Emilio's Tapas - Hillside

4.7
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Tapas / Small Plates
Thank you for your interest in Emilio’s Tapas. Emilio’s Tapas is an authentic Spanish Tapas Bar Restaurant conveniently located in West Suburban Hillside. Spanish cuisine can best be described as a mix of French and Italian influences; tapas are small dishes ideal for appetizers or when ordered in rounds build a complete meal. Our menu consists of regional Spanish specialties, original dishes created by Chef Emilio offered in both dining room, bar and patio (weather permitting) for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is casual with spacious dining rooms and an energetic atmosphere accentuated by colorful Spanish murals, music and tiles.

Specials

Happy Hour Tapas & Drinks

Tapas from $1.95 & $1 off Wine & Beer!
In our bar area.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 13, 2018

Ends: November 14, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:30PM-6:30PM

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DO
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The cold tapas were excellent. The entree (paella) I had was a bit dry and not as tasty as I'd hoped. The dessert was good. Service by Alfredo was outstanding.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded a day ago

oh, i wish you had mentioned that to Alfredo....we would have replaced it with another entree of paella or any of the other entrees. i'm so sorry to hear that....we could have made you a happier guest! ill mention to Alfredo that you were happy with his service to your table. gracias.

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KZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! Easter brunch was delicious and a good value!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 2 days ago

Gracias! I'm happy you enjoyed our Easter Buffet.....hope you got your pic with our ice Easter Bunny!

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PW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful option for our Easter Celebration! The tapas buffet was fresh and a great selection of entrees and desserts.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 15 hours ago

Gracias and thank you so much! I hope you had your pic taken with our Easter Ice Bunny!

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DR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was very nice , authentic spanish cousine food.
Everything was fresh and nicelly done.
The angus beef was so tender and delicious.
We enjoyed it very much!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 3 days ago

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to Emilio’s for Easter Brunch!
The food is delicious though we wish there were more salads and pastries options. The only other feed back is to have flowers on the patio tables. Even faux ones to add to the ambience outside! Thanks for a yummy meal!! Service is friendly, fast, and efficient!

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Food is fantastic. We tend to go with our usual favorites: Bacon wrapped dates, Cold curry chicken salad, Steak skewerss with onions and horsradish. Loved the special Artichokes last time. Service is always excellent. Often pretty well packed so reservations are recommended. Prices seem to have climbed up a little lately but probably worth it.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 2 days ago

Gracias for your rating and comments! We appreciate your feed back. My new favorite are those delicious artichokes!! Menu prices haven't changed in a year or so, but specials possibly...

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LB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for girl's night out. I have never been here and I wonder why! It was fantastic! Goat cheese spread was yummy. Especially loved the potato salad. It had a great flavor. The service was perfect. Red Sangria with fruit paired great with all the food we sampled.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 4 days ago

Gracias for your great review! We are so glad you found us and had an amzing expiernce. Thank You.

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R
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like going to a family party. We have dined here for 25 years. Staff are like old friends.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on April 17, 2019

Gracias! What a nice comment, we really appreciate it.

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KC
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time visiting and thought the experience was wonderful! Food was so unique and delicious. Definitely will go again.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 2 days ago

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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RD
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood in town, big variety to choose, really good home made sangria
Definitely comeback again

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on April 17, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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BB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I have been to hundreds of good restaurants in my lifetime, and have never had such an all around amazing “food experience” as I had at (my first, and definitely not last) Emilio’s the other night!

Service was very good, the food... art on a plate! Beautiful presentation, perfect combinations of flavors and spices.

I had the pleasure speaking with Emilio, and can see why each of the dishes we had tasted so great. Emilio’s passion for food and people comes through in what is served.

I’ve been raving about our experience all weekend, and we most definitely be going back!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on April 16, 2019

What a wonderful review! Not only are we happy you enjoyed your evening, but grateful for your kind words. Yes, we love what we do....

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TS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Tapas in America. Great quality food, excellent service, warm atmosphere.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you....that certainly is a high mark! We really appreciate your review.

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RF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gluten free vegetarian options! Our family loves our waitress Martha! Our favorite tapas restaurant for the past 10 years.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on April 16, 2019

Gracias, thank you for your review. We definitely love our server Martha.

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PM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good, everything is ala carte, so you can really add up the costs if you aren't careful.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on April 15, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments.......

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KM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was spectacular and the service exceptional. We enjoyed the daily tapas specials - a crab-filled pastry puff and a shrimp cake - as well as some of our regular menu favorites: goat cheese in tomato sauce, stuffed mushrooms, garlic potato salad, spinach salad in radicchio leaves, blood sausage, and duck leg.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on April 14, 2019

Thank you so much for your review about your menu selections and service....gracias!

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c
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Paella and Spanish red wine!!! What could be better on a Sunday evening? Attentive service and amuse bouche. Love this place.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on April 11, 2019

Wonderful! Thank you so much for your great review...

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BB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very crazy busy hectic evening at Emilio's on Saturday evening. We had a 730 reservation and arrived 15 minutes early. Over the next 45 minutes, we noticed that the ambiance and food was soo great that NO one was leaving their tables. We checked in a couple of times just to let them know we had not left. After another 15 minutes, we were still not sat. The owner came up to us and made sure that we were the next sat and proceeded to send over the most amazing appetizers and checked in on us a couple of times. Needless to say, other than the long wait - this restaurant sure knows how to take care of its customers - not only with good food but recognizing sometimes the wait is not in their control. The sangrias are amazing while you wait. I highly recommend to anyone for a truly delightful meal and ambiance.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you for this lovely review. We appreciate your understanding that we dont have a crystal ball! We appreciate your patience and hope youll return soon.

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CB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The music, the food, the service (Lety is always wonderful) was exemplary. We even opted for dessert, and finished the evening off perfectly!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on April 7, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments, we love Lety too!

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BR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The server was great and we enjoyed her wine recommendation.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on April 2, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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R
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful ambiance. Loved it!!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 31, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments, we really appreciate your feed back!

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been there in a very long time but was just as wonderful as I remembered. Best place for sangria!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 26, 2019

Gracias! We hope you will come back soon....Friday night live guitar music!

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OP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emilios never fails. It’s been some time since I’ve there so I was looking forward to the even with good friends. The specials were excellent especially the sole.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 24, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments! So happy to have you back...

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places. The food is consistently excellent as is the service. Reasonable food prices, however the drink prices are high.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 24, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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MP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food. And great recommendations from our server. It was one of my friends first time and she is looking forward to going back! Thanks for making our birthdays memorable!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 24, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments I'm happy we could be part of your special day!

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H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent always. I brought 3 out of town guests for their first time and they loved it!!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 19, 2019

Gracias, so happy you brought your out of town guests....

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l
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best tapas anywhere..everything is delicious. Wonderful Sangria! Service beyond great. I always have the bacon wrapped dates for desert..so good. More than a restaurant, a true dining experience.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 19, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments, they are so appreciated.

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r
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been going to this fine restaurant since it opened in 1990. The quality of the food is always the same. Old standbys like garlic potato salad and manchego cheese with ham on bread stand the test of time. New specials are very very tasty. We also had two excellent bottles of Spanish red wine at fair prices. As always, Emilio was present, chatting up customers and overseeing everything. Emilio's is the best Spanish tapas in the whole Chicago area. Highly recommended.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 19, 2019

Wow! Thank you so very much for your great review! We love what we do! Since 1988....time flies.

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TK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to a few Tapas restaurants - in the US and Europe - and this was one of the best. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will return.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 19, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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GM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had are first date first anniversary many good memories great sangria great food

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Responded on March 19, 2019

Gracias, gracias and gracias!

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CC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful time. The food was great and our server was excellent!! We both enjoyed the ambiance, music and company. Highly recommend this place to anyone!!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 19, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments. We appreciate your kind comments.

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

Excellent food and service! I would highly recommend to family and friends.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 18, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner. The restaurant supplied balloons for the table and a free dessert!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 18, 2019

Gracias, we're Happy to be part of your celebration!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I had a very good dinner with my wife and my two kids, the food was very good I definitely will go back

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 12, 2019

Thank you! We hope to see you soon

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without question, THE best.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 10, 2019

Wow,thank you!

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RM
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food! Great service!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 10, 2019

Gracias for your rating!

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Q
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The food flavor is always consistent and excellent.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 12, 2019

Gracias! Thank you for your comments

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o
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

❤❤❤ this place. always excellent. seafood paella is tremendous! service is great without being pushy.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 15, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments, we really appreciate it!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always perfect and the food is amazing. Emilio is a true artist!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 8, 2019

Wow, thank you so much!

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MM
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to celebrate “Fat Tuesday” at Emillios’s. We have been going there as one of our favorite restaurants since the week they opened, almost 31
years ago. After enjoying a cocktail and a complimentary appetizer, each of us in our group of 4 ordered a tapas to share. We were pleased that
Emillio came by our table to chat (and sent us over a special treat). We shared two desserts and great coffee at the end of our leisurely meal.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 8, 2019

Gracias for a lovely review....we are thrilled to hear you have been dinning with us on our amazing food journey .

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KH
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tapas. Potatoes with garlic are a must. Grilled octopus was awesome, so tender. The wine was excellent, ask about their special not in the menu. The chocolate mousse was excellent.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 4, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments! Sounds like a great evening....gracias.

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