Adelino’s Old World Kitchen – CLOSED

by Lafayette Eats on July 16, 2009

Restaurant Name: Adelino’s Old World Kitchen

Location: 112 N 3rd St. Lafayette, IN (map it)

Phone: 765-429-6125

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas

Review: I heard rumor that a new tapas restaurant had taken over the Maize location downtown and I knew immediately that I needed to check it out. This is right up my alley. As it happened, it was my 9 year wedding anniversary, so I made arrangements to head over there and see what the deal is.

I never dined at Maize, so I can’t tell you if it’s the same or not, but I can say the restaurant is really, really nice. Beautiful decor, lots of ceramic tile, nice tables. Really, a very lovely place. It’s wasn’t busy when we arrived, and we were shown right to a table next to the window, where we had a lovely view of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. On our table was a stack of small plates and a collection of oils and vinegars and seasonings.

Our server was quick to greet us and was very friendly and enthusiastic. There was a sign outside that claimed Adelino’s serves the best Sangria in Lafayette, so I immediately ordered it to verify. Unfortunately, it didn’t occur to me that I’ve never had sangria at any other restaurant, so this will have to go unverified! It was pretty tasty sangria though.

Our server was very thorough in explaining the menu and ordering process. You can either order a small plate, suitable for sharing between two, or a platter, which is more of a family style option. Everything is a la carte, there are no “dinners” so to speak. We asked our server how much we should order, if we were ordering from the small plates and he said 3-4 choices would probably be good.

We opted for a baked goat cheese appetizer followed by a Caesar salad, then roasted potatoes, honey asparagus, and sausage brochette. Everything came out at its own time, not in one big lump, and you eat it off the small plates at your table. This is a lot different than most dining experiences I’ve had, but I would have to say, I rather liked it. I’m weird that way.

Also, the food was excellent. I really enjoyed it all. The baked goat cheese had a spicy marina like sauce that really had a kick. Overall, I thought it was a great experience and a nice addition to Lafayette. It was just dinner for two of us last night, but I imagine that it would be a fun night with a large group.

Kid friendly: No.

Price Range: $4.95 – $12.95 for each small plate, $19.95 – $44.95 for platters

Methods of payment: Cash and Credit.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Beth August 17, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Great to hear this place was good. I have to say we really like The Maize and was dissapointed to see it gone. I look forward to trying it. Thanks!


Dawn August 20, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Adelino’s is a poor imitation of anything tapas or mediterranean. As for restaurants, if you like pre-made frozen and reheated food this is your place. Top of the list . . . they use Krab (imitation crab) in their crab cakes. The bar drinks, a limited selection, use pre-made mixes, little to no real fruit or fruit juices. And the wine list . . . come on. The Sangria was okay, but I tried it three different times and won’t go back again. Try the Blue Fin. a much better menu and wine list. I would never have compared it to Maize. Different dining experience all together. But this addition to the local dining scene is a major disappointment. Doubt they will last long unless they make real culinary changes.


Melissa August 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm

I’m sorry to say that I did not have a good experience at Adelino’s. Both poor service and hit or miss food choices contributed to my experience. First of all, at this price point (my husband and I spent $80 on dinner and drinks), I expect real cloth napkins–not a paper napkin wrapped around my silverware. The overly familiar server was constantly checking on us, standing over us waiting for us to finish the last bite of something so she could collect the dirty plates, asking us our opinion of the dishes, and even arguing when we told her we didn’t like one of the dishes. I don’t mind being addressed as “Hey, Guys…” by servers at a place like Chumley’s, but I expect more from an establishment that purports to be fine dining. Then there was the bread issue… The server brought out a paper basket(like a BBQ joint would use to serve fries) with two small pieces of flat bread. She then poured out olive oil on a plate and instructed us to dip the bread. As soon as we finished the last bite, the server came to collect the plate with olive oil. My husband asked her to leave it and bring more bread. She told us that we didn’t need any more bread, because our food was coming soon! I said that we were both quite hungry and could handle more bread AND our food. The waitress just laughed and said she didn’t want us to spoil our appetites with bread. Seriously, for my $80 dinner I can’t even get more than two lousy pieces of flat bread?

For our food, most dishes were mediocre. We did have a pepper stuffed with sausage that was fantastic. We also got mussels that were supposed to be in a curry and saffron sauce. This sounds like a dish my husband and I would normally love, but it tasted like nothing but a mouthful of curry powder. Seriously, I wondered whether someone in the kitchen had accidentally dropped too much curry in the dish. When our waitress asked our opinion of it, we were honest. She got huffy and said that evidently we don’t like curries because everyone who likes curries likes this dish. We insisted that we normally love curried dishes, but really we didn’t want to play Top Chef judges with the wait staff.

Finally, the waitress had recommended the sangria. It was nothing to write home about. It was really not especially tasty and the HUGE chunk of apple in it really put me off. I mean there was about a quarter of an apple –in one piece– in my glass.

There are too many good restaurants in Lafayette and West Lafayette for me to waste my time on this place again!


Mark December 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I just enjoyed a meal at Adelino’s with my parents and my sister’s family, including her three kids. Overall it was a positive experience. In general we found something to please everyone’s taste (including some pretty picky kids). Highlights included the spicy scallops, sausage brochette, and zucchini chips.

The service was good, if a bit forceful. Adelino’s might not be an ideal place for a quiet dinner date, but it’s definitely worth trying with a large group willing to share (as tapas dining should be done).

I notice the other comments here are all from the first month or so after opening. Perhaps the kitchen has found its legs now.


Michael Angelo January 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I don’t mind spending more than usual on good food. However, my wife and I paid $70 for food I thought was purchased at Sam’s Club and reheated at Adelino’s. The setting is nice, but it doesn’t make up for bad food at high prices. And,by the way, if you are looing for an authentic tapas bar, you’ll get more bang for your buck flying to Madrid.


Gerardo February 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Me and my girlfriend decided to go out to a nice dinner this weekend, and seeing as how we had never been to Adelino’s we thought we would give it a try. I have to say we were very happy with our visit. Right from the start our waiter was great. Great service all through out the meal. Pretty much the way it works is you order tapas, which are anywhere from 40% – 90% the size of an entree at a restaurant. The price seemed like a good barometer of the size of the tapa you are going to get. They do offer a large option for most dishes but this is are “huge” portions like for 4-5 people. We had the Sausage Linguini, the Calamari, Caesar Salad, and two drinks and it came out to about $33.00 including a 20% tip. Remember this is an Old World, Mediterranean food. The great thing about the tapas though is that you can order 2 or 3 tapas and see what you like. The decor seemed very nice, and they did have an ample selection of wine. Overall, we were satisfied, we will be going there again.


Mamakat January 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Thought we would try the lunch buffet,walked in -there were only two others- beware if you ever see this!!! Should have known better! The all- u can eat buffet is 7.95 but you will be hard pressed to find anything on it that you would want to eat enough of to be full…it was a big disappointment!!! The good items: hummus, pork wings(small riblets), pizza(plain cheese)and toasted almonds.

The bad items:lobster bisque(tasted burnt), rice salad, wild rice(very bland -no flavor) beef cubes(pressed meat texture)in a gravy that tasted like a jarred variety, tuna salad-very odd and awful, corn and tomato salad, cubed plain potatos and some severely gross tortilla layered item- all were barely warm and of the 21 items Count olives, figs, dates and two type of nuts as a stretch…two salads: ceasar and a mix of very bitter greens. For dessert: fruit salsa, and mini raspberry churros(tasted like they were out of a box.

Our waiter was delightful, the ambience was cheesy but enjoyable and we loved the water glasses- On a side note- We were all disgusted with the fingerprints on EVERYTHING! The sneeze guard was covered with them, the lid for the soup, the silverware was dirty and the tapas plates had food residue and fingerprints all over them…NASTY!!! Needless to say-we won’t be back…ever!


Kat November 12, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Thought this was one of the grossest restaurants in Lafayette! The buffet food was cold and bland…3 of us went – all left hungry and disappointed.


du_sec September 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I went here with a friend and her parents, and had a terrible experience. We ordered the apple turkey and wild boar. The turkey appeared to be chunks of some pressed, reheated meat product, and the boar ribs were overcooked to the point of being chewy and inedible. I left hungry. The service was all right and the sangria was okay, but not really outstanding. I ended up coming back for a banquet a year later, and the food, while better, was still unmemorable and mediocre. There are much, much better restaurants in L/WL!


Susan Hawthorne February 27, 2015 at 3:15 pm

I absolutely loved Adelino’s but am sad to say it has closed.
It was my absolute favorite restaurant in Lafayette.
It was more than a restaurant, the chef gave cooking lessons, he had a mystery theater, he catered weddings and other groups. :(
Chef Rosa – your restaurant is sorely missed by many of us here in Lafayette.


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