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El Tapeo, Oak Brook, IL
El Tapeo, Oak Brook, IL
El Tapeo, Oak Brook, IL
El Tapeo, Oak Brook, IL
El Tapeo, Oak Brook, IL

El Tapeo

4.2
4.2
556 Reviews
$50 and over
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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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Lounge Hours Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:15 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (630) 828-2044
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    William Bothell
  • Private party contact
    Victoria Yurachek: (630) 828-2043
  • Neighborhood
    Oak Brook
  • Cross street
    22nd
  • Parking details
    Complimentary self parking. Valet is available for $5.00.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 556 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West Suburbs

    Great for scenic views

556 Reviews
  1. PaulaO

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ordered was prepared perfect! Friendly staff and attentive service.

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  2. asialady1967

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is on the 9th floor of Le Meridien Hotel with a very welcoming open concept plan. The restaurant itself is small but it's very busy and very lively. All the food we ordered was very good and tasty. I knew it was tapas style but didn't really realize the serving was really small. The 4 pieces of maiz (corn) looked like they were cut from 1/2 of corn on a cobb, and the chicken looked like 3 pieces of scallops. Little pricey for the price but very tasty. Moctails are not bad price and very delicious. The service were excellent, but they seemed a little short of help. The noise level was really up there, I had a hard time hearing my daughter sitting across me. Overall, I would recommend it for happy hour, since most of the people were drinking more than eating.

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  3. lmw25

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We dined here during Restaurant Week and the portions and quality of food exceeded our expectations. Service was good and not so good. Several dishes were brought out almost immediately and then we waited a long time for the remaining tapas. Took forever to get our check. In the middle of dinner all of the bright lights came on. We asked for them to be turned down to the level when we arrived and it took quite a long time for that to happen. The ambience went from comfortable to feeling as if we were in a cafeteria! This restaurant is a hidden treasure but service needs to improve.

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  4. Tuesdaynightguest

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance and selection!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will definitely be back

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  5. CharlesB

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was undercooked and terribly bland Sent the food back and second attempt was not much better

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  6. Demi

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent ambiance, trendy atmosphere and the food is amazing!

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  7. Franman

    Chicago

    74 reviews

    2.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Been looking for a good Tapas option other than one or two in the near Western 'burbs and was excited about trying El Tapeo. Good location and great views-okay that's a plus. I had to ask our waiter twice about the bottled wine: once on what the prices were other than the provided wines by the glass list which he vaguely verbally inaccurately provided, and the 2nd time for the actual wine menu. He finally provided it. Some of the tapas were delicious, Alcachofa, fried artichoke dish being one of them, no question about it. The Gambas, shrimp were great! However any of the hot tapas were at best, tepidly warm. The Patatas Bravas was such a dish. One of the tapas, some type of pork belly, had a clear liquid in a small container that was poured over the dish. Neither my wife or I could understand what he hurriedly said in regards to the liquid and frankly neither one of us could figure out what was inside the liquid that was meant to highlight the tapas. But this particular type of pork tasted dried out for a few of the cuts, almost like it had freezer burn or similar. We left it unfinished-uncharacteristic of my wife and me. I don't think I've ever written an "average" to borderline negative review of any restaurant I've ever been to and wouldn't completely write off El Tapeo. But I would say they've got to up their game for sure.

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  8. CarmenM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time eating at El Tapeo, great food, great service, only reason rated noise level was a large group having fun, New Years Eve Eve, understandable , otherwise great.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice experience on a Saturday night. Nice ambiance, delicious food, good wine selection and friendly service.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food wasn’t bad but not great either. No bread provided. The one included in my plate was burnt not toasted.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Accommodated 6 gluten free people, including using a separate fryer. Our server was super nice about it and the food was amazing!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambiance, food and drinks were perfect! We were able to chat and hear one another which is a huge plus since so many restaurants are extremely loud. Tables are well spaced so patrons are not on top of each other. Definitely recommend!!

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  13. Chicagodude

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Polite staff and great food. Views are amazing. Glad we went

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  14. marilynm

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good tapas and drinks! The ambiance is a bit stark and quiet——very few customers, music very subdued. For a Friday evening, although it was the Friday after Thanksgiving, not much was happening. Our wait staff was excellent. The bartender was friendly and made us feel welcomed. We sampled a variety of tapas; our favorites were the empanadas, mushroom croquettes and the bacon wrapped dates.

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  15. charlesd

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Hard to find once inside hotel poor signage. Slow service, cold temperature, limited full plate menu

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  16. AlyR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Would recommend and will return!

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  17. Mari

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious! Only wish the waiter would have stopped by more so that we could order more drinks.

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  18. Moosesurfs

    Alabama

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Just okay. Service was good but tapas were average.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tapas were tasty. Service was fine. Value on food: Too expensive for tapas size portions. View is spectacular but restaurant design is about a decade or two dated.

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  20. JohnB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was great only "problem" there was a loud group there. Wish they still had the octopus and Senior Simon drink.

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  21. DeniseS

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was excellent. Atmosphere could use some work, too white. No sense of Spanish flare and lacked ambience. Restaurant was more like a hotel room that was converted. We sat next to a painted pillar instead of a window.

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  22. BenitaT

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I had a few plates and drinks at the bar on a busy Saturday night. The staff were attentive, our bites were outstanding and our cocktails (honey nut old fashioned) were incredible. Highly recommend!

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  23. BrennaM

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was amazing, but the noise level was so loud, very hard for our table of 4 to hear each other

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  24. SueJ

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was very good especially the Brussels sprouts and paella. The waiter worked very hard but had too many tables. The decor was attractive but somewhat cold and stark for a tapas place. Perhaps some plants could be added.

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  25. MeryL

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food and drinks . Attention was spotless.

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  26. Momma

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Wish I had realized it was a hotel restaurant on the 9th floor. Was clunky to find it and the bar was loaded with hotel guests and really loud. The food was very delicious- but quite expensive. Cool view over the mall area.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The paella was too salty and we had to send it back. The tapas we ordered were ok but just ok.

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  28. ScottN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Crystal, our server, was great. We never felt forgotten or rushed.

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  29. Enjoylife

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Very disappointed. Service was super slow. Very loud and food not to our expectations.

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  30. ChrisW

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Casual, enjoyable dinner. Food was quite good, as was service. Solid choice for a hotel-based restaurant. Nice views of the surrounding area.

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  31. MichelleW

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant is a part of a hotel. The food is good, except the bone marrow that we had.

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  32. Lynn

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, great food. Wonderful service! Our server gave us great advice on what to order. We were saying we should come back with friends because you can actually hear yourself talk. They also have good sangria.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not impressed with food at all , bland , tasteless. Nothing special

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  34. MitchC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    If you’re looking for a true tapas experience, then you will be disappointed. The food was too ambitious for the kitchen to execute. The flavors didn’t meld together. We ordered five plates and they were brought out all together within 10 minutes.

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  35. JoKay

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is on the top floor of the Le Meridian hotel. You'll have to use the hotel elevator to get there. Once up there, it's a different world. Great bar, attentive hosts/waiters, tables with a window view, and awesome food. This place might be good to check out a fireworks show! I will be coming back!!

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  36. Sheldon

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, good food but be nice to have more choices for Tappas. Overall enjoyable experience but bit pricy.

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  37. MonBa

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoy tapas. It is a tasty and different way to dine.

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  38. JohnC

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been there many many times which means I really like it. Friendly staff and the staff remember you. And the menu changes.☘️

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  39. NancyP

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We signed up for the Tequila and Tapas event. E realized after seeing the prefix menu, 2 of the courses were seafood and I’m allergic. The server was so accommodating and suggested substitutions. It was great and we will definitely be back! Food and drinks were delicious, and presented so beautifully.

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  40. Mary

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was less than mediocre. The paella was all rice very little seafood. Felt like we were doing in an office.

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FAQs

El Tapeo is rated 4.2 stars by 556 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for El Tapeo

2100 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Additional information

  • Cross street
    22nd
  • Neighborhood
    Oak Brook
  • Hours of operation
    Lounge Hours Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:15 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Complimentary self parking. Valet is available for $5.00.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    William Bothell
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine
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