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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
PRICE RANGE
$19 - $29
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Spanish
FEATURES
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Full Bar, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful interior, delicious Spanish food, very authentic, and extremely kind and generous waitstaff made for a great experience. We loved the housemade port after dinner!

Date of visit: January 2023
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DonQuijotevalpo, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

So glad that you enjoyed your visit with us. The House blend port is so liked!!! Thank you for taking the time to send your comments.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to have dinner after this restaurant was highly recommended. We got paella and sangria. Service was wonderful, grill octopus was very tasty but paella wasn't. Some of the rice was undercooked and We didn't think it was flavorful. We had sangria which was...delish and flan too. Good prices. Good but no great.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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DonQuijotevalpo, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We wish that you allowed us to know your dislike while you were here, we try to satisfy every one, if only we had known.

Reviewed October 4, 2022

I tell people this is the most authentic European restaurant I have ever been to in the US, and I have visit to Spain five times as well as other places. For reservations I used FB Messager and there was an immediate response, and this...was 9a in the morning. Live music, great service, wonderful food-and then the delicious house Port(that we bought home) as an added value with dessert. The summer treat of fresh Gazpacho was still available and the rest of meal …….it was impossible to decide what to order we brought some home as we had to try lots of different things. We don’t live in Valpo, but are always willing when we can to come to Don Quixote, in fact, I bought my husband a gift certificate for Christmas last year and I forgot it so we will be back soon. Thank you Elena, Carlos and staff.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Elena J, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2022

It was a pleasure talking to you We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit with us and will be looking forward to take care of you in the future. Thank you very much for taking the time to write this beautiful review. ☺️

Reviewed May 17, 2022

We stopped by for a drink and tapas.what we got was so much more. One ordered a glass of wine and the other a glass of sangria which was actually a half liter of sangria!, our tapa of alcochofas was amazing. I sopped up all...the sauce with the bread. Also we were given an amuse bouchée of potato salad. Also outstanding. We were not allowed to leave without a parting port wine. What a treasure Don Quixote is.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Elena J, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2022

Wow! Thank you for sharing this review. We JUST now got to see it. Hope you can come and visit us again 😊

Reviewed September 28, 2021

We were looking forward to try this restaurant, but we were very disappointed. Food was mediocre and prices are high. The place lack the right (Spanish) atmosphere. Service was bad, but right now is everywhere since there is a shortage of employees.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Elena J, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2022

-just got around to see this review page- We are sorry that you did not enjoy your visit with us being food wise or service wise. But we appreciate you taking the time to write this review.

Reviewed July 30, 2021

Dining here is a true experience. We felt like we really were dining somewhere in Spain. Our waiter was kind and efficient, the owner greeted us personally, and the food was fantastic. You can easily make an evening of this place with appetizers, wine, dessert,...etc. Very relaxing. Viva, Don Quijote's!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Elena J, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2022

Thank you very much for your kind words! (Just now got around to see your review). It’s our pleasure to had served you.

Reviewed July 6, 2021 via mobile

If you want an exceptional experience, this is the place to go! It’s a hidden jewel in Northern Indiana. The staff was above and beyond in kindness and service, and we showed up with the last hour, and stayed beyond closing and it was like...being with family. The owner was a delightful woman who spent time with us and took pictures. I really enjoyed the murals on the walls, and the fantastic food. They had vegetarian options and meat eater delights. My first paella!! I felt like I was in a beach side restaurant in Orlando or somewhere in Florida versus Indiana. I honestly cannot say out of my travels I have had such a lovely experience. Mucho gusto!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Elena J, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2022

Finally got around to see this page and their reviews! Thank you very much for taking the time to write such nice words and giving us your five star review. It is our pleasure to serve people like you

Reviewed June 30, 2021

My wife and stumbled onto this place 2 years ago for our anniversary and we had the best experience ever. Food was awesome and our waiter Ronald was a rock star. Great advice on food and wine. We had another trip planned in Illinois and...we made a stop over at Valparso to eat at Don Quijote to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Although it rained and we couldn't eat out side but we got the best table in the house tucked away in the corner and we were so delighted to see that Ronald would be our waiter. Once again he suggested a fabulous wine to pair with our Paella and it was a home run. We love there Rose dry wine the last visit and bought 6 bottles and shared with family so upon leaving again we bought 6 more. Ronald and Amelia took great care of us. This place makes you feel like family and Carlos is a fabulous chef. This is a MUST place to eat and it was worth the 3.5 hr drive from Ohio. They made the start of our vacation a great one. Thank you Everyone at Don QuijoteMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Elena J, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2022

We just love to take care of people like You! We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit enough to come join us again from so far away!! Thank you very much for sharing and for your kind words.

Reviewed June 29, 2021 via mobile

Stopped on a whim after seeing a billboard ad on the highway. Went for lunch and was pleasantly surprised how good the food was. The chef even gave us a few freebies. Octopus special was awesome as was all the food. We are from Chicago...which has quite a few tapas places and this small town place rivals them all. A must eat place in Valparaiso.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Elena J, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2022

Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful review. (Although we do not open for lunchtime at this present time) We strive to please our customers and we are glad that you enjoyed your visit with us. ( just got around to see this review...More

Reviewed April 2, 2021 via mobile

Great meal and attentive service. Owners part of the experience. My husband and I used to eat here over 20 years ago and came forward a business dinner this week. Tapa were excellent and paella also very good. Great wine selection. Chef gracious and provided...a surprise from the kitchen. Desserts are homemade and AMAZING we tried the flan and chocolate cheesecake. Thank you! We will return.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Elena J, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2022

( sorry for the late response) We are so glad that you enjoyed-again- your visit with us! Thank you for sharing your 4 star review 😊

Reviewed December 24, 2020

We have never experienced such great customer service. Best lobster tails and homemade wine! Our server was on point! And felt away from home for once! The owners are so involved in giving you the best! Left extremely satisfied and we cannot wait to come...back!!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Elena J, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2022

We just stumbled upon this review page! Sorry it took us so long to acknowledge your beautiful words. We are very pleased that you enjoy your visit with us. Thank you very much for your five star review

Reviewed October 8, 2020

Went there with another couple and sat outside. Ordered wines and appetizers...too many different to list but a few were mussels, mushrooms, meatballs. Owners are wonderful happy human beings...we liked being around them. This place has been in Valpo forever and although it is never...crowded you will always get a great meal here. To me..between mid and fine dining although I'm sure the owner would consider it "fine".More

Date of visit: September 2020
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DonQuijoteValpoIn, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2020

Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We are very glad that you enjoyed it. :)

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
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Elena J, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2022

So glad that you enjoyed your visit with us. Thank you very much for your kind words and your five star review.

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
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DonQuijotevalpo, Owner at Don Quijote restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

How could we have not seen your review before!!?? Thank you so much for your kind words, we are so glad that you enjoyed your visit with us.

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
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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.

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  • Food: 4.5
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