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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.
Hillside, IL 60162
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
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Occasional Spanish Flamenco or Spanish Guitar
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
Free parking lot. Additional parking located on the north side of Wendy's Drive thru.
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 email@example.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.
Emilio's Tapas Hillside accommodates private and semi-private groups for all type of events.
Emilio's Tapas - Hillside Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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