Few things say delicious tapas; small plates, stacked high with exotic cheeses, delightful sauces, perfectly cooked meats and oven-roasted vegetables are great for sharing with friends, family or your significant other, though also small enough to finish on your own.
Tapas, a Spanish invention, are usually paired with wine, as the highly caloric nature of the foods make it easier for you to digest the alcohol. It's an added perk being that the flavors of tapas pair perfectly with rich wines, such as Malbec and Chardonnay.
If you've been looking for a new restaurant to try or a fun date night idea, here are 15 mighty independent tempting tapas restaurants that will have you ordering more.
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112 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60654
Arbella's is nothing if not addicting. Their cocktails and small plates are perfect for one another.
500 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
The Purple Pig knows how to do tapas: small portions, huge flavor.
2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba serves up deliciously authentic Spanish tapas that are unbelievably savory.
626 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654
Quartino is an Italian-themed tapas restaurant that has options for vegetarians.
800 S. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60605
Sociale is a great spot to grab a drink, a small plate and a friend.
113 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60654
Point & Feather cooks up meats and poultry that are rich and satisfying.
151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
The Living Room brings Chicagoans a chill spot to enjoy some delicious food.
565 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661
Modern yet rustic, Proxi knows how to make exotic ingredients work.
1132 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
TWO brings tapas and fine dining together, if you're looking for a classy spot.
222 N. Canal St., Chicago, IL 60606
Taste222 is a crowd-pleaser that has loads of options for Tapas aficionados or those trying the treat for the first time.
638 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
Mercat cooks authentic Spanish dishes that will turn any diner into a tapas lover.
3656 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
Bulerias Tapas Bar makes delicious in-house sangria to pair with your tapas.
1530 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Named after a Spanish region, this restaurant has proved time and again to be irresistible.
1742 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622
For vegetarians, Mana offers tapas-style dishes without meat.
450 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654
Presentation and flavors come together beautifully at Enolo.