Emilio's

★★★★☆
  • 4100 Roosevelt Rd

    Hillside, IL 60162

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  • 708-547-7177

About Emilio's

Hours
Mon. - Wed. 5pm - 9:30pm;Thu. 11:30am - 9:30pm;Fri. - Sat. 11:30am - 10pm;Sun. 4pm - 9pm
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One word describes it - excellent!!!! There may be a wait on weekends but it is surely worth the wait

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★★★☆☆

One word describes it - excellent!!!! There may be a wait on weekends but it is surely worth the wait

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It doesn't get any better than Emilio's. I have been to Spain, most major cities worldwide and I have not found a better Spanish restaurant anywhere. The food, ambiience, value and energy is exceptional. The Paella is outstanding, with lively flavors, as are most of the daily specials. Emilio is one of the true great chefs that puts over 30 years of passion in his food and ambience. There are other restaurants that serve tapas in Chicago and other cities but there is only one Tapas King, a tribute to years of execellent consisitency. If you can get him to cater a party, he will surprise you well beyond most caterers as well.

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★★★★★

It doesn't get any better than Emilio's. I have been to Spain, most major cities worldwide and I have not found a better Spanish restaurant anywhere. The food, ambiience, value and energy is exceptional. The Paella is outstanding, with lively flavors, as are most of the daily specials. Emilio is one of the true great chefs that puts over 30 years of passion in his food and ambience. There are other restaurants that serve tapas in Chicago and other cities but there is only one Tapas King, a tribute to years of execellent consisitency. If you can get him to cater a party, he will surprise you well beyond most caterers as well.

Pros: Food, ambience

Cons: Can be a wait on the weekends, but not bad

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At Emilio's the variety and quality of food was not very good. The ambiance is nice and the desert is average. The prices are a bit high compared to other tapas restaurants like Iberico. I ordered about 7 different hot and cold tapas items and the taste was poor. The croquetas are double the price and half the amount compared to other places.

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★★★☆☆

At Emilio's the variety and quality of food was not very good. The ambiance is nice and the desert is average. The prices are a bit high compared to other tapas restaurants like Iberico. I ordered about 7 different hot and cold tapas items and the taste was poor. The croquetas are double the price and half the amount compared to other places.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Quality of food and prices

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For amazing Spanish tapas in the western suburbs, head to Emilios in Hillside. I think the food here is better than their restaurant in downtown Chicago. Mention it's your birthday and they bring you a free profiteroles dessert (without the embarrassing singing). I recommend the queso de cabra (baked goat cheese and marinara sauce), championes rellenos (stuffed mushrooms), gambas a la plancha (grilled shrimp with garlic), and the salmn a la vasca.

PROS: great food and sangria at affordable prices
CONS:

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★★★★☆

For amazing Spanish tapas in the western suburbs, head to Emilios in Hillside. I think the food here is better than their restaurant in downtown Chicago. Mention it's your birthday and they bring you a free profiteroles dessert (without the embarrassing singing). I recommend the queso de cabra (baked goat cheese and marinara sauce), championes rellenos (stuffed mushrooms), gambas a la plancha (grilled shrimp with garlic), and the salmn a la vasca.

PROS: great food and sangria at affordable prices
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The food was very tasty, but expensive. I liked everything I tried. We ordered the grilled veggies, chicken with lemon and grilled veggies, dates wrapped in bacon, venison ravioli, chickpea humus, goat cheese with tomatoes, and bean soup. The portions were VERY small. The humus was spread so thinly on the plate it was comical. No joke, it was probably 1/16 of an inch or less. You had to scrape your piece of bread on the plate to get any at all. The plate of grilled veggies had 7 slices of vegetables. There were only 3 raviolis. It cost us $15/person. It is expensive for what you get, but it is fun and the food is good. I just which the serving sizes were normal not minuscule.

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★★★★☆

The food was very tasty, but expensive. I liked everything I tried. We ordered the grilled veggies, chicken with lemon and grilled veggies, dates wrapped in bacon, venison ravioli, chickpea humus, goat cheese with tomatoes, and bean soup. The portions were VERY small. The humus was spread so thinly on the plate it was comical. No joke, it was probably 1/16 of an inch or less. You had to scrape your piece of bread on the plate to get any at all. The plate of grilled veggies had 7 slices of vegetables. There were only 3 raviolis. It cost us $15/person. It is expensive for what you get, but it is fun and the food is good. I just which the serving sizes were normal not minuscule.

Pros: food

Cons: price

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haven't had better tapas outside of barcelona. it just doesn't get any better. great, authentic menu. excellent desserts. very appropriate wine list. super value!!! well worth the trip to the burbs. you simply can't go wrong.

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★★★★★

haven't had better tapas outside of barcelona. it just doesn't get any better. great, authentic menu. excellent desserts. very appropriate wine list. super value!!! well worth the trip to the burbs. you simply can't go wrong.

Pros: food, service, sangria

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We went to Emilios not knowing what to expect and were pleasantly surprised. The food was amazing and the prices were very reasonable. The servers were really nice and helpful and the ambience is good too. Our favourite was the duck ravioli with goat cheese and the stuffed mushrooms with spinach. Overall, Emilios is a great place with good food and good value for money. And I also wanted to mention that their host looks exactly like
"The Rock" from WWE.

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★★★★★

We went to Emilios not knowing what to expect and were pleasantly surprised. The food was amazing and the prices were very reasonable. The servers were really nice and helpful and the ambience is good too. Our favourite was the duck ravioli with goat cheese and the stuffed mushrooms with spinach. Overall, Emilios is a great place with good food and good value for money. And I also wanted to mention that their host looks exactly like
"The Rock" from WWE.

Pros: Food, Service, Price

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Emilio's is still the king of tapas. The dining room is usually packed and festive. The food is as superb as ever. Favorites tapas dishes include the duck with couscous, chicken with three sauces and the killer garlic potato salad. But leave room for dessert, the tiramisu and the poached pears are excellent.

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★★★★★

Emilio's is still the king of tapas. The dining room is usually packed and festive. The food is as superb as ever. Favorites tapas dishes include the duck with couscous, chicken with three sauces and the killer garlic potato salad. But leave room for dessert, the tiramisu and the poached pears are excellent.

Pros: Superb food

Cons: Crowded

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Emilio Gervilla's tapas empire got its start at this freestanding restaurant, which is still going strong---despite its gloomy near-cemetery backdrop. Fanciful murals, mosaics and miscellaneous artifacts set the stage for meals assembled…

 

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