Emilio's Tapas - Hillside

4.8
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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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MK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best! Coming here for 30 yrs. Always warm, welcoming, with food so consistently delicious you could order blindfolded. Seriously.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 6 days ago

Amazing review! Gracias and ill be sure to let Lisa know!

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b
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning to end, everything was amazing, the tapas we're delicious presentation was good, their house sangria was perfect, the service was exceptional, their dessert menu needs a bit of work only thing

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 5 days ago

Gracias Blanca! We really appreciate your rating and comments.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was delicious. Waitress was very nice and gave us recommendations. Our table was located on the corner which was perfect. We were seated right away.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 5 days ago

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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TK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emilio's Tapas is one of our favorite places to eat. The restaurant is a happy place. The service is casual, yet absolutely professional, and the food is so very good. Everything we have tried has been delicious, and we enjoy seeing and talking to Emilio when he walks through the restaurant. He is definitely passionate about his dishes. We absolutely love the grilled calamari, and his famous garlic potato salad. The waiters are dedicated to good service, and they are friendly and proud to serve their delicious Tapas plates. Try the red sangria! You won't be sorry.

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

Thank you so much for your great review....im so over whelmed about all the wonderful reviews from moms day....its a very hard day, long hours for all but we always try our best and so proud of my "kids". Gracias for your wonderful comments, we so appreciate it!

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service are always good, but we miss the downtown location on Ohio which did not feel as cramped and overall had a much better ambiance.

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

Thank you for the positive comnents...

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EK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go here it’s a great time! The food as always was excellent

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

Gracias for your comnents....

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PJ
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Emilio's for Mother's Day lunch. We had a group of eight people. Emilio's was crowded and busy, but our server took great care of us and treated us like royalty. Delicious food, friendly atmosphere, great service. We LOVE Emilio's!

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

Gracias for your rating and comments! I wish I knew your server or your reservations name....when ever a guest makes a positive remark about staff I like to reward them for doing a great job....they are so deserving, especially on Moms Day!! Thank you....

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MD
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Emilio's is one of our favorites. We save it for special occasions, and always love our experience.

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

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and food were on point. Affordable fun atmosphere

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on May 13, 2019

Gracias gracias gracias!

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r
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Emilio’s has fantastic food and great energy. Their standard menu has all our favorites like bacon wrapped dates and paella. The daily specials are always worth a try. The venison pate was unexpected and delicious.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on May 13, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments! We really appreciate your comments.

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H
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our food and service but the noise level and crowdedness of the restaurant detracted from a relaxing dinner with friends. Too many people in the small space.

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

Thank you, I appreciate your feed back.

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CS
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is awesome and the staff provides amazing service!

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

Gracias for your rating and comments!!

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g
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing gluten free options clearly marked on the menu! We love Emilio's!

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

Gracias for your rating and comments....thank you for mentioning our gluten free items too..

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RF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. Paella and patatas aliolo were delicious. Best tapas restaurant around.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on May 13, 2019

Wow! Thank you for that honor!

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LV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emilio has returned to helm the kitchen! Terrific food and drink! Thank you, Emilio for your wonderful food!

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

Gracias for your rating and comments! I'm not quite sure what you mean he "returned to helm the kitchen". He was recovering from surgery late Jan for about 2 weeks......

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KK
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was nice and the atmosphere was great. I definitely come here again.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on May 13, 2019

Wonderful...gracias for your comments

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KV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service!! Will return.

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

Gracias gracias gracias!

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing and checked on us frequently. The food was cooked perfectly and there were no issues.

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

Gracias for your rating and comments! We are happy you joined us for a meal....

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

Had dinner here with my son and wife. Not always the easiest when trying to enjoy a grown up dinner with a 3yr old boy in tow with toy cars and iPad.

Nonetheless This place hit the spot with all of the choices we made, the brava potatoes, chicken curry, Russian potato salad and the wings were amazing. Seriously I was caught off guard with all of the flavor in each dish. Also, the peach sangria was delicious.

The service by Angelo was impeccable and he invited us back. Definitely a place to check out if and when in hillside. Emilios hot all of my check marks for a quality dinner.

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

Gracias! We are so glad you enjoyed your evening. Thanks for joining us....

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

Great birthday dinner!

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

Gracias for your review!

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h
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food. Extensive interesting menu. Charming ambiance and decor.

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

Wonderful review....thank you!

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JH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emilio’s is our favorite.
Great food great service.
We had 4 of the specials last visit, all terrific, great flavor mixes.

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

Gracias John! We so appreciate your comments!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place!! The food is phenomenal and the atmosphere is adorable!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on April 27, 2019

I loveyour review! Thank you so much...

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service and good excellent! Special touch for birthday so cute with balloons and card at table. Very thoughtful! Wish they had live music more often to liven up ambiance or play music louder. Other real complaint is we feel it’s way over priced. Almost $260 for 3 people!

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E
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been to Emilio’s for a few years, I don’t live nearby and fortunately have delicious tapas options in my town. I always enjoy Emilio’s though. We brought a friend who lives closer to Emilio’s for her birthday.

What a great warm welcome upon arrival, a table set with balloons and a birthday card. Service was excellent; friendly, prompt and frequent. Food items were very tasty, the garlic potato salad was the best I recall anywhere, the creamiest.. Only regret of all dishes, was the pork special, which was tough, and I would’ve preferred the potatoes crispier and tender inside.

But overall, a very enjoyable experience. I will return again, hopefully soon. Salud!

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

Gracias for your rating and comments! We're so happy you had a great evening of celebration. I'll relay your comment regarding the pork special to Chef......gracias.

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DO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
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 on April 23, 2019

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 on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

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 on April 21, 2019
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 on April 24, 2019

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 on April 21, 2019
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 on April 21, 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
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!

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

Thank you for your feedback! I really appreciate it. Helps us decide what tasty tapas go on our buffet and menu. Gracias.

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
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 on April 23, 2019

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
9 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 on April 21, 2019

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 on April 23, 2019

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
7 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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