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Emilio's Sol y Nieve

#659 of 7,851 Restaurants in Chicago
#723 of 8,616 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Streeterville
Spanish, Tapas
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215 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611-3259 (Colombus Drive)
CTA Bus 151, Red Line Grand Stop.
312-467-7177
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 57
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Trip advisor should add 1/2 stars because I would give this place 4 1/2 stars. The service is very impersonal and makes you feel instantly comfortable. The décor is nice as well. We ordered 4 dishes and they were all very good. We washed it down with a pitcher of sangria. The sangria comes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
wasntme58
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Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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714 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Trip advisor should add 1/2 stars because I would give this place 4 1/2 stars. The service is very impersonal and makes you feel instantly comfortable. The décor is nice as well. We ordered 4 dishes and they were all very good. We washed it down with a pitcher of sangria. The sangria comes warm and they give you a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

One of the early tapas restaurants in the city and still going strong. Good, classic tapas dishes in a vibrant neighborhood. Similar to their Hillside location but with a few twists that make it a great place for a fun group outing.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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83 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I love tapas but not the tapas at this establishment. Perhaps it was the selections I had but the cold potato salad - not even adequately cold and thus, the salad left a greasy after taste. For hot tapas, the marinated chicken wings were no better. Tiny chicken wings smothered in an undiscernible red sauce - not sure what flavor... More 

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Cardiff
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

During a recent stay in Chicago, we, as a party of four fell upon this place by accident when the heavens opened whilst we were looking for somewhere to eat on a Saturday evening. It must have been an act of God as my wife and I love the Tapas concept and we were approaching Sol y Nieve when the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We love tapas and have eaten at Emilios several times; I know it is in a high rent area so have been okay with the relatively high tapas prices. But last night did it for me; I am finding a new place. When you pay 9 dollars for a 'special' tapa, you really expect more than a one inch cut... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Perfect spot for a late afternoon meal. We had several tapas and ordered the paella for one, which two of us shared. We had great food and excellent service.

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Fairfield, Ohio
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Nothing like this where we live so when the wife and I made a Chicago trip I surprised her with dinner here. She loved everything about the experience and I did also. The service ((Norma), the food and the sangria were all fantastic.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Unlike most restaurants in this country that bill themselves as serving Spanish tapas, this is the real deal. Good Spanish wines and sherry. Excellent cold and hot tapas. The cold potato salad was outstanding, but don't order it unless you love garlic! Excellent solomillo. Very good cheese plate with caramelized olives and marmalade. The only non-Spanish part of the meal... More 

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Stlouis
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

As in they cooked my paella well done. What a waste of good seafood. All of it ruined -- both paellas ordered. Wife's shrimp was nicely done, and excellent black bean soup.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Let's put it this way: the gazpacho is so good that King Felipe would be impressed. The place is charming, the location is great, and the food is delectable. Also, the service is attentive, and there are plenty of offerings to satisfy most diners, including ample vegetarian fare. I'd take a $15 cab ride (one-way) to get to Emilio's.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 215 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611-3259
    (Colombus Drive)
  • Public Transportation: CTA Bus 151, Red Line Grand Stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Streeterville
  • Neighborhood: Streeterville
  • Phone Number: 312-467-7177

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Doing business, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Streeterville

Neighborhood Profile
Streeterville
Streeterville is where visitors head for play at Navy Pier, a pseudo amusement park and development of restaurants, shops, rides, and other activities. You’ll find lots of action and excitement on the docks. Along the pier, you’ll see the statue of the captain for whom Streeterville is named. While you enjoy your fair share of sightseeing at the pier, you can also visit other popular attractions there such as the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Off the pier you’ll find more restaurants from low-cost pubs to high-end establishments. Arts and culture aficionados should be sure not to miss the Museum of Contemporary Art.