The heart of Spain in the heart of Valparaiso since 1985

Americans are discovering the distinctive cuisine of the regions of Spain, and this restaurant offers an excellent introduction to the rich and varied flavors and aromas of Iberian cooking.

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Carlos Rivero


Carlos was born in Pontevedra, Spain in a small village tucked into the lush green mountains of the region of Galicia. He inherited his fascination for cooking from his father who worked as a chef on an ocean liner. Carlos spent his early years in Madrid as an apprentice in several major hotels in the capital. In 1975, he opened his own restaurant/cafe in the Tetuan neighborhood of Madrid where he worked as a chef until he came to the United States in 1978. His dream was to open a restaurant here in the states and introduce to Americans the rich and varied cuisine of his native Spain. After several years of working and planning, the "impossible dream" came true and he opened Restaurante Don Quijote in 1985 in downtown Valparaiso. This establishment is, to this day, the only Spanish restaurant in the state of Indiana.

Elena Jambrina

Assistant Chef/Business Manager

Elena is a native of the historic and picturesque town of Zamora, located in the northern Spanish region of Castile. She came to the United States in 1980 and began working at Restaurante Don Quijote in 1985 as a dessert chef. Her ability to replicate traditional Spanish dishes and desserts and her talent for innovation made her a valuable addition to the staff. In 1991, she became a partner in the business and assumed her present position of Assistant Chef and Business Manager.

Wine Dance

Carlos makes a Sangria Martini

The Don Quijote Scholarship Fund

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119 E Lincolnway Valparaiso, IN 46383