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Emilio's Sol y Nieve

#752 of 8,136 Restaurants in Chicago
#821 of 8,721 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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215 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611-3259 (Colombus Drive)
CTA Bus 151, Red Line Grand Stop.
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
First Tapas experience and already planning my next trip!

My boyfriend and I were in Chicago and I heard from someone who was on my bus that this place is the place to go, him and his wife love it. And I see why! It was both myself and my boyfriends first tapas experience, and neither of us knew what to expect, we had the impression that you go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2015
Rachel M
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Business meetings
  • Families with children
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Omaha, Nebraska
Level Contributor
33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Just a mile off of the Magnificent mile, so this is a hop skip and jump from shopping fun. We visited in early evening and there was no wait and hardly any guests. The restaurants is quaint and homey, but nice. The food was fair, somewhat tasty - we have a few tapas that lacked flavor and others didn't taste... More 

Thank carter-elston
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

My boyfriend and I were in Chicago and I heard from someone who was on my bus that this place is the place to go, him and his wife love it. And I see why! It was both myself and my boyfriends first tapas experience, and neither of us knew what to expect, we had the impression that you go... More 

Thank Rachel M
South Bend, Indiana
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We went with a group of 9 people for lunch around 12pm on Labor Day. They were not that busy, but neither were the majority of places we walked by seeing that it was Labor Day and most people seemed to be on the museum campus or on the beaches because of the heat. We ordered about 16 small plates... More 

Thank Jon_n_Jess
Toronto, Canada
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822 reviews
468 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 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 

Thank wasntme58
Chicago, Illinois
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77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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.

Thank ncr1jmj
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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94 reviews
55 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 

Thank DCUrbanMom
Level Contributor
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 

Thank Mike R
Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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 

Thank Janettravels44
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.

Thank Janice V
Fairfield, Ohio
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31 reviews
26 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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Families with children


Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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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 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.