El Tapeo
El Tapeo

El Tapeo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eltapeorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6308282044x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm; Lounge Hours: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm -12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Franco Diaz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 22nd
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary self parking. Valet for $5.00
A word from El Tapeo
The name “El Tapeo” originates from southern Spanish local slang “Vamos de tapeo” which translates as, “Let’s go for tapas”. El Tapeo offers a menu of authentic Spanish Tapas with small plates and main courses for sharing “family style”. The lounge will offer the same menu "tapas style" small plates to share.In the Lounge, enjoy live entertainment on select Friday and Saturday nights along with craft cocktails, signature sangria or fine wines and champagnes.
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El Tapeo reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (11)special occasion (10)fit for foodies (8)romantic (8)neighborhood gem (7)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (5)good for groups (5)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    White table cloths a Must for a menu with prices. . .Not placemats. . . Tables like school decks hard to pull chair up to the table. . .
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodJunkieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Le Merdien new to the Oak brook area was looking forward to booking a group party there but after I had tried the food I was not impressed. Food needs help, the music is there is too loud your server has to shout while he's telling you about the menu. I was hoping there will be a great view since the restaurant is Higher and not ground level, my view was of The Double Tree..my inside view were these large block pillars that blocked off the scene in the place. Service was great, couldn't complain there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Trendy, upscale Spanish in the mall
    SuburbanscoutVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were surprised and delighted to find El Tapeo through Open Table. The restaurant just opened a month ago in the Le Meridien hotel in the Oak Brook Shopping mall. Situated on the top floor of the hotel, and decorated with a sleek contemporary flare, it reminded me of dining at Jaleo in Las Vegas. The food was excellent, and the service attentive and friendly. The menu is more limited than our favorite Tapas restaurants in Hillside and Naperville, but the atmosphere is younger and exciting. The 9th floor shopping mall view looks better at night, and the restaurant cleverly places blinds helping sustain an illusion that we might be in Chicago or another urban setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good. Nice service by AJ
    LisaMcD
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Chairs were a bit uncomfortable. Ambiance was nice, energetic. Nicely decorated. Manager greeted us. All of the staff greeted us - very attentive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • East Meets Midwest
    Jebblue
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Definitely East Coast in terms simplicity of design. Motel 6? I had deviled eggs, baked ham and sausage tapas, plus ate one of the wife's lamb chops and had chocalate tort and creme brûlée for desert. All were rated from a low of excellent to a high of fantastic. The drinks were also world class and the drinks were served with a single solid ball of ice. That said the open floor plan with a highly reverbant hard floor can get noisy. At sunset the sun becomes a laser beam and there is no blind to block the death ray. I had to shift to an odd corner of our table to provide my wife with a solar eclipse using my head as a makeshift moon. Also no wifi unless you are a guest. Food, bar, service, view, a+ . But the devil is the details.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need to work the kinks out
    JeevesVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A well designed space with great views/sunsets on the 9th floor of the Oak Brook Le Meridian. Seemingly interesting cocktail menu priced as if produced by one of the city's top mixologists at $13 - $15 per drink fails to deliver. Extremely limited tapas menu for a "tapas" restaurant yields a handful of staples thoughtfully prepared but hardly inspired. Being only a couple miles from one of the best most consistent tapas restaurants Midwest will be a problem. Skip the over priced meat/cheese boards. Again, much better exmples already in the neighborhood. Entrees are priced as entrees, but portioned as shared plates. Deserts uninspired. Music & lighting turned WAY up. Go early for the view, get a drink, go someplace else to eat.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I dont think so
    tastebudspotonVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Absolutely zero bang for the buck. Food below average at ridiculous price for quality and quantity received. Drinks were good but overpriced. Wine way overpriced. Can't believe it will make it without a menu overhaul and more moderate pricing. On the positive side - the space is very nice with a lot of windows and a good looking bar. Tables have a wooden crossbar at foot level which is awkward.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Macek88
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    First time in this new restaurant. Food was fantastic!!! Even bread, just from the oven! Best olive oil I ever had!! Our server Patrick was very nice and make us laugh. This hotel and restaurant is very modern, very European. It need some punch! Just white and grey colors. Piano bar would be perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is a new favorite spot of ours! The restaurant is gorgeous with scenic views thru the floor to ceiling glass windows. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset during our dinner. The food was delicious and our server was very knowledgeable of the various food selections available. He took time to explain the options an answer any questions we had. The staff is friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is upbeat and modern. It was truly and enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Reservations recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    LorneVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    First time for dinner. Very modern style tapas style restaurant. Food very good with great view of sunset.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
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