1530 S. State St. · Chicago IL 60605 · 312.842.4444

Tapas Valencia is Heavily Involved with Many Charities

Thousands of businesses and companies support the less fortunate in their community and surrounding areas. This awareness and willingness to be socially responsible is a very wonderful quality. Many people in the local area and around the world need some form of assistance. Whether it is due to destructive storms, a devastating illness, hunger or other circumstances, there are always groups who depend on the help of others. Tapas Valencia Spanish restaurant in Chicago is aware of this and has been working with charitable organizations for many years.

The participation of Tapas is usually done in tandem with donations from their generous customers.  These often take the form of scheduled and organized charitable events. For example, Tapas played a role in collecting funds to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the American Red Cross.  The restaurant is very grateful to all the local communities for their support in these fund raisers.

Social Responsibility Benefits Everyone

Tapas Valencia takes social responsibility seriously. They realize they are in business to prepare the highest quality food for their clientele, but it does not end there. Helping to improve the conditions for its guests, their families and the shape of the entire world is their goal. With some many helpful and humanitarian organizations in the world today, it just makes sense to help if you have the resources.

Among the many wonderful charities Tapas Valencia has donated funds to include Epilepsy Foundation, Kids Matter, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Make a Wish Foundation, Healing Fields and the YMCA of Metro Chicago. Additionally, Tapas has donated nearly 2 million dollars in products and services in the assistance of the less fortunate. Some of these charities include Ronald McDonald House, Architecture for Humanity, Upendo Village and  Casa De Luz.

Tapas Valencia has been satisfying all its guests with great food and its special atmosphere since it first opened in 1990. During the entire time they have been serving the public it has never lost sight of the bigger picture. That means being responsible for helping those in need and improving lives. Tapas Valencia is a remarkable venue that serves all its customers locally and throughout the world.

ABC names Tapas Valencia one of “best Spanish spots in Chicago”

ABC 7 Chicago just named Tapas Valencia No. 3 on its list of “best Spanish spots in Chicago.” With some great competition out there, we are proud to be called a “go to” spot!

Here’s an excerpt:

“The restaurant emphasizes its paella, a saffron-infused rice dish, offered three ways: vegetarian, mariscos (seafood) and Valenciana (chicken, shrimp, mussels and clams). Lobster tail can also be added to the paella.”

Read the full article here.


Tapas Valencia Offers Educator and Student Discount

Tapas Valencia has extended their educator discount to include ALL educators and students in the City of Chicago. 

Tapas Valencia offers all educators in the city of Chicago a discount of 30%, and students a discount of 10%, for up to four guests, as a gesture of our appreciation. For groups larger than four, the discount will be prorated.

In order to take advantage of this discount, it is required for the individual to present a current valid educator/student picture ID*.

We believe that educators hold one of the most important roles in our society. Through their tireless efforts, they help shape the future of our children and the world. Those who choose to become a teacher do so because of their passion and commitment to enrich the lives for a better future, not for financial reasons, job perks or benefits. Their daily job is not finished at the end of the school day as they need to prepare for the following day and tutor students as needed. Many highly successful individuals owe their achievements to an influence from one or more of their teachers.

That being said, we also believe that teachers don’t receive the recognition, appreciation and compensation they deserve. Unlike police officers and fire fighters who are known heroes and are recognized in dozens of television series showcasing their bravery, there is not one show portraying the heroism of teachers. Some families presume that raising children is a part of a teacher’s responsibilities, thus making their jobs more difficult.

We continue to be grateful to the educators of our community and the world as well as your support over the years.


Hossein Jamali


*Discount is not valid with other promotions and only one discount is offered per table. It is not valid for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, New Year’s Eve or other special events. Discount is valid in our dining room only.  Not valid with to go orders or when dining at the bar.

About Tapas Valencia

Located in Chicago’s South Loop, we offer creative Spanish tapas, unique cocktails, and a lively atmosphere with walls adorned in colorful mosaic artwork inspired by the great Spanish artists Joan Miro and Antoni Gaudí! Whether you’re dining with friends and family, exploring on a first date, or planning your next big event, Tapas Valencia is the perfect backdrop for any occasion. We carry on the tradition of great food and service that was started in 1990 at our original location, Mesón Sabika, in Naperville. Find photos on Facebook and Instagramtapasvalencia.com | 312.842.4444 | 1530 S. State St., Chicago, IL

Tapas Valencia featured on Check, Please!

Tapas Valencia was featured on the WTTW Channel 11 show “Check, Please!” Check out their video here.

What Our Guests Are Saying

Tapas Valencia is only a few minutes from the center of downtown and definitely worth visiting. The food choices are excellent and the portions are very generous. I love the bacon- wrapped dates, the tilapia, and the mahi-mahi. My husband loves the toast pints with Alaskan king crab and the skirt steak. Honestly, everything we’ve tried has been delicious and at a reasonable price. Those with a sweet tooth will love the desserts. The staff is so friendly that you feel like you are family.

Tapas Valencia is always a treat. Their Gambas al Ajillo are absolutely delicious along with Queso de cabra, pork loin topped with caramelized onion placed atop French bread. Of course, let’s not forgot the Sangria! All making it a great meal to share with friends.

Was looking for a Tapas place over Valentine’s Day. We found Tapas Valencia via an internet search. We were intrigued by the menu selection, along with the on line reviews. We liked the fact that we were able to make a reservation and when we arrived we were seated right away. Our server was very knowledgeable and gave us excellent suggestions on food, wine and beer. The added treat was the Flamenco guitar players and dancer. Truly added a lot to the experience. All the food was very delicious and a good size helping for 4 to try each Tapas.

This is the best tapas restaurant in town. The food selection is quite varied. You’ll find all the “usual” tapas you find at other restaurants in town, but also many that you don’t find elsewhere. The food is fresh, service impeccable, and it’s not too noisy to have a conversation. We were there on a Saturday night and there was even live music!

Having visited Valencia, Spain some years ago, I’d dreamt of returning to enjoy 3 things: the Valencia oranges right off the tree, the flan & especially the Paella Marisco. I always remembered how delicious these were there. Now I’ve found a place right here in Chicago with a wonderful ambiance & extraordinary food & service. Everything was superb. I’ll definitely be back.

Tapas Valencia is always a great restaurant with great food, great service and a manager that goes above and beyond.

Tapas Valencia is a great neighborhood delight in the South Loop. We have been there for gatherings of friends to share each other’s favorites. We have been there for family birthdays and found a great enough variety that even our picky grandchildren found food they really liked. We highly recommend it.

Everything about our dining experience was great: Authentic tapas in a wonderful, festive atmosphere. We will definitely return soon.

Tapas Valencia continues to be our favorite neighborhood spot!

Always a pleasure to dine at Tapas Valencia. Expect to be checked on frequently by the manager, your server, and bus help. This visit, we tried “Gambas al Ajillo”; a delicious grilled shrimp tapas with a light, creamy, lemon sauce that perfectly complimented the dish. In addition, a container of their signature marinated olives accompanied us home.

We really enjoyed dinner at Tapas Valencia. I was surprised by live music and flamenco dancing on Saturday night. Our service was prompt and attentive to my needs and food allergies. He made great recommendations, which we really enjoyed. Two out of the three in our party returned to enjoy this restaurant again two nights later on the same business trip.

We had a great experience. The restaurant is really nice looking, the food was great, the staff very nice. I highly recommend.

The half dozen times I have eaten at Valencia the service is excellent for their price point. They bring fresh plates, fill up bread & water as needed and keep the table free from water spills/drips. The food is interesting and tasty.

This is a great spot for brunch. Many delicious options and a great value.

We frequent Tapas Valencia; going out of our comfort zone to try different offerings, and have never been disappointed. The service is measured; never hurried or”hovering”. Our favorites include the virgin mojitos, anything seafood, Patatas con Alioli, Dátiles con Tocino, among others. One of the few eateries in the S. Loop that opens early (4:00 pm) and provides reasonable valet parking. A true gem in a sea of “ho-hum-millennial-neighborhood-bar-food-restaurants”.

It was a great experience. My reservation was at 6:30 pm, but my family and I got there 45 minutes before. We got a table right away and the service was great. Even though the restaurant seems to be for adults only, there was no problem in taking our 7 and 3 year old daughters. it really exceeded our expectations. (good price, service, and great food).

We went to Tapas Valencia last night and had a wonderful time. It was a goodbye party to a post doc in our department. The restaurant was a great venue, roomy, not too noisy, the food and drink were great, and the wait staff attentive. We’ll be going back!

This is my favorite restaurant. We go there as often as we can. Food is delicious, staff very professional and polite. Atmosphere is very pleasant and for casual and for special occasions.

We went to Barcelona in October of 2014 and Tapas Valencia has been a favorite since…vegetarian and gluten-free options…service is great friendly staff! This was a Birthday Celebration for me.

Amazing plates and exceptional service. Top notch ambiance. Perfect for a date night extravaganza!! So many small plate gems. Too many to list…oh and great drinks!

This is a South Loop must! The food, service and atmosphere are always tops!

Tapas Valencia is still our favorite restaurant for tapas outside of Spain. From the warm greeting to knowing Jose will always stop by and say hello, the service, cuisine, and atmosphere are incredible!!

Awesome as always!! This has become an annual visit when we come for our convention. Lots of time to relax and visit.

The food is always outstanding! The service from the moment you walk in is great. The live music was enjoyable and it’s done tasteful as to not interfere with dinner conversation. Love this place. I changed my reservation a few times and they accommodated me.

I love this place! The service was excellent and food delicious! The General Manger personally came over to our table to introduce himself, nice touch. The location in South Loop is great where street parking is free after 6pm. I’ll definitely be back!

I have been here a number of times and have NEVER been disappointed. The staff is so friendly (especially the manager and the server Francisco!) and accommodating, and the food is delicious! This is a perfect spot for a date, family dinner or gathering with friends.

Our experience was great, we definitely enjoyed the ambiance.  The staff was excellent as well, all of our needs were met.  Happy Holidays!


The event yesterday was excellent!  Everyone loved the food and the atmosphere.  Also, the staff were all great – friendly, attentive, and kind.  I would consider yesterday a great success.  THANK YOU!


Everything from our welcome to departure was fantastic. Brian, our server, was friendly and helpful with wine selection. Food was incredible. Live flamenco music added a lively touch. I will be back!

Tapas Valencia is an excellent choice! Friendly and efficient staff, excellent cocktails and sangria’s, creative menu, wonderful ambiance and valet parking! Seriously, find this hidden gem and enjoy!


Amazing service! Watching a live flamenco performance while we ate dinner was very entertaining.

We ordered 6 different small plates to share and I was pleasantly surprised how good each one was. Prices were reasonable and service was excellent. Will definitely be back.


A return trip and did not disappoint. Group ordered about a dozen dishes and all were delicious! Service can be tricky, but our waitress was a pro. Highlights were a goat cheese-filled pastry, bacon-wrapped dates and dessert. Profiteroles and lava cake. Someone in the kitchen knows their chocolate! Peach sangria was a great twist. Can’t wait to go back.


Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. We love this place!!


Our group tried Tapas Valencia last year while in Chicago attending a business conference. We were so impressed that we returned this year. We went around the table, each ordering a dish for a “round” of fine dining. Add a pitcher of sangria and it made for a fun experience.


Nice little neighborhood location in South Loop. Good food, great service.


One of my favorite tapas places in the city, the service is beyond excellent!

Made reservations for 7 for both my daughters birthday. The food came out at appropriate times, allowing us to pass, enjoy and converse. Our waitress was knowledgeable and fun! And at the end, she provided ice cream puffs for the birthday girls….which was certainly enough for all of us! The food still has me drooling!!

We just wanted to thank you and the staff at Tapas Valencia for doing such a great job on our event this past Saturday. Everything went very smoothly and both the food and service were great – please tell the staff that we really appreciate all the effort that went into it.


The food was amazing and the service was flawless. Your service was excellent and our server always knew what we needed before we even asked. He event got us a projector screen when we were playing around with our slides. Your staff was excellent. Thank you for a great event and we look forward to future ones.


Our event was wonderful! Your staff was very attentive and did not miss a beat. The food, as always, was tasty and the service was essentially flawless. We were very happy with everything and I can’t say enough about how good the team at the South Loop location always is. Thank you for making this run smoothly – my compliments to everyone!

“The entire evening was terrific and everyone was so welcoming! Nikole, our server, was particularly attentive; especially with the several guests who can’t eat dairy; she brought out a special paella and other dishes ensuring that they were lactose free which was greatly appreciated. I will be in touch if we have another event to schedule. We have our recruitment weekend in early 2020 and have spent the last two at your restaurant again with great success!
– Matthew, University of Chicago

I have only positive feedback to give Tapas Valencia! The food was very good, the atmosphere was welcoming, and the staff was terrific! Thanks for making it so easy for me to organize my event. Two thumbs up!
– Pauline

“Great place for tapas! Food is delicious. Service is outstanding. Saturday night live music is entertaining and adds a pleasant vibe to the dining experience. The volume is just right. Try it, you’ll love it!”


“I lived in Spain for eight months, and this place is the closest I’ve come to since being back in the states. The tapas were amazing, and the staff were so friendly and patient I thought I was back in the land of relaxed smiles. Really good happy hour menu.”

-Brian O’connor

“If you like Spanish Tapas you will love Tapas Valencia! Have eaten here 3 times on separate visits to Chicago and have never been disappointed. A great dining experience!”

-JE Greer

From calling to explore the possibilities and get a quote, to your kindness, patience and gentle reminders (appreciated your assistance- during this busy time for me); to walking out to the valeted car. AWESOME! Customer care…..I use “care” because that’s the genuine feel you and the team at Tapas Valencia delivered. AWESOME-  staff! Ambiance, food and drinks. And Jose the manager . . Made us feel so special! We had a number of dignitaries attend, they loved the reception received!!! I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY TO PAY THE BILL!!! Absolutely got more VALUE for the $$$!


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