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About Emilio's Tapas - Sol Y Nieve

You'll be tempted by the tapas at this Streeterville eatery, from the team behind Emilio's Tapas (other location is in Hillside). Our name means sun and snow, and we serve a wide range of hot and cold Spanish choices, including grilled shrimp with garlic lemon butter sauce, baked goat cheese in tomato sauce, paella, among other fabulous tapas. The wine list features more than 60 choices, many available by the glass. The restaurant features colorful murals, tile mosaics and iron light fixtures. During summer, the patio is the perfect place to relax and enjoy great tapas and sangria.

215 East Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between St. Clair & Columbus Dr.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 467-7177

Website:
http://www.emiliostapas.com/index.php?option=com_locations&view=location_details&loc_id=8

Entertainment:
Occasional Spanish Flamenco Shows or Spanish Guitarist Music.

Catering:
Sol y Nieve provides catering for all types of events. For more information please contact our event planner - haley@emiliostapas.com

Parking Details:
Public Pay Lot next door! Street Meter Parking

Public Transit:
CTA Bus 151, Red Line Grand Stop.

Executive Chef:
Emilio Gervilla and Crispin Plata

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Flamenco Shows, Wine Tastings, Wine/Dinner Pairings, Cooking Demo's, Sunday Suppers with Emilio.

Private Dining

Sol y Nieve offers private and semi-private rooms for all type of events from 20 people up to 200.

Emilio's Tapas - Sol Y Nieve Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was delicious. Service impeccable.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Seated immediately, drinks served within minutes and the food deliveries were well placed. Staff is very attentive and food is incredible. Very bright atmosphere and not too noisy. Great for a date with the spouse.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing meal. Excellent menu. Pricing affordable for the quality and variety.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Good solid Tapas. Great service. Not too noisy. Worth a try if you are in the area.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Everything we ordered was delicious! Best tapas I’ve had on this side of the ocean.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Everything was amazing!!!!!

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

My wife and I really enjoyed eating here. We would go again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I've been here many times over the last 10 years, and Emilio's never disappoints. Many tapas standards, well prepared. Extensive Spanish wine list. Great for groups.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing food and wine list with daily specials. They made my boyfriends birthday so memorable - will definitely be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The paella we ordered was really salty. We spoke with the manager, she had the chef try it and they said the measurements were standard....but sometimes this is just common sense. The skirt steak was very good and they did give us free desert. The service is just “ok.”

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a lovely dinner and incredible service! We had four tapas between 2 people and it was the perfect amount of food and everything was delicious! We will be returning for sure!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We come to Chicago every December and Emilio`s has become part of that tradition. Great food, loved my margarita, and great service. Always a wonderful time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Fantastic food, great flamenco guitar player and awesome sangria!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I wasn't very hungry, so tapas sounded really good. The main menu has bottle of wine on one side, and a wide variety of tapas on the other side. There was also a specials menu that they brought out that had glasses of wine and cocktails, plus a few cold and hot tapas, plus some main courses. I had a glass of wine with 2 tapas. The first was a cold tapa (Tabla de la Casa) with dried sausage, manchego cheese, serrano ham and olives. It was supposed to have dried pork tenderloin, but I don't recall that being on the tray. It was served with just a few pieces of toast points, but there was bread that was brought out before the tapas that I used when I ran out of toast. Everything was fresh and top quality. The other dish was a hot tapa (Alcachofas a la Nostaza), grilled artichoke hearts with sautéed spinach and honey mustard sauce. The presentation was really nice, as you might expect, and the taste was really good. You could taste the spinach and artichoke and the mustard sauce (everything was in balance). I was very tempted to order dessert, but didn't have room. Because I was dining alone and the restaurant wasn't busy, I had dinner and was out of there within 45 minutes. If you want a more relaxed pace, I would suggest ordering one dish at a time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

As usual, the food leaves little to be desired. Limited vegetarian options, however, provide area for improvement.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Very slow service!!!! The excuse was that they don’t like to “put too many plates on the table”! Give me a break! Told 2 waitresses that we were going to the theater and don’t have a lot of time. WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN! We will not be back! How about posting this one to pass the message along to other people? Come on...be honest with your reviews

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was OK, would not be in any hurry to go back again!

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great food my favorite restaurant in the area. Tapas are fantastic and I love the sangria!!!!!

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very good tapas and un ambiente autentico. Great selection of wines.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything was outstanding!!! Great food and great service!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious food, little small for the price with Tapas

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food and exceptional service. A good variety of Spanish food and drinks, expertly prepared.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great meal as always.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Have been going to Emilio's for years. Service was horrible this last time. Waitress Maria completely dropped the ball. My wait was completely unacceptable before someone came to my table and took my order. I was made to feel like a real outcast.
Very disappointing!!

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

The wait staff is so polite it makes you want to cry because it's so like Mexico, where people are treated with respect.

The food was excellent, and I enjoyed myself immensely. I came to Chicago for a pleasure trip and chose Emilio's because that is my grandson's name. Good choice!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Tapas
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food. Great environment. Had live music the night we were there. Excellent all around!

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Good food & vine, good service, competitive prices

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We celebrated our college reunion -4 roomies and husbands. Everyone agreed Emilios was a wonderful experience-great food, great service and oh, those Margaritas!

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Love Emilio's. Have been going to Chicago on business quite frequently over the last several months and it is becoming my go to restaurant. Wonderful food, great service, and nice quiet atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Love eating here either with a group or with a friend. The music was superb and the manager and wait staff friendly. I feel as if I am home when I am here.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

My friend and I had such a nice time. We've been to other Emilio's locations over the years and it's always a great experience. The food was wonderful and everything flowed so well from drinks, to ordering, to food service. It's a great option if you're going to attend a show in the theater district. Our server Norma is such a nice woman. We were happy to give her a 25% tip. Professional all the way through! Thanks for a relaxing evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful as always/ our go to spot across the street! Thanks for the great food & service especially Victor!

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We stumbled upon this place for dinner on Monday night. Excellent food and wine! I would like to go back on a night they have live music and dancing.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Awesome service and food. Our group of six had varied tastes. Everyone left full and happy.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The service was exceptional. Our server, Angel, was great about suggesting dishes. He always had one eye on our table and was very prompt with our requests.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Exellent server, great food, especially the ceviche. Flamenco guitar player not too loud in the background. Very reasonable for downtown Chicago!

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We went for tapas and came away very happy. Each dish was well and freshly prepared. Service was very pleasant. Value was excellent. Yes, we ate during this week's visit to Chicago in several "fancy" places charging more than twice as much, but we enjoyed Emilio's food as much as one such, more than most, and less only than one truly trendy place. In fact, Emilio's tapas were better than what we had last year in Madrid most of the time. I'd be a regular if I lived in Chicago.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 20, 2017

A pleasant surprise! Needed a last minute reservation for 10 people and Emilio's could accommodate. It was fantastic. Everybody loved all of the meat dishes (except the tuna was a bit bland) - loved the beef and lamb tapas, sangria, and the tomato basil goat cheese - but really liked everything. Will be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

We are from Traverse City, Mi. We loved this restaurant! Everything was great. We had a wonderful waiter and food! We sat outside and even that was awesome! If we lived closer we would go often for sure! Highly recommend it!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Delicious Spanish tapas near the Magnificent mile . Traditional and inspired tapas in portions that were bigger than I remember ever having in Barcelona . If I lived in Chicago, I would be a regular especially since they even have a flamenco night!

Tags: Tapas, Authentic
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