25 W Davis St, Arlington Heights, IL | Directions 6000542.083506 -87.983499
Absolutely love this Tapas restaurant. We have been going to La Tasca for past 16 years with boy friend (now Hubby), girls night out and for large group parties. The food has improved over the years tremendously. Some of our favorites are baby octopus, sun dried dated, herbed goat cheese, beef kebabs, calamari, paella, and of course the Sangria and Flan. We have introduced La Tasca to many others and never have had one complaint; in fact we bump into many of our friends on live band nights. La Tasca always has fun new item to try on the specials and my sister eating Gluten free will always be pleased on the Gluten free menu they offer. I also personally like Café Iberico when downtown but between driving from the burbs, valet, and all the commotion we frequent La Tasca much more. Iberico is really good when downtown, I wouldn’t bother much on try any others. La Tasca is spectacular choice for tapas in the burbs and no brainer for anyone to try. YUMMY!
Not Spanish – Food ok, but not Spanish. I'm Spanish (born in Spain, lived in Spain until... last year).
You can like this place, but don't say it's Spanish food, because it's not.
Don't try the "paella" please...
Overcharged for Drinks... – Decent service... Decent food. But, surcharged us for ordering drinks "easy ice"... Of course, didn't know this sneaky policy until the bill came...
Latasca is the Best – We went there couple nights ago and the food was outstanding.even though economy is bad, the place was busy. They must be doing something right. Service was good. We had Canelon de atun, Goat cheese, bravas and a meat embanada. Flan for dessert. will go again
There are better places . . . – Limited menu, limited specials, everything fair....
When a special says "gambas", that means more than 1 shrimp. We ordered a special of "gambas & pesce". There were two small pieces of swordfish and 1 shrimp. The fish was very nice, the 1 shrimp was overgrilled. The so-called saffron rice it was served over, was like something out of a can.
In fact, we had a "canalon atun" which was tuna salad wrapped in a "pasta". It was bland.
I ordered a house salad, and I think someone ran out to Costco for the ingredients, and the dressing tasted like Ken's Walnut raspberry Lite.
The bread was nearly stale (crust was rubbery).
We also shared the "delicias andaluzas" which are dates wrapped in bacon, broiled and served in a roasted red pepper sauce. The dates were tiny compared to elsewhere and frankly the sauce was too sweet and hinted of tomato.
My wife had a mojito, which was "ok".
The best dish was the gazpacho (which is pureed), but the server came with a tray of garnishes that he spilled all over the place.
I had an Alhambra Negra (dark) which was fine.
I am totally unimpressed and we will stick with our favorite tapas place which is so far superior it's not funny: Tapas Gitana in Northfield.
La Tasca tapas of Arlington Hts is our Favorite – La Tasca tapas restaurant of Arlington Heights is the most highly acclaimed restaurants in Arlington Hts for the past 16 years. We believe that out of the half dozen tapas restaurants we have tried in Chicago land area that La Tasca is simply the one with most flavors and welcoming staff. The combination of quality of their tapas, festive and romantic atmosphere, and inviting menu selection make it the perfect place to eat and sample tapas and Sangrias. In fact many of the places we sampled in Madrid and along the southern coast of Spain were not as good as La Tasca…. But we were on a budget in Spain and went to tapas restaurants that probably run on tourist and not repeat diners. Some of our favorites that we like to mix up along with daily specials are CANALÓN FRÍO DE ATUN Pasta filled with yellow-fin tuna salad, asparagus, basil, red onions
and topped with a creamy white wine vinaigrette, PIMIENTOS ASADOS Fire-roasted, tri-color peppers with olive oil vinaigrette, PATATAS BRAVAS Fried potatoes with a creamy cayenne sauce, VERDURAS HUERTANAS Plate of grilled fresh vegetables drizzled with a fresh basil vinaigrette, PINCHO DE SOLOMILLO Grilled brochette of beef tenderloin, mushrooms and pearl onions, drizzled with a Spanish sour cream sauce over shoestring potatoes ,the YUMMY QUESO DE CABRA herbed goat cheese baked in a tomato basil sauce, served with tomato baguettes, CHAMPIÑONES RELLENOS Jumbo mushrooms stuffed with ground pork tenderloin with pine nuts, marinated in Spanish brandy CHULETAS DE CORDERO Grilled lamb chops brushed with herbed olive purée, PAELLA Fish and the best we have tasted… Silky FLAN. Their home made Sangria’s rock and will knock your socks off, traditional red and mango are our favorite, but beware they go down easy but are strong with added gin, triple sec, brandy, etc… We attended a rehearsal dinner at La Tasca with what must have been over 100 people and the food and service was just as good as the two of us eating at one of the live band nights. Bravo and Ole La Tasca!
" BEST/ MOST authentic tapas in the Chicago – La Tasca: Tapas Well Worth the Wait
by Julie Chernoff graduated from Yale. A graduate of the California Culinary Academy, Julie has a varied food background, including stints as Asst. Food Editor of Weight Watcher's Magazine; personal chef to Boz Scaggs; manager of Wolfgang Puck's Postrio in SF and Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill/Topolobampo in Chicago; caterer; and cooking teacher to kids and adults alike. She likes to eat.
By the time we were finally seated on a very busy Saturday night—quoted an hour and twenty minutes, we waited an hour and forty-five— I was hoping that it had been worth the wait. Happily, the food did not disappoint. We used our bar time productively, sampling the delicious Sangria (not just red and white, mind you… they have mango, champagne, pomegranate and a few others).
To soak up the alcohol as we passed the time, we ordered the Plato de Jamon y Queso Manchego ($7.95), lovely rosy slices of Serrano ham and paper-thin Manchego drizzled with olive oil, and the Pan con Tomate a la Catalana ($6.95), basically a Spanish version of bruschetta. Both vanished, along with the marinated olives that were continually replenished.
When our beeper did finally light up and buzz, we were a bit lit up ourselves. But no matter! Off we went to our table near the window, which actually felt set apart from the busy bar hum, and it was quite cozy.
Tapas are meant to be shared, which makes it perfect for either a group or a romantic tête à tête.
The Tortilla Espanola ($6.50), a room temperature Spanish omelet with sautéed onions and potatoes, was among the best I’ve ever tried. Moist, potatoey, and beautifully seasoned, it was served with roasted pepper strips.
The Delicias Andaluzas ($7.75), sun-dried, bacon-wrapped dates with a red bell pepper puree laced with sherry vinegar, were another best in class. Another big winner was the Pincho de Solomillo con Champinones y Cebollitas ($7.50), tender grilled chunks of beef tenderloin served over crispy shoestring potatoes, drizzled with sour cream sauce.
We also loved the Patatas Bravas ($6.75), fried chunks of potato with a creamy cayenne sauce, just the right amount of spicy, and the Calamares a la Romana ($8.50), tender fried squid rings (that could benefit from a crunchier breading) with a sweet and hot sun-dried tomato alioli.
Hard to believe we still had room left—and honestly, I’m leaving out a few dishes that were tasty but not earth-shattering—but as the waiter spooned Paella Valenciana ($14.95 per person, but “for two” is plenty for four, especially after a sea of tapas) brimming with roast chicken and pork, Spanish chorizo, clams, mussels, peas and sautéed peppers, we grumbled loudly about how very full we were, then proceeded to polish it off, accompanied by the last few sips of red Sangria.
If you have room for dessert, try the Arroz con Leche a la Tia Maria ($5.95), a lovely version of Spanish rice pudding redolent of citrus and cinnamon, or the Delicias de Chocolate ($6.95) an impossibly rich slab of frozen chocolate mousse flavored with Gran Torres and served with Raspberry sauce. Pass on the espresso, which was the only loser in the night’s sea of success.
If you go to La Tasca on a weekend night, be prepared to wait. They do take limited reservations for parties of 5 or more, so get a group together, make a call, and enjoy some of the BEST and MOST authentic tapas in the Chicago area.
Another fun Girls night out at La Tasca – La Tasca isour favorite tapas/restaurant of all time. The sangria is amazing and the servers are very knowledgeable and make great recommendations. Staff is welcoming and make it fun. The Queso, the goat cheese is delicious and a must have. La Tasca has a great atmosphere for a night out with the family/friends or a girls night out. Their flan is absolutely outstanding!!!! Bands rock and location is just perfect. The restaurant is extremely clean and the free valet was a plus. La Tasca thanks again.
Euphoric TapasHouse – La Tasca tapas restaurant stands tall from the rest!!!! What a feel good restaurant! They have the tastiest tapas, best traditional and spectacular specials, power sangrias, funnest atmosphere, friendliest staff, and are consistent for the past 14 years. Try dates and bacon, lamb chops, patatas bravas, sea scallops,beef tenderloin kabobs, and the best most very best "FLAN" in all of Spain, U.S. etc. The bands are a blast for the burbs and with no cover charge. We eat well and drink to a buzz, dance the night away at times for about $25 per person...try that in the city! Gas, tolls, and parking cost more than that in Chicago. Fun with one and my favorite is when we get a large group (get to try a bunch of the delicious tapas) Living in Spain for about three years I can honestly say that La tasca is even better that most touristy tapas restaurants even in Spain. Try it for your self and see, feel, taste. The restaurant is always CLEAN and the open kitchen shows no surprises in prepping food....what a show to watch. Bravo La Tasca tapas of Arlington Heights...OUTSTANDING P.S. Thanks for offering the free valet in today's economy.
Tastiest Tapas Around! – La Tasca is a wonderful restaurant, best in Arlington Heights! I've been going to La Tasca for over ten years and it is our favorite tapas restaurant in Chicago. My friends and I love to come here on the weekends. There is a great atmosphere and plenty of delicious food! Some of my favorites include: the bacon wrapped dates, herbed goat cheese in tomato-basil sauce, sea scallops, and the flan is to die for. Homemade Sangrias topped with fresh fruit make for a sweet summer drink. I like to go with a large group because you are able to sample an array of many different foods! Bands are also a lot of fun. I definitely recommend a visit to La Tasca if you haven't already yet!!!
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