El Tapeo

4.5
385 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.
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F
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places EVER. Service is exceptional. Food is always GREAT .Tonite the drunkin cheese selection before our Valencia paella .... Scrumptious!

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Very nice sangria.
Good service.
Nice setting.

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s
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received top notch service. Our server somehow managed to be friendly, without being intrusive. We chose several tapas items, and all were good. The little pork shanks (?) were outstanding. The custard dessert was unexpectedly delicious. (It was a compromise between what my brother liked, and what I liked, and we both enjoyed it immensely.) Prices were reasonable. For the quality and amount of food we ordered, the check was less than I expected.

The only thing I wasn't thrilled about was that we didn't see any signs making it clear that the restaurant was on the 9th floor. We did a fair amount of wandering around looking confused before someone asked us if we were looking for El Tapeo, and told us where it actually is.

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JB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and nice ambiance. My only complaint was that the nice large windows overlooked a mediocre "concrete jungle" view.

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TB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

One of my favorite restaurants!!!! Outstanding food! Outstanding wine! Outstanding service!!!!

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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone was very friendly and the food was outstanding!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing expirience tonight at El Tapeo. We were celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary and this was just what we needed! Very professional and knowledgeable staff. Our server Krystle was attentive to all of our needs and questions. Jay was very knowledgeable of all of the wines and spirits. The menu seemed to be driven by an amazing Chef with a very detailed culinary background. The dessert was a hit with my wife as well. Kudos to your team both front of house and back! I am giving this restaurant only 5 stars because well frankly that's as high as open table let's me go! I will be dining again soon and recommending to anyone looking for authentic tapas without the downtown traffic.

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B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was in Oak Brook, IL for a meeting and we had a business dinner at El Tapeo. We ordered tapas to share around the table and everyone really enjoyed the food. The service was outstanding with courteous and attentive staff, and timely presentation of our plates. The 9th floor view was also nice. Deserts were also excellent. Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant if you find yourself in Oak Brook, IL.

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DB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 1

This is a wonderful spot to unwind with friends after the workday. Or to treat the family on a weekend

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ER
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My only complaint is that when I called to ask questions, and to change my reservation, no one was ever around to answer the phone.

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S
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The price was too high for the portions. It seems that they specialize in small plates, so they should either give 2 selections or for special events more food.

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Atmosphere was very nice. Love the windows all around the restaurant. Service was very good, food was very good. Had an awesome time. Will definitely go again. Thank you!

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The paella was awful and the seafood was overcooked and was spoiled. Horrible. I would never go back.

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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
7 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
18 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
10 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
44 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
31 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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