Emilio's Tapas - Hillside

4.7
1159 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Sat 11:30 am–4:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(708) 547-7177
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Emilio Gervilla
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Private party facilities
Emilio's Tapas Hillside accommodates private and semi-private groups for all type of events.
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Private party contact
Haley Scaman: (708) 704-8964
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Catering
Emilio's Tapas Caters! We can Deliver or Provide Full Restaurant Service! Please see our Menus on our Web-Site or email haley@emiliostapas.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mannheim Road
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Parking details
Free parking lot. Additional parking located on the north side of Wendy's Drive thru.
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Entertainment
Occasional Spanish Flamenco or Spanish Guitar
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine with Emilio

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BW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellant, as always! Our waiter was attentive but not pesky, and he was very patient while waiting for us to order.

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TM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Emilio’s many times. I invited my friend for dinner last Tuesday. We had the mushroom soup which is delicious. We had the seafood paella and flan de caramelo for dessert. The mango sangria is good. I also had port wine. There are a lot of tapas on the menu. There’s entertainment on Fridays. I’m going back soon. Emilio was going around greeting the customers too.

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B
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been going to Emilio’s since 1989.
NEVER diapointed.

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

love Emilios! we always enjoy our experience here, and its always worth it!

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UG
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our family's favorite places because Emilio's is always good. Excellent, friendly service, delicious food and an overall fun atmosphere. The garlic potato salad is so darn good, I could eat the entire plate without sharing! Also notable was the lemon sorbet with marinated plums, lovely!

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DC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant! Been coming here for several years. It’s a bit steep for everyday dining, but I like to treat myself every so often. I’ve never been disappointed.

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J
Los Angeles
89 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Located is a commercial street wedged between a malodorous car-repair shop and a giant truck storage and repair facility, and in teh vicinity of fast-food restaurants, my initial hopes were not high. This initial impression was quickly erased after walking in and being greeted warmly by the manager, and taking in the fragrances of southern Spain. Emilio's strives to create authentic Andalusian dishes and Spanish classics such as paella and Serrano ham, accompanied by a well-curated wine list. I started with a Spanish version of burrata, with locally-grown tomatoes and a sherry rather than balsamic vinaigrette, continued with an excellent paella de mariscos, and finished with figs filled with creme fraiche and a Marcona almond, all accompanied by a glass or full-bodied riserva Rioja. To my jaded West LA and New York palate, I was deeply impressed, wishing that they could open up a branch in Southern California, since excellent Spanish restaurants are lacking. Having a restaurant of such quality is clearly appreciated by the residents of surrounding communities, judging but the crowd it generates. Likely one of the best restaurants in the Chicago western suburbs.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their potato salad is consistently exquisite. The garlic within the mayo.... dreamy! I also have a great fondness of the Ambar 1900 beer. Let's not forget about the delicious profiteroles and coffee for dessert.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Paella Valencia. Tables a little tight, but high energy on a Saturday night! Great value and we will be back!

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RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Emilio’s has always been a regular spot in my family. Consistently great food!

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NZ
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time there so our waitress Anna Marie explained the menu, the portions, and the specials. She was extremely helpful and kind. Her recommendations were fabulous and the calamari was amazing. It was the first time I have tried calamari and I would definitely recommend it at Emilio's!

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love it here. But made reservation for birthday & they did not acknowledge the occasion 😢

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, atmosphere and service as always.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I went to celebrate my husband ‘s BDay, but We were very disappointed.

This restaurant had better times. It seems to be in decadence. The food was not as good as it used to be. The steak was not tenderloin as described in the menu. The potatoes where soaked in oil.
We had a bad experience when we got billed $50. They charged no show, because one of the couple had to go back home due to the husband was having a stomachache and was not feeling too well. Even though there were 11 of us present for dining.
We explained about it but they did no removed it from the bill. The manager even tried calling the owner’s by phone to explain the situation, but she did not care and kept the $50 charge.

We have been going to this restaurant to their different locations for over 25 years, but I will never go back again.

They are not the same anymore.
I regret taking my husband there for his B-Day.

There many great Spanish Restaurants in Chicago, Emilio’s Tapas is out of mine and my friend’s list.

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p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice to go to Emilio's with another couple and have each person order at least two items to share.
Then we had a lot of options to try. The food was very good and the wine was a generous amount and very tasty. Two of us had the chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce and it was incredibly delicious. Really also enjoyed all the murals on the wall. A nice place.

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SF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional as always!! We had 5 of our favorites and tried 3 new! Can’t wait to go back! Always as fantastic dining experience, THANK YOU!

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was fine but not great. Service was superb, however. Not worth the drive from the South side of the city, but a cozy and friendly place for dinner if you’re in the area.

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Z
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, all ways great! Every time we go we are delighted.

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p
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

You still get good tapas here. Goat cheese in red tomato sauce, dates wrapped in bacon, beef briochette, mushroom caps are all worth ordering. Skip the golden beets and eggplant, its mostly bread. Good red sangria as well. Patio is nice but it was loud due to it being rush hour.

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RB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No one does tapas better than Emilio. His special dinners are not to be missed. Our dinner guests told us it felt like eating in a typical local restaurant in Spain, and they have visited Spain.

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C
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good but it’s kinda expensive but it was a nice ambiance

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f
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu always features specials that are creative and seasonal

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RL
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emilio's is one of our must-stop locations whenever we are back in Chicago. The Sangria, the food, and the service are always great. Don't leave without trying the banana dessert.

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KL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Go there as often as I can! I give it 5 stars!

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JD
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been here a few times over the years. Food was great. We order two cold tapas, ENSALADA RUSA and PLATO DE JAMÓN SERRANO, and two hot tapas, CAZUElA DE POLLO SALTEADO and MONTADITOS DE LOMO DE CERDO. Combined with the Spanish Rioja wine everything was very good. Service was a tad slow but nothing to really complain about. Overall a very enjoyable dinner.

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LF
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great visit! Food is always delicious. Staff is always friendly and attentive. Look forward to coming back.

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R
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After 30 years Emilio's continues to offer great food with friendly service. Paella Sunday with complimentary bottle of wine is a outstanding meal.

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a long time friend for Sunday dinner - enjoyed a pitcher of sangria (there are 6 varieties to choose from). We enjoyed three of the cold tapas and one hot - all delicious. We had dessert (profiteroles). We lingered and didn't feel rushed - our server Anna was attentive but not hovering. It was a relaxing evening catching up with an old friend.

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SF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was FANFREAKINTASTIC! Delicious as always!! Another delectable evening at Emilio's. Every bite was absolutely scrumptious! We tried 3 new tapas and had lots of our favorites! CANNOT wait to go back! Thank you for NEVER disappointing! We were there Saturday evening and Emilio was there and greeted his guests. He is a class act! Loved it!!

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GS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was able to try a few samples of different wines at the bar before I bought a bottle with dinner.

Service very friendly and accommodating. Food was amazing. Sat out on patio on Friday night - live music was fun.

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RF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rosa our waitresses is the best!!

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LD
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Spanish cuisine!

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DM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Tasty sangria. Helpful waiter. Outside seating a bit noisy due to traffic, but okay.

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CO
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful Experience, Emilio even visited the table.

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food!! Great service and ambience.. loved that Chef Emilio came to our table to say hello. We would definitely come back!!

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OM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent well-prepared Spansih Tapas. Great selection and serivce.

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r
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emilio's is a great destination when you can't make up your mind, but know that you want amazing food. The small plates let you cater to your taste buds while the paella and entree sized portions let you have a more traditional meal. The wine list has a good selection of Spanish wines at all price points and of course there is sangria. Take advice from your server, especially for a daily special that is not on the menu. We had a smoked venison dish, sliced paper thin with a dried fruit compote and a vinaigrette dressing. The seafood pincho offered a combination of salmon, scallop, muscle, swordfish, and shrimp atop a bed of forbidden rice. Trusty favorites include the garlic potato salad, Spanish olives, asparagus and red pepper salad and stuffed mushrooms. It's hard, but save room for dessert.

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CH
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed everything about thus meal and can know totally agree with online reviews everywhere that Emilio’s is the place for tapas.
So many GF options it was amazing!

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TC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We don't love every menu choice, but there are lots to choose from. There's usually one excellent option on the specials menu. Make sure to visit Friday for live music. Covered outdoor seating is great in summer.

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