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Tapas Barcelona

1615 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
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Ranked #11 of 230 Restaurants in Evanston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
Evanston, Illinois
Top Contributor
202 reviews 202 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is my second visit; the first was a few summers ago where we were seated at the outdoor terrace. The small plates of tapas can be easily shared; the favorite being the dates wrapped in bacon. They go well with a glass of cool red sangria. The service was quick and the wait staff was friendly. We enjoyed our... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I like this place!! The tapas selection is awesome and the food tastes remarkable! We sampled quite a few items and all were worthy of ordering again. The ceviche was really tasty as was the patatas bravas. But the true winners to me were the Datiles Con Tocino (dates wrapped with bacon and a great bell pepper sauce), the avocado... More

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Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

While the food is very good at this Spanish tapas restaurant the service is horrible. My daughter loves coming here (bacon wrapped dates her favorite) but I have little tolerance for the horrible service. This was my third visit and still they failed to impress me. The first visit items that we ordered were never delivered. The second visit one... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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86 reviews 86 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Nice decor, attentive service, good value. Four of shared a variety of tapas,and a Valenciega paella. All were tasty and we'll prepared. An enjoyable evening out, but I still prefer Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Chicago for it's breadth of offerings.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with a great friend. We thoroughly enjoyed this eatery. I especially enjoyed the decor that was very engaging. I'm a big fan of interior design that is appropriate for the senses and this place satisfied. Service with efficient. We order Paella Catalana. A seafood dish. My mother makes the best paella and i have tried many... More

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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Tapas Barcelona is one of my favorite places in Evanston. They have great tapas and good prices. You can't beat a $4 glass of sangria. They have other good drinks, too. The outdoor patio is also nice in the summer.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We try to go here at least once every summer to sit out on the patio and enjoy some fantastic tapas and sangria. This visit was no different and did not disappoint! Everything was delicious! We had the grilled calamari, a crab in pastry which was one if the specials, scallops with spinach, ceviche and the escargot. It is so... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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147 reviews 147 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Celebrated a great friend's move & new job here recently & we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Been here many many times & it's always been great.......... Authentic decor, very reminiscent of tapas bars in Spain as in Seville where tapas originated! Good Sangria, I prefer the Red. Friendly service :) We had a lot of Food & they were mostly great:... More

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Evanston, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The food is consistently very good, the menu is varied and the prices are low. It fills up so I would recommend reservations but it also has a nice bar area with high tops where food is served.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We were very excited to see a tapas place close to our hotel. The reviews were mixed, but we decided to try it. Looking back on it, i have to assume that the rave reviews wewre written by people who are not familiar with good tapas. The layout is nice, kind of rustic with wooden tables and very large patio... More

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