Aba

4.8
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Aba is a Mediterranean restaurant with a rooftop patio located in Chicago's historic Fulton Market District. This is Chef CJ Jacobson’s second restaurant with Lettuce Entertain You, and is an extension of Ema (mother in Hebrew) in River North. Aba, meaning father in Hebrew, incorporates a light style of cooking with a large emphasis on raw and cooked protein. The bar program is crafted by Lead Mixologist Liz Pearce and showcases rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits. Please note that outdoor seating is first come first serve, is not available for reservations and is weather permitting.
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4.6
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Lcd41
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and great food. This was my third time at Aba for dinner and will definitely be back again.

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RhondaB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful everything!! Started with Michael, an attentive wonderful server, great wine, superb food and beautiful setting. Thanks ABA!

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Vanessa
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and our server was very helpful!

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MayM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and drinks were good, but expensive. Might not be worth the cost.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. Good ambiance. Could be a regular here.

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NisargV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with amazing drinks and delicious Mediterranean food.

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MichaelW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and server was amazing!!!

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vipHowardT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modern setting, flavors that pop, professional service: one of the most happening places happening right now in Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for my birthday dinner and had an amazing experience! Staff was friendly, nice ambiance and food was tooooo good. One of my new favorite spots in the west loop.

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Harc
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been here a handful of time and are always blown away by the service and the food. I'd highly recommend for a date night or special occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my first time in Aba, the 3 hostesses were very welcoming, the service and food were outstanding, the hummus, lamb legs and the Moroccan chicken cutlets were something to die for, especially the Moroccan cutlets which are made the same as in my home country Morocco 🇲🇦. Thank you ABA for making this night so marvelous . I will definitely be back.

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Auren
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the ambience was perfect, and the staff was all incredibly kind & helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I found the food a little disappointing on this 3rd visit. The salmon I had was a bit skimpy and the rice serving and veggies smaller than usual. Service was okay, not super attentive. We may go back for the patio when the weather warms. I thought it was privy for medium quality.

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AndreaF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Great food! great drinks! Will definitely be back!

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vipKerriG
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service and food were both lackluster. Hamachi dish lacked any seasoning and overall flavor. Wild mushroom hummus was one note... heavy truffle oil that drowned out any other flavor of the dish. Salt and Pepper Brocolli was also disappointing... no char, just dried out broccoli that tasted like salty twigs. Service was odd, as they couldn’t stop checking to see if our bread basket was empty. It was checked at least 4 times, and was taken away immediately when I took the last piece. Maybe they needed bread baskets for other tables? We were not offered any additional even though we still had half of our hummus plate left. Not impressed and will not be back.

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FlorenceS
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aba is one of my favorites! Amazing service amazing food amazing drinks!!

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ChrysE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Both egg dishes we ordered were lukewarm at best and the eggs were not cooked enough - whites were runny, still “clear”. The server was very accommodating and apologetic, and brought us a fresh dish, cooked right, good temperature and overall good flavor when we shared our feedback. But Aba should try to be more on point given the dining experience people are expecting at the price point we are paying. Eggs are not that complicated, especially when the restaurant hadn’t hit its busy point. Need better quality control before sending things out of the kitchen. Otherwise ambiance is beautiful, service is friendly and overall very good experience.

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Nenez
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my birthday brunch and was blown away by not only the decor and ambiance, but the food, drinks, service were all top notch. Absolutely recommend checking this place out of you haven’t already. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch. Mezze style, shared plates.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience! From the moment you walk in to the moment you are seated! Amy the hostess was an absolute delight, she went above and beyond to make our visit there amazing! The food was phenomenal, service was grade A! Bravo!

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NataliaG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

the food was a little bit salty this time...but still delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING!!! CANT WAIT TO GO BACK ANS BINGE EAT ANOTHER SPECTACULAR MEAL! THIS PLACE LIVES UP TO ALL OF THE HYPE ABOUT IT AND THEN SOME!!!

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vipLauralbf
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing dinner at Aba! Every dish was absolutely delicious! Our waitress was able to guide us through the menu and added to the dining experience. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Love the ambiance and the great service. But the food here is phenomenal!

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JohnR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jason was excellent! Really informative and personal!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a girls brunch. Cute atmosphere and amazing food

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vipBobR
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Lots to choose from. Loved the short rib, eggplant spread, lamb and potatoes. Unfortunately no room for dessert.

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vipRobertN
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really good experience. Our server Jessica was amazing, especially with our 6 year old boy. She went out of her way to make us feel welcomed. And because of her what should only have been a good time, turned into a great time. The food is always amazing. But it's the service that keeps us coming back.

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vipBryan
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a consistent atmosphere and attitude of a restaurant. Place owns it every time!

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vipMannatS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Really bad food.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aba was amazing! The atmosphere was so incredibly beautiful. The service was spectacular and the food was sooooo delicious. Will definitely be coming back next time I’m in the city.

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vipFoodE
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant and I've had a few good experiences there, but this time was disappointing. The classic hummus and the Halloumi were very good. The skirt steak was under-cooked and cold, the chicken kebab was dry and chewy, and the big eye tuna was odd. Service was excellent and the ambiance is great, but I was underwhelmed overall. For excellent Mediterranean food in the city, I'd recommend Galit in Lincoln park over Aba. Maybe this was an off night, but for $200/couple there are better more consistent places in Chicago.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been wanting to try Aba for a while now and it did not disappoint! The ambiance was amazing, the food was wonderful and the service was great. Highly recommend this place for any occasion and can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend is moving away

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vipSid0977
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We went with the food recommendations of the server and were pretty disappointed. The muss. tasted like cold marina sauce, shrimps were very salty and the tuna was pretty bland. Drink recommendations and ambiance were great!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Been here 3 times now. Great food, great atmosphere, just wish the servers would stop rushing me out and taking plates with food on them still without asking.

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SusanL
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our time at ABA! The food, service, and atmosphere were amazing! Highly recommend for a special occasion or a nice night out!

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vipSpc1
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal in a very pretty setting. There were 6 of us so we had a great round table in corner of the room. All the food was wonderful but portions are not large. Amazing variety of delicious hummus, charred eggplant, bread, orzo were delicious. The lamb with eggplant was outstanding!

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vipsophiak
Chicago
8 reviews