelnuts roasted pepper sauce. Best part was: Enjoying the food/drinks & company of our great neighbors.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! I love this place no matter how many times I come here!

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  36. WorkingMomFoodie

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our table was right by the door so very high traffic flow and crowded by people waiting on tables, plus drafty with door opening and closing. Our favorite tapas were the bacon wrapped dates, the papas bravas, the empanadilla, and the shrimp with garlic. The Sangria is always good too!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing. Service was great! The Spanish margarita was a hit.

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  38. AlbertP

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This place is amazing. So many food choices and margarita and sangria is a must. The food are reasonably price. Everything that we order was delicious.

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  39. RBALL

    Salt Lake City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent eatery. One of Evanston's better restaurants. Have been a long time patron and they never fail to please.

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  40. ElizabethT

    Jackson Hole

    71 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I would say if you want basic Spanish food, that’s good to hear, but it is not the best. The taller had no crust. It just was a rice dish with a bunch of seafood thrown in. The wine that was served was warm and when asking for a fork, they brought us bread when asking for more water they brought us a pen.

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FAQs

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 600 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Tapas Barcelona

1615 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Evanston
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout
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