Emilio's Tapas - Hillside

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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

What 1581 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great TAPAS! Everything we ordered was fantastic....grilled octopus, garlic potato salad, russian salad, pisto, shrimp in garlic, bacon wrapped dates, tortilla...

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 12 hours ago

Gracias gracias and gracias! Thanks for all the kudos....

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s
Chicago
210 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Had all the paella dishes. All great. Tapas portions were just right.

Highly recommend

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded a day ago

Gracias for your rating and feed back! Love the paella....

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RF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tapas in Chicagoland! Many vegetarian and gluten free options.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded a day ago

Gracias gracias and gracias! Thank you for letting others know that we have many GF and vegetarian options!

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always reliable, high quality food. Prices seem to have risen a bit, but not unreasonable.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 17, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A few sure hits... the garlic potatoes, the giant prawns with crab, the bacon wrapped dates....😉

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 5 days ago

Gracias for your rating and feed back! My favs too!

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SC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was good! But I saw an accident with a waiter than I hope 🤞🏼 he hasn’t had any consequence about that because many times they don’t have fault 🤭🤭🤭

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 5 days ago

Humm....if your referring to the host assistant separating tables in the east room, no....its an accident. No one would break dishes and glasses on purpose. He is shy and felt badly but all is well. Thank you for your concern...how nice! Thanks for your 5* rating.

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The seating was very close and at first I was uncomfortable but we started up a conversation with the couple next to us and compared food selections and if was nice. The food was good. The calamari was very chewy and was disappointing but everything else was tasty. Overall the experience was enjoyable.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 6 days ago

Hola Cathy.... I'm sorry your calamari was chewey....i hope you mentioned this to your server so they could replace the dish. Thank you for your review.

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RL
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I went with my sister and brother in law to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We all love the small plates to share and the sangrias, both white and red. Our server Anna was fantastic! Never rushed us, but was very accommodating and attentive. She has a great personality, we wound up being there for 3 wonderful hours. Will definitely be back!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 6 days ago

Gracias for your rating and comments! I will show Anna your review...she will be thrilled!

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service but for me the 3 plates I shared with my wife were more like small appetizers instead of the main dishes. Although the food was good at the end I wasn’t full.

JR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was attentive & cheerful. Our meal selections were very good. Interesting & unusual in some ways. Very good experience overall. The noise level was higher than I'd prefer but was to be expected on a special occasion evening such as Valentine's Day. We will be back soon!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 17, 2020

Gracias gracias and gracias! Thank you for your review!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The live singer which made for a fun atmosphere, but it was also a little loud and hard to have an engaging conversation. Otherwise, it was great!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 17, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back.....i appreciate it.

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JG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, from the food, service, ambiance. My wife and I had a wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration. Will definitely be back in the future as always. Great job Emilio.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 17, 2020

Gracias Jose! We really appreciate your comments.

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p
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food. It's a real experience .

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 17, 2020

Gracias for your great review!

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AD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, I really enjoyed the curry Chicken and the Goat Cheese with Honey. Good service and nice ambiance.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 17, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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SS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been frequenting Emilio's for over 30 years and it has never disappointed. Food is always delicious and service is topnotch.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 16, 2020

Gracias, Gracias and Gracias! We really appreciate your review....

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ML
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg the food is just perfrct

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 15, 2020

Gracias gracias and Gracias! We appreciate your feed back.

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t
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is clear that Chef Emilio has quality food as his top priority at his eponymous restaurant in Hillside. Add to that the charming Spanish decor and you are guaranteed to enjoy your dining experience here. Everything is homemade and does not disappoint. The hardest thing is deciding what to get from the tempting menu, but since it’s tapas style designed to be shared with your fellow guests, you can easily enjoy a bit of this and bit of that. Don’t miss the outstanding authentic flan!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 13, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back, it's very much appreciated. Chef's passion has not waned in over 32 years here in Hillside. He just loves his job of creating and making guests happy with his creations. Gracias!

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AI
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit and will be back. Delicious authentic food, attentive service and lovely ambience. I lived in Spain for 2 years and this helps me when I’m missing Sevilla and Madrid!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 13, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back! We appreciate your kind comments....

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MC
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was delicious as always! Will remain one of my favorite restaurants!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 11, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. The food is amazing!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 11, 2020

Gracias gracias gracias!

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RG
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come on. This place is amazing. I have literally no complaints.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 9, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing. Staff is very friendly and are always helpful.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 3, 2020

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

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g
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate a retirement for lunch. I had called ahead because we were under a time crunch. They were so nice. Allowed us to place our first few apps order over the phone and even opened the door early for us a few minutes. Thanks Maryann and Axle.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 3, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back! We appreciate you dining with us. I will pass on your thanks to Mary Ann and Axel....gracias.

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R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS fresh and delicious. Emilio is on site and it shows in the food prep and service. Fish is very fresh
Sangria always makes the day a little better. We’ve been going since he opened almost 30 years ago. It’s a gem of an original menu and environment. Bravo 👏

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 30, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back! What a great review, we appreciate your kind words.

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S
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, as always. Food was perfect. Waitress was attentive. Great spot for special occasions or for an everyday meal.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 26, 2020

Gracias....thank you so much...

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MM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVED my Server, Luisa(sp?)! She gave & my 1st awesome service. The date went so well we were the last ones closing the restaurant. I was also happy to see Emilio (my dear friend!) as I’ve been a customer along with my family for over 30yrs! It’s my favorite place in the burbs!

❤️Mary Moy-Gregg

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 26, 2020

Gracias Mary, we appreciate your loyalty.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at the restaurant was great. The food we ordered was delicious, portions just right. Our waitress recommended few things for us, she took really good care of our needs. It was my birthday and my son mentioned something about it, so she came back with a little icecream cake and a candle, I got my happy birthday song and I felt very good about how nice it was. It was a dinner to remember.
I had my birthday dinner at Emilio's last year too amd I am looking forwad to next time.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 26, 2020

Gracias! I appreciate your comments

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RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is has been a wonderful restaurant for a long time and never fails to disappoint. Having the chance to talk with Emilio before being seated is always a treat. Will go back again, and again and again.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 26, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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B
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I would let them know how its different from a standard entrée based meal. We liked the various choices but being new to this type of meal were left a little unsatisfied with the quantity or size of portions ..salmon & Ham too thin , calamary very rubbery and different from traditional fried. Desserts were great !

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 26, 2020

I'm sad to know our server did not ask if you had been to our restaurant before! At that time they should have told you about Tapas and sharing! I'm stunned and disappointed they did not communicate this to you. I apologize for us. Please contact me for a refund on the items you did not like. Ann-Marie

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as usual.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 19, 2020

Gracias For Your Feed back! We really appreciate it.

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TM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was impeccable. All while listening to live guitar music. Amazing!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 20, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back. So happy you enjoyed our Friday nite music!

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AC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always an enjoyable experience from the food, to the sangria, and the ambiance. We were lucky enough to have live musicians playing while we dined. I am never disappointed that is why we return often.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 20, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back! We enjoyed seeing you and the family!

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t
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tried some new things chosen by our friends and they were all very good.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 26, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back....

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MC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Offer a good selection of tapas with reasonable pricing. Always enjoy dining at Emilio's weather is for group gatherings or for celebration. This time, particularly enjoy their Fruit Del Mar, seafood soup with super flavor

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 18, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back. Thank you for joining us once again.

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m
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emilio's, excellent service and food as always! thank you

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thank you! Nice to see you again....gracias

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Emelio's was just as good as ever. It's the first time we were able to take advantage of their happy hour specials. Great deal!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 9, 2020

Gracias! We appreciate your feed back...

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JF
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the best and was wonderful seeing Chef who walks among his patrons. I have never been disappointed there. Had the beets with eggplant and the artichoke tapas which was new for me and delicious as well.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 7, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back, we really appreciate hearing from our guests....

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CB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food. The staff out does themselves every single time. Friday night early bird special and live music!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 8, 2020

Gracias, gracias and gracias for the kudos!!

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RH
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emilio’s is always great. Tried some new dishes. The empanadas and spicy meatballs were delicious. Our waitress was super sweet and recommended we try the cold asparagus and it did not disappoint. The red sangria is a must. It was beautifully decorated for the Christmas season.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 7, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back! Have a great new year!

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f
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to emilios since he opened on 1988. We have never been disappointed.always an enjoyable evening.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 3, 2020

Wow! Thank you so much for those thoughts! We appreciate your comments.

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