Arco de Cuchilleros
"My favorite tapas in Chicago. I searched the city for a good tapas experience after returning from Spain and found it here. The food is authentic and very good. The staff has always been attentive. One thing I'd like to see here is a more ambitious cheese plate with a greater variety to sample." -- A.J.
"My favorite restaurant in the city. If you've never been, you're missing out. Everything about this place is fantastic: the food, sangria, service, atmosphere and prices. You must go early to avoid a wait. The tapas are extremely filling but, if you have room, the paella is wonderful. The desserts are delicious." -- C.A.
Lucille's Tavern & Tapas
"Each tapa was a taste sensation. The service was equally good. Eating them one-by-one, over time, with wine is a great way to relax." -- P.L.
"Great food, and I loved the setting. It's a great date place: affordable and excellent tapas. However, the service wasn't all too great; the waiter was a bit rude." -- S.K.S.
"I have only visited Emilio's once and I must say it was a thoroughly pleasurable experience. The tapas were very good and the atmosphere was quieter and more sophisticated than places such as Iberico and Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! I The service was average, however I think our server was new. Regardless, I look forward to becoming a regular customer." -- A.A.A.
Emilio's Sol y Nieve
"Fabulous tapas; second only to the Lincoln Park Emilio's. The sangria is overpriced and overhyped, but the food blows every other tapas restaurant out of the water. The caracoles Emilio (escargot) are my favorite. Emilio's is the only restaurant I will completely trust with seafood this far from the coast. It's my favorite restaurant in the city; I've never had a bad meal." -- Karl D.
"We were pleasantly surprised by our very positive dining experience. While certainly on the expensive side for the neighborhood, the food was top-notch. We ordered a few tapas to start and we all enjoyed our entrees." -- Lee W.
-- Compiled by Christine Badowski
Originally published April 9, 2003.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times