Tapas Barcelona

4.5
26 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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ML
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even considering the very good reviews, TB is an underrated find. On our recent visit, the 4 of us had 9 or 10 small plates which on the whole were very good and flavorful, presented well and very reasonably priced. The same can be said of our pitcher of sangria which was only $19. The service was attentive and the ambiance is nice as well.

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j
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the Twin Cities and whenever we visit the Chicagoland area we make a point to eat here. The service is amazing, the food delicious. We've never had a thing we didn't love.

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MA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been a family favorite for well over 10 years. We look forward to our Datiles a la Sevillana each time we come. I love that they have weekly specials with varied menu, so each time you can still have something you've never had before. My kids are now 13 and 16, when they were toddlers they would only choose the pizza options, now they are so adventurous when they order here. Since it's all small plates and we share, they're know they can at least sample it once to see if they like it. Great place!! My daughter and have Celiac Disease so know they have plenty of GF options!

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K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as usual!

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tapas Barcelona is warm, inviting, comfortable and pleasant place to hang out with friends over some nice bites and beverages. The staff was friendly and attentive and our food selections were flavorful. And, all at a reasonable price.

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous prices, sangria, and atmosphere. Perfect for a romantic night, quick dinner with the girls, or to celebrate something special!

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KA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I picked up our daughter and her friend from Loyola to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday. As she spent a semester in Madrid, we thought she would enjoy some of the food she enjoyed while there. The hostess was very accommodating re-seating us to a better table when we requested and our server (I regret I do not recall his name) was very knowledgeable and friendly. We ordered four small plates and paella and everything was delicious. The meal and a nice bottle of wine was less than $100. Overall, the experience was excellent. We will absolutely return.

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my birthday there. The personal was very nice, even if the restaurant was very busy, the food came out fast. We had some tapas ( rib eye was absolutely delicious) and we also had Paella Valenciana. On the first paella the rice was a little too al dente but we ordered another paella and we asked for a well done one and it was just perfect.
Definitely we will go back and I also recommend the restaurant!

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j
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

The cold asparagus was soggy, the patatas brava sauce had a canned/tin taste, the kabob was overseasoned with oregano (overtook everything)...When a customer eats less than 1/4th of each plate the server might want to inquire!

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

I rarely write reviews, but Tapas’ debut on Open Table deserves one. We LOVE this restaurant. The regular menu has fabulous variety, but when you add the ever-rotating specials, the choices are endless. I have many favorites, such as the black bean soup, anything with seafood, garlic potato salad, Miro pizza, and much more. Service is attentive and the atmosphere is festive. I hope this Evanston institution never leaves us!

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CS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Not my cup of tea. I didn’t know what to expect even though I knew what we ordered. Too loud once they turned up the music. Even though we had a reservation we were only allowed to sit at certain unless we knew we would be done eating by 7. The seating by the windows made it too cold to sit there for long.

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EH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a fun night celebrating my birthday. Service was a little slow to take drink orders, but overall and very nice evening. Food was good and excellent value

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NB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Miguel is always wonderful and the cosmos are delicious!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect even until the final meal which was the dessert, the waiter followed through with my request I had submitted when making the reservation which was writing happy birthday on the dessert and they even put a candle and sang which I did not expect. Overall, food was excellent!

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B
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there with s a few friends for a Birthday celebration. Food & Sangria were delicious. Service was excellent! Definitely will be back.

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love this place. Food is tasty, good portion size, and very affordable. Highly recommend it!

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a birthday celebration and couldn’t have picked a better place! Ordered several different plates; everything was fresh and perfectly prepared. Outstanding sauces. Excellent professional service! Reasonably priced, including the wine list.

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MK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks with friendly service. Good choice of tapas dishes with tasty choices

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LK
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal after a great movie about RBG. My friends really enjoyed their first trip to the restaurant. We all decided to make this a regular place for time together.

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EL
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very fun and festive place. It took a little while to place our orders but once things finally got going it was fabulous. Food is fantastic. The music was too loud at one point and our server took care of it. We will definitely be back!

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RR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Barcelona. Great food, staff & relaxing. No rush here. I enjoy the nighttime drive back home on Sheridan Rd from Evanston up to Lake Bluff during the Christmas season, especially when it snows. Wonderful to see all the homes decorated. This is the 2nd year we did my birthday here,but come a few times during summer also. You can’t go wrong here. Not a bad dish on the menu. Decent portions and very reasonable prices.

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EM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tapas Barcelona always satisfies our cravings for Spanish tapas. Located close by but takes us back to our trip to Spain. The sangria and paella is amazing!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely place with fair pricing. Food was delicious, wine was great, service was just fine. They do crowd as many tables as humanly possible in the space they have though-leading to a very tight seat. If they had taken just one table out, it probably wouldn't have felt so cramped.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect little spot for a date night! Food was delicious! The service was excellent. The waiter gave great recommendations for tapas. We particularly enjoyed the bacon wrapped dates! Definitely recommend!

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JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was great and food delicious, except for the bread pudding.

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