Out of all the tapa and Spani h cui ine re taurant in Chicago, that are till open, thi i the one that I go back to even though it i not incredible or the be t I have had. Cafe Iberico i part bar, part cafe, part dining room, but with the noi e and crowd it would do be...more t a ju t a bar and cafe and drop the dining room act becau e it impo ible to "dine" here in any en e of the word. Couple thing to take note of: Be t Time-- Don't try to beat the dinner ru h here, everyone doe that and you end up waiting longer than you would if you were to how up in the middle of a big ru h. Go Spani h and grab your meal at the end of the normal dinner hour. I have never waited more than ten to fifteen minute for a table becau e everyone i clearing out. If you ju t want to grab a drink and tapa the bar i your be t bet, but you have to be aggre ive and get the eye of a bartender early. Remember, re ervation are not taken here. Ambiance-- It' definitely a get together with a group of friend and catch up type of place. No matter what room you are in, it loud, ome pace are more cramped than other . It' definitely not a romantic or get to know you place to take a date, but perfect for a blind date or tho e date you get roped into with omeone your meddling mother met at church. Even if you are itting right next to omeone, you will need to rai e your voice to be heard. The Food-- Not the be t tapa or Spani h cui ine in Chicago, or that I've had, but take it from omeone that ha lived in Spain and ha tried every tapa re taurant in the city and Chicagoland, it way better than mo t and the be t bet for the money. I alway order the paella to te t a place out, becau e there i no middle ground with paella, it either good or inedible. I've had both the Paella Marinera and Paella Iberica and it alway come out great, perfect ta te, eafood ju t right, and overall a good a any 4 tar Barcelona re taurant. The tapa are alway good, and fa t, but ome of them can be done in larger portion -- even for tapa . The croquette are a good a mine. My favorite are the Que o de Cabra and Salpicon de Mari co. The wine li t provide omething for every di h and ta te. The Service- Well, it not elf erve, but ometime it can feel that way. Once we never aw our waiter after ordering- omeone entirely different brought our food and one di h never came, nor did our check which we had to retrieve at the front. Other trip have had excellent ervice, o it depend on the night and who you get. One thing though, the wait taff never eem to be familiar with their wine li t, o if you a k for a recommendation ba ed on what you are ordering don't expect help- once I wa literally told, "They're all good." Luckily, I am decent at picking depending on what I am eating. The Price - Like I aid earlier, it the be t bet for the money. There i another place here in Chicago that I like a bit more, but the price are double or triple. Expect to pay around $12-$18 for an entree and $6-$9 for any of the tapa . view less
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Deliciou !!! Ju t ate here la t night and everything we had wa really good. The Portugue e Mu el plate wa hand down the be t mu el di h that I ever had, I'm eriou , it wa that good. We had to order another one at the table. The food wa imply amazing all around ...moreI did not have one mediocre thing, all of it wa amazing. Thi i a mall place, and our wait wa roughly 45minute , maybe an hour, it wa a birthday for a friend' friend and the whole experience wa top notch, from the ervice, the food, the drink , and the ambiance i really pani h. Nice Spani h guitar playing. I wa really impre ed and thought I hould write about it.view less
Fanta tic ea onal angria' . The tapa are good portion and not expen ive. The atmo phere i great. Re ervation are not accepted o make ure to how up early. There are plenty of bar or place to pend time at before they call you to your table. I love thi place!