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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

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (37)
Authentic (32)
Fit for Foodies (24)
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Creative Cuisine (24)
Good for a Date (22)
Good for Groups (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Special Occasion (22)
Fun (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Casual (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Cozy (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Romantic (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Business Meals (6)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Live Music (6)
Bar Seating (5)
People Watching (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Spicy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Very sad the happy hour deal that has been in place for quite some time is no longer. The 8.95 for five plates of tapas was THEE best deal around. Sorry to say we won’t be frequenting Emilios as much. Nonetheless great staff, excellent food and delicious sangria.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Been here many, many times, first time for a birthday. Food is always excellent as well as the service. Nice wine list too. I specified a "birthday" on my reservation, and they had the table decked out with balloons and a card, plus a birthday dessert. Made the evening special. thank you!

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

I celebrated my birthday at Emilio's. The tapas selection was good and every dish we ordered taste good. We ate at Emilio's in the past and I think they have improved on their menu and taste. They send me balloons and birthday card right after we settle at our table. Birthday dessert at the end. Staff was very friendly, absolutely great value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Emilio's never disappoints! Tasty food, interesting specials, great service.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Tapas, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Awesomeness!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Food is always good and the paella is the best although they have cut back on the size of the paella. We used to have enough leftover for addl meal but now just a snack size to take home.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

amazing ambiance and service for a party of 9. great food too.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We just love this restaurant for any reason or occasion. Our grown children now consider Emilio's their favorite place to unwind and relax.

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This is the second time we ate at Emilios and the seating is a little cramped. The food is very tasty and the waitstaff pleasant and helpful. It can get noisy; when we arrived a family of eight was eating and the noise level was moderate. As we were leaving a group of eight (friends/family?) sat down and were very noisy.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We have dined with Emilio and his great staff for 25 of he 29 years they have been in business. Never disappointed. Daily specials are always enticing. From time to time we check the regular menu looking for an old favorite.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great atmosphere. Cold tapas are very good. Hot tapas had great sauces/taste but the meats /fish were warm at best and seemed premade. Would go back get the cold tapas and the paella

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

After having such a wonderful meal at the Ohio Street location, I was very disappointed at the meal I had at this Hillside location. Mushrooms came cold. Ham plate had too much olive oil & only 4 small pieces of toast. Shrimp was overcooked & had no flavor. My drink (the Patio) was amazing but such a small drink for $10. Sad to say we will not visit this location again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We have been coming to Emilio’s for years. As a college student years ago I resided in Spain and I find that Emilio’s cuisine is very authentic and true to the food that Is served in Spain. My family has celebrated many birthdays and anniversaries at this restaurant. Usually the wait staff is very good. However, on our last visit I felt that the server could have been more attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food. I love Emilio's!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellence!!! Thank you Emilio s!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful food and staff. Always have great entertainment! Can't say enough about this restaurant.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for New Year's Eve an early dinner. The food was amazing as always everything we ordered was delicious! We ordered some of our old favorites plus specials on the menu that day everything was great! The music was lovely they had a singer and she was wonderful with a great selection and it was not too loud so we could continue our conversation while enjoying the music. Perfect evening so much fun we'll be back!

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This was always one of our favorites when we lived in Oak Brook Illinois.
Now we moved to Naples Florida, but this is always a restaurant we try to squeeze in our busy schedule while visiting.
Love the tapa dining experience!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We have been going to Emilio's since it opened 29 years ago. Loved it then still love it. This time we were honored to have Emilio slice the special Iberco ham, it was delicious. Other favorites are tha caracoles, all the squid and octopus dishes, garlic potato salad, baked goat cheese. The seafood paella was also outstanding except I wish the rice took on the bottom of the pan crisp (if it did I would order more often).

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Unfortunately I will NOT recommend Emilios ☹️

I planned a birthday celebration dinner with 15 friends that Emilio’s understood. I spoke with people there on 3 occasions. On the day of the event a manager lady called to confirm our reservation. She says as a reminder you cannot bring in outside food. I said well I’ve planned this here for two weeks, no one said anything about no cake and I have a $75 birthday cake already ordered to celebrate.

She said you can bring the cake in, light the candles but you cannot serve the cake !! I said WHAT ! Why did you guys not say anything in any of our 3 prior discussions. A cake was ordered ! Are you going to pay for it?

In a very COCKY voice she said, Why would I want to do that? I said because you guys never said anything about no cake. She said it’s because of the health department. I said there’s 100 restaurants around here and 99% of them allow birthday cakes ! I called the Cook County Health Dept. They have NO such regulation, it’s up to the restaurant!

Emilio’s web site DOES NOT MENTION Anything about NO Cakes Allowed !!!

For regular dining this place is fine. SKIP it for celebrations, Birthdays... forget about it.

Unfortunately it was too late to find another place for our special birthday celebration.

And, I could have done without the RUDENESS or COCKINESS from the early afternoon lady manager !! 👎🏼👎🏼

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Fresh fabulous food! Consistent creative selections.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Emilio’s exceeded my expectations on this recent visit for my birthday. My husband and I ordered from the specials menu, as well as hot and cold tapas menu. My overall favorite was the garlic potato salad. It was creamy and very flavorful with a strong, but delicious flavor. The potatoes were perfectly cooked. My husband and I shared shrimp and artichoke tapas, ahi tuna tapas, beef brochette, stuffed mushrooms, as well as potato salad. All items were perfectly prepared. We were totally satisfied, without being stuffed. There such a variety of tapas to choose from, it was hard not to order everything on the menu
Dessert was another another treat. We enjoyed the banana with caramel sauce and ice cream. I wanted to lick the plate of that caramel sauce! We topped off the meal with capappaccinos. An enjoyable and memorable meal. Can’t wait to return to try their paellas too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

great spanish cuisine, tasty tapas, knowledgeable serving staff, nice ambiance

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great place to enjoy raised and paella!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great meal, great atmosphere and always a wonderful dining experience. Would recommend and will be back soon

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We've found a little gem. Such a wonderful menu. You will want to return many times to try everything

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our table was ready for us when we arrived. Balloons on the table for my friends birthday. The white sangria was delicious as were the dates wrapped in bacon! We ordered many small plates and loved them all. Emilio even came out after dinner to say hello. Loved it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This restaurant consistently offers a truly authentic Spanish tapas experience, based on my dining experiences in Barcelona, with unfailing creativity in combination of ingredients and presentation and exceptional quality in the final product. Everyone can find something that they'll love. Chef Emilio's personal commitment to delighting his guests shows through in every dish - this is the ultimate family-business success story. Meals are not inexpensive, but are worth every penny.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Fun, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We have been there at least 50 times over the years. Go there, great service and the Tapas are fantastic. Take your time. Order a couple st a time.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 28, 2017

My friend and I go here for all our special occasions. I have never not enjoyed something I've ordered here. We will keep going back for as many amazing meals.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Comfort Food, Live Music, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food, great service! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great small plates full of flavor!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We always love Emilios. Took our grown out of town children here day after Thanksgiving! They love ved it! You don’t feel like you have overeaten, but your taste buds are singing with happiness!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Emilio's is a great place to spend a few hours experiencing a variety of small plates both hot and cold while sipping sangria or wine. The menu offers vegetarian and gluten free tapas as well as traditional Spanish meats and fish. We enjoyed cold salmon with avocado, asparagus , and berenjanas (eggplant) Andaluz as cold tapas, followed by stuffed mushrooms, chorizo casserole, and pato con peros as hot tapas. Don't miss the Dates wrapped in bacon! No room left for an entree! But for a dessert try the campana Pera, a poached pear covered with chocolate with vanilla ice cream. If you are very hungry the paella is excellent, and can be ordered vegetarian, seafood or chicken.
Excellent and attentive service ensures a great time!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

One of my least favorite tapas was the paella it had no flavor it was very plain no salt no seasoning. Also I wouldn't recomend the croquets. The calamari was good. Also, service was slow, she forgot to bring a soup we had to remind her .

Tags: Good for Groups
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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

Emilio's provides consistent high quality food, authentic Spanish tapas and paella. Wine list is Spanish with a little infiltration from South America - Chile, Argentina. Continues to serve the excellent tapas that we've feasted on here for years and always has a few seasonal specialties to keep it interesting. Tapas include a wide variety that can be ordered to meet your diet - paleo, vegan, low carb, etc. We love the food here and the wait staff are always on top of their game!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Good for Groups, Authentic
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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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