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Cafe Iberico

Cafe Iberico

Tapas Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Café$$$$
River North, Chicago
  • Go here. Experience the Spanish food. It's worth it.
  • Tammy
    "... oli or bravas, pulpo a la plancha. cannot forget the white sangrias! the..."(7 Tips)
    Danielle M.
    "patatas bravas with the sauce from the chicken croquettes"(9 Tips)
    Mandy L.
    "The Pulpo, camarones, goat cheese, and sangria are all to die for!"(42 Tips)
    Ann L.
    "Get a pitcher of sangria, the goat cheese, paella, and octopus"(14 Tips)
152 Tips and reviews
  • tapas
  • sangria
  • paella
  • seafood
  • la plancha
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  • Curtis H.
    Curtis HillerApril 4, 2015
    Excellent service sitting at the bar. Reminded me of Barcelona for sure. Tapas are all awesome. Loved the clams. Wine list is only okay by the glass, bit better by the bottle. Sangria is great.
  • So Lux Med Spa
    So Lux Med SpaJuly 31, 2013
    Tapas eating is social eating! You can tell a lot about your dining partners by watching how they order as a group, and more importantly, how they SHARE the delicious plates coming out of the kitchen.
  • Tony W.
    Tony WaightJuly 14, 2013
    Yum this place is great definitely. Patatas bravas. Queso de cabra. Chorizo y morcilla. Calamares fritos. Almejas en salsa verde. Plátano al caramelo. Hope u guys enjoy and of course sangria.
  • Satish
    SatishOctober 27, 2014
    An old favorite continues to please with an extensive menu and palatable tapas. Try the Patatas Bravas, Queso de Cabra, Plantano al Caramelo (dessert)
  • Mandy L.
    Mandy LewisMay 28, 2010
    Go to Cafe Iberico for an authentic Spanish cuisine experience-this place is my favorite in Chicago! Great tapas at a great price! The Pulpo, camarones, goat cheese, and sangria are all to die for!
  • Julio C.
    Julio CaesarsSeptember 1, 2015
    Paella Marinara and Estrella Galicia 👌🏼 You also hace to try the Pulpo A La Gallega.
  • Tammy
    TammyJuly 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    best dishes: salmon ahumado, patatas ali oli or bravas, pulpo a la plancha. cannot forget the white sangrias! the inside is a little too loud to hold a conversation, but still a lively environment :)
  • Angie K.
    Angie KJuly 14, 2012
    Cheaper and more authentic than ba-ba-reeba! Get the seafood paella, patatas bravas and sangria and you'll leave with a smile :)
  • John N.
    John NasserNovember 2, 2013
    Olives are a must. Tenderloin skewer w/Caramelized onions also excellent! Tinge of sweetness. Spicy potatoes good too.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 13, 2012
    Best bets: thin ham with manchego and tomato bread or the char-grilled octopus–french fry duo. Pintxos lounge upstairs on weekends. Read more
  • Alli S.
    Alli SchusterMay 23, 2012
    Don't be scared off by the microwave this place is delicious!! I took the common advice of goat cheese with sangria and am not disappointed!
  • William Q.
    Been here many times and I like really all their tapas. The paella is on point. Their Spanish beers are good try them.
  • Christine E.
    Christine EstacioNovember 9, 2010
    Always my go-to place when downtown. Definitely try the croquetas de pollo, pulpo a la plancha and white sangria. Weekend nights are crazy - try it for lunch!
  • Christopher R.
    Christopher RollysonOctober 6, 2011
    Everything exceptional here, it's rhe real deal; tell your server you're there for the real thing; do extended "courses" of tapas, don't order "meals" wrong packaging
  • michelle j.
    michelle jimenezAugust 19, 2015
    Very nice atmosphere. Good for a big group. Sangria is so good.
  • Amma
    AmmaMay 18, 2014
    Patatas Ali -Oli, Delicious! Instead of ordering one single entree, request for the small $2-3 tapas menu.
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FloresAugust 31, 2013
    The grilled octopus over fries are out of this world!
  • Dianna
    DiannaNovember 8, 2012
    Get their scallop with saffron sauce, my favorite tapas dish there. Plus the mushrooms, yummy!
  • Sophia L.
    Sophia LeeSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The seafood paella alone is worth a visit. As good or better than some I've had in Spain.
  • Gregorio L.
    Gregorio LopezMay 12, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for the Xtra specials, this week: Casuela con Chuletas de cordero & Dates with jam stuffed with goat cheese.
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff TuckerJune 4, 2014
    The pulpo a la gallega is amazing. The octopus is tender with a savory grilled flavor.
  • Dima E.
    Dima ElissaFebruary 24, 2013
    Passing beef off as lamb. Added onions to a couple menu items such as the mixed seafood salad and the Rusa. Very proud of themselves. Won't be back!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BuiJuly 13, 2010
    We order new dishes every time but the must-haves are Vieiras a la Plancha, Patatas Ali-Oil, and Salmon Ahumado. Order Carajillo with dessert and thank me later.
  • Alyssa S.
    Alyssa SorressoSeptember 8, 2010
    LOOOOOOOVE Cafe Iberico. There's nothing wrong with this place- I love the bustle and it's the only place I've never minded the wait- especially with the sangria
  • melissa k.
    melissa krecicMarch 10, 2012
    Get the dates wrapped in bacon stuffed with goat cheese! Not on the menu but a special treat!!
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisJuly 16, 2015
    Sangria tastes sweet & refreshing. Half a pitcher was enough to split with two. Great place for groups.
  • Esra T.
    Esra TasdelenMarch 15, 2015
    Grilled octopus was the most tender one I ever had. Spicy potatoes are also delish.
  • Zonia G.
    Zonia GuzmanApril 22, 2013
    One of the best spots! try white sangria and pulpo a la plancha!
  • Christopher N.
    Christopher NicholsFebruary 6, 2013
    sangria pitchers are a honestly can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
  • Samia B.
    Samia BarudAugust 6, 2011
    The best tapas in Chicago, the sangria is awesome and the price is joke! Crowdy but great fun!
  • DidiTH Ad! W.
    DidiTH Ad! W!jaYaDecember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The goat cheese and tapas is amazing..!!! Best thing on the menu without a doubt..!!!!
  • Daniel.MD
    Daniel.MDJuly 28, 2013
    Sangria is not impressive, Paella is great and it would be good for 2... So share it.
  • Fallon S.
    Fallon SmithNovember 8, 2016
    The muscles are great. Also the goat cheese dishes were amazing.
  • Lupe G.
    Lupe GuerraFebruary 2, 2013
    Place ia too loud; the tapas are either amazing or blah, their sangria quality's slipping, but still decent
  • Kat S.
    Kat S.July 22, 2014
    Cheap tapas and great for large groups!
  • Abby B.
    Abby BrownMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food but it's hot as hell inside, especially if you sit up by the kitchen.
  • T H.
    T HOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The kitchen's open until 1:30a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Great cocktails, fabulous paella.
  • James S.
    James ShayMarch 9, 2014
    Pulpo a la plancha a definite winner and ate here with someone from Spain.
  • Vania S.
    For dessert try the pera al vino! Sweet but not too sweet and light!
  • M B.
    M Ben-DavidMarch 9, 2012
    Delicious Place for reasonably priced Tapas. Love me some Cafe Iberico. Yum!
  • Sunshine C.
    Sunshine ChuaDecember 16, 2012
    When they say 10 min wait, add another 30 mins on top of that. And when you follow up for your table and they say another 10 mins, add 15 mins on top of that. In a nutshell, dont trust the hostess.
  • Jing L.
    Jing LeeSeptember 21, 2013
    White sangria and squid/calamari with garlic & lemon :)
  • Nguyen-Anh L.
    Nguyen-Anh LeJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Clams and mussels are great too. Scoop up the mussel sauce with some bread!
  • Tamara A.
    Tamara AlonsoFebruary 20, 2013
    As a Northern Spaniard, I had to try 'Pulpo a la plancha'. Too good for words.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SDecember 4, 2010
    Gambas al ajillo. Best. Tapa. Evah. Good caipirinas and nowhere does sangria in a 40-gallon trash can better.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleAugust 8, 2014
    My red sangria trumps your white sangria any day. Just the facts, ma'am.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MillarJuly 18, 2010
    all right, but not as good as cafe barberiba! And the atmosphere definitely doesn't compare, although their Sangria is yummy!
  • Ambra R.
    Ambra RobertsJuly 31, 2012
    The red wine sangria is great and the Lamb shank is delicious!
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarterAugust 22, 2014
    This is a hit or miss spot. Can be awesome and can stink
  • Omisaya
    OmisayaOctober 27, 2016
    Great place for affordable good tapas. Trendy place
  • Nerija S.
    Nerija SlotkusNovember 20, 2014
    Stopped here w/ a friend one New Year's Eve. Was crowded, but fun. Good sangria.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BurneyMay 23, 2012
    The short ribs with mashed potatoes are absolutely to die for.
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MenendezApril 11, 2011
    The patatas bravas with the sauce from the chicken croquettes = amazing!
  • Mo N.
    Mo NajeraNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Must dishes 1-Pulpo, 2 -paella 3-patatas bravas
  • Traveling L.
    Traveling LatinaApril 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They always have their patatas brava on point!
  • Abby D.
    Abby DFebruary 11, 2013
    Get the Platano al Caramelo for dessert. So yummy!
  • Steve B.
    Steve BellamyMay 2, 2013
    Try a mix of things - we came twice to check it out some more.
  • Joshua Y.
    Joshua YeungMarch 31
    Always ask for what the special is with a pitcher of sangria
  • Christian V.
    Christian VOctober 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    if you know whats good for ya try the rasberry mojitos ;)
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FalkenthalFebruary 26, 2015
    Go with a group, and get the potatoes!
    AllYouCanDrink.comOctober 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    You may not know it but your eating right down the block from the headquarters of!
  • Thelma P.
    Thelma PerezJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Queso de cabra is a must! Love this place!!
  • Kristy F.
    Kristy FramkeNovember 6, 2014
    Sangria, seafood, mussels, flan de cafe
  • Nedra C.
    Nedra ColemanMarch 30, 2014
    Loved the roasted chicken and Spanish mash potatoes
  • Zonia G.
    Zonia GuzmanApril 22, 2013
    One of my fave places! I've been going here for more than 16 years! =)
  • Alejandra J.
    Alejandra JimenezAugust 30, 2015
    Mussels, clams, bravas potatoes and paella!!
  • Reginal B.
    Reginal BulusJanuary 31, 2013
    i enjoy the paella delicious !!!
  • Agatha
    AgathaMarch 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    love their tapas, especially classics like jamon iberico, tortilla espanola and patatas bravas
  • Rochelle L.
    Rochelle LaxamanaOctober 24, 2015
    One meal, ten pitbull songs 💀🔫🔫🔫 coconut flan was good though
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Susan Goss, chef of West Town Tavern, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Paella w/ cuttlefish & cauliflower. Read more
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HernandezJuly 4, 2010
    Food is reasonable. The chicken croquettes are great. Really loud in there. So be prepared to scream over the table.
  • Ann L.
    Ann LongSeptember 25, 2010
    Get a pitcher of sangria, the goat cheese, paella, and octopus
  • Joseph B.
    Good place for tapas and sangria.
  • NikAroundChi
    NikAroundChiApril 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite places in Chicago. Always a good time with great food and exciting atmosphere.
  • Garrett C.
    Garrett ColeApril 13, 2014
    I could eat their tortilla everyday!
  • Gil J.
    Gil JimenezSeptember 20, 2010
    "Pulpo a la Plancha" and "Patatas Bravas" are must haves here.
  • Valerie E.
    Valerie EatonMarch 19, 2010
    Delicious sangria. Avoid on weekend nights - too noisy. Lots of fun with a big group.
  • Erin
    ErinOctober 25, 2010
    usually very crowded, but the food and sangria are worth the wait.
  • Alejandra G.
    Alejandra Gudiño AmbrizDecember 7, 2012
    Try the Patatas Bravas!! Yum!
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CMay 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best restaurants I've ever been to.
  • Summer
    SummerDecember 20, 2012
    Always excellent, but had a bad experience that management did nothing to resolve until we sat for 2 hours waiting to pay! Ridiculous!
  • Ariel H.
    Ariel H.November 6, 2011
    Shrimp Tapas are the best!
  • Ale D.
    Ale DoringJanuary 1, 2014
    The patatas ali-oli are prepared as ensaladilla rusa, the sangría is lousy, the menu is poor
  • Ariana K.
    Ariana KaiserOctober 22, 2011
    my favorite tapas restaurant in the city.
  • Hot Black B.
    Hot Black BitterJanuary 15, 2012
    Went w a large group, got horrible service. I ordered a cold dessert as an entree and was served last. Waitress unapologetic. Used to be amazing- now I am less than pleased. Shame
  • Brooke A.
    Brooke AlexisJanuary 9, 2011
    Food is good, tables are cramped & we have a gnat. But I'd come back
  • Nur
    NurMarch 14, 2016
    It's not authentic!! Avoid the patatas bravas and the Spanish omelette!
  • michael s.
    michael simmonsAugust 23, 2011
    Try the sangria, 4 glasses in the small pitcher just $11
  • ekoleva205
    ekoleva205January 3, 2010
    go to cafe iberico and order the hot goat cheese tapa...don't forget a drink of pisco sour.
  • Darina S.
    Darina ShapkinaAugust 12, 2015
    Goat cheese, sangria, paella
  • CjAy
    CjAyApril 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Good food and fast service love it
  • Aubrey F.
    Okay for tapas, the garnachas aren't very peppery... And don't touch the paella pan - it's really hot.
  • Sylvia D.
    Sylvia DavilaApril 19, 2010
    Definitely try the Rasberry Mojito! Fresh Rasberries yum!
  • Anand V.
    Anand VishwanathMay 17, 2014
    Mind blowing potato bravas
  • Lynn
    LynnDecember 15, 2014
    Great service and great food!
  • Deborah C.
    Love it, great people
  • Brian R.
    Brian RohdeFebruary 23, 2011
    Avoid the Tatas Bravas... they are nothing like what you get at People or Babareeba if that's what you want!
    GERALDINE CAVAGNONFebruary 22, 2010
    Great tapas restaurant and good price for value !
  • karen v.
    karen villacinJanuary 9, 2011
    Great sangrias! and strawberry mojitos!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SmikleApril 14, 2013
    Good food but the service is mean and terrible when it's crowded
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoSeptember 26, 2016
    One of the originals
  • Christopher S.
    Date night
  • Christopher W.
    Christopher WichuraJuly 17, 2009
    Go for dinner and then to Second City (just around the corner) afterward for some entertainment. Aim for the later SC showing for the extra improv session.
  • sara m.
    sara mcguyerNovember 29, 2009
    One of my goals in life is to replicate their tortilla espanola. Too good for words.
  • Beth M.
    Beth MoonMarch 21, 2009
    Delicious tapas. Cheap as hell. Scrumptious sangria. But horrible crowds. Best bet? Go for a nice late lunch on Saturday. After 5:00, you're in trouble.
  • Lore B.
    Lore BenaventFebruary 28, 2016
    Good ambience. The paella was not good.
  • Randy O.
    Randy OjedaSeptember 27, 2013
    Restaurant was empty. We waited 20 minutes at our table and nobody came to even take our drink order. Left and won't be back.
  • Hasan
    HasanApril 1, 2010
    Really good tapas, amazing goat cheese
  • Lavanya M.
    Lavanya MohananJanuary 29, 2015
    Goat cheese ...Yumm!
  • Tania
    TaniaFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Need to use a better system for ordering at the bar. Tacky post its!!!!
  • Elizabeth V.
    Elizabeth Van DamJune 24, 2015
    Sangria and small plates
  • Cher M.
    Cher MooreNovember 21, 2010
    No reservations on Saturday?! Wear flats- you'll be standing for at least an hour
  • L
    LAugust 13, 2010
    Sangria is great & the pork tenderloin.
  • Sar
    SarNovember 23, 2011
    Get the goat cheese!
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole VelazquezJanuary 23, 2015
    Place was good was not impressed though. People hype it up way to much.
  • Sebastian
    SebastianMay 2, 2010
    Order white sangria's instead of red ones. Much better tasting ones.
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzJuly 31, 2011
    Cheap & loud. It was better in the past than it is now.
  • Ivonne L.
    Ivonne LopezDecember 1, 2011
    Pitchers of sangria <3
  • Jasmine C.
    Jasmine ChongJanuary 27, 2012
    Avoid unless you plan on drinking heavily. Maybe then the food would taste halfway decent.
  • Joe P.
    Joe PalenciaFebruary 5, 2012
    Get there super early.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LasquiteFebruary 2, 2013
    Good food!
  • Bryan
    BryanFebruary 15, 2010
    Get the octopus and french fries. Amazing.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferMay 19, 2013
    Prices went WAY up!
  • Manda L.
    Manda LuvNovember 28, 2011
    Great Sangria!!!! :)
  • Ian
    IanAugust 18, 2012
    Potatoes are hot!
  • Diana L.
    Diana LazuNovember 7, 2011
    Truly a disappointing experience. Not at all what it used to be.
  • Nena
    NenaFebruary 12, 2015
    Have some flan
  • Amy E.
    Amy EgeAugust 23, 2010
    Strong G&Ts at Cafe Iberico.
  • Dan G.
    Dan GeigerAugust 26, 2010
    So-so. Ba Ba Ree Ba does tapas better and in a more appealing environment.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BrileyMay 21, 2011
    Yeah. No. This tapas place leaves a lot to be desired. Stale bread. Tough meat. Underwhelming at best.
  • John L.
    John LanderozMay 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Sangria in the city
  • Ceci V.
    Ceci VAugust 13, 2011
    There is nothing authentic or tasty about this place. AVOID
  • Mark N.
    Mark NolanJune 11, 2012
    No beer on tap! :(
  • Marco H.
    Marco HowellOctober 26, 2010
    Don't be fooled by the reviews on Yelp. This place is NOT very good. Actually it's terrible. Not great tapas. Skip it.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CowanMarch 30, 2013
    Ehh. It's ok.
  • Christina
    ChristinaOctober 3, 2013
    Too expensive for tapas.
  • Stephanie T.
    Stephanie TJanuary 13, 2011
  • Brad L.
    Brad LarabellMarch 9, 2010
    Goat cheese....mmmm!
  • Nicole G.
    Nicole GrafNovember 23, 2009
    Best tappas around!
  • Kelli L.
    Kelli LangdonAugust 7, 2009
    have the white sangria. yum!
  • P L.
    P LJune 14, 2014
    Roasted lamb (cazuela de Cordero), chicken drumsticks (cazuela de pollo al ajillo), grilled mushroom (champinones a la plancha), grilled octopus.
  • Brenda A.
    Si vienes a Chicago debes de probar el pulpo a la plancha y la sangría roja!!!!!
  • Elena L.
    Elena LuisaMay 14, 2014
    ¡Pulpo delicioso y la sangría también! Buena combinación. Servicio muy cordial.
  • Brenda M.
    Brenda MöllerOctober 5, 2015
    Champiñones, pollo a la Andaluza y plátano con helado. Perfect dinner. 👌
  • Humberto M.
    Humberto MGAugust 12, 2015
    Excelente comida, pero bastante ruido, espero haya sido una excepción.
  • P Chuy O.
    P Chuy OrtegaDecember 7, 2015
    Todo sabe muy rico pero las papas son la estrella
  • Eduardo C.
    Eduardo CoronaOctober 10, 2014
    excelentes tapas, el cordero es obligatorio
  • Christian C.
    Sangria - queso de Cabra
  • Jose G.
    Jose G.May 27, 2011
    Muy bueno el pulpo ! Y las croquetas de atun
  • Lio G.
    Lio GutierrezApril 22, 2016
    Try pulpo a la plancha
  • Robert
    RobertNovember 26, 2014
    Muy bueno!
  • Ahilen B.
    Ahilen BernalDecember 31, 2011
    Sangría is amazing
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