Tapas Barcelona

4.4
120 reviews
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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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JS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Our waiter told us they didn’t have bread when we asked for it. However the table next to us which was seated after us got bread delivered to their table. The bacon on the wrapped dates had an odd flavor. The potatoes that came with the steak were covered in a sauce that didn’t have any flavor and made the potatoes soggy. Either the restaurant was having an off night or we just had a bad experience individually. It was crowded!

S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! The food, the service and we just had a great time.

MD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I really like this place. The food quality has been consistent over the years and I love their Sangria. They never disappoint.

FC
Naples
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We have dined at Tapas Barcelona many times over the past 5 years, and have enjoyed it. This time because of the threat of rain, we dined inside, which was not as pleasant. The temperature was very cool, we were seated at a very small table, and the pleasure of our dinner was interrupted by a crying baby.

We will return to Tapas Barcelona, but only if we can dine outside, where it is quieter, and most of the outside tables are designed to seat four people and are less crowded. Unless it is very hot, it's also pleasanter to dine outside.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, service and atmosphere

N
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We live nearby and are regular customers when family or friends are in town.

OT
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! This was our second visit. Took out oft owners with us. They loved it. We will be back!

C
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tapas,wine selection, service and great value given the high quality of all these elements.

M
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for my annual birthday celebration. We love the food and the MaiTai.
Olivia was our waitress and did a superb job.
Only problem was they ran out of one of the specials (and it was only 5:30) and they ran out or did not have the crème brulee.
We will be back again. Really love this place and our favorite waiter.
Thank you

H
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, imaginative selection, prompt service

M
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was very very slow, but was very polite and pleasant and food was delicious.

DP
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

The food was way over sauced to the pour it was nearly inedible.

RL
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food our family has enjoyed! Thank you Tapas Barcelona.

JD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

No comments is just bad that food wasn’t good the mussels were dry an d customers service wasn’t good either I saw when my wife and her friends ask fo dessert and I and my friends ask for mussels he just gave us like attitude

W
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. drinks (including Mezcal), ambience, service.

RC
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great. Really enjoyed it. Our server was given too many tables to wait on. Not his fault. He tried very hard to please us but he was spread too thin. They need more servers

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great environment great food service was nice but a bit slow, though that allowed us time to want more food and take in the restaurant.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Hostess was quite agitated and it took about 15 minutes to check in for our reservation. Once she finally arrived, she proceeded to speak to another couple before us even though they arrived after because she claimed they were friends. Food has always been just okay and coupled with the below par service - there is better options in the area.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We had to wait for a table although we made reservations and we got moved 2 times...

NB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cosmos, great food, wonderful wait-staff and comfortable ambiance. My favorite Evanston restaurant.

e
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a wonderful experience at Tapas Barcelona. Our personal server and all members of the wait staff were extremely personable and everyone seemed committed to making sure its patrons had a beautiful dining experience. My friend and I opted to order tapas, and each small plate that came out was a delight. Everything was flavorful and delicious. The restaurant also had a nice ambience and the patrons seemed to feel free to chat easily with their table mates without drawing notice. My friend and I have moved Tapas Barcelona up on our list of places to go when we would like to dine out. We had forgotten how much we liked the place the last time we visited. It's a great place to eat.

L
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tapas Barcelona is a great place for sangria and friends. Everything is creamy and delicious, lots of breads and dips; lovely for drinks and light bites.

J
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

First off, they never had my open table booking reservation even though it was confirmed in an email to me, and asked me if I am definitely showing up. After I showed my reservation in my emails they still did nothing. The service was very very slow, took one hour from the time we ordered till the time we are our first bite. They saw that we had two toddlers but they brought their pizza out last. The food was a great disappointment, definitely deteriorated since my last visit a year ago. We never even got bread, to lessen the tedious wait.
The lamb chops were cold and undercooked, as was the cold steak. and cold meatballs, and cold chicken kebabs. The dishes other dishes, goat cheese, a pie and pizza cold as well were tasteless and slopped together. The dessert for the toddlers took over half an hour to come out. The waiter was extremely unattentive.
Two and a half hours of torture on hard little stools, blah food and service not to mention the extremely filthy, sticky, icky bathroom door that has never been cleaned. $200 later a birthday disappointment not only for me but my guests as well. I'll give this place a permanent miss. Ugh!

G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Easy, convenient setting, indoor outdoor dining, delicious food, reasonably priced, service so-so.

OT
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit in four days! It is that good. Delicious food, in small portions/prices - so you can easily order several dishes. Very fun, upbeat and prompt service.

E
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Great value, good food, fun atmosphere. We went twice out of three at our stay in Evanston.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

It had been a couple of years since dining here. Quality of the experience has diminished. Although my party had a reservation, we were seated at the worst table right in front of the entrance. Service was very slow. I believe our waiter forgot 2 of our dishes as we had to remind him after we'd finished everything else and the last dish didn't arrive until 45 minutes after our meal had begun. One dish of roasted vegetables were inedible as they were not cooked through (ever try raw sweet potato?). The chicken dish, on the other hand, was over cooked, tough and dry. We won't be returning.

AT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The restaurant was really noisy and at first, they didn't even have menus for us. Then they brought out the food... the gambas al ajillo (grilled shrimp) were clearly just boiled frozen shrimp and the queso de cabra (baked goat cheese with tomato sauce) was just tomato concentrate with heavy amounts of oil and heavy cream. Wouldn't recommend at all.

SM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place. Good food & service. Love the variety,

MS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food, incredible sangria, and fair prices! Also, Juan was the MAN.

AT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Over all it's good, but the portion could be a touch bigger... It's very small and a bit pricey for the amount you receive

D
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have been to Spain and tasted true tapas. Unfortunately I was underwhelmed with my dining experience. The tapas were, at best, mediocre.

DA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Told them a head of time it was our anniversary. Got there lots of tables open but took us to a small table next to an open window. It was cold and windy. I closed the window and receive applause from several tables for closing the window. Ordered paella then was told later that it takes 40 min. Also ordered 6 small plates and first course came out all wrong. Waited some more for next round. Food looked great but all very bland and tasteless. Paella was only thing with any flavor. Also ordered sangria. Not great either. 10 min before we left waiter asked if I would like another sangria. I said sure. Never got it. At least I was not charged for it. And no they never acknowledge our anniversary. Nothing special no reason to go back.

E
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This had been a go to spot for us since they opened. The menu is diverse and the specials always good. Their forte are the awesome sauces!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group and Tapas Barcelona was a great choice for them. We had two young kids with us and our server did a great job getting them settled and fed right away with kid friendly options. The bacon wrapped dates and the goat cheese were so good and the sangria is delicious. Great time as always!

DB
New England
64 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came here for graduation dinner and had a great and fun meal. A lot of great choices and all were delicious. We loved the avocado and crab and the sangria. All small plates were yummy and the price was right. Good value and lively atmosphere. Good service.

TS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service is hit or miss. We happened to experience the "miss." Ready to serve Tapas are very good. Made-to-order dish was way oversalted, verging on inedible.

SB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time for a birthday dinner where the restaurant was accommodating and served delicious food.

G
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, causal setting.

A
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent value. 5 of us ordered different tapas and all were delicious. Paella is very good.

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