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Cafe Marbella

5527 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60630
+1 773-588-9922
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Ranked #150 of 8,381 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

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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The Woodlands, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 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
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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
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103 reviews 103 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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
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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
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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 

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Additional Information about Cafe Marbella

Address: 5527 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60630
Phone Number: +1 773-588-9922
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

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