Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Emilio's Tapas - Hillside

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.emiliostapas.com/
  • Phone: (708) 547-7177
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday:11:30-4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Emilio Gervilla
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Emilio's Tapas Caters! We can Deliver or Provide Full Restaurant Service! Please see our Menus on our Web-Site or email nancy@ emiliostapas.com
  • Entertainment: Occasional Spanish Flamenco or Spanish Guitar
  • Special Events: For Private Parties, email maryann@emiliostapas.com
    Flamenco Shows, Solo Spanish Guitarist, Island Patio Live Music, Spanish Wine Tastings, Spanish Wine/Dinner Pairings, Emilio Cooks Classes and Demonstrations!
    Also Serving Funeral Lunches - near Queen of Heaven, Mt. Carmel Cemeteries.
    Private Dinners/Cocktail Parties/Tapas & Sangria Events, Patio Dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mannheim Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking lot. Additional parking located on the north side of Wendy's Drive thru.
A word from Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Thank you for your interest in Emilio’s Tapas. Emilio’s Tapas is an authentic Spanish Tapas Bar Restaurant conveniently located in West Suburban Hillside. Spanish cuisine can best be described as a mix of French and Italian influences; tapas are small dishes ideal for appetizers or when ordered in rounds build a complete meal. Our menu consists of regional Spanish specialties, original dishes created by Emilio offered in both the dining room and bar for dinner daily. The restaurant is casual with spacious dining rooms and an energetic atmosphere accentuated by colorful Spanish murals, music and tiles.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Emilio's Tapas - Hillside reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (79)good for groups (67)neighborhood gem (66)great for outdoor dining (46)special occasion (45)romantic (21)great for lunch (19)notable wine list (12)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (8)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Went to Emilio's to celebrate my husbands birthday. The food was amazing. We especially enjoyed the cold garlic potatoes. The service was great even got to meet the chef. The restaurant was more than generous with sending us an appetizer an extra desserts. Even the youngest of us had a great time. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Food to Share
    MoM2VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    When we want to share a few interesting dishes, we head to Emillios. Friendly service helps to make this our favorite restaurant. We order just one or two tapas sized dishes at a time and stop ordering when we begin to feel full. The sangria is tasty, especially the red. Good variety of wines and sherries. For a group, order one of the paellas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Loved the bacon wrapped figs and the goat cheese phlan
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect, as expected
    Rover1
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Emilio never fails to please. The service was excellent, the atmosphere busy but friendly, and the food as great as always. I've been having Tapas at Emilio's since they opened and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend nearly the entire menu, especially the Ham platter and the Goat cheese in tomato sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • simply awesome
    RShip63
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I only gave it 5 stars because thats the highest you have. But Emilios OMG the food out of this world a true gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good gathering place with friends
    northshorefoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Overall good. Nothing disappointed us. It was easy to pick something for everyone. My favorites were the bacon wrapped dates (should have gotten 2 orders) and the goat cheese in tomato sauce. Desserts were great too!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    foodislife
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Had a wonderful time at Emilio's - the atmosphere was so warm and friendly. The food was absolutely amazing with such a large menu which is hard to find for tapas. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas at their Best!
    ChicagofoodfanVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We've been coming here for 20 years. The food and service are consistently outstanding. Every day they have specials and we mostly select from that list when we come. The Spanish wines they have on their wine list are always good and fairly priced. We will keep on coming any chance we get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a surprise!
    Bwimmer
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Emilio's is not particularly unique looking place on the outside, but it was a trip to Spain on the inside. Chef Emilio made rounds to thank each patron for coming. The food is outstanding! From the simply excellent house salad to the exquisite paella, the dishes were unbelievably delicious! Service was also top notch! I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, decor needs an update
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had eaten at Emilio's in the in the city before so after a function in Oak Park stopped by for a later than normal dinner. Great food! Fast service and very attentive. Garlic potato salad was the best, but be prepared to still taste it the next day. I would still however order it on our next visit. We also had the lemon garlic shrimp, somomillo steak, goat cheese in tomatoe sauce and fabulous creme brulee. The one interesting fact though is the building is a bit old and decor is kitchy. Tables were kind of just stuck in the front part of the restaurant and there was no place to stand while we wait a few minutes for our table. I will be back for the food though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    RollstoneVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Again, Emilio's combines great service, imaginative specials, solid basics and an excellent sangria to deliver us a wonderful evening. Had 2 guests who were new to tapas and they were very impressed and pleased. you just cant have a bad time here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Sharing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    If you love to share your food this is the place to go! The ingredients are top quality and Emilio and his crew always come up with something clever. It is always a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Love the food! Have been going there for years and never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good wine good service
    MODI
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I frequently take guests to Emilio's at Hillside. These are seminar speakers at Loyola Medical School in Maywood, or my coworkers. We can enjoy good food and wine and the noise is moderate to allow for good conversation. Occasionally I go with my wife, since we both enjoy the food, even if it is a little out of the way since we live downtown. I also recommend you to my friends. I have always had good experiences there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Paella
    RJS6675
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I love Emilio's for their wonderful selection of tapas and especially the Paella. We had the Paella Valentina and it was excellent. They also have a great selection of sangrias, wines and other alcoholic beverages. Originally we weren't going to go out for dinner because of Sweetest Day and how crowded restaurants get - which generally means lack of good service - but things went smoothly and we really can't say anything negative about our meal or the service! We will definitely be going back again soon. RJS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quarter Century of Great Food
    Robert
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been going to Emilio's for nearly 25 years and always have a good experience. The staff are friendly, we have known most of them for 20 of those 25 years, daily specials always delight, and kitchen performance is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My family took me out to Emilio's for my birthday. Great food. Try the bacon wrapped dates.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty Nice
    Iliketapas
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The chairs and tables are very close together so people bump into you and bang their chair into yours as they are making their way to their table or booth and/or trying to sit in their own chair. The restaurant decor had a lot of taxidermy (birds) around, seemed a little cluttered. The waitress was a little pushy, I didn't get a friendly vibe from her. They gave us a free sample plate which was nice. The food was pretty good. It COULD be romantic if it wasn't so crowded or if you were able to find a booth to sit in. Great for group outings. Great if you want to try a variety of food and just hang out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoying Emillio's for 26 years!
    Thegrovegirl
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We had another amazing dinner at Emilio's for our 31st anniversary last week. Natives to Hinsdale transplanted to San Diego 12 years ago, we don't get there as often as we used to but it's still our favorite restaurant the quality of the service, the experience and the fabulous food are unsurpassed! Annamarie, Emillio and staff were most gracious and attentive in helping us celebrate!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went here on our first date, and we still love coming back over and over again. Great food, and we love to sit outside, when the weather is nice. Inside is very cozy as well, it's a very special place. Emilio came out to greet us, our special night, to finally meet him.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent variety, wonderful sauces
    sally
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Been going to Emilio's for years. He is thoughtful and always gives us a free treat taste. Lots of diverse dishes to please everybody. Don't forget to save room for one of the delicious desserts. Very reasonable too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great experience at Emilios. Every dish we had was delicious. The service was great. It got too noisy around 7:30 when the restaurant was very busy. I would definitely go back and recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • subfoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Good for celebrating , the selection of entrees and specials were exceptional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Emilio's is a consistent winner
    talldrink
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had a great experience at Emilio's. The server was very knowledgeable. We shared two cold and two hot tapas, and all four dishes were delicious, expertly prepared, and nicely presented. Their homemade sangria was also terrific. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    Susanna
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a party of 8 adults, ordered liberally from the small plates menu and shared everything. We were not disappointed with one dish. Sangria was outstanding. With wine about $40.00/person. Fun atmosphere and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need to go more often
    Veggirl
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went for a Saturday lunch with friends; it made us realize that we go too infrequently. Everything we ordered was wonderful. Great choices for both the vegetarians and meat-lovers in our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Emilio's is the best
    jflores
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Have been here dozens of times. Never fails. Had escargot, so delicious, soft shell crab delight, potato salad brings you palette to light. Always busy, but you are treated like family. Emilio came out and thanked us. Feel likes friends house. Never pass this by if in neighborhood, you won't be disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun evening
    msbluejay
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were at Emilio's on the last Sunday of August. Great ambience in the outdoor seating area. Tapas and sangria were fantastic! Our favorite is still the Tortilla Espanola. Service was pleasant but a little slow because they were busy. We didn't mind because we weren't in a hurry and we were enjoying the flamenco music and dancing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    MoM2VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our group of 6 went to Emillio's on a recent Friday night. Our table was waiting for us. The restaurant was almost full, including the lovely patio. Our drink order was taken promptly, bread and butter was put on the table, and a complementary horsedoerves - 6 portions- arrived. After consulting with each other, each of us listed a different favorite tapas, which we ordered in two stages, cold first, then hot tapas which we shared. Emillio came over to say Hello. We also shared a couple great desserts with our coffee or sherry. Some of us have been going to Emillio's since it opened 25 years- never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a wonderful server who provided great options for us and was also very attentive. Had a wonderful experience and will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food is fantastic! You can choose from a wide variety of tapas that appeals to many different tastes and palates.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect evening
    ChrisdyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We have been to Emilio's downtown Chicago and we were not disappointed at all! The service was very good and the tapas were excellent. We never felt rushed to order more and the pace was refreshing. Excellent rooms wine too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The tapas are tops!
    Letmedance22
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We loved Emilio's! Was looking up tapas on google, came across and brought the family..and what a wonderful evening we had. Went on a Sunday to hear/watch the Flamenco. The music and dancers were beautiful, really added to the whole experience. Our waitress was excellent, very patient and informative. Food was excellent, fresh, incredibly delicious..we will definitely return. A real find in the burbs for a true taste of Spain !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paella
    Gringo
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I brought a spaniard from the Canary Islands here. He said it was the best paella. I've been eating there for over 25 yrs, the tapas are awesome but leave room for the seafood paella. Eat there and you know why they've been there 25 yrs and they will still be there another 25 yrs. Enjoy!!! Take your time, it's not fast food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great tapas in hillside
    windycityVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Emilio's has been around for over 25 years at this location and its longevity is due in great part to the great cooking team Emilio has put together and his dedication to quality and consistency. Highly recommend trying dishes off his specials menu as there is where he takes risks with new dishes. Very good wine list and a good selection of sherry. Staff is excellent and do a great job pacing dishes. Very lively in the restaurant and in the summer they have an outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OUTSTANDING
    COCO
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    EMILIO HAS A WAY WITH FOOD, AND HIS "SAYING HELLO" TO EACH TABLE IS SPECIAL.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 08/16/14
    kiwi
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were seated immediately upon arrival. Service was quick , thorough and always present. Food was delightful, fun , different and exciting. A good place to savor many flavorful sensations of the palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After the Air Show
    BigT53VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The sangria was ice cold with fresh fruit. Very tasty. The plates were varied and had a nice relish with some. Sauces were good. The free taster plate was extremely good. All in all a good experience. It was not as busy as in the past so we sat outside. The road was noisy but after a couple of sangria's who cares anyway.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just what I was hoping it would be.
    newtoChicago
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I heard about Emilio's online when my daughter moved to Chicago. Finally moved here myself and it is first on my list. Great, fun experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Meal
    AmazingMealandMore
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wow! My husband and I have not been to Emilio's Tapas for a few years. It was a delicious treat and the waitress was the best. Thank you for the awesome meal, sweet sangria, and special night out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.