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Emilio's Sol y Nieve

#499 of 7,758 Restaurants in Chicago
#540 of 8,514 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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Today
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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 2
    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
Excellent experience!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Tejas_Dan
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Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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119 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Stlouis
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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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57 reviews 57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Wilmington, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Shared several dishes as we enjoyed a pitcher of excellent sangria. We liked them all but agreed the paella was only average. Patatas Con Alioli (garlic potato salad) was delicious!

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Curitiba, PR
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

It is a great place, but better go in groups (3 and more), there are so many good stuff in the menu to share, that a lone dinner become a crime, of course you can and must do it if by yourself, then return another day to try something else. The service could be a little bit better in the... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

What a great way to try different dishes- tapas style! Emilio's does a nice job! Our server was from Poland, which was fun for my son in law, as he is Polish. Friendly service, and delicious tapas!

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Chicago
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210 reviews 210 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We picked Emilio's based on its close proximity to the AMC theaters on Illinois St. We had a nice early dinner with a handful of tapas. The lamb meatballs (sort of spicy) and the grilled shrimp were both great, as was the skirt steak done medium. The place has a wonderful atmosphere and very attentive staff.

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Chicago, Illinois
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38 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We have eaten here several times with friends and always enjoyed the experience. The outside tables are nice in the summer and it is pleasant and not crazy noisy inside in the winter. The service has consistently been attentive but not intrusive. For four we usually order 2 or 3 of the main hot dishes and a couple of smaller... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We tried the Pincho De Pollo, pincho de gambas, and the paella valenciana. Everything was good but just not great. The chicken was dry and without the sauce was not edible. I would say this is an average Spanish restaurant. Of course I have yet to find a great one outside of Spain.

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Emilio's Sol y Nieve at 215 E Ohio Street in the Streeterville area of Chicago is a good choice for Spanish food. The tapas I had there were as good as those I had in Barcelona. The menu has hot and cold tapas as well as several paellas. The last time we were there we had black bean soup with... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The food at Emilio's is great! The server was very knowledgeable. Not only did she recommend some of the most popular dishes but she also told us about some of her personal favorites so that we could try a variety of things. The flank steak was amazing and we also really enjoyed the bacon wrapped dates. I will definitely go... More 

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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, Families with children, Doing business, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Entertaining clients
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

Questions? Get answers from Emilio's Sol y Nieve staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
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.