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 1558 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 👏

S
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Responded 3 days ago

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

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MM
Chicago
16 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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

Gracias for your rating and feed back....

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MC
Chicago
14 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
10 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
18 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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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants.food is always great me and my wife love ❤️ the place👍👍👍👍😍

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

Thank you so very much! Chef loves his job and is so passionate about making great Spanish food for all to enjoy..Gracias.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emilio’s is doing everything right! Their food & service is amazing. We go there all the time!

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

Gracias and thank you for your feed back....we really appreciate it!

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JI
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed another New Years Eve at Emilio’s. Everything was perfect. Every year there is something new to try. Truly the best food in the western suburbs.

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

Wow! Thank you so much! It was another great NYE....thanks for joining us again.

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TS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always

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

Gracias Tom!!

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P
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was NYE, so we expected it to be a bit loud, but great food, fantastic service as always.

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back.....it was a fun and festive evening. We're happy you could join us!

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RL
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I were there for an early New Years Eve dinner. From beginning to end it was a perfect evening. The food great, our server Alfredo was fantastic and was very attentive. We had a great time! We will be back!

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

Thank you so much for your kind words. I will tell Alfredo about your review he will be very happy! Gracias

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CT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was really looking forward to dinner since I hadn't been to Emilio's in some time. What a disappointment. Started with a glass of Champagne which was flat. Drank it anyway because I could not get our server's attention. My other complaint was our hot dishes were lukewarm at best, some were cold. I have no intention of returning again and have already told my family and friends not to bother.

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

Hola Cadance....im so sorry that you had a disappointing NYE. I'm truly shocked your cava was flat as we served so much of it, but never the less, I apologize. Your hot food being served cold is also not acceptable, again I'm sorry. Please contact Ann Marie for a refund.

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went their to celebrate birthdays and had an amazing experience! The food and service was so incredible!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on January 4, 2020

Gracias! We are so happy to be part of your celebration!

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CD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!!!! Great service , amazing food! The best Sangria!
Dessert was as good as the meal!
Thank you Emileo for sharing your amazing gift with all of us

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

What a wonderful review! Gracias 😊

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LW
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a friendly, joyous restaurant. Excellent service and great food. The waitress managed our large table subtly and well, to make sure we didn't all order the same food to share. My favorite dish was the garlic potato salad, followed by a beef dish. Desserts were also worth waiting for, especially the cake. Highly recommend.

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

Gracias Laura! i think you for a great review of my restaurant....and thank you for recommending us!

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JF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy going to this restaurant! Has been a favorite of my family since they opened.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on December 31, 2019

Gracias! To you and your family..

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MF
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great tapas restaurant with authentic Spanish cuisine. Would definitely recommend Emilio’s to anyone.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on December 31, 2019

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

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F
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. One of our favorite restaurants since it opened. Favorite are the escargot, grilled octopus, garlic potato salad,. A totally fun and delicious experience.

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

Wow, thanks for that great review!

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c
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I reviewed Emilio's Tapas before, and not much has changed. We've been there a few times, but this was the second time we've been there on Christmas Eve. On a holiday, even though you make a reservation a couple of weeks in advance, I always expect to hear "were running a little behind", "your table won't be ready for about 20 minutes or a half hour." I didn't hear that here either year. We came in at the time we reserved, and were seated immediately. They really have it together on reservations. They were crowded, but considering how busy they were, service was excellent. Everything came out at the proper temperature, and not a long wait. They must have had 20 people in that kitchen. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful, especially on selecting wines. We took our time, ordering several tapas, and never felt rushed. The only drawback was even though there were only 2 of us, the table was rather small. I understand that have to do that, in order to accommodate a lot of guests, but it doesn't leave much room, especially if you have multiple dishes on the table. It's a bit of a "cramped" feeling. The food is remarkable. I wish I had room to fit in a few more dishes, but my girlfriend and I were stuffed after about 8 different choices, and had to leave room for one of the unique desserts. This is definitely a 5 star restaurant.

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

Craig....im just over whelmed with joy with your glowing review! Gracias from our small family to yours! You made my year, thank you! I'll be sure to show Roberto as well...he will be thrilled!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, variety, quaint atmosphere, friendly

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back !

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate our wedding anniversary and they gave us the best service. We even received a complimentary dessert to share. The flamenco show was spectacular. And the food never fails to amaze us. Thanks as always.

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

Congratulations! I know we forgot to help you celebrate last time....we appreciate your kind words Daisy.

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t
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Quality of food is quite institutional. Chicken croquet had ground up chicken gristle in it and the escargot was suppose to be on toast points. They were served on hard over grilled toasted cocktail bread that you would break your teeth on.

Sangria was water down with no sangria taste.

Don't know how he stays is business. I guess his customers really donot know real GOOD Spanish tapas.

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

Ouch! Yes, that hurts. I'm not sure about your private note asking me to look at your review in "survey". What survey? This "review" is all I get. So let allow me rebuttal. Our food is freshly made by our kitchen staff every day. We prep and cook all of our own food, nothing is brought in all ready cooked or even prepped. Yes, the chicken croqquettas are ground chicken and herbs, not grissel.

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MM
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Emillios’s for my birthday. We had Sangria. We ordered our some of our favorites which were delicious. They gave us a little Birthday dessert. Thanks!

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

Gracias for your 5* rating and great review!

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WD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Emilio's Tapas has good food. However the little plates are too big. When they first opened many years ago, my daughter and I ordered about 5 different "little plates". They were indeed just a mouthful. That was wonderful because we were able to sample so many different offerings. So keep in mind that the food is great but the little plates aren't so little.

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

Dear Willa...that you for your review. While I do get a review on portion size, it's always about the tapas are too small! But thank you for your feed back...

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OT
Veracruz
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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

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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MM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We have enjoyed Emilio’s for many years. I do have to tell one detail that was disturbing. My wife and I split the check with another couple. When the separate checks arrived, the suggested tip was based upon the entire check amount, not the actual amount of our split check.
Both couples felt this was misleading and dishonest. I have never experienced this before.

FR
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

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

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 on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Gracias for your rating and feed back!

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