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Cafe Marbella

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5527 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60630-1226 (W Bryn Mawr Ave)
(773) 853-0128
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All 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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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

My dance partner and I have stopped here at least a half dozen times on Friday nights. Have had many delicious items and no bad or even average experiences. Can't recall specific names of dishes but, scallops, mushrooms, tomato and cheese, pork, and spinach have been key ingredients of some items that have stood out. I've come to believe just... More 

Thank PhilPhlyer
Chicago, Illinois
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101 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

If this isn't my favorite restaurant, it's certainly in the top 2 or 3. The service has always been excellent. We have been there at least 15 times usually as a party of 4, and bring our own wine and beer. I can't think of a single negative thing to say about Marbella. The food is marvelous and always has... More 

Thank Pete H
Chicago, Illinois
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78 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

The four of us ordered 4 tapas frias and 4 tapas calientes. My favorite were the stuffed peppers (cold) and pork medallions (hot). A few tapas were very salty and Torlilla Espaniola without much character. My companions were much more enthusiastic and planned to come back.

Thank Mariola P
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

Good food and excellent value. We were in a group of 7. We had a variety of Vegeterian and Non Vegeterian Tapas. Salad was delicious. Veg Pallela was very tasty. Excellent value here. Place is BYOB. Make reservation if possible.

Thank Surati
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Cafe Marbella is the best find in Chicago. It is in an out of the way location but well worth the travel to get there. Chef goes out of his way to make every meal a treat. He has incredible specials and always something new on the menu. Add in the fact that this place is BYO and you will... More 

Thank michaelchicag0
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

This out-of-the-way tapas restaurant has everything going for it: outstanding food at reasonable prices, great variety of dishes, friendly and attentive staff, byo keeps overall bill low, relaxed, non-rushed, setting, easy on-street parking. We usually come as a group that varies from three to twenty and celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or just a chance to get together. Last night was a... More 

Thank David D
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

Food OK but service was as bad as it gets. BYOB means at least you get good drinks. Plates had some variety and tasted authentic.

1 Thank Tom S
Chicago, Illinois
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216 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

Had reservations at 6:30. Did not look crowded, but filled up by 7:30. Mostly small plates (tapas), hot and cold. Some larger paella dishes that are supposed to be good. We found no time or appetite for that, but they say it's pretty good. We enjoyed many of the tapas hot plates. Lamb meatballs were excellent. Pork scaloppini was very... More 

Thank Tom M
Wilmette, Illinois
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92 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

The food was excellent. A huge menu, we had food ranging from salad with goat cheese, figs wrapped in bacon, grilled calamari, chicken, and steak. Brought our own Sangria, which really helped keep the price of dinner reasonable.

Thank NancyGail
Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This place would never catch your eye driving by, and that is to the benefit of those who are regulars. Every time my husband and I visit, we have the pleasure of experiencing something new (via their daily list of "special" tapas) as well as old favorites (gazpacho, grilled calamari,fruit tortes). The wonderful thing about tapas is that such experimentation... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Mediterranean, Spanish
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5527 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60630-1226
    (W Bryn Mawr Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: (773) 853-0128
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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