El Tapeo

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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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TB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great date night dinner. It was our first visit and the food was amazing. I thought portions were good for the price. Flavors were very nice. Service was great, the ambiance / decor is different for the suburbs. It has a cool vibe. It did get noisy when a larger table started filling next to us, but wasn't horrible. I definitely would recommend to friends. We did a small paella and 3 tapas plates plus 1 dessert between 2 people. A couple drinks and it was perfect!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice quiet place for a date night

TQ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and attentive service, great drink selections, and Joe was an amazing server...

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and atmosphere

BD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Our waiter was attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. We will be back..

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Valet parking is never available. Have been there three times and there is no one there to park the car.

c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a gem in Oakbrook. The food is some of the best Tapas I've had in the country bar none. The service was great. The plates are really the right size, sometimes Tapas tends to be served as large portions, but really, in order to preserve the best preparation I've found that smaller plates taste better. The small servings of Paella are not to be missed.

E
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty view, great service and fantastic food. We’ll be back

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good!

JB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails were outstanding. Our server, Crystal, was top notch.

TB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Love the food! Service is outstanding!!!!

DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and drinks options. Hopping area and surrounded by hotels and restaurants, so there is a lot to do here. I also liked Le Meridian. Note that the restaurant is on the top floor of Le Meridian.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like this place a lot. Not big portion and a big variety

LL
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location, great and interesting food, recommended

k
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique, delicious food served by an amazingly friendly and knowledgeable staff.

PS
Chicago
13 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!

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

AW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone was very friendly and the food was outstanding!!

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.

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.

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

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.

S
Chicago
26 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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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

Food was not authentic cuisine and not the best flavor

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.

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

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

SA
Chicago
23 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...

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

Great staff , drinks and people

M
Chicago
5 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.

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.

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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