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.
Give the Gift of Don Quijote


For a limited time until December 23, all Don Quijote gift certificate purchases over $100 qualify for an additional $25 gift certificate. Come in today to give the gift of Spanish dining to friends and family!

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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!

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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

Don Quijote Outdoor Dining & Summer Specials

Established 40 Years ago, Don Quijote introduced Outdoor Dining to Northwest Indiana along with numerous other Spanish Traditions. In Spain, food and wine are meant to be shared with friends. So for Don Q’s Outdoor Dining & Summer Specials, Chef Carlos selected specials that can be experienced as a romantic patio excursion or with friends. […]

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Don Quijote Wild Game Dinner is April 7 | Valparaiso

It’s back for its 36th year….the Don Quijote Wild Game Dinner. The legendary dinner that bags them from Chicago, Indianapolis, and parts unknown. You’ll find 20 different species, including fresh alligator meat and kangaroo. What does Alligator Meat Taste Like Did you know the lean alligator meat is very popular in the South and in […]

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Don Q Sale! Christmas Gifts with Tasteful Samples & 25% Discounts

I think you’ll agree, shopping for Christmas Gifts isn’t fun! Finding parking and walking up and down aisles looking for someone to help you is stressful. Finding a unique gift gets even more complicated. Chances are, your recipient has everything they need. It’s an exercise in futility.  That all changed last year when I stopped […]

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