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Cafe Iberico

Cafe Iberico

Tapas Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Café$$$$
River North, Chicago
  • 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!"(41 Tips)
    Ann L.
    "Get a pitcher of sangria, the goat cheese, paella, and octopus"(13 Tips)
138 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.
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  • 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!
  • 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 :)
  • 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
  • Julio C.
    Julio CaesarsSeptember 1, 2015
    Paella Marinara and Estrella Galicia 👌🏼 You also hace to try the Pulpo A La Gallega.
  • John N.
    John NasserNovember 2, 2013
    Olives are a must. Tenderloin skewer w/Caramelized onions also excellent! Tinge of sweetness. Spicy potatoes good too.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • melissa k.
    melissa krecicMarch 10, 2012
    Get the dates wrapped in bacon stuffed with goat cheese! Not on the menu but a special treat!!
  • Samia B.
    Samia BarudAugust 6, 2011
    The best tapas in Chicago, the sangria is awesome and the price is joke! Crowdy but great fun!
  • Esra T.
    Esra TasdelenMarch 15, 2015
    Grilled octopus was the most tender one I ever had. Spicy potatoes are also delish.
  • Christopher N.
    Christopher NicholsFebruary 6, 2013
    sangria pitchers are a honestly can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
  • Zonia G.
    Zonia GuzmanApril 22, 2013
    One of the best spots! try white sangria and pulpo a la plancha!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisJuly 16, 2015
    Sangria tastes sweet & refreshing. Half a pitcher was enough to split with two. Great place for groups.
  • Fallon S.
    Fallon SmithNovember 8, 2016
    The muscles are great. Also the goat cheese dishes were amazing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kat S.
    Kat S.July 22, 2014
    Cheap tapas and great for large groups!
  • Vania S.
    For dessert try the pera al vino! Sweet but not too sweet and light!
  • 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.
  • M B.
    M Ben-DavidMarch 9, 2012
    Delicious Place for reasonably priced Tapas. Love me some Cafe Iberico. Yum!
  • James S.
    James ShayMarch 9, 2014
    Pulpo a la plancha a definite winner and ate here with someone from Spain.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleAugust 8, 2014
    My red sangria trumps your white sangria any day. Just the facts, ma'am.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Tamara A.
    Tamara AlonsoFebruary 20, 2013
    As a Northern Spaniard, I had to try 'Pulpo a la plancha'. Too good for words.
  • 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!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BurneyMay 23, 2012
    The short ribs with mashed potatoes are absolutely to die for.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarterAugust 22, 2014
    This is a hit or miss spot. Can be awesome and can stink
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MenendezApril 11, 2011
    The patatas bravas with the sauce from the chicken croquettes = amazing!
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