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Tapas Barcelona

1615 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
847-866-9900
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Ranked #8 of 229 restaurants in Evanston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
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
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Lake Forest IL
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Once again, a perfectly delightful setting and meal were less than enjoyable because of erratic food preparation and delivery. Delicious grilled baby octopus (too large to be called squid as the menu advertised) arrived twenty minutes before my friend's Caprese salad -- nice if you're sharing maybe, but very uncomfortable if you're not. On a previous visit, our aperitif was... More

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We stopped here on a whim and it was a good choice. Great service and good food made for a great lunch with the family. Grill squid in olive oil and lemon...excellent.

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New York City, New York
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131 reviews 131 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Very pleasant place to eat with delicious tapas. Ordering a series of tapas and sharing among everyone at the table made for a delightful meal. Their special drink was a salted watermelon margarita, and it was fantastic!

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HAMILTON
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98 reviews 98 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We try to get to Tapas Barcelona whenever we are in Evanston and we continue to be impressed by the food. My one complaint is that the level of sound can be overwhelming if the restaurant is crowded or there is a group function. With some dining on the patio, this time it wasn't a problem. We ordered 9 small... More

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Good authentic food, great wine, good service and nice atmosphere. Everyone from out-of-town who I have taken there has loved it. All of the small plates are very good, and everyone loves the pizza. My favorite wine there is a red: Crianza, Hacienda Lopez de Haro, Rioja, Spain. The waiter let us taste the wine before we ordered a whole... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Dinner was very good as was the sangria. The wait for a table was a bit long and the place is very crowded, as you might expect for good food. The service was attentive, I will visit again when time permits.

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Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

very good Spanish style tapas. an excellent selection with plenty of options. the sangria is very good. service is good, but hostess stand can be annoying. if it's a beautiful night out, the outdoor seating is excellent.

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Nyborg, Denmark
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33 reviews 33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I was genuinely disappointed in every facet of my meal. Service was slow, food was confused at best. This was the worst tapas I've ever had.

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Evanston, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We brought some out-of-state friends here on Memorial Day. We had a nice variety of tapas and all were quite tasty. Our drinks were good also. Very nice selections of small and medium size dishes. We also had the Paella. Although it was a stormy, rainy night we have a delicious meal.

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Evanston, Illinois
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19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Lovely restaurant and bar in the heart of downtown Evanston flanked by many other good restaurant choices. Tapas Barcelona draws a mixed crowd of locals and college students to drink sangria and enjoy delightful tapas. Portions are fairly priced and enough to share. We love the goat cheese/tomato melty tapas as well as the salmon. Meat options and seafood abound!

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