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Restaurante don Quijote

119 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-7976
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Ranked #2 of 124 restaurants in Valparaiso
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Michigan Ave.
Description: Don Quijote Restaurant, the heart of Spain in the heart of Valparaiso. We have been ahead of the "Tapas" trend for the last 26 years!! Serving Spanish cuisine since 1985 and featuring over two dozen different tapas, including, Octopus, Galician style meat pastries and the traditional "Tortilla Espanola", Spanish potato omelet. Our menu doesn"t stop there,but goes on to feature an array of tantalizing entrees, from fresh seafood, like Swordfish and Salmon to succulent Castilian style roast Lamb. The food is sure to please and fortify any traveler who might be roming the countryside. The National dish of Spain is the Paella, and we offer four different versions: Marinera, Vegetarian, Black and Valenciana. Delicious Homemade desserts round out our extensive menu. Our decor, complete with street lamps an a fountain, will transport you, to any out door cafe in Spain. "INDIANA'S ONLY SPANISH RESTAURANT"
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Last time I was here was over 20 years ago, and it has done noting but improve and improve. Host and hostess are absolutely top notch, location is cozy but not too small. All the apps, mains, and desserts were out of this world. Be sure to have some of the homemade sangria. Easily on my top 25 restaurants on... More

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Chesterton, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Pricey, if we didn't have gift certificates from our family we couldn't have afforded the $140 for the two of us on June 21, 2014 for our anniversary. The shrimp with wine and Spanish ham appetizers were good. Their Spanish menu on line gives two appetizer prices $5.95, $11.95 but the waiter had no idea of that pricing. We each... More

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Our visit to Don Quijote for dinner was on a very hot Tuesday evening. The menu is very well developed and reasonable priced. There were many authentic Spanish Tapas and entrees. The service was excellent. However, the food was not up to standard. An order of Lomo De Cerdo Con Pimientos was overcooked and tough; an order of Paella Valenciana... More

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West Chester, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My husband, who is from Spain, our daughter, and I detoured to Valparaiso on our way to Chicago as we had been wanting to try this restaurant for a while (my husband saw their billboard on I-65 between Indianapolis and Chicago). We arrived for an early dinner, but the place was busy by the time we were done. We had... More

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Carlos and Elena bring the best of Spain to Valpo diners. So gracious and hospitable and the menu caters to all tastes. There is often entertainment for dining pleasure tho the food is enough to entertain your palate. Love the Sangria, too!

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Long Beach, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Acoustic guitar music playing on stage enhanced our dinner experience. Individual paella was delicious, appreciated the individual serving. Sangria was blended and presented well, not too sweet, delicious! The owners were extremely friendly, making our large party feel welcomed and comfortable. A great place to linger and enjoy!

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Crown Point, Indiana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I must say after wanting to go here for years I finally went to this place. We had a Groupon for it so that was also a deciding factor. The food was amazing. They also had the best Sangria I've tasted in a while (as my mom put it it tastes like the homemade Italian red wine my great grandma... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We were staying in the area and went had dinner here last week. I thought the food was good, not great. The bread was stale and special squid steak dish was not good. However, my husband's fish dish was tasty and the chicken croquetts were delish. The decor was charming and it is good to have a family run Spanish... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
213 reviews 213 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Spanish Food. Not Mexican Food. Tapas, Paella (think George's Mom on Seinfeld), fish, great appetizers, Great Food. Start off with a nice $31 bottle of red Tamparello. Tastes great and less filling. Have some Manchego cheese and olives. Redfish. I had the Plato Combinatio. Now I can speak Spanish. When we were there, a big school bus from Chesterton High... More

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a favorite restaurant in Valparaiso, even though I don't get to eat out much. As a vegetarian, I am more limited on the menu choices, but Carlos makes a mean veg paella! You just have to ask for it. The Portuguese salad and gazpacho are other favorites. Great food, great wine, and hospitality second to none. The proprietor... More

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