Emilio's Tapas - Hillside

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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Tapas
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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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RN
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always a wonderful experience and food. Even on a busy night the staff seems to have an excitement for their work.

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PG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Went on first date, great place. Service was spotty and on a Monday night?? Server redeemed that by assisting us with selections. Every dish was fantastic. The lamb was excellent, stuffed mushrooms, mmmm. Food cooked to perfection. Will be back to try paella.

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DM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is mouth watering! Paella is delicious and recommended!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded a day ago

gracias Debbie.....we appreciate your comments

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious! We took my dad for father’s day and received nothing but the best service.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 3 days ago

Gracias gracias and gracias!

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SH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious! So happy we went. It was the 1st time at a tapas restaurant for my son and he loved it.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 2 days ago

Wonderful! So happy you both enjoyed our little bit of Spain!

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LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Emilio is such an amazing Chef and really cares about his costumers. Loved it! Amazing. And I’m a picky Chef myself

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 3 days ago

Gracias, thanks for your comments.....its really appreciated.

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DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great food, alway consistent. Wait staff alway pleasant

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 5 days ago

Gracias for your great comments, we really appreciate it.

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AR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was exceptional and the food was excellent!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded 6 days ago

Gracias gracias and Gracias!

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C
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We have been dining at Emilio’s for years. Wonderful hot & cold tapas, plus Spanish wines at a great value. Tonight we tried Paella for the first time &’it was delicious. Would definitely recommend Paella Sunday where Emilio’s includes a bottle of wine with an order for 2 people. Great deal & fantastic meal!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 10 June 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments! I'm happy to hear you tried our Spanish Paella....its great!

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JL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and tapas experience. Absolutely exceptional service - every level of staff is attentive to detail and knowledgeable. From beginning to end, we felt welcomed, appreciated, and well guided in an overall fantastic celebration . The garlic potato salad and bacon wrapped dates are house favorites that you must try!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 12 June 2019

Gracias. It's taken me all day for your review to sink in. I copied Anna on it and posted it on our employee board for all to see that our guests do recognize their efforts! Mil gracias!!!

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MR
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great neighborhood Spot! Authentic Spanish food!! Can’t beat the sangria and tapas!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 11 June 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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N
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for friends, family, date night. Outdoor space worth the evening

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 10 June 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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GA
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outside dining was wonderful! Great food and service !!! Highly recommend

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 8 June 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Selection of Tapas is outstanding. Everything we ordered was hot and very tasty. Our waitress suggested was outstanding. The prices are a very good value. I highly recommend dining at Emilio's tapas. It is reasonably priced so dine there often. Robert T Bale

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 8 June 2019

Gracias for your wonderful review! We really appreciate it.

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ET
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great and the service excellent. We've been many times and
loved taking our granddaughter there for the first time. She and her friend loved Emilio's.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 5 June 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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BT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food , service and atmosphere. Emilio ALWAYS does a GREAT job.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 5 June 2019

Thank you Bob, we really appreciate your review!

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MG
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredibly friendly staff, great food, and fun family atmosphere!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 4 June 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments, we really appreciate it!

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C
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is excellent and the wine list has a great variety of Spanish wines that are a good value. Great variety of Tapas - you should try new items from the specials menu as well as items that are regularly available. Some of our favorites include the CANELÓN FRIO DE ATÚN and VIERAS SALTEADAS SALSA AZAFRAN as well as the velvety smooth Gazpacho (when available on the special menu). We recently enjoyed the Campo Viejo (Reserva - a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano & Manzuelo) -it is a light styled red wine - balanced, paired well with both seafood and meat dishes. Enjoy!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 5 June 2019

Gracias for your in-depth review!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Did was excellent. Service excellent. It's best to come with a group so you can order more plates and taste more dishes that way.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 9 June 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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LD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful selection of small plates. Tasty larger (main) dishes, too. Emilio's paella is so tasty! Nice entertainment on Friday evenings.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 1 June 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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MM
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We always enjoy eating at Emillios’s. This time didn’t disappoint. We were seated promptly. It took a while for anyone to greet us or give us the specials and take our drink orders, although we were provided with good bread and butter as well as water right away. Our waitress finally greeted us and explained the specials and took our Sangria order. She was relatively new at the job. We ordered one of the specials, the soft shelled crab, which is in season as well as a couple of old favorites. The food came promptly, with appetizers first and the crab last, just as we requested. The only other thing that disappointed us was that while other tables around us received a “complementary “ tapas, we did not (although it showed up on our bill!).

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 2 June 2019

Yikes! Thank you for letting us know where we failed you....we don't have any new servers, so that isn't the reason you weren't greeted by our server more promptly. I apologize, there isn't a better answer. If you tell me your name, I will make sure you are treated with double complimentary tapas on your next visit!

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R
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful gazpacho, tabla de casa (cheeses and sausages, serrano ham, and pork), olives, olive oil, and perfectly prepared halibut.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 29 May 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments! I love the gazpacho too!

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C
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had a great time here. Everything was amazing! I had the red wine sangria which was so good. All the food was delicious, and we were served with good timing.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 28 May 2019

Cristina, gracias for your great review! We are thankful for a wonderful staff!

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MK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Best! Coming here for 30 yrs. Always warm, welcoming, with food so consistently delicious you could order blindfolded. Seriously.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 19 May 2019

Amazing review! Gracias and ill be sure to let Lisa know!

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b
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From beginning to end, everything was amazing, the tapas we're delicious presentation was good, their house sangria was perfect, the service was exceptional, their dessert menu needs a bit of work only thing

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 21 May 2019

Gracias Blanca! We really appreciate your rating and comments.

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L
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great and the food was delicious. Waitress was very nice and gave us recommendations. Our table was located on the corner which was perfect. We were seated right away.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 21 May 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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TK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Emilio's Tapas is one of our favorite places to eat. The restaurant is a happy place. The service is casual, yet absolutely professional, and the food is so very good. Everything we have tried has been delicious, and we enjoy seeing and talking to Emilio when he walks through the restaurant. He is definitely passionate about his dishes. We absolutely love the grilled calamari, and his famous garlic potato salad. The waiters are dedicated to good service, and they are friendly and proud to serve their delicious Tapas plates. Try the red sangria! You won't be sorry.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 14 May 2019

Thank you so much for your great review....im so over whelmed about all the wonderful reviews from moms day....its a very hard day, long hours for all but we always try our best and so proud of my "kids". Gracias for your wonderful comments, we so appreciate it!

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food and service are always good, but we miss the downtown location on Ohio which did not feel as cramped and overall had a much better ambiance.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 14 May 2019

Thank you for the positive comnents...

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EK
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time we go here it’s a great time! The food as always was excellent

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 14 May 2019

Gracias for your comnents....

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PJ
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Emilio's for Mother's Day lunch. We had a group of eight people. Emilio's was crowded and busy, but our server took great care of us and treated us like royalty. Delicious food, friendly atmosphere, great service. We LOVE Emilio's!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 14 May 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments! I wish I knew your server or your reservations name....when ever a guest makes a positive remark about staff I like to reward them for doing a great job....they are so deserving, especially on Moms Day!! Thank you....

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MD
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Emilio's is one of our favorites. We save it for special occasions, and always love our experience.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 14 May 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!

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T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome service and food were on point. Affordable fun atmosphere

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 13 May 2019

Gracias gracias gracias!

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r
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Emilio’s has fantastic food and great energy. Their standard menu has all our favorites like bacon wrapped dates and paella. The daily specials are always worth a try. The venison pate was unexpected and delicious.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 13 May 2019

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

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H
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed our food and service but the noise level and crowdedness of the restaurant detracted from a relaxing dinner with friends. Too many people in the small space.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 12 May 2019

Thank you, I appreciate your feed back.

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CS
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is awesome and the staff provides amazing service!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 19 May 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments!!

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g
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing gluten free options clearly marked on the menu! We love Emilio's!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 12 May 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments....thank you for mentioning our gluten free items too..

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RF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food as always. Paella and patatas aliolo were delicious. Best tapas restaurant around.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 13 May 2019

Wow! Thank you for that honor!

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LV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Emilio has returned to helm the kitchen! Terrific food and drink! Thank you, Emilio for your wonderful food!

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 14 May 2019

Gracias for your rating and comments! I'm not quite sure what you mean he "returned to helm the kitchen". He was recovering from surgery late Jan for about 2 weeks......

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KK
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was nice and the atmosphere was great. I definitely come here again.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 13 May 2019

Wonderful...gracias for your comments

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KV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and service!! Will return.

Emilio's Tapas - Hillside
Responded on 12 May 2019

Gracias gracias gracias!

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