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About Emilio's Tapas - Sol Y Nieve

215 East Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611
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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

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://emiliostapas.com/

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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation

7.7
This is a case of tapas done right. Head to Emilio's for some authentic Spanish eats, and maybe a bunch of drinks.
Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.

Emilio's Tapas - Sol Y Nieve Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.6

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4.4

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4.3

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98% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on April 14, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 8, 2018

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 7, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 7, 2018

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!

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·Dined on April 6, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 29, 2018

Great weeknight visit to introduce the kids to tapas.

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·Dined on March 26, 2018

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!

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2018

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 13, 2018

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

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Fun, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on March 10, 2018

Tomato basil tapa was amazing.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 4, 2018

GREAT service. Fun place, terrific food.

We would go again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Good for a Date, Casual, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on February 25, 2018

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

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 25, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on February 24, 2018

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.

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·Dined on February 24, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Tapas
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·Dined on February 18, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 17, 2018

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Norma was amazing! Ask for her if you come.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Tapas, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food, great waiter, great evening.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Fun
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 (Raum Hamburg)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Generally good experience, but they need to let food rest before serving it. A couple dishes were WAY too hot. Bacon wrapped dates burned my date's mouth. Also got the order wrong, which is a bit frustrating. But it was resolved quickly. Food tastes great, though.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Very authentic Spanish food, delicious, fresh, beautifully prepared and presented. The calamari and shrimp were cooked just right and seasoned lightly, just to enhance their natural flavours. The potatoes dish, the chick pea dish (a delicious version of houmous) and the cured meat and cheese platter were all fabulous, but the baked goat cheese was the star. Would definitely recommend this place.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Best place for tapas in Chicago

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to Emilio's for our New Year Eve's dinner with friends and family. Our table was ready, service was outstanding (thanks!!), the food was really good and the waiter even helped us get some "custom" drinks made. We had a great time and for sure will go back there when visiting Chicago.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We always enjoy our visits to either the two restaurants, Hillside or Chicago. This time was Sol y Nieve in Chicago. The food is excellent, service and the ambiance are great. The only drawback are the prices, but its about the same everywhere else you go.
Excellent restaurant!

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Variety of options on the menu to choose from. Delicious flavors and strong ingredient combinations. Absolutely would love to come back and share with family and friends.

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