The 10 Essential Spanish Restaurants in Chicago

A tapas spread at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

Where to find terrific tapas, pinxtos, sangria, and much more

Between siestas, sangria, and 10 p.m. dinners, there’s a lot to love about Spanish culture. And then, of course, there are the tapas — the small plates that are easy to share, brimming with bold flavors, and just exotic enough to please even the largest of crowds.

Thankfully, Chicago is home to a slew of spots specializing in just that, with styles ranging from the traditional (pan con tomate, patatas bravas) to the modern day (brandade tortillas, foie gras a la plancha). From a pintxos and paella pioneer in Lincoln Park to a wine-centric newcomer in River North, here are 10 of Chicago’s best spots for Spanish cuisine now.

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