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Cafe Marbella

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5527 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60630 (W Bryn Mawr Ave)
(773) 853-0128
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Today
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Located in the heart of Gladstone Park, Café Marbella is a delightful...
Located in the heart of Gladstone Park, Café Marbella is a delightful tapas restaurant that charms the northwest side with its blissful European ambiance. Café Marbella is the delightful incarnation of its former Peterson Avenue location. With small plates of savory mouthfuls meant to be enjoyed with others, Café Marbella is the perfect place for a romantic date or a night out with friends.With rustic décor and old-world charm, Café Marbella provides an inviting and friendly environment for patrons. The restaurant's Chef Virgilio Trujillo has cooked in some of the city's favorite Spanish-style kitchens, including La Paella and Arco De Cuchilleros. Chef Trujillo and his team serves a wide selection of classic cold and hot tapas like Gazpacho Andaluz, Gambas al Ajillo, Piquillos con Atun and Tortilla Española. In addition, the restaurant offers larger entrees and a variety of paellas.Café Marbella is northwest Chicago’s only BYOB tapas restaurant! For special events, Café Marbella has a private room that can host a party of up to 60. Please contact the restaurant for more details.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Large groups

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  • 6
    Very good
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Like Eating Potato Chips!

A visit to Cafe Marballa is unusual in several ways. It's located in the heart of Chicago's northwest side "bungalow belt" where police officers, fire fighters, tradesmen and their families are used to choosing between an Irish pub, Polish deli and Italian pizzeria for an evening out. A Spanish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
Dan M
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Chicago, Illinois
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Large groups
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

A visit to Cafe Marballa is unusual in several ways. It's located in the heart of Chicago's northwest side "bungalow belt" where police officers, fire fighters, tradesmen and their families are used to choosing between an Irish pub, Polish deli and Italian pizzeria for an evening out. A Spanish Tapas Restaurant certainly stands out here. But then Cafe Marballa would... More 

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Maria T, Owner at Cafe Marbella, responded to this review

Glad to know our tapas keep you coming back, Dan, Especially happy to hear you enjoyed the paella and the BYOB option. HOpe to welcome you back for another meal soon! Take care, Maria, Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The food is tasteless, awful. And it's not even Spanish food! Cuisine unknown! It says something if after a meal at this place one would think Barcelona in Evanston or iberico downtown are great places (they are NOT!) I have no idea what ppl who left positive reviews were smoking (one can guess?!)

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Maria T, Owner at Cafe Marbella, responded to this review

I'm so sorry you were disappointed with your meal, Marina. Our dishes are Spanish-style tapas made right here fresh in our kitchen. We have a wide selection of classic dishes like Gazpacho Andaluz, Gambas al Ajillo, Piquillos con Queso de Cabra and Tortilla Espanola. Feel free to give us a call at (773) 853-0128 if you have any questions. If... More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My favorite Resturant! Always amazed with the food. Look forward to try different dishes, usually go with large group 6+ always share so we get to try a large part of the menu...we never leave disappointed!!

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Maria T, Owner at Cafe Marbella, responded to this review

This was wonderful to hear! Sharing dishes with family and friends is always the best part. We're so honored to be your favorite restaurant, and can't wait for your next visit! 'Til then, Maria, Owner More 

The Woodlands, Texas
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I love this restauarant and have dinner here every time I come to Chicago. And I bring different friends every time, with the hope that they will continue to support this unique restaurant. Cafe Marbella has a fabulous varied menu with different specials every night. A few favorites include the avocado salad w/goat cheese, grilled squid with garlic and lemon,... More 

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Maria T, Owner at Cafe Marbella, responded to this review

Your review really means a lot to us, Mike! I'm so pleased that you've enjoyed coming here time after time. Can't wait to see you again next time! Best, Maria - Owner More 

Honolulu
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Went with friends on a recent visit to the fine city of Chicago. There were 5 of us, we had a 9:00pm reservation and we brought several bottles of wine. We ended up eating way more than we drank! The food here is amazing. The service was fast. We tried many plates. One of my favorites was the sliced avocado... More 

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Maria T, Owner at Cafe Marbella, responded to this review

It's so great to hear that you and your friends had a nice time here! Thanks for stopping in on your trip to Chicago. If you're ever in the area again, I hope we get to see you! Best, Maria - Owner More 

chicago
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This little gem has been in our neighborhood for a couple of years. Not until a couple of months ago when we were looking to try something new but wanted to stay close to home did we give this place a try-and boy are we glad we did! I love tapas! What a wonderful way to try out different dishes... More 

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Maria T, Owner at Cafe Marbella, responded to this review

Thanks for giving us a try! Glad to hear that you enjoyed your food so much that you came back that often -- that really means a lot to us. Hope to see you again soon. Best, Maria - Owner More 

wi
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We discovered this gem when our friends wanted to meet for dinner between Old Irving and O'Hare. While we don't live in the Chicago area, we visit often, and try to dine here at least once every time we are in town. It reminded me of restaurant we visited when we in Spain on a wonderful vacation a few years... More 

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Maria T, Owner at Cafe Marbella, responded to this review

I can't say enough good things about your review! Thank you so much for all of your kind compliments -- they really mean a lot. I hope we'll get to see you and your friends the next time you're in town! Best, Maria - Owner More 

Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Our best friends go there often and suggested we meet them for dinner on a Sunday. The location is unimpressive, but what was inside the restaurant was anything but! What a place! Where does one start? From the chef and his wife who served us? From the tasty tapas we ordered or the fresh bread that accompanied them? Bringing a... More 

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Maria T, Owner at Cafe Marbella, responded to this review

Bringing some Malbec is never a bad idea! I'm so pleased to hear you had a nice time dining with us. The next time you're in the city, we'd love to have you back. All the best, Maria - Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We actually dine here often and have made friends with the Chef Vergillio and his lovely wife Maria. Maria runs the dining room, smiling all the way. The Tapas specials change just about every day and lean towards seafood specials. You can't get fresher more unique small plates anywhere else on the North Side of Chicago. Week nights are very... More 

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Maria T, Owner at Cafe Marbella, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words! "You can't get fresher more unique small plates anywhere else on the North Side of Chicago"—I'm truly flattered to hear that. Looking forward to welcoming you back next time! All the best, Maria - Owner More 

chicago, illinois
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Been going here for several years - through a few locations - original owner returned to south america, selling the business to his chef and wife. they hold this place together with the BEST and most creative and authentic tapas. they have a printed menu. they have a hand written "specials" menu. a nd they have a verbal "special-special" menu... More 

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Maria T, Manager at Cafe Marbella, responded to this review

Thanks for the glowing review! It's always nice to hear from a longtime customer. The next time you're craving tapas, you know where to find us! All the best, Maria - Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5527 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60630
    (W Bryn Mawr Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: (773) 853-0128

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups

Description

Located in the heart of Gladstone Park, Café Marbella is a delightful tapas restaurant that charms the northwest side with its blissful European ambiance. Café Marbella is the delightful incarnation of its former Peterson Avenue location. With small plates of savory mouthfuls meant to be enjoyed with others, Café Marbella is the perfect place for a romantic date or a night out with friends.With rustic décor and old-world charm, Café Marbella provides an inviting and friendly environment for patrons. The restaurant's Chef Virgilio Trujillo has cooked in some of the city's favorite Spanish-style kitchens, including La Paella and Arco De Cuchilleros. Chef Trujillo and his team serves a wide selection of classic cold and hot tapas like Gazpacho Andaluz, Gambas al Ajillo, Piquillos con Atun and Tortilla Española. In addition, the restaurant offers larger entrees and a variety of paellas.Café Marbella is northwest Chicago’s only BYOB tapas restaurant! For special events, Café Marbella has a private room that can host a party of up to 60. Please contact the restaurant for more details.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?