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Cafe Marbella

5527 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60630
+1 773-588-9922
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Ranked #420 of 8,290 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: W Bryn Mawr Ave
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.
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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
8 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
102 reviews 102 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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
27 helpful votes 27 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
34 reviews 34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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

Chicago
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The staff and food were wonderful. It also is a BYOB which I love. It is a tapas menu so more people you go with the more food you try. The prices are very reasonable

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

Thanks for sharing your experience, Kevin. Tasty food, friendly service, great prices—it sounds like we did right by you on all accounts, which is really great to hear. Hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon! All the best, Maria - Owner More

Denver
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70 reviews 70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

My wife and I were attending a conference near O'Hare this week and wanted to get away from all the chain restaurants near the airport and luckily found Cafe Marbella. We love tapas, and have been to tapas restaurants many times in many different cities and this was among the best. The building is not quite what you'd expect, it's... More

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

Sorry for the delayed response! We're just starting to get active on TripAdvisor, and I wanted to thank you for the kind words. The next time you and your wife are in Chicago, you know where to find us! All the best, Maria - Owner More

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We had the good fortune to visit Marbella twice in the past week. The first visit was with friends who own Eclisse Italian Cucina in Skokie. The second time was with our daughter who is a big fan of Tapas. She has enjoyed Tapas many times in Spain and here in the greater Chicago area. The food is absolutely incredible.... More

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

Thanks for the glowing review! I'm delighted to hear you were so impressed with our restaurant—delicious, authentic tapas and warm service are what we're all about. Looking forward to seeing you next time! All the best, Maria - Owner More

Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We've been dining at Cafe Marbella at least every few months for the last few years. The food is outstanding, and it's BYOB which makes it affordable. We always try something new, but always go back to our favorites: mussels in salsa verde - incredibly delicious sauce! Bacon wrapped figs in brandy cream sauce - we order it for dessert... More

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

Thanks for the kind words. You're absolutely right—we truly care about our customers, which is why it's so rewarding to hear that you've been impressed with our food and service. The next time you're in the mood for tapas, you know where to find us! All the best, Maria - Owner More

Chicago
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Great food is packing this place. So they need to hire another server or 2. Being Tapas if you order all at once food could come all at once or one hear or there. I dont like the all at once so I ordered 2 items at a time. While good plan not so good because it was not the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We have been here twice since we discovered it two months ago and plan to return very soon. The tapas are amazing and there is enough of a selection for all tastes. My personal favorite is the Figs with bacon in a cream sauce....I swear I dream of them for days before and after my visit. If you are lucky... More

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