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 1595 People Are Saying
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JJ
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a great variety on the menu. Service was excellent. I am looking forward to my next visit!!

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

Gracias Jennifer....we appreciate your wonderful comments. Hope to see you again after re-opening Tuesday, March 31.

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IL
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Emilio’s for over 25 years. Always delicious.

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

Gracias, thank you for being so supportive! Hope to see you again after Tuesday March 31st.

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GM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a sangria and small bites great I been going there for years great food and drinks good customer service my only little problem is they give you very small portions but still a great place love it my parents love it

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

Gracias Gerardo, we appreciate your comments and are updating our Happy Hour menu and portions. hope to see you after Tuesday March 31st.

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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit - will be back! Three of us shared 7 plates, enjoyed their sangria, coffee and dessert - bill came to around $160 with top.

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

Gracias Mags, we appreciate your rating and review. Hope to see you soon.

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MM
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Emillios. Great food. We have been going there for thirty years plus!

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back! We are launching pick up/ delivery FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY between 5-7pm....a trial run ...

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PG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent tapas!

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

Gracias Peter, we appreciate your review!

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SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Celebrated my birthday with my wife. We had a wonderful night, thanks to the great services and food.

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

Gracias Steven, we are so happy that you spent your special day with us!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always 👌🏻

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

Gracias for your kind comments and great rating!

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MM
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Emillios often. We love the food and the Sangria. We decided to try entrees we have not had before, a grilled artichoke dish that was great and a meatball special in a lovely sauce with forbidden rice. The portions were large enough that we didn’t need to eat any more, so we will be back soon ....

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

Love this! Don't wait to come back too long! gracias for your rating....

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LV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, great service, Emilio, Ann Marie, and staff always knock it out of the ball park!

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

Gracias, gracias and gracias! we so appreciate your kind words....

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T
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded a day ago

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

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time dining at the restaurant. Everything was outstanding. the was really good. I will return in the near future. !!!!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 1, 2020

Gracias gracias and gracias! We are so happy you shared a Saturday night with us!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food. The service as well was really great. Our waitress/server Martha was very nice and helpful. They have an extensive menu of cold and hot tapas as well as a wine and cocktails menu and of course paella’s! When we went around 8pm on a Friday they had live music and there were couples dancing. It was a great time. In the summer they also have outdoor seating. Their parking lot was a little small but not impossible to find a spot. For 2 of us we ordered 5 tapas and a lot of leftovers that we were happy to take home! I hope you love and enjoy Emilio’s as much as we do!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on March 2, 2020

Gracias for your rating and feed back! We really appreciate your comments about Martha, our Friday night music and our menu, bar and cocktails. We hope you'll join us again soon. You can find more about Emilios Tapas on our website. Just a side note, we have another parking lot North of Wendy's drive thru......gracias!

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f
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
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 on February 24, 2020

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

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s
Chicago
210 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Highly recommend

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 23, 2020

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

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RF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on February 23, 2020

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 on February 19, 2020

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 on February 19, 2020

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 on February 18, 2020

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
24 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 on February 18, 2020

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
5 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
3 reviews
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
20 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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