El Tapeo

4.3
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424 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
El Tapeo celebrates the bold flavours of a modern Spanish kitchen with a simple, ingredient-driven menu. More than just a restaurant, El Tapeo provides the ultimate gathering place for family and friends to enjoy Spanish-inspired sharable plates, vibrant cocktails and a global wine list designed with every palate in mind. Our team’s mission is dedicated to sparking connections between family, friends and the community through spirited food and wine.

El Tapeo is located on the 9th floor of Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.6
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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IA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love bringing my bride there

s
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Joe was a excellent server and the food was very good, it was a great experience for me and my wife on Valentines day, would highly recommend.

EC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service5Ambience1

The decor and setup reminds me of a holiday inn express lobby. Food is decent and server was excellent. There are about 20 major mistakes with decorations, materials, blocking view with a bar, 6 bright exit signs within 25 feet of each other out in the open..... bathrooms were great and 5 star. The possibility of a great location and spot there was wrecked by whomever designed the place.

g
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Have been planning to try this for awhile. Went on a Sat night. Very good cocktail list and delicious tapas style food. I think we kept putting off going here since it was inside a hotel. That as a mistake on our part. Food & drinks were delicious and good view too as almost all tables are right next or very near the windows. Will definitely be back to El Tapeo.

L
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place - fabulous food - Joe our waiter is fabulous- friendly- great service - warm atmosphere in Oakbrook

r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great servers, personable and helpful. They know the menu very well. My partner and I shared the crab salad (real lump crab meat), beet salad and lamb meatballs. We very much enjoyed both of the salads but found the meatballs to be very dry. The restaurant sits atop the Meridean hotel and is nicely appointed although somewhat stark.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved it all !!! Drinks, tapas, paella and desserts and our sweet helpful server!!! Perfect !! I recommend this place!! A hidden gem !!

TS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Disaster for lunch. Do not go.

g
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Food and service didn’t meet our expectations. It feels overpriced for what they offered and the staff were inattentive. Two of the tapas dishes were served with soggy bread. Seafood paella was supposed to be spicy but it came out tangy and sweet. We won’t be going back.

P
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Octopus has changed an much smaller portion from past. Also no Wagu Beef!!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Experience and food was just so so. Food was ok but nothing to rave over. I wouldn't go back.

KM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great selection of food, good service and ambiance.

LN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience3

We’re there 2 weeks ago ordered seafood paella was great got lobster clams etc. went back last week ordered the same got left over smelly lobster claws, told the server, he said he’ll mention to the chef ???? Probably not coming back

TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding, simply outstanding. Having experienced any number of excellent restaurants over the past 40 years of traveling the world for business, this is extremely memorable. Everything was excellent.

JC
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful location atop the Meridian Hotel with views of The surrounding area. Tapas is very delicious and most are gluten free. Meat and cheese boards are lovely to look at and savory as well.

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food it was great. The waiter gave us his recommendations when we asked and I appreciated his answers along with picking some of what he suggested and it was delicious. I would return again.

t
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful room, great service, delicious food, killer cocktail menu (the Sazerac was terrific).
You can order a half paella which is perfect for one -- never saw that before; wish other Spanish restaurants would do it too!

JF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an early dinner here and were treated to very good service. The food was a modern twist on traditional tapas, Service was attentive and my husband was treated to a complimentary dessert for his birthday.

RC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They consistently strive for innovative tapas. Innovative menu always. Delicious and fresh.
Our server, Crystal, is pleasant, attentive.
We always enjoy our experience.
Thank you.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

First time trying this restaurant & truly disappointing.
Nicely designed inside, but that’s the only positive.
We ordered a few dishes and none of them were enjoyable.
The crab tasted like a packet of tuna & the goat cheese with tomato was just bland. Nothing tasted fresh, almost frozen or reheated. The shrimp was just ok, but nothing we ordered left you wanting to try more. The waiter seemed to be in a huge hurry to leave by forcing the check on us asking to close out so he could leave. Meanwhile, he remained for 30 minutes afterwards. Don’t see us ever returning to this restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great experience. They food was awesome. Me and my wife had had a great time.

GO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Been here several times and loved it. Drinks are great, food was average this time. Will try again before recommending to friends as we've loved the food in the past.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food

TB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great date night dinner. It was our first visit and the food was amazing. I thought portions were good for the price. Flavors were very nice. Service was great, the ambiance / decor is different for the suburbs. It has a cool vibe. It did get noisy when a larger table started filling next to us, but wasn't horrible. I definitely would recommend to friends. We did a small paella and 3 tapas plates plus 1 dessert between 2 people. A couple drinks and it was perfect!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice quiet place for a date night

TQ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful and attentive service, great drink selections, and Joe was an amazing server...

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and atmosphere

BD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great. Our waiter was attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. We will be back..

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service1Ambience5

Valet parking is never available. Have been there three times and there is no one there to park the car.

c
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is a gem in Oakbrook. The food is some of the best Tapas I've had in the country bar none. The service was great. The plates are really the right size, sometimes Tapas tends to be served as large portions, but really, in order to preserve the best preparation I've found that smaller plates taste better. The small servings of Paella are not to be missed.

E
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pretty view, great service and fantastic food. We’ll be back

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good!

JB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and cocktails were outstanding. Our server, Crystal, was top notch.

TB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant! Love the food! Service is outstanding!!!!

DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food and drinks options. Hopping area and surrounded by hotels and restaurants, so there is a lot to do here. I also liked Le Meridian. Note that the restaurant is on the top floor of Le Meridian.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I like this place a lot. Not big portion and a big variety

LL
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful location, great and interesting food, recommended

k
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Unique, delicious food served by an amazingly friendly and knowledgeable staff.

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite places EVER. Service is exceptional. Food is always GREAT .Tonite the drunkin cheese selection before our Valencia paella .... Scrumptious!

JS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. Very nice sangria.
Good service.
Nice setting.