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

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Veracruz
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service. Food could have been hotter temperature-wise.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 23 minutes ago

Thank you for your feed back! So sorry about the temperature! Yes, it was busy and servers are not able to get food out of window fast enough....usually we have a runner, but unfortunately we didn't have one last night....my appologies!

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FR
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The dish described as Pate wasn’t really Pate after-all, I would not order this again.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded a day ago

I'm sorry you didn't care for chef Emilio s country style pate....he does make other types, but loves this one with pistachios. Thank you for your review and rating.

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SU
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates and paella; they do a great job. My partner loves the desert

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 12 hours ago

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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s
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The profiteroles were a hit for 4 who had never eaten them. All of the food was great and so was service.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 12 hours ago

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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AT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Tapas restaurant in Chicagoland. I Love it
Good food, nice staff, and fast.
The only thing is, they should have sign in English for the bathrooms men and women.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 6 days ago

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

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SO
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Attentive! Would definitely recommend going there specially for a special occasion. They will sure make you feel special!!

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back....thank you for your kind words for Martha too!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best! Accommodating service and delicious food!

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

Gracias, gracias, gracias!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the free balloons and dessert for a birthday. And the tapas are consistently excellent.

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

Gracias! We are happy you chose to dine with us tonight!

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SW
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE FOOD HERE IS OUTSTANDING AND IT IS SUCH A FUN PLACE...WITH FLAMENCO DANCING, SINGING, AND AWESOME SANGRIA. WE WENT WITH SISTER AND BROTHER IN LAW AND HAD A VERY FESTIVE AND FUN TIME. LOVED EVERYTHING WE ATE AND IT WAS HARD NOT TO KEEP ORDERING MORE LITTLE PLATES. THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE!

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back! Thank you for your great review!

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and staff. A gem in the near west suburbs. We do not go here enough and we are 5 minutes away.

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

Thank you for the kudos! we really appreciate them, but please come back for lunch or dinner more often!

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c
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Emilio's is always reliably good. There are a couple of dishes that we always order along with a couple of new ones. Good selection of Spanish wines.

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

Gracias! we appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we are doing!

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CA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time again at Emilio's. My wife and I have been coming here for 50 years. Always great food and great service!

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

Wow...gracias for your comments but, we opened 32 years ago! It just seems like 50!

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W
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was All good!

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

Gracias! We appreciate your review!

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PB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We have been coming to Emilio's for many, many years and it is always a go to spot because of the wonderful food and ambiance. We have always been able to make a reservation without issue. We love to see Emilio come out to the tables to say hello. The wines are always fantastic and you can't beat the Sangria. There are always some delicious items on the "Specials" menu to choose from. Whether you pick your favorites or try something new, the food does not disappoint. And they always have wonderful desserts!!

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

Gracias for your comments....we sure appreciate your review! But, I see a 3* rating for service, please tell me more. I'm really a stickler for service issues. Gracias!

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EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We always enjoy eating at Emilio’s. I made reservations like always but we had a terrible table. By the entrance next to the bar. Other people were standing in back of us waiting to be seated. I would have understand to be seated at that table if we had not made reservations. We were told that we had to wait 45 minutes if wanted a different table. I hope it doesn’t happen again.

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

Elena, I'm so sorry you were unhappy with your table. I will make a note in your profile not to seat your party at that table for your next visit. Thank you for your feed back.

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t
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, colorful decor, and friendly service.

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

Gracias! Thank you for your feed back....hope to see you soon.

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TO
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service and tremendous food. Not a quite place but no better place to share plates with friends.
Tim O
Geneva IL

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

Gracias for your review! We really appreciate your kind comments.

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IM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my partner here and she loved it.

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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o
Chicago
127 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really a fun experience with business guests. We tried many tapas and finished with paella and desserts for all 8 people. Enjoyed the food and service. I will be back!

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back.....so happy you enjoyed our little bit of Spain.

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food here.

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so fresh and exceptional!

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

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

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CT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love coming to this restaurant in fact we come here at least once or twice a month. We brought friends this time who had never been here. They really enjoyed it and of course WE will be returning as usual!

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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m
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emilio's was spectacular yet again. We had Caracoles, garlic potato salad, olives, pincho de pollo, datiles, and a lovely liver pate amuse bouche. Everything was AMAZING! Hats off to Chef Emilio! We had a lovely waitress, who was fantastic. SO nice and helpful. I wish I had gotten her name so I could mention her here. We were just there for dinner, but there was also a wine pairing dinner with music, and Flamenco dancing in the next room that looking really fun.

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

Gracias! We appreciate your kind review! Yes, we had our annual game & wine dinner with flamenco show that night. Please check our website for all doings at Emilio's Tapas.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Emilios is very colorful and inviting family restaurant exciting menu, Colorful and family friendly great place to have a celebration like a birthday and anniversary. They make you feel like family.

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

Thank you....i really appreciate your comments.

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PC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable, service was excellent, food was very good, Tapas menu, and the overall experience was worth going back. The garlic potatoes were fantastic, sorry not to mention all the other good food, but make sure you order the garlic potato salad!

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

Wow! Gracias for your great review!

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MC
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Emilio’s several times and they have definitely improved on their food quality. It was a Saturday night and they even live music. Definitely will return again

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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MH
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Having had amazing Tapas in Evanston at Tapas Barcelona, we went out of our way to meet friends at a Tapas place more convenient to them. But Yelp ratings must get inflated in the burbs--food was mediocre and way overpriced. I can't think of a single memorable dish. The cold potato salad (at favorite elsewhere) was ok here--too much garlic, though. Curried chicken salad had nice sized chunks of chicken...but not much flavor. Cheese plate had nice garnishments, but cheeses themselves just weren't all that interesting. I wouldn't go there again if it were next door, let alone 35 minutes away.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on October 30, 2019

I'm sorry we didn't live up to your expectations.....

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. Our little ones 1st visit. He slept through the whole meal!

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

Gracias ! How lovely....getting the little ones started early, now if they would only stay awake!!😊

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LV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous dinner at Emilio's!!! Had the most WONDERFUL shrimp and scallop ceviche - would have liked to take a quart home with me! Service by Martha as always, impeccable. Great way to celebrate Sweetest Day.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on October 22, 2019

Gracias for your rating and feed back! We appreciate your comments and so nice to see you both again!

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H
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Emilio's is the place for adventurous eaters! The tapas small plates allow you to try various items with ingredients you might not expect. Everything is delicious, served at the right temperature, and quickly. You can order a few dishes at at time, allowing you to judge just how much more you want (or can) eat. Service is friendly and knowledgeable.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you! Such a nice review, we really appreciate it!

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AC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

traditional authentic Spanish tapas - wish they had a few more items but overall great selection

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on October 21, 2019

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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RM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We like to visit Emilio’s regularly. They never disappoint!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on October 20, 2019

Gracias, thank you for that nice comment!

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RW
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emilio's is our go to place for special occasions. The food is always exceptional and the wait staff have always been so pleasant and helpful. I have to be gluten free and they always are happy to accommodate me. Some of our favorites are the garlic potato salad, bacon wrapped dates, pincho de solomillo and the delicia de chocolate. We order them every time. Thanks Emilios for another great meal.

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

Thank you for joining us once again....we sure appreciate your kind words!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio y comida deliciosa!!

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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DK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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

Thank you! You made my day and Alfredo's day too!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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 on October 15, 2019

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

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MP
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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