El Tapeo

4.5
371 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
El Tapeo celebrates the bold flavours of a modern Spanish kitchen with a simple, ingredient-driven menu. More than just a restaurant, El Tapeo provides the ultimate gathering place for family and friends to enjoy Spanish-inspired sharable plates, vibrant cocktails and a global wine list designed with every palate in mind. Our team’s mission is dedicated to sparking connections between family, friends and the community through spirited food and wine.

El Tapeo is located on the 9th floor of Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat Mom to brunch with a complimentary glass of signature sangria Chef’s market table, choice of entrée and a selection of sweets $45 Adults $23 Children 6 - 12 Children 5 and under eat free Note: reservations called less then 24 hours will be charged a cancellation fee of $35.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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TP
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tapas and wine, ambiance of a wall of windows and 9th floor view. Will definitely recommend and return!

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DL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The paella as well as the tapas were wonderful. Beautiful presentation and unique flavors. House made sangria also tasty; not too sweet.

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j
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. Atmosphere/ambience was just ok, not great.

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A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great view. Food was very good and service was great.

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IL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was not authentic cuisine and not the best flavor

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AC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place to meet with friends/special occasions / date night - great view from the bar to the dinning tables
"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home.
Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."
food is very very good - a lot of variety for everyone
I definitely would return to try more dishes.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls outing. Nice food. Casual conversation. Worked out great

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SA
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

NICE PLACE..PLEASANT SURPRISE..FOOD WAS GREAT..WISHED WAITER WAS A BIT MORE INTERESTED..WAITRESSES AT OTHER TABLES SEEMED MORE ATTENTIVE WITH EXPLAINING ..WE WERE NOT ASKED IF IT WAS OUR FIRST VISIT..NICE BAR SETTING ALSO..WE WILL RETURN AND BE A LITTLE MORE AGGRESSIVE WITH ASKING ABOUT MENU...

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff , drinks and people

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Began the evening with the Corpse Reviver martini, fun twist on the classic cocktail. Our shared plates were quite flavorful and filling. We enjoyed three desserts! Each one better than the next, my favorite were the cookies with rich, thick cocoa.

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NG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, fresh and good size (even the tapas) food. If you are on the adventurous side, try the Paella de Catalana. It's paella with generous amount of seafood and cooked with squid ink. Service was good and there's a view! It's the view of Oakbrook Mall, but hey, where else in Oakbrook you can eat, drink and be merry with a view.

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JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience; the food was great, not outrageously priced, great view from the high vantage point, servers were great. Especially recommend the Meat & Cheese tray and the lamb meatballs.

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FH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On Valentines Day, after Mamma Mia, at Drury Lane, we had a wonderful dinner! Joe, our Server, is always friendly and easy-going, and he made sure we were relaxed and ready to enjoy the scrumptious cuisine.

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GW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife & I celebrated our 49th anniversary with a stay at Le Meridian and dinner at El Tapeo. We shared 3 tapas plates and a desert and loved it all. Nice atmosphere, easy to talk and friendly attentive service. We will definitely go back and introduce friends to El Tapeo.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Tapas was good but the paella was poor. A lot of salty rice but only a few overcooked shrimp and burnt chicken. The sausage was cut up smaller than the rice so you couldn't taste it. If you can't make paella your not a Spanish restaurant.

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JO
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to this restaurant. It's on the 9th floor providing elevated views of the area. We had the corner table for two overlooking two sides of the area. We focused on the tapas and charcuterie board portions of the menu. Our server, Joe, provided great pairing recommendations; both food and wine. Although, I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu.

We will definitely back!

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GO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Ambience and views. Food and drink were wonderful and good variety.

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JC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Went for a birthday dinner. Ambiance was very nice with lots of windows and low noise level. Food was disappointing. I had heard good things about it but nothing we had was memorable or impressive. Bacon wrapped dates were very good but no different than other places I’ve had them- that was the best item we ordered along with the beets which were served warm with goat cheese. The braised short rib- meat was good but the cheese and jam were nearly non existent which made the toast very plain and dry. We also orders the octopus- cooked well which gave a good texture and enjoyed the sauce. Just an ok experience.

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GP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Actually a family get-together. We decided to try a place we hadn’t tried before. The waiter was wonderful, food very good (especially the Brussels sprouts, mini pork shanks and carne Asada), nice selection of wine. We thought it was somewhat pricey at more than $60 per person (not counting the child who ordered off the kids’ menu.) Highly recommend if you can afford it!

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MJ
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

I was looking for a breakfast spot where my friend and I would not be rushed- the restaurant delivered. Service was impeccable - they let us chat, enjoy our breakfast/brunch, and finish with a gift exchange. I think this is a great hidden gem in Oak Brook. I almost didn’t review for fear of others finding, but the chefs and servers deserve recognition!

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TM
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food is trendy tapas and less traditional, my date referred to it as hipster tapas. We started with an excellent cheese plate. Tried the octopus which was in a delicious pepper sauce, but a little over cooked. The Brussels sprouts were great but a little overpowering in mustard taste. The sangria was not very good. The ambiance is amazing, on the ninth floor overlooking the mall during Christmas and was worth the price of the meal:

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleased with the delicious food & excellent service!

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K
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

The dates stuffed with almonds and wrapped in bacon that we got as an appetizer was five-star level. Unfortunately, the two different paellas we got for main courses were both very disappointing and no where near what we had in Spain during the five years that we lived there. We have already told friends that they should go for the dates and the soups, but never for the paellas.
Our waitress (the only female working that night) was excellent.

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L
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We’ve been here many times so obviously we enjoy it. Interior decor might benefit from a little oomph but all in all, wonderful tapas and paella

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F
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Worse restaurant ever. Food was not tasty, portions were too small, inaccurate description of items in the menu. Service was poor. Very expensive and low value. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant, at all.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was good, not great. Glad we tried it.

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CL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time food was excellent. Drinks great.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was awesome. First time and definitely looking to go there more

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LP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were great, will be back again.

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p
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We had several of the small bites. Most were mediocre. The pork shanks were the highlight of the meal being quite tasty. From the menu and gallery on line, we expected items to be well-seasoned. Other than the aforementioned pork shanks, that was not the case. The chicken entre was so dry and bland that only a few bites were taken at the restaurant. We took the rest home. The next morning the odor was bad enough that we just threw it out. With so many great restaurants within an easy walk of the front door of this one, there is no reason the eat here again, and I would not recommend it to anyone as an alternative to the other choices in the area.

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TG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we’ve had Joe for a waiter and he was an excellent host once again.

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

With the restaurant being located on the ninth floor of the hotel, it was a bit strange having guests walk through the restaurant (and past our table) on the way to whatever lounge was attached to it. The food was fresh and delicious, with our waitress and waiter being very kind and attentive. Overall a nice meal spot for a meeting after work or between friends.

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SL
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Excellent good, but VERY loud, and I enjoy punk rock shows. Lots of screaming adult women, and no music.

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W
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointing. There are a lot of excellent tapas restaurants in the Chicago area and this wasn’t one of them. Service was good, restaurant was clean and the views were lovely. The under seasoned food however was not great and due to the acoustics, the noise from a group in the bar was deafening. In the western suburbs, we’ll go to Emilio’s or Meson Sabika for tapas. This isn’t even on the same page.

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SU
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The paella was fantastic! The atmosphere was a little industrial but nice. Our server was also very informative and attentive. We will definitely be back again and again!

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G
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, drinks and service. Good value and we had a nice table with a good view too.

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KL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and outstanding food - both are sometimes rare in a hotel environment. Would definitely go back!

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t
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food. Server was friendly and attentive.

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RS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is great we, have had the same servers for the several years we have been going there and they have always been excellent. The food is always very good and the menu changes enough to keep being interesting but also keeps quite a few of the regular favorites.

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SL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Krystle made our experience at El Tapeo Fantastic! We went there to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and was not disappointed! Great food and great ambiance! We will definitely be back!

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