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Don Quijote restaurant

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$19 - $29
Mediterranean, Spanish
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed July 24, 2020 via mobile

Wonderful meal and great service. We tried the sautéed cauliflower, paella con pollo, pork skewers and chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Topped it off with the house made port. Wait staff was very attentive. All food was delicious. Definitely recommend.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 6, 2020 via mobile

Like many others, I have seen the sign for years. With Covid restrictions in place for Illinois, we ventured here for our 10th Anniversary. The 75 mile drive was well worth it. It’s hard to believe there can be that much delicious food under one...roof. From the country salad, to the tapas, then more tapas, then homemade dessert, we ate it all. The staff and owners were so welcoming they we felt like regulars instead of first timers. The port sample finished off a perfect dinner. The restaurant took all necessary safety precautions, and we felt secure eating there. We will return!More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed November 9, 2019 via mobile

Came across the restaurant on social media sites with great reviews. I went and felt like I was transported to Spain. The food excellent, the wine delicious and reasonably priced. The staff and owners attentive, kind and friendly. Neighborhood gem. I want to go back...tonight but we leave before they open! Make a stop here when in Valparaiso.More

Date of visit: November 2019
DonQuijoteValpoIn, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2019

Thanks for sharing this kind words. We are very glad that you enjoyed your visit with us.

Reviewed September 27, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I were driving through Valparaiso on a trip when hitting some bad weather and decided to stop for lunch. I am so glad we did. Long standing, local, friendly atmosphere with amazing service and food. When chef’s grandchildren came in they offered...to move us up towards the windows where it would be quieter. We were fine, but they near insisted. We had a vegetarian tapas sampler and paella marinara with house sangria. We enjoyed every bite and were so pleased that even though full, we had the milk cake for dessert. It was a delightful stop. I hope we find ourselves this way again.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 21, 2019

I've been going to Don Quijote almost as long as they've been open. There is something so refreshing and comforting about their sincerity and integrity. It shows in their delicious food as my kind-of-a-fussy- eater hubby loves their albondigas, pinchos morunos and combo platter and...I'm vegetarian and love ALL their veggie items. Their down to earth desire to have people come relax and enjoy is still a delight, all with an artistic flair (live music & a really cool interior atmosphere), a kind vibe (charity raffle the night we were there), and great team attitude towards service that is really hard to find nowadays. If you're looking for an excellent dining experience, know that Don Quijote is still my 1st choice in Valpo, and certainly will be always. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 2, 2019

Meal start with good appetizers but went down hill will dinner. I order stuffed lamb but it came wit a gravy I was asked 3 time if I would like more soda but I never received it. y wife order a combo meal but all...items were lack luster.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 6, 2019

I have been driving past the sign advertising the Don Quijote restaurant for years on our way to the Indiana Dunes. We finally stopped in and were pleasantly surprised by the experience. First, the restaurant owner is a real Spaniard and the food is authentically...Spanish. My husband loves octopus and he was not disappointed since they prepare it two ways. The paella Valencia was very good, but not outstanding. Definitely try the combination tapas plate it is delicious and a better budget buy. We will be back.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed July 23, 2019 via mobile

We came across Don Quijote on Trip Advisor. There's an amazing array of tapas on the menu. We don't usually have an appetizer, but give one a try. You won't be sorry. We shared an empanada. This wasn't the folded meat pie we expected to...see. It was so much more! Meaty and incredibly flavorful. There are so many entrees it's difficult to choose but I settled on One of the paellas. It takes a bit longer (30 minutes) but so worth the wait. There was a large party and a couple of groups outside. Our server seemed to lose track of us but we never felt neglected. Other severs and one of the owners were by several times. They're friendly and knowledgeable. We felt the prices were reasonable for what we received. The desserts (which we don't usually order) were delightful. Should we ever pass this way again, we'd make this a must stop.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

Fantastic place. Very unexpected, nice decor, great service. Even the owner came to the table to see if all was good. Chief checked also. Great drinks. Lots food. Live music some nights. Good interactions with staff and band. Will be returning be prepared for an...experienceMore

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed May 24, 2019 via mobile

We came to the Indiana Dunes area for the weekend and decided to try the Don Quijote restaurant for a special meal. We were impressed by the authenticity of the menu items and especially enjoyed the paella and roast lamb. Delicious! The service was excellent...and we had the pleasure of speaking with Elena, one of the owners. A wonderful choice and you will not be disappointed. 5 stars!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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not at all very casual
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Response from DonQuijoteValpoIn | Property representative |
Hello, Yes! we can suggest you and walk you around our menu, also on certain items we substitute flour with corn starch.
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