Emilio's Tapas - Hillside

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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Tapas
  • Authentic
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Thank you for your interest in Emilio’s Tapas. Emilio’s Tapas is an authentic Spanish Tapas Bar Restaurant conveniently located in West Suburban Hillside. Spanish cuisine can best be described as a mix of French and Italian influences; tapas are small dishes ideal for appetizers or when ordered in rounds build a complete meal. Our menu consists of regional Spanish specialties, original dishes created by Chef Emilio offered in both dining room, bar and patio (weather permitting) for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is casual with spacious dining rooms and an energetic atmosphere accentuated by colorful Spanish murals, music and tiles.

Special Offers

Happy Hour Tapas & Drinks

Tapas from $1.95 & $1 off Wine & Beer!
In our bar area.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 13 November 2018

Ends: 14 November 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 16:30-18:30

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MM
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was great except that the red Sangria that we ordered seemed “off” - like something was missing or it seemed watered down... They said they couldn’t get us new Sangria because it is made in bulk and a new pitcher would taste the same.... we sent the pitcher back and we ordered wine. Missed the old Sangria we have had for years!

JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great meal at Emilios. Be sure to have the garlic potato salad and curry chicken!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 9 September 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments....we were happy to share the joy with you.

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M
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and outstanding food. Highly recommend if you enjoy tapas.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 10 September 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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MB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is amazingly consistent in every way, and I'm talking about 20 years!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 10 September 2019

Gracias, gracias and Gracias! We appreciate your feedback....

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RN
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent flavorful food. Perfect sharable portions. Spot-on service. Delicious Sangria!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 10 September 2019

Gracias for your rating! We really appreciate your feed back...

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AG
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This special Treasure is a Delight -- our dinner was a Birthday Celebration -- and it couldn't have been more perfect Thank you Emilio's

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 10 September 2019

Thank you for choosing Emilios Tapas to celebrate!

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MV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing along with the atmosphere! Can't wait to go back again to try more dishes!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 10 September 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments, we are so happy you enjoyed our little part of Spain!

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. Great food and service.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 9 September 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We have been coming to Emilio’s Hillside location for many years and have always enjoyed the food. We have seen Chef Emilio shopping for fresh ingredients at the local farm market and know we are always getting the best. Service is always excellent.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 4 September 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments! We really appreciate your feed back. Yes, we shop at a few different farmer markets during the season, and love talking to the farmers and picking up what they are growing for us. Thank you for your service comment too....they love what they do.

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R
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food!! Always a gem of a place

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 2 September 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments, we appreciate your feed back!

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DS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Emilio's never disappoints! They are the best restaurant in the western suburbs. My favorite, for a date night or a group. Delicious!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 3 September 2019

Thank you for that great review!

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JZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Emilio's is our all time family favorite.
We have been coming to Emilio's for 30 years now and have never once been disappointed.
The food, services, and atmosphere is outstanding!
Please don't ever retire dear Emilio!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 3 September 2019

Gracias.....we appreciate your kind words.

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KH
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great potatoes salad and Paela with seafood. We had a flan for desert.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 1 September 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments...glad you enjoyed your evening!

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DM
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall everything was good. The only problem is that we made a reservation and put down that we were celebrating our anniversary. Well nobody ever mentioned anything or asked.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 2 September 2019

I'm so sorry Daisy, we did forget to pass that info to the server. We apologize for this mistake. I'm making a note in your profile so we won't miss this date again. So sorry...

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C
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been coming here forever. Emilio was cooking. Best lunch by far lately. Everything we ordered was perfect!❣️

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 28 August 2019

gracias! we appreciate your feed back!

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KS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful place -great food -great service

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 25 August 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Meeting old friends

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 26 August 2019

Gracias for your rating

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CB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Emilio's Tapas. We got seated right away. We had a

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 29 August 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments

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m
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Emilio's was excellent as usual! This night there was a free wine tasting and also a Flamenco show. Everything was great!Favorite foods: Caricoles, Pincho de Pollo, Pincho de solomillo, datiles, Emilio's potato salad, black bean soup - and the list goes on and on! LOVE IT!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 4 September 2019

Gracias, gracias Gracias!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful night on the patio, Spanish guitar music, great tapas...makes you feel you might be back in the Plaza de Pescaderia in Granada.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 25 August 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments, and yes.....it did!!

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M
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Been coming here for many years, the food is still extremely good. The wait staff has attitude and was hard to find to take the check at the end.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 23 August 2019

Wow, I'm really dismayed to hear this comment. I apologize for unacceptable service....

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LS
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent service. Our services was very professional. He explained the menu and the different dishes.
The food was delish. We’re going back.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 23 August 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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k
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Who sings going to Emilio's for over 30 years and I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal. It's one of my absolute favorite restaurants

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 23 August 2019

Gracias Gracias And Gracias!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful place. Constantly great food and service.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 19 August 2019

Gracias, gracias and gracias!

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MR
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Emilio’s is truly a neighborhood gem !! A casual atmosphere in which to enjoy authentic Spanish tapas!! The Sangria and Paella are outstanding. An extensive menu with a list of daily specials ! Alway good.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 21 August 2019

Gracias for your great review!

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great time with friends. Something for everyone. Service was exceptional

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 19 August 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love this place, my friends and I always enjoy dinner here. It was very loud though and we were a disappointed the patio was full , so we couldn't dine outside.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 19 August 2019

Yes, the patio is always in high demand....may I recommend coming earlier?

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MP
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

So my first time at Emilio’s and not excited to come back. My sangria was watered down and filled with ice. When I got to the half of the glass it tasted like lightly flavored iced water. Food was ok until the waitress wouldn’t bring us the grilled calamari we ordered at our arrival. When we asked she claimed that it’s still cooking- this is after about 40 minutes of waiting. When she finally brought the plate and we started eating- almost cold and all chewy and rubbery - the kind of rubbery the you keep chewing and then you end up spitting it out. She was nice to bring it back to the kitchen and then return with a fresh batch of calamari- hot from the grill and melting in our mouth. Just delicious. You could totally tell that the first one was maybe someone’s order from few days ago. We were on the patio expecting to have a nice quiet meal for my birthday. Not this time. It was very loud- many waiters were arguing pulling and pushing tables and chairs around to set the patio up for some kind of event. I really wanted to love it! It’s the closest tapas restaurant near me.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 19 August 2019

Hola MoniP.....i apologize for a warm humid evening where evening is dripping wet....Sangria included. Your sangria was brought to you freshly poured, but unfortunately mother nature took over. I also apologize for our server forgetting your calamari....i would be happy to refund your money. My servers were not arguing, they were in the midst of setting up a large party. Again I'm sorry it disturbed your evening.

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D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated our 42nd anniversary here. Food was delicious and service was attentive. They gave us a nice anniversary card signed by Emilio, and they gave us a complimentary glass of moscato with our dessert.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 19 August 2019

Thank you, we were happy to help you celebrate your Anniversary!

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CR
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere was good. Service was incredible. Our waitress was great.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 17 August 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments! We really appreciate it!

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brought my sons there for the first time and everybody really enjoyed. A wonderful dining experience.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 14 August 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments! We appreciate it......

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GM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Emilio's is consistently good. We tried a couple of new tapas this time and they lived up to our expectations. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive without being hovering. I highly recommend Emilio's.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 14 August 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments....we really appreciate your feed back.

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Everything we ordered, about 10 items excluding drinks, was good except for the calamari, which was rubbery and served in pancake form. I also thought the croquette chicken was lacking taste. All the other tapas we ordered was very good.

BH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for our son’s birthday. We lived in the area for 15 years but moved away 12 years ago. Emilio’s was always one our favorite restaurants. We weren’t disappointed. Everything was as good as we remembered. We really appreciated all of the special touches for our son’s birthday. Great food, great service and great atmosphere!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 12 August 2019

Wonderful! I'm so pleased to see your review and rating. Hope to see you again next time your in the area!

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f
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Emilio's is one of our favorites but it had been a while since our last visit. Six family members met to catch up and relax. Everything was perfect -- fantastic food options and waitstaff who took care of our every need.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 12 August 2019

Gracias for your rating, we really appreciate your feed back.

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and outdoor dining was a treat. Fabulous service

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 6 August 2019

Gracias we really appreciate your rating and review.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Nothing good to talk about.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 5 August 2019

Won't you please tell me where we failed You? This will help me correct what ever happened. I'm sorry we spoiled your evening.

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KH
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great potatoes salad and eggplant crostata. The beef tapas with French fries was excellent.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 3 August 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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RH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Emilio's never disappoints. We have been coming here for years. The food is top quality and the presentation is spot on. The sangria is delicious, waiters very attentive and the place is super cute. Love everything about Emilio's.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 1 August 2019

Gracias, I appreciate your confidence in us....

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JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly and attentive staff at Emilio's! Food was outstanding and service was top notch. I would recommend Emilio's to everyone.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 31 July 2019

Wonderful! Thanks so much, we so appreciate your comment!

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