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Locals and tourists have enjoyed small plate and freshly-made tapas at Emilio's Sol y Nieve since 1999. With regular Spanish inspired entertainment including Flamenco Shows and Wine Dinners, the lively, upscale vibe of Emilio's Sol y Nieve make it a grate dining institution to get together. And while you'll see small plates everywhere now, this tapas experience is an authentic one that focuses on helping people interact with one another.
Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, diners club, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Central Chicago, Near North Side, Streeterville
AKA

Emilio's Sol y Nieve

Categories
Spanish Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Mexican Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Spanish, Mediterranean, Caterers, Family Style, Mexican, Latin American, European, Continental, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Good for Kids: Yes

Pets Allowed: No

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05/07/2011

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Good Food Better Atmosphere

Went alone one evening while traveling on business. Asked for a table where I could read my book and was seated immediately at a table that the hostess said had good light. The waiter was also the bartender and came to my table right away. The good service continued throughout the meal. I thought the food was pretty good, but maybe a little pricey.

05/20/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
good food, so so service

I visited on a Monday night. Trying to decide between two different red wines, my waiter brought tasting glasses to allow me to taste before choosing. Very nice! But the service after that was inconsistent, with my waiter not showing up to check on my needs to order the next plate - luckily other staff pitched in. The plates are wonderful, very well presented. The artichoke, serrano ham and cabrales cheese with mixed greens (Tarta de Alcachofas) was fabuous, drizzled with balsamic vinegar. However my grilled beef tenderloin was a bit charred on the outside, somewhat overwhelming the cracked peppers and sherry sauce. The Delicia de Tres Gustos terrine of white, bitter sweet and caramel mousse was not as flavorful as I would have expected.
Overall, I would go back to explore the menu more.

10/31/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
The BEST Tapas!

This place is SO good! I visit Chicago every year for a week in November, and my friends and I eat there at least twice! The red sangria is delicious and a must-have dish is the baked goat cheese with garlic toast - absolutely to die for!! Do yourself a big favor and get over to Emilio's!

06/14/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Great Tapas Experience

Lots of interesting dishes to sample. Excellent wine list. I recommend the Veleta Trepenillo wine. Service was okay but the food was excellent. Very comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

05/29/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Great Tapas in Chicago

Emilio's tapas and wine bar is the best place to people watch and to get a great small meal. The white sangria is very good with a kick and the small appetizers are just enough to share with two or four. Everything was great, make sure (if you don't know spanish) you ask if the tapas is hot or cold; expecting a hot dish and receiving it cold can ""sour"" the appetite.
Dessert was just enough and not over-bearing. Well worth the wait and money.

07/27/2004

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Overall
outdoor tapas!!!

every tapas restaurant should have outdoor seating!!! great food. good service. a great place to people-watch as you sample several amazing dishes and share a pitcher of excellent sangria.

04/10/2004

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Um..off night?

My friend and I shared five of what we thought were the most interesting and inventive-sounding tapas on the menu, and all of them were bland and uninspired. The ""gracious, unhurried"" service made us impatient, especially considering that we were two of four people in the whole place and still had to wait 20 minutes for the bill.

08/17/2003

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Overall
Customer

First time experienced Spanish food. Paella A La Valenciana was good, needed a little more spice. Tapa Piquillos Rellenos De Pato was excellent. Baked dried fruit tart desert was good. Red sangria was watered down.

07/30/2003

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Overall
top Tapas

outstanding! one of a very few 5 stars I've ever given. Excellent CAZUELA DE PULPO, GAMBAS FRIAS TRES SALSAS, AN CON TOMATE, JAMON Y QUESO, TAPA A LA NAVARRA, CARACOLES EMILIO, duck in sherry sauce, calamri bread. We had over 30 plates. Our waitress served 8 loons without a flinch. Excellent Margaritas and desserts too. As good as tapas in Spain. But if you'd prefer the long wait at Iberico....

09/26/2002

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Overall
Excellent food!

If you love garlic, you've got to try the seasoned olive/garlic appetizer. I munched on it from the bar and the garlic was amazing. The pork tenderloins were on the dry side but the croquettas, stuffed mushrooms, bell pepper stuffed with crab, and the duck with couscous were excellent.

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