Emilio's Tapas - Sol Y Nieve

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944 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Wine Bar
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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
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Phone number
(312) 467-7177
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Emilio Gervilla and Crispin Plata
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Private party facilities
Sol y Nieve offers private and semi-private rooms for all type of events from 20 people up to 200.
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Private party contact
Haley Scaman: (708) 704-8964
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Catering
Sol y Nieve provides catering for all types of events. For more information please contact our event planner - haley@emiliostapas.com
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Cross street
Between St. Clair & Columbus Dr.
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Parking details
Public Pay Lot next door! Street Meter Parking
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Public transit
CTA Bus 151, Red Line Grand Stop.
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Entertainment
Occasional Spanish Flamenco Shows or Spanish Guitarist Music.
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Special events & promotions
Flamenco Shows, Wine Tastings, Wine/Dinner Pairings, Cooking Demo's, Sunday Suppers with Emilio.
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
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4.3based on all time ratings
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R
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food and service. Too bad it is their last day in being open

N
Baltimore
66 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good, but the service was just ok. The way the plates are brought out is confusing, so some at the table did not get their food later than others.

CD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was simply amazing and the service was wonderful.

WV
Orlando
42 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for the husband to experience tapas and what a huge success it was! Everything was excellent. Will definitely be back!

k
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed this place. We flew in from the East coast to meet some family and friends who flew in from Asia; so no-one was familiar with the local food scene -- lucky choice! First, our server, Angel was awesome, friendly, patient, helpful! The food was great, for the first time in my life, everything we ordered was perfect, so much so, we ordered another round of everything. For the cost, we would have liked to have seen a little more octopus on the plate, but it was prepared perfectly. Enjoyed the cava sangria, 4 orders of the chorizo! It ended up $400 for 4 people including tip, but again we over-ordered a lot! All-in-all, we will definitely return when back in Chicago. Thank you for a great time Emilio's!

OT
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daniela was excellent! Very pleasant, gave excellent recommendations and always checked to make sure we were happy with our choices.

The food was fantastic! Each tapas was better than the previous one and all were delicious. Authentic flavors,the food tasted just like we were in Spain. Highly recommended!!

M
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We just picked this restaurant due to proximity to the movie theater, but we were very pleasantly surprised by the innovative tapas, their variety and exceptional taste. Loving tapas, we went to most tapas restaurants in Chicago and suburbs, and this became our number one favorite.

SD
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very please at Emilio’s , that was our first time at a tapas restaurant.
Food was great . Next time in Chicago we would denetely go again.

NF
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. House Sangria was very good. Food was excellent. We shared three tapas. The Brochette of Beef and the Bacon Wrapped Dates were outstanding.

RB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emilio's is an old standby that consistently delivers wonderful tapas in a great atmosphere. Forget the pretentious crusted and infused places that last a year at best. Go for lasting quality.

BD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tapa selection was extensive. We ordered 9 different items and then dessert. Everything was amazing! Will definitely being going back, and happy they have a suburban location too.

DM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Large menu with many choices to please everyone. Always high quality with special care taken for every dish. We dine here frequently and they never disappoint!

NC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a must try! Our server was very helpful and polite! The food was delicious!

MC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great weeknight visit to introduce the kids to tapas.

KC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers, bartenders and management were all very kind and knowledgeable. The happy hour specials were AMAZING!!! The mushroom soup was the best I've had! I am one of those people that like to taste this or that during meals. This place is heaven for that!

LF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here with my girlfriends to celebrate my birthday. We had a great time. The tapas are excellent. If you have time, I strongly recommend ordering the Paella. On Sundays it comes with a bottle of wine which is nice touch. The restaurant has a cozy feel and it's never too noisy so it's easy to talk to your friends. I definitely would recommend this place for a fun night out.

RE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a must try gem of a restaurant. It is good for dates, family or business. Excellent food and service.

J
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to Emilos and we found it very good and reasonable. Service was very good and the waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu.

A
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tomato basil tapa was amazing.

GT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

GREAT service. Fun place, terrific food.

We would go again!

JE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I hope that our waitress was new. But she needs more training. She did not understand instructions nor get orders correct. And since her English was poor, communication was difficult. Someone tried to appease us with a free tapas and drink coupons, but we never heard directly from management. The service was fair but the food was good.

t
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A little bit of Spain in Chicago.
Tapas or small plates have been so misused and ruined by a generation of nuevo grub "chefs" who think all you need to do is combine fifteen ingredients, serve small portions and charge large prices.
It's wonderful to see authentic places like Emilio respect the art of Spain and Tapas.
With excellent, knowledgeable wait staff, wonderful wine list and not a bad plate on the menu, it's like a little bit of Costa Del Sol in Chicago.
But don't tell anyone - I want to be able to get a table without waiting weeks.

KW
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!!!great small tastes of food...nice drink selection with great sangria!!!!!

PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food! On par with Iberico or Cafe Ba Ba Reeba!

L
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tapas, great service!
The tapas portions were larger than most places - two of us shared three tapas and that was plenty, and then we shared a dessert as well. Our waitress was really friendly and attentive.

There was a large party of about 20 seated near us, but the noise level was not bad.

The weakest component was the red sangria - it was fine, but nothing special.

JL
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully tasty and large portions for tapas. Sadly Menu slightly different from online menu.. Went specifically for octopus tapas but it was only offered as an entrée. Octopus tasted amazing but only wanted tapas portion- and price. Also wish happy hour was not just limited to bar only. great food and ambiance - and friendly fast service.

HO
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is always very good and service was impeccable. The restaurant decor is getting a little dated but food makes up for it!

j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing experience our server Jose was very attentive to all our needs would definitely go back again food was amazing

C
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved Jose
Great suggestions
Leisurely yet very efficient
Comfortable ambiance can bridge from casual to special occasion, family or business

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect for a reunion dinner for visiting my daughter at college. The tapas were flavorful. The service was attentive. The ambiance was authentics. Had a wonderful time.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tapas was great. The paella was just ok. The seafood was a tad overdone and I longed for more saffron

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for our 5-year anniversary. Excellent food, great red wine sangria, and kind/attentive waitstaff. I come here at least twice a year and am never disappointed.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening with my husband. Our food was fabulous and the service great. We will definitely be back on our next trip to Chicago.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Norma was amazing! Ask for her if you come.

TP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and authentic. The grilled calamari was especially good. Will definitely return.

p
Milwaukee
47 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Found this in the area we were staying. They took our party of eight easily. Tapas based - the food was exceptional. We tried a variety of plates and then each had a main course. For sure try the bacon wrapped dates. Some of the dishes are on the spicy side so if that is not your thing be sure to ask.

There were a range of specials which several in our party ordered. They were all excellent.

The service was friendly and attentive. The staff were very professional.

This would be a great place for business events in addition to private events and ideas I lived in Chicago would frequent it on a regular basis. I will bring my family here some day.

JG
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious and service superb. Paella was superb as were the tapas we enjoyed. Every dish was excellent

J
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great waiter, great evening.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and enjoyed the atmosphere, service, and food immensely!

KW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Luis was amazing! Very helpful in describing the dishes, super quick both the server and the actual cooking, and accommodating for our first tapas experience. Super quiet and friendly on a Friday night. Wish I had room to try more! Great specials daily.

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