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 1486 People Are Saying
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DK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit to Emilio’s and it was a wonderful experience. Alfredo our waiter was great and the food and sangria was delicious. Will definitely come back.

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

First time, found was delicious and beautifully presented. Live music was very loud but they seated us in back which helped soften it a bit. Lively and fun atmosphere. Our server was super smiley and helpful in choosing what to order.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 2 days ago

Gracias for your rating and feed back! We really appreciate your dining with us

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MP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, good wine. I am always amazed at the variety of the tapas they have

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 2 days ago

Gracias for your rating and feed back...we really appreciate that you chose to dine with us.

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one our favorite spots!

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back! We really appreciate it....

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ME
Oklahoma City
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and they were very helpful relative options for a vegan eater. Service was great and really like how Emilio circulated throughout the restaurant checking in on everyone!

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back....

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C
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The flavor of the tapas was great; the best I’ve had with my limited tapas experience. Wait staff patient and helpful in making selections. Not much food for the price, but the value contained in the flavors makes up for the modest quantity.

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back, we appreciate it.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Food is always fresh and delicious!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 6 days ago

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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KH
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love potato salad and the seafood paella. The margarita is wonderful and we had a great seafood tapas as well. The grilled octopus is something that should be tasted. The service is exceptional.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on October 6, 2019

Gracias for your rating and feed back! Thank you so much for your nice comments.

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DU
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating there. Great experience. God and service was great. Definitely will be back.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on October 5, 2019

Gracias! I'm so happy you came to dine with us!

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service as usual

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back! It's very appreciated!

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Met a friend here for dinner and we shared a few small plates on the patio. Service was very friendly and the food was great! Highly recommend the patatas aioli if you like garlic! Very, very good.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on October 9, 2019

Gracias for your rating and feed back!!

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always meet another couple at Emilio’s and they never disappoint. The food is delicious and the servers are attentive. We love to sit in the outdoor patio area where it’s quiet. We definitely recommend Emilio’s for a unique dining experience!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on September 29, 2019

Gracias for your rating and feed back....we appreciate you dining with us again.

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MO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here! What a treat for our out of town visitor.

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

Wonderful! So happy you enjoyed your visit...

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r
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A spur of the moment decision turned into great paella on International Paella Day!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on September 23, 2019

Gracias! Thanks for joining us on World Paella Day!

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L
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I love the food at Emilio's Tapas and the service. My party was there on a Friday night looking forward to the music but it was only being played outside so we missed it! Had I known this would be the case I would have requested outdoor seating. The noise level inside was pretty loud and some in my party found it difficult to have conversation. Outside, on the patio area, it was much nicer and of course there was the guitar and singing. Wish I had known in advance. (The last time I dined at Emilio's the entertainment was inside in the bar area and then in the secondary dining area.)

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on September 23, 2019

Hola Loretta....yes, on Friday nights during the summer we have the Montage duo on the patio....weather permitting. The other entertainment group Alma Flamenca is a show and again will dance inside and outside ....weather permitting. Going forward the Friday duo Montage will be in the bar. Check your Wednesday newsletter for all events. Thank You for your kind comments regarding our food and service.

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l
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We celebrated my Birthday here. This is one of my favorite restaurants. Really wanted to sit outside but it was a little chilly that night.

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

Gracias! We are happy to be able to make your evening special.

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MM
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except that the red Sangria that we ordered seemed “off” - like something was missing or it seemed watered down... They said they couldn’t get us new Sangria because it is made in bulk and a new pitcher would taste the same.... we sent the pitcher back and we ordered wine. Missed the old Sangria we have had for years!

JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Emilios. Be sure to have the garlic potato salad and curry chicken!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on September 9, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments....we were happy to share the joy with you.

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M
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and outstanding food. Highly recommend if you enjoy tapas.

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

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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MB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazingly consistent in every way, and I'm talking about 20 years!

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

Gracias, gracias and Gracias! We appreciate your feedback....

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RN
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent flavorful food. Perfect sharable portions. Spot-on service. Delicious Sangria!

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

Gracias for your rating! We really appreciate your feed back...

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AG
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This special Treasure is a Delight -- our dinner was a Birthday Celebration -- and it couldn't have been more perfect Thank you Emilio's

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

Thank you for choosing Emilios Tapas to celebrate!

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

Food was amazing along with the atmosphere! Can't wait to go back again to try more dishes!

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

Gracias for your rating and comments, we are so happy you enjoyed our little part of Spain!

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

Always a wonderful experience. Great food and service.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on September 9, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been coming to Emilio’s Hillside location for many years and have always enjoyed the food. We have seen Chef Emilio shopping for fresh ingredients at the local farm market and know we are always getting the best. Service is always excellent.

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

Gracias for your rating and comments! We really appreciate your feed back. Yes, we shop at a few different farmer markets during the season, and love talking to the farmers and picking up what they are growing for us. Thank you for your service comment too....they love what they do.

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R
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food!! Always a gem of a place

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

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

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DS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emilio's never disappoints! They are the best restaurant in the western suburbs. My favorite, for a date night or a group. Delicious!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you for that great review!

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JZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emilio's is our all time family favorite.
We have been coming to Emilio's for 30 years now and have never once been disappointed.
The food, services, and atmosphere is outstanding!
Please don't ever retire dear Emilio!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on September 3, 2019

Gracias.....we appreciate your kind words.

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KH
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great potatoes salad and Paela with seafood. We had a flan for desert.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on September 1, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments...glad you enjoyed your evening!

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall everything was good. The only problem is that we made a reservation and put down that we were celebrating our anniversary. Well nobody ever mentioned anything or asked.

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

I'm so sorry Daisy, we did forget to pass that info to the server. We apologize for this mistake. I'm making a note in your profile so we won't miss this date again. So sorry...

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C
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here forever. Emilio was cooking. Best lunch by far lately. Everything we ordered was perfect!❣️

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on August 28, 2019

gracias! we appreciate your feed back!

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

Wonderful place -great food -great service

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on August 25, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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T
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Meeting old friends

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

Gracias for your rating

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CB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Emilio's Tapas. We got seated right away. We had a

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on August 29, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments

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m
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emilio's was excellent as usual! This night there was a free wine tasting and also a Flamenco show. Everything was great!Favorite foods: Caricoles, Pincho de Pollo, Pincho de solomillo, datiles, Emilio's potato salad, black bean soup - and the list goes on and on! LOVE IT!

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

Gracias, gracias Gracias!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful night on the patio, Spanish guitar music, great tapas...makes you feel you might be back in the Plaza de Pescaderia in Granada.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on August 25, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments, and yes.....it did!!

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M
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Been coming here for many years, the food is still extremely good. The wait staff has attitude and was hard to find to take the check at the end.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on August 23, 2019

Wow, I'm really dismayed to hear this comment. I apologize for unacceptable service....

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LS
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent service. Our services was very professional. He explained the menu and the different dishes.
The food was delish. We’re going back.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on August 23, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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k
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Who sings going to Emilio's for over 30 years and I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal. It's one of my absolute favorite restaurants

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on August 23, 2019

Gracias Gracias And Gracias!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place. Constantly great food and service.

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

Gracias, gracias and gracias!

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