Great to be back
Emilio's is a fantastic place to share new tastes with old friends. Emilio's has been our favorite restaurant in the Chicago area, but we moved away years ago. When we visit, we bring different friends and both sides of the family to come together and try dozens of tapas small plates. Old favorites are of course the garlic potato salad, but also the pisto manchego (mix of roasted vegetables), the beef brochette in cracked pepper with caramelized onions, and the bacon-wrapped dates. They have a number of vegetarian dishes and also work with low-carb, paleo, and probably any other diet, because you order multiple small dishes.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great tapas. Emilio knows whjat the people love to eat.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Emilio walks thru the restaurant
Emilio walks thru the restaurant and greets the guests. We have been going to this restaurant since opening in July 88.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great time at Emilio's for a birthday celebration. Service was very good and food was all very tasty. Will go back!
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding Tapas and Service
All aspects off our dining experience were great. All of the tapas were excellent. Service was excellent.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
How a Restaurant Should be Run!!!!
Emilio's Hillside (Illinois) location celebrates their 25th anniversary this week, and, in the restaurant business, that is the most significant of milestones.
I don't get to dine there as often as I would like, since I now spend half of each year in Florida, but going back is always a special pleasure. There are many reasons for this, but the foremost is Emilio, himself. On my most recent visit, I was joined by three friends who are all wine aficionados. Our last gathering there was probably more than a year ago, but Emilio greeted us in a way that indicated he remembered us well. If fact, after just a brief discussion, he returned to our table with an open bottle of wine, and poured each of us a generous glass to enjoy. What a host!
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
25 years and still great!
One of our favorite restaurants. Great for sharing delicious tapas or a great paella.
7/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was notable...
My husband and I frequent Emilio's Tapas in Hillside. This experience was one of the very best. Everything was absolutely delicious!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I don't go out to Emilio's often, but when I do, I know it's going to be a treat. The thing I love about tapas is that you can try so many different things. We had veal, shrimp, crab, beef, stuffed dates, lots of wine, and for dessert, flan and some other chocolate delicacy. The service was attentive without being overbearing, and the mood was very celebratory, as Emilio is celebrating his 25th anniversary in this location. Emilio's never disappoints. I left feeling as though that was the best meal that I had had in a very long while. Congratulations on your anniversary, Emilio, and I wish you many more wonderful and successful years!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Balloons and Sangria
Emilio's made our son feel very special on his birthday. Being welcomed with balloons and a card signed by Emilio himself set the tone for a fun, delicious evening. Don't miss the sangria--even if you're not celebrating anything!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, fabulous food. Every time I go there I remind myself to come more often.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have dined at Emilio's often over the past 20 years. The food is consistently well prepared and the service is attentive, even on a busy night. The menu has a great variety of hot and cold tapas with an array of standards and always a selection of new and different specials. The paella is excellent. The wine list has a good selection of all varieties at various prices - I do not recall being disappointed with my wine or, on occasion, sangria.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food with superb service
We ordered a wide variety of dishes, mostly to share among the five of us. Everything was delicious. Including sangria or wine, shared desserts, leftover paella to take home, and tip, the bill was $100 per person, so it is more costly than some places but great for a special occasion such as ours, or for a special dinner for two.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's been over 20 years since my spouse and I were here last. Shame on us!!! Her birthday, coupled with our son and his girlfriend relocating from western New York, prompted a dinner for this occasion that I wish we would have done years sooner. We dined outside in the garden area and had a blast!!! Our server Lisa, was spectacular and extremely helpful in giving us menu suggestions. The sangria was awesome, something our son and girlfriend like and make themselves at their place. The dishes we ordered and of course shared, were wonderful. We tasted items by Emilio that have such unique flavors, we were blown away by the simplicity of the dishes we ordered. I highly recommend Emilio's Tapas in Hillside. We'll be back soon, I guarantee that!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Emilio's has an intriguing
Emilio's has an intriguing ethnic feeling and the food is quite interesting.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Experience
Food was great once again & sangria was excellent, but service was a little slow due to the crowds on Saturday night. The chef came out and greeted us, which was nice. It was a perfect night to sit outside, and they have a great patio.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
In all the years we have been frequenting Emilio's, every food or drink choice has been perfectly prepared and delicious. The staff is always friendly and attentive.
The dates wrapped in bacon melt in your mouth. The soups are smooth and flavorful. The sauces on each dish offers levels of flavors as they work their way through the taste buds. The desserts are mouth watering. The plantano con helado, a warmed banana covered with warm caramel sauce and pistashios paired with vanilla ice cream.
The staff also is very helpful with special dietary needs such as gluten free.
I recommend this restaurant for any occasion special or not, because the experience and the food is special in its own right.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as always!!
Been going to Emilio's almost since it opened and have always been very pleased.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed Emilio's Tapas
We enjoyed Emilio's Tapas alot. They gave us some complimentary wine and tapas, which was fun and economical. The food was very good. I had sauted scallops with peppers. The peach casserole dessert was divine.
9/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Topas to share
We loved being able to try many dishes, eating only 1/4 of each as there were 4 of us. Emilo is a great host.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This has been our favorite
This has been our favorite restaurant for years.
It never disappoints.
Everything about it is done just right !
Emilio is a great host and Magdelena is a terrific waitress.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met some girlfriends here for an early Saturday lunch. The servers were very friendly and sweet. The food, served tapas-style was amazing and tasted delicious. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, every time.
The food here is always amazing, they could use a little remodeling I don't think they have done much with the place in the past 25 years since they opened. The location also leaves something to be desired but the food makes up for it every time. I love it and will continue to make my way there every chance I get.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Time at Emilio's!
My boyfriend and I had been to Emilio's once before, to celebrate my birthday. That was a couple years ago and I've been wanting to return ever since. It's as fabulous as ever. Even though tapas style, I think the dishes are very generous portions. We shared the calamari, bacon-wrapped dates, garlic potato salad, grilled asparagus, and steak, and each dish was tastier than the last. Each selection we had was bursting with flavor. The bacon-wrapped dates are beyond words, a must have!! I can't wait to go back!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still Crazy After All These Years
I've been coming to Emilio's for years and it has withstood the test of time. Always top-notch food and service. Tapas make the perfect food for groups as it allows you to try so many delicious dishes. Very highly recommended.
9/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Never a bad experience
Emilio's food is wonderful. I try different dishes each time I go to Emilio's and I'm never disappointed. Sunday's shrimps were superb. I usually let the waiter select my wine (unless I'm with someone in the know) and, again, I'm never disappointed. The staff is friendly and attentive. Emilio's my favorite local restaurant.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
delish & delightful
This is so close to my house and i feel so lucky to have such a good tapas place. The service is great and the food always top notch!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed the food very much but felt that it was way too much money for what you got. I would recommend this to a friend with the understanding that it is way too overpriced. We will not be back.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great food. The sangria is delicious too. Never disappointed.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Tapas Place in Metro-Chgo
Chef Emilio is most recognized as the first Chef to introduce tapas food to Chicago area. The Hillside location is his flagship restaurant venture now over 24 yrs ago and is my favorite place for authentic, contemporary Spanish tapas with a beautiful decor of murals. Lighted outdoor patio area is nicely decorated with fresh flowers pots and seems to be filled with diners. Service is impeccable and attentive with refilling the bread, water and drinks. My favorite tapas is the Ensalada Rusa and the Spicy Roasted Wings with Garlic Aioli sauce & grapes. I love the red Sangria, but the $35 for large pitcher is expensive though, but a large glass of it is just fine, sip slowly & enjoy.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
I have been going to this restaurant since the first day they opened. The food and service is always consistently excellent.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
25 years of fine eating
There is a reason a restaurant thrives for a quarter century under one owner - in this case that is Emilio. Staff is mostly people we have known for decades. Eating here is like a pleasant homecoming.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another wonderful meal with Emilio
Emilio's always takes care of us so well. I feel the staff is attentive and helpful. The food is delicious and varied. A special request for them to bring back a delicious special maple walnut cheesecake they had had seasonally in the past was honored even though I only made the request the day before. Thinking about all the good food we had is making me hungry, I may go back tonight! I especially like bringing a group to Emilio's as it is fun to taste and share the tapas offerings.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
I absolutely loved it! Esmeralda
I absolutely loved it! Esmeralda was a wonderful server. Everything was wonderful!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I had a date night at Emilo's. Everything was absolutely perfect! I would recommend this place to everyone!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a group of 7, celebrating
We were a group of 7, celebrating a birthday. The wait staff was great - from balloons on the table when we arrived through a Happy Birthday chorus accompanied by a profiterole with a candle - very nice. The food was excellent as well.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Emilio's! We went
We love Emilio's! We went there this time to celebrate our daughter getting engaged. Emilio sent over complaintary drinks and his congratulations...very nice! Food is always fresh & outstanding.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
sell out early
Always enjoy Emilio's, but always disappointed when they are out of the specials. We we're there at 7:30pm and two of the specials we ordered were already sold out. Good wine, sangria and Spanish beers compliment the delicious tapas.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Emilio's~tapas dining at its finest
Emilio's never disappoints...the escargot, beef brochette, dates with bacon and banana/pistachio desert are among our favorites...white and red wine sangria...alhambra... and the carmel vodka on ice...The attentive wait staff , our server Lucy and Emilio (on site) are the reasons we come back, time and time again. We were warmly greeted and shown to a table upon arrival...never rushed...which makes for a very enjoyable dinner. Bon Apetit!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
All Time Favorite
We have been going to Emilio's since they opened in Hillside and have been hooked ever since. This is my all time favorite and when we want to have a special meal, we know we will not be disappointed. I have never had a dish we didn't absolutely love. If you enjoy trying new things you must make a plan to try them. Favorite tapas plate has to be the bacon wrapped dates....I know it sounds unusual but, it is outstanding...and the desserts are fabulous too...We love the tapas because you can try so many things, experience so many flavors, have a great experience and have a meal unlike other dining experience. Great place, great service......
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Truely amazing, over 25 yrs the food has been truely consistently fantasic. Chocalate desserts are unbelievable.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great!! A gentleman named Nelson took good care of us. Love the garlic potato salad they serve there. Went for early dinner (around 5:00 p.m.) and shortly after, the restaurant started filling up. Nice, clean place with delicious food and good staff!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant was like I was in Spain all over again! Amazing food and desserts!!!! Can't wait to go again :-)
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Emillio's Never Disappoints
One of our favorite restaurants is Emillio's in Hillside. The service is friendly and good. The food is excellent, and we have our favorites from the regular menu. The daily specials are seasonal and make us want to try something different. Emilio's has special occasion menus (think Mother's Day) that make those special days even more fun. We went there last Friday with friends, had Sangria, tried several excellent Tapas, desert and coffee -what a great meal.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Pleasant Experience
I wasn't sure what to expect at Emilio's, but I was pleasantly surprised! The staff was very friendly and curtious and the food was great. This seems to be a popular place since there were almost no empty tables. Since it was our first time ding here, our server presented us with a complimentary dish! I would definitely dine here again.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner for 2
We enjoyed our dinner. It was my boyfriends birthday. Balloons greeted us at the table. We were offered several complimentary plates and a bday dessert. I would go back for more. My favorite was the mushrooms. Yummy.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The tapas is outstanding! Love all the choices. The ingredients are top notch. The service is always outstanding. We can always count on a great night out when we dine at Emilio's!!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
We LOVED their dates wrapped in bacon. The red pepper sauce was perfect! All the classic tapas were excellent. We did try one of the specials, a cold venison dish. Unfortunately, it was forgettable and lacking flavor. All in all, my husband and I will definitely be back.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've been to Emilio's several
We've been to Emilio's several times and have never been disappointed. My favorite is the bacon-wrapped dates. There is such a wide variety of choices on the menu that anyone dining there is sure to find something they will love. Love the sangria!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Emilio's tapas is a positive gem friendly with a family atmosphere - the menu is diverse and unique - we rec to be a little adventurous - read menu ask questions but trust me all on menu is great - don't be afraid to ask waitress/waiter for special request add on's or retractions from menu - the ownership takes great pride in making sure you are completely satisfied
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM