In 1988, Emilio Gervilla, opened the first Emilio’s Tapas in Hillside, a suburb just west of Chicago. It was named one of Chicago Magazine’s 10 best new restaurants and has never looked back. Ten more restaurants would follow to similar critical acclaim as Emilio was soon titled the “Tapas King” by the Chicago press.

Annually, Emilio’s Tapas restaurants have graced the top 25 restaurants throughout Chicago, and have also received awards and accolades from Zagat, Chicago Magazine, Food Industry News, along with a myriad of other publications and more importantly, an ardent following of regular customers.

The atmosphere is fun, casual, and sophisticated, with vibrant and colorful settings, where friendly, well-informed professionals are eager to serve.

The wonderful Spanish cuisine is made up of small plates of hot and cold tapas and variety of peerless paellas inspired by Mediterranean and New World cultures. These are Emilio’s own recipes honed over a lifetime, growing up and working his way through restaurants in Spain, and coming to the US to work and share his creations and passion for his homeland.

Events are regularly hosted, including flamenco demonstrations, live Spanish music, wine tastings and special dinners, plus cooking and wine classes with Emilio himself.

Dining options include al fresco on the patios, in the open dining rooms which can also accommodate private and semi-private parties, or feel free to sample tapas while enjoying sangria or your favorite beverage at the bar with friends and family.

Emilio’s can also bring this wonderful and unique cuisine to your home, office, or other preferred location.

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