Don Quijote


Passion… No other word can better capture the essence of this Spanish Restaurant, according to Don Quijote's Chef Carlos Rivero. “In Spain, every meal is an opportunity to get together with friends and family, and food is one of the foundations of Spanish culture. Almost all Spanish food is made for sharing… whether its tapas, a huge paella pan shared between friends, or a fine bottle of Spanish Wine.”

Chef Carlos Rivero and his daughter Lisa. celebrate the 50th anniversary of marques de caseres and rioja Spains wine egions.
Mediterranean Food


Learning Spanish

Guide to Tapas, Paella, & Wine

Don Quijote’s Spanish Menu is diverse, with the culture & flavors of each region influencing the diverse offerings of tapas, seafood, and paella. It is why regional pairing is so significant at this critically acclaimed Spanish restaurant.

The servers at Don Quijote are well-versed in helping you find a few tapas to get you started! Tapas are small plate appetizers that are meant for sharing. This authentic Spanish restaurant’s paella & Spanish wine offerings are equally diverse. To help customers explore the Spanish restaurant’s menus, this website offers gorgeous illustrations with descriptions of the food menu, wine menu, and desert menu. Learning Spanish has never been more fun!

Valparaiso Restaurants

Spanish Cuisine

Don Quijote is often described as an experience. What sets this Spanish Restaurant apart from most restaurants is its authentic Spanish cuisine and Spanish heritage. From live entertainment that celebrates Spanish heritage to sharing a few tapas and Spanish wine with friends at Don Quijote’s outdoor dining patio… every visit is a wonderful experience. Don Quijote was the original outdoor restaurant and featured in the nationally ranked, Guide to Outdoor Dining! For 38 years, Don Quijote has been a destination for fans of culture and great food from Chicago and around the midwest!
We welcome you to try a variety of tapas, paella, and fresh seafood. For a memorable experience, this Spanish restaurant won’t disappoint! Welcome to Restaurante Don Quijote. Salud!

Latest Blogs

Spanish Food, Wine, and Culture

Exploring Spanish Wine Regions | Rioja & Marqués de Cáceres

  For years, Spain has taken a back seat to Italian and French wines. That all changed in the 1990s. In the course of the last 2 decades, Spain has become the most celebrated country in the world for its wines. Today, you’ll learn the story of how Spain has risen from the decimation of […]

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How to create a remarkable dining experience & Gazpacho recipe

Secret Spanish Recipes and Wines Have you ever wished you knew the secret Spanish recipes of downtown Valparaiso’s top Chef, Carlos Rivero?  How do you make don Quijote’s remarkable paella, Gazpacho, or sangria?  What Spanish wine pairs well with fresh seafood? Well, foodies, this is the blog that reveals how to create a remarkable dining […]

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Hidden secrets to getting the best virgin olive oil

For most of us, knowing how to buy Olive Oil is a mystery… until now. Today, Chef Carlos Rivero of Don Quijote in Valparaiso shares the hidden secrets to getting the best virgin olive oil. The Secret to remarkable Spanish cooking…and your grocery store is hiding it. I think you’ll agree with me that very […]

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