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This is a case of tapas done right. Head to Emilio's for some authentic Spanish eats, and maybe a bunch of drinks.

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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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4.5

service

4.5

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4.4

value

4.2

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (10)
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Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Healthy (9)
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Cozy (7)
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Romantic (7)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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·Dined 6 days ago

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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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious food, little small for the price with Tapas

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great meal as always.

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vip
·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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·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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·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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·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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·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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·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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·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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·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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·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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·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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·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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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Awesome food. Great portions. So good to sit outside and enjoy wonderful food.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Emilio's is our go to! We found it by accident one snowy saturday evening a few years ago and we've been in love ever since. The food never disappoints and the staff is always friendly. If you go on a thursday, you're in for a treat with the live guitar player. Just makes the ambience that much better.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tapas, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Excellent restaurant not overpriced in downtown Chicago

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The paella was delicious! Out server was very helpful in guiding us through the menu. It was a great dining experience .

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

This was our second visit which occurred after lunch rush hour. Although the rush was over, service was a little slow due to an enormous table of birthday party attendees. Nonetheless, the limited staff was very gracious and apologetic. The variety of the tapas made it hard to select just a few so we sipped a reasonably priced Cava while we perused the menu. Portions were generous. In particular, we really liked the black bean soup with chorizo. The baked goat cheese with a tomato sauce tasted more Italian than Spanish but was tasty, as well. Their anchovies on baked country bread with avocado puree was a nice find. Looking forward to returning for Flamenco dancing entertainment later in the month.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very dissipative pricing regarding the paellas. Don't get scammed. It's charged per person at $21.95

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

There's a welcoming vibe right from the start as you enter Emilio's. The hostess was genuinely pleased to see us and seating was immediate. Our server, Luis was knowledgeable and courteous to a tee. We ordered our standbys; Patatas con Aliol, a creamy-garlicky potato salad done in the Spanish-style, and Dátiles con Tocino, or dates wrapped in bacon. The latter featured their signature roasted red pepper butter sauce; a perfect accompaniment to the sweet/salty flavors. As I had never tried Paella (I'm not a fan of seafood), our server suggested a Campesina, or chicken offering paired with seasonal vegetables. Unlike many tapas-themed restaurants, Emilio's Paella's can be ordered as a single entree. It was delicious, filing, and HUGE! You could easily order one tapa and share a paella as a main dish. All in all, a relaxing and refreshing change from the usual suspects on the Mag Mile.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

We were lucky enough to go on the night they had live music and flamenco dancing. Fantastic and the service, food and drinks were fabulous too. Highly recommend!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fun, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Music
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

White tablecloths, very good service, good for the hotel crowd. I could not figure out the clientele the establishment was going after.

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Emilio's is our Go To downtown place. Great outdoor seating, people watching, good tapas with a variety of tastes, friendly service, good wine.

Tags: People Watching, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Our service was outstanding. The meat & cheese tray plus the calamari were exceptional. Unfortunately, despite the sauce being tasty, the prawns were overcooked and tasted freezer burnt. Dessert (the caramel banana) was to die for.
The ambiance would have been fine except the guy at an adjoining table was having a loud speakerphone conversation throughout our entire meal. It was remarkably inconsiderate. Mentioned it to an employee, they thought it was no big deal and didn't even speak to the other diner.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great for a large group. We had the server order for us based on his recommendations, and the food was fantastic.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food, great staff, decent prices, would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent Tapas with Flamenco music on Thursdays! We had a great meal and a great time!

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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Emilio's was amazing as always. Been here many times and never disappointed. If i had to say anything negative it would be that the Sangria could be a little stronger.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Perfecto! Great Food and Service, near Michigan Ave., Easy to get to transportation or the Lake, parking right next door

Tags: Tapas, Healthy, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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