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Tapas Barcelona

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1615 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
847-866-9900
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Consitently good

We have been going to Tapas Barcelona for years. We generally go before 6 pm, before it gets crowded and noisy. They have unlimited free bread at your table. The hot and cold food selections are consistently good, we haven't found anything that we don't like. The dishes we always get are the cold... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
alan s
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Evanston, Illinois
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The variety and quality of the dishes here is always good. It's occasionally a bit noisy here, but not annoyingly so.

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Thank Tom H
Evanston, Illinois
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have never had a bad meal here and I go here several times a year. I have tried most everything on the menue. Although the outside patio is now gone, there is outdoor seating in front, not as nice, but an option. Inside is really cute as well and the service is excellent?

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Thank Swedishgirlinus
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I perused the reviews prior to our visit and did not realize that it was #1 on TA out of over 200 restaurants until I started to write this. Well deserved as I kept telling my wife how darn good the food was. We each had a glass of wine and 4 small plates for less than $50 before our... More 

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Thank Michael L
Evanston, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been going to Tapas Barcelona for years. We generally go before 6 pm, before it gets crowded and noisy. They have unlimited free bread at your table. The hot and cold food selections are consistently good, we haven't found anything that we don't like. The dishes we always get are the cold asparagus and the hot tilapia. Their... More 

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Thank alan s
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the best tapas restaurant of the many that I have experienced. I lived in Evanston up until 2013 and have been looking for a restaurant in the Baltimore area that meets my expectations. I haven't found anything nearly as good. If you live in the area and haven't tried this little gem, do so. The portions were of... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Tapas is a great way to try many different things. The plates are small so it is good to order a few different things to share.

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Thank 295MargeL
Evanston, Illinois
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23 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

The service wasn't great especially since it was slow. The food was good but not for what you pay for. Atmosphere was great.

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Thank OleColorado2014
Chicago, Illinois
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147 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

First, make reservations. As the weather gets colder, there are a few tables opposite the doors and they could be less desirable. The menu is pretty broad and has a fair amount of 'staple' dishes such as "datiles" - (bacon wrapped dates w/ red pepper sauce sauce a bit on the sweet side), "patatas bravas" - (diced potato in spicy... More 

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Thank Travelmess
Katy, Texas
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in with our son for family weekend. The service and staff were wonderfully pleasant and helpful. We tried several things on the menu for dinner. Some of it was pretty good (the seafood pastry, empanadilla, and cured meats) and some of it was just ok. The beef and chicken skewers for example. It is not too pricey and... More 

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Thank FBG007
Chicago, Illinois
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115 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Looks like I found another good tapas restaurant. Very good, authentic tapas, and I know from living in Barcelona for a year. My only concerns were that some plates for serving could have been smaller or different shapes to fit smaller tables, and they can not run out of Crema Catalana at 7:30 P.M. Flan is not the same. Good,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1615 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Evanston
  • Phone Number: 847-866-9900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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