Sophisticated snacking: 15 mighty independent tapas restaurants in Chicago to taste

by Carrie Bradon | Jan. 2, 2018, 12:05am |

Tapas, a Spanish invention, are usually paired with wine.

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
(312) 846-6654
Arbella's is nothing if not addicting. Their cocktails and small plates are perfect for one another.

The Purple Pig

500 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1744
The Purple Pig knows how to do tapas: small portions, huge flavor.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 935-5000
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba serves up deliciously authentic Spanish tapas that are unbelievably savory.

Quartino Ristorante

626 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 698-5000
Quartino is an Italian-themed tapas restaurant that has options for vegetarians.

Sociale Chicago

800 S. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 588-1100
Sociale is a great spot to grab a drink, a small plate and a friend.

Point & Feather

113 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 644-0113
Point & Feather cooks up meats and poultry that are rich and satisfying.

The Living Room

151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-1234
The Living Room brings Chicagoans a chill spot to enjoy some delicious food.


565 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 466-1950
Modern yet rustic, Proxi knows how to make exotic ingredients work.


1132 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 624-8363
TWO brings tapas and fine dining together, if you're looking for a classy spot.


222 N. Canal St., Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 383-6620
Taste222 is a crowd-pleaser that has loads of options for Tapas aficionados or those trying the treat for the first time.

Mercat a la Planxa

638 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 765-0524
Mercat cooks authentic Spanish dishes that will turn any diner into a tapas lover.

Bulerias Tapas Bar

3656 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 404-2855
Bulerias Tapas Bar makes delicious in-house sangria to pair with your tapas.

Tapas Valencia

1530 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 842-4444
Named after a Spanish region, this restaurant has proved time and again to be irresistible.

Mana Food Bar

1742 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-1742
For vegetarians, Mana offers tapas-style dishes without meat.

Enolo Wine Cafe

450 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 477-7674
Presentation and flavors come together beautifully at Enolo.

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