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About Emilio's Tapas - Hillside

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.

4100 Roosevelt Road
Hillside, IL 60162
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday:11:30-4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Mannheim Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(708) 547-7177

Website:
http://www.emiliostapas.com/

Entertainment:
Occasional Spanish Flamenco or Spanish Guitar

Catering:
Emilio's Tapas Caters! We can Deliver or Provide Full Restaurant Service! Please see our Menus on our Web-Site or email nancy@ emiliostapas.com

Parking Details:
Free parking lot. Additional parking located on the north side of Wendy's Drive thru.

Executive Chef:
Emilio Gervilla

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For Private Parties, email haley@emiliostapas.com
Flamenco Shows, Solo Spanish Guitarist, Island Patio Live Music, Spanish Wine Tastings, Spanish Wine/Dinner Pairings, Emilio Cooks Classes and Demonstrations!
Also Serving Funeral Lunches - near Queen of Heaven, Mt. Carmel Cemeteries.
Private Dinners/Cocktail Parties/Tapas & Sangria Events, Patio Dinners.

Private Dining

Emilio's Tapas Hillside accommodates private and semi-private groups for all type of events.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (29)
Special Occasion (28)
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Authentic (27)
Good for a Date (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Casual (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Fun (19)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Worth the Drive (14)
Cozy (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Romantic (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Healthy (7)
Live Music (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Bar Seating (6)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Business Meals (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Emilio’s is one of the finest restaurants I’ve ever eaten at. Took friends to celebrate Veterans Day this time. Food always delicious. Guests loved it.
Wonderful service
Great food wonderful service. For any occasion
Dick

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fantastic as usual. Always a consistent dining experience.

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our favorites are the pincho de pollo and patatas bravas. The food here never disappoints. We will be back when our kids are home from college. They will love the food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Tried Emilio’s for a birthday dinner. Server was very patient with our large group. Lots of options for folks with food restrictions. Food was delicious! Will definitely be back!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Been here many times.
Always good, menu specials were great.
Service, pleasant and first rate.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Small family get together. Perfect restaurant for a group to share small plates. You can try a lot of different dishes to expand your food enjoyment. Plenty of sound absorbing materials in the restaurant so it's easy to have a conversation without having to raise your voice. Love it. And great for families with kids.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good variety. The server, Alfredo, came by and periodically filled up the ice for sangria. He also offered some tips on the specials/menu. Nice experience!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing as always!

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Emilio's never disappoints, everything is always delicious , service attentive and friendly

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Emilio’s is our ‘go to’ for delicious tapas and authentic sangria! Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Specials menu always offers great selections along with an extensive regular menu. Good traditional Spanish tapas.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I wanted to bring my daughter for paella. We are Spanish but don't get to eat tap as or paella very often except at home and with our busy schedules these days it's become less and less often so i thought for her birthday I'd treat her. Well the staff was wonderful however the paella Valencia was overcooked! The seafood was hard and tough! The bottom of the paella was not crunchy either like it should be. It was literally cooked opposite. Overdone on top soft on the bottom. Disappointing to say the least.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Enjoyed the delicious food and service. Highly recommended.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We hadn't been to Emilio's for a while. It was as good as we remembered and maybe even better! Our server was so friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The tapas were quite delicious and so unique. Loved the bacon wrapped duck on the specials menu! The goat cheese with caramelized pecans was also yummy! The mango sangria added a great complement to the delicious tapas.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We’ve been enjoying Emilios for over 20 years. His weekly specials are delightful. We always begin with a platter of Serrano Ham and manchego cheese and end with the chocolate terrine. In between we experiment with new specials. The wait staff and greeters are great, some of whom have been around for years

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent as always. Excellent food and service. Wait staff friendly, informative and quick. Head chef came out to say hello.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Cozy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

good service waiting staff attentive but discreet , food well prepared and well served , well cook , good winw , excellent white sangria.
will definitely return with friends and family.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Extremely enjoyable experience! Service was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. Tapas were outstanding and authentic and, during happy hour especially, a fantastic value. The red wine sangria was delicious. The Ambience was warm and festive. The only so-so part was the mariscos paella; kind of bland, not enough saffron or something. Overall, we will be making Hillside Emilio's a regular for us!

Tags: Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Another amazing meal at Emelio's! Will be back soon.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Cozy, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Although it was alittle cool, we decided to eat outside because I was on crutches due to an injury. For awhile we were the only ones outside and staff immediately came out to attend to us. The server was very friendly and knowledgeable.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We cannot say enough great things about Emilio's. He never disappoints.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Our server Lisa was exceptional and the food was delicious. Thank you!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

As always, the food is very creative and the tastes make for very happy mouths. The menu is smaller than it used to be but what is there is very, very good! Emilio's potato salad is always a treat for me. If you like garlic, this dish will make you very happy!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Authentic Spanish food! Great specials menu. Sangria always good!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Hillside, IL, not well known as a culinary mecca with its profusion of shopping malls and fast food outlets coupled with massive nearby industrial yards. I was in for one evening at a local hotel and was looking for a place to eat. Being quite spoiled and admittedly snobbish by living on the Westside of Los Angeles, I was not frankly expecting much. I was flabbergasted by the quality, attention to detail, and care put into the cooking. the clientele was effusive, enthusiastic, and appreciative. Although the decor was nothing special, the service was friendly and helpful. As far as the food, the caprese appetizer consisted perfectly ripe sweet and luscious heirloom tomatoes layered with fresh mozzarella, a difficult dish to pull off due to it reliance on top-quality ingredients. For the main I enjoyed their signature paella, which included a decent assortment of shellfish and fresh shrimp. I've had better but this came off well, especially considering on how many 1000s of miles they were from the ocean. the marinated plums served over lemon sorbet doused with oloroso sherry was wholly original and tasty - woudl be great if I can something this good back home. The wine by the glass selection was limited, but did include some more than decent riojas, redolent of the spicy tempranillo grape showing some good age and depth. The only minuses was the bread which was only fair-- woudl suggest sourcing the sourdough baguettes from Costco or make it themselves.

All-in all, a delightful meal, a bit expensive considering the surrounding but well worth it. If I lived within 25 miles, I woudl be there all the time.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Still the best tapas in the Chicago area. Emilio does a great job. Service is perfect and prices are fair. Nice Spanish wines.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

My birthday celebration was fabulous. I even was serenaded with the Happy Birthday song!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

It was a great dinner, just as good as we remembered. It's been awhile since we had all been there. So when my sister came in from Michigan we decided to have a special dinner and we loved it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Tapas, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Some live music would be great. They have music on Friday, Saturdays would be great too.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Very loud road noise by outdoor seating

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We have been clients since Emilio opened about 27 years ago. Since that time have never had a bad experience. This is one of our go to places for out of town visitors. My sister from England still talks about the wonderful tapas meal we had there.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Our favorite for 25 years. Charming atmosphere and the food is so good you could order blindfolded!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food was off and salty

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had a great time 8/19/17 with 2 friends. Great service, terrific food all the way around, incredible desserts. Emilio's is a great restaurant. We have been many times, and just have zero complaints. His tapas is magic. Red Sangria is so good! We will be back, and back, and back!

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, People Watching, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Tapas, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Emilio's so very much. It is delicous and always wonderful! I could not begin to pick a favorite dish. If there is one fault it is that everything is good and you will want to try it all. Be sure to get "a pitcher of red"!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Entertaining visitors from Germany

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

I was disappointed with the food. It had been awhile since I was here last, but it's not as good as it used to be. Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed with any of the dishes that we ordered.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Great food. The waiter was exceptional. We sat outside after enjoying an afternoon off watching the Chicago Air and Water show practice. The wrapped dates are to die for. Try this place.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Another wonderful meal at Emilios. Their paella is the best in town.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent food and service ! This was a most pleasant surprise as we weren't expecting much as the location and exterior of the building didn't indicate just how good a restaurant this was. All the dishes we tried were fresh and flavorful

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