Emilio's Tapas - Sol Y Nieve
  • Address:
    215 East Ohio Street
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Neighborhood:
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Tapas / Small Plates
    Price: $30 and under

Emilio's Tapas - Sol Y Nieve

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.emiliostapas.com/index.php?option=com_locations&view=location_details&loc_id=8
  • Phone: 3124677177x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Emilio Gervilla and Crispin Plata
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Sol y Nieve provides catering for all type of events. For more information please contact our event planner - Julie@emiliostapas.com
  • Entertainment: Occasional Spanish Flamenco Shows or Solo Spanish Guitarist.
  • Special Events: Wine Tastings, Wine/Dinner Pairings, Cooking Demo's,

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between St. Clair & Columbus Dr.
  • Public Transit: CTA Bus 151, Red Line Grand Stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public Pay Lot next door! Street Meter Parking
A word from Emilio's Tapas - Sol Y Nieve
You'll be tempted by the tapas at this Streeterville eatery, from the team behind Emilio's (other location include Hillside). Its name means sun and snow, and the Spanish specialist serves a wide range of hot and cold choices, including grilled shrimp with garlic lemon butter sauce, baked goat cheese in tomato sauce, paella, among other fabulous tapas. The wine list features more than 60 choices, many available by the glass. The restaurant features colorful murals, tile mosaics and iron light fixtures. During summer time its patio is the perfect place to relax and enjoy great tapas and sangria.
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Emilio's Tapas - Sol Y Nieve reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (50)neighborhood gem (44)great for outdoor dining (37)fit for foodies (32)special occasion (21)romantic (20)kid-friendly (10)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (9)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Just right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Was looking for a spot to host up to ten people in town for a conference. Let me tell you, this place was perfect! Centrally located, excellent menu for sharing, and over the top hospitable. So glad I chose it. Bring your friends here! As you will read from the other reviewers, their food is tasty and the atmosphere is warm and without the pretentiousness of other nearby places
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Slow2eat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was awesome - desserts fantastic! Really enjoyed the tapas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic spot!
    ordtmpsfo
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    You must try this place. The service was fantastic and the food authentic. The paella was superior. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner with old friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    It was a great place to catch up with old friends, share some great food and sangria -- had an excellent time. Our waiter ordered for us and it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good tapas!
    DBABQVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We were in Chicago to visit the Contemporary Ary Museum and wanted somewhere decent to eat after. I did a bit of looking around and when I saw the listing for this tapas place I thought it might be a good choice as we like to try several things. We started out with the Toastada a la Andaluz (eggplant and beet on bread) before sampling several hot tapas - morcilla, lamb meatballs, flank steak and more. We thoroughly enjoyed everything we tried and would have tried more if we were not full! If ever in Chicago we'd probably eat here again and try the other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ate here twice while in Chicago
    longswim
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Very good and creative tapas. Nice reasonably priced selection of wine. Actually the entire menu was reasonable. My wife and I shared 4 tapas and a carafe of sangria. We had room to split one dessert. Very pleasant waiters. You won't go wrong here. Liked it enough that I brought a group of business colleagues back a couple nights later. My boss is somewhat frugal and was very satisfied with the price value ratio.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skip the Paella
    Chrystalmyst
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The service was excellent, Sangria delicious and affordable, the tapas we had were amazing, esp the Garbanzo spread, empanadas, and special pork salchichas. However, the Paella was a huge disappointment; lacked freshness, and seafood terribly overcooked. Wished we would have just ordered a couple more tapas instead. Overall, a great evening though, and we would ABSOLUTELY go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Just back from Spain, great continuation of our trip. Nice wines, great tastes. Attentive, personal service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas for Two!
    nrraymon
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Emilio's was a terrific place to take a date. The selection of unique and interesting foods, paired with a pitcher of red wine sangria makes for a special occasion. It's also great that the tapas (smaller dishes) are great for sharing. This way, you can order a few things and split them between yourself and your date. Definitely recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific all around
    2bigeatersVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We loved this place, one of our best experiences in Chicago out of many much more expensive. Wonderful service, vast menu and each and every dish was uniquely special. Do get the potato salad. It is world famous, or should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food/Service, but Hot and Loud
    evodevo
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Title says it all. I enjoyed the food and we had a great server, but I found it hard to converse with my 70-something parents over the talking, clapping and laughing from other large and boisterous parties. The restaurant was also overheated. The folks at the table next to us were fanning themselves with menus to keep cool. I can only imagine how difficult it was for the servers to work in that environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent tapas
    JES3
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We were in Chicago for an overnight and realized Emilio's was a few blocks away. We'd eaten there several times, but not in the past 10 years. If anything, the tapas have gotten even better. The grilled squid, Spanish tortilla, potatoes in garlic aioli, bacon wrapped dates, were excellent. It's gratifying to see a restaurant maintain its quality over time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Made a special night even better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our waiter, Juan, was attentive and very nice to the entire table. He went out of his way to make the guest of honor feel special. The food was amazing and very savory! Can't wait to go back:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas selection!
    TravelingCouple
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I enjoy really good tapas and Emelio's did not disappoint. We prefer small plate menus so we can have a variety of tastes while dining. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Tapas!
    pickle1397
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great local neighborhood restaurant. This is my second time to eat at Emilio's and I will definitely go again. I went back this time to specifically try the paella and was a little disappointed. The shrimp and clams were way overcooked and the rice was soupy! I will return, but will only order from the tapas menu. My favorite dish is the stuffed dates, spicey potatoes and tenderloin. The salads are also wonderful. Overall, great place and would highly recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trying Something New
    Teacher
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was a great find to celebrate a friends birthday
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, even better service
    clompsthedinosaur
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The tapas dishes were solid and the flavors were good, although nothing blew me out of the water. The portions are very ample for tapas, which I appreciated. What makes this place really great, though, is their service--top notch, super attentive, really couldn't ask for more. Our waitress, Stephanie, was wonderful, but so was the rest of the staff, including the servers in charge of refilling water, bringing dishes to the table, and clearing dishes away. Would come back for sure!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely dinner
    PickyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I had an enjoyable feast including GREAT potato salad (really garlicky, YUM!), a very fresh salad, mushroom caps, and steak broquettes with horseradish sauce. These plates are tapas, so we had plenty of food. My husband also had fried bacon-wrapped dates. The only drawback was the breadbasket--it was stale! nevertheless, we will be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    BESQ
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I had dinner at Emilio's on Friday, September 12. There were 4 people in our party. The server was great. Two people in our group had never experienced tapas before and she was very helpful in suggesting dishes for us to try. We loved the bacon wrapped dates and the flank steak with a chimmichurri-like sauce. So delicious! We also had a pitcher of sangria. It was good but I've had better. All in all, great experience. I would definitely go back the next time I'm in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great for a group, food was delicious and the service was great. Went for a Bachelorette party, gave her special attention and a complimentary dessert. Would recommend for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luv2goout
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Not that great! The service was excellent but I did not find the food all that good. Somewhat outdated
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  • Great lunch
    Ovidiu
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Many tanks to Luis and very professional service. The Paella was exactly like we eat in Spain. I recommend to everybody Gazpacho made, it was just perfect and simply delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • abbaroodle
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The tapas were delicious! Plenty of veggie options for those who lean that way. We also had the veggie paella which was good but not as good as the tapas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What a wonderful way to spend an evening! The food was outstanding and service the same! Loved all the tapas choices! Only wish there had been more than two of us so we could have tried even more choices! Will definitely be heading back any chance we get!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Welovewine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Brought three of my friends here for dinner. We were away for a girls weekend, and this was our last stop for dinner before heading home. We had a beautiful night to sit outdoors. The food was fabulous, and all of my friends raved about the food, wine was delicious as was the dessert! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best outdoor cafes
    Mike
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Both of us delighted by the generous space between tables. Interesting cocktail selections. Menu is extensive and the food and presentation was good to very good (based on our 4 selections). QUESO DE CABRA CON NÚECES was a perfect starter dish to share with goat cheese, pecans, grapes, and a poached pear. The gazpacho was OK, lackluster in taste and presentation; I've had better at non-Spanish restaurants. We then enjoyed a larger selection of skirt steak, spinach w/a potato fritter that was tasty and satisfying but the fritter was forgettable. We ordered the CANELÓN FRIO DE ATÚN a cannolli stuffed with canned tuna and asparagus. The tuna was too "tinny" so probably not white albacore. Excellent waiter. We'd go again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great weather
    MrsRPD24
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great night for outdoor dining. Service was a bit slow, but overall, the food was great and everyone was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant surprise...
    FoodieAtHeartVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our last night in Chicago and we were on our own for dinner. I searched OpenTable for a neighborhood gem - and being a huge fan of tapas, discovered this spot. What a wonderful surprise! The ambiance was delightful - we sat outside, enjoyed wonderful weather, an unusually quiet street for Chicago, and amazing food!! We ordered several dishes, and enjoyed every one of them...our favorite was the Caprichos de Pollo - it was decadent! We also enjoyed: Empanada del Dia, Bacon wrapped Dates, Shrimp in Garlic, and a gazpacho sampler that included Watermelon, Cucumber and Tomato soups. ALL of it was wonderful! The wait staff was friendly, and very helpful in recommending dishes to our tastes. They also have a great wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Experience!
    HungryBaers
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Delightful experience!! The food was outstanding! We were a party of 6 and everyone loved our choices (and we ordered a lot!). The grilled octopus and skirt stead were stand-out favorites, but all were good. We were seated inside, but decided at last minute to move outdoors to enjoy the cool evening and the people watching. The staff went out of their way to accommodate our needs, and the service was fantastic (ask for Juan -- he was wonderful!). Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Champaignrefugee
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great selection of small plates, attentive service. Wine list- not too expansive but solid selection of Spanish wines. Nice for a romantic post-theater dinner and I can't help but think great for a large group (multiple plates to share). Octopus is incredible- do not miss it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Very good tapas served promptly. Nice selection of Spanish wines. They really should get better bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So So
    Glenn
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We are great fans of Tapas. The wine selection was not that great, particularly if one wants wine by the glass. The first wine my husband wanted was out. The ham plate (serrano ham) was about the best ham we've ever had, but the bread was not that great. It reminded me of the mediocre baguette bread one gets in little restaurants in Italy and Argentina. I still believe others should give it a try. I may have been turned off by the heavily sea foodish tapas and lack of other vegetarian or even meat options. The service was good though. We were made to feel at home, all in all.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 67 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 458 reviews are from the Emilio's Tapas - Sol Y Nieve reviews archive.
  • Trio of gazpacho, WOW!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    That was just the start of a wonderful selection of tapas. I highly recommend this lovely place if you enjoy small plates and sharing great food with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved this authentic tapas find
    TnttownVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    From the moment we walked in, it was obvious we were in for a Spanish tapas treat. Everything we tried was tasty and our waiter was very helpful in making our selections. The dishes came out quickly after the were ordered which allowed us to pace our evening. I highly recommend Emilio's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambiance, Authentic Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The classic patatas bravas are delicious as well as the curry chicken. Great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for as long as I can remember
    AuctioneerVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I favorite for as long as I can remember. Sitting outside with my daughter and dog was a wonderful treat. Very dog friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food! Great Service!
    gunder
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were there for a pre-theater dinner and had a great time. The service was great and we were able to get out in plenty of time for our show. I would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You had me at sangria!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Outdoor seating was very nice. Our server knew the menu well. We enjoyed everything we ordered except for this crab special. Sangria was refreshing! Will visit again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Go-To Chicago Restaurant
    ChicagoinMN
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Whenever we are in town we head to Emilio's alone or with guests, the food quality is always fresh and delicious, the selections varied and abundant with something to please everyone's palate. We are native Chicagoans although we don't live there now, and Emilio's is always the restaurant we recommend to others visiting Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your everday eats
    amylahVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My husband was hesitant to order anything but the paella, but due to time constraints we could not go that route. OUr waiter Juan took the time to "find" some tapas dishes that my husband would enjoy. The food was delicious and we were done in plenty of time for the theater.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.