Aba

4.8
606 reviews
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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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Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whipped feta was META

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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, phenomenal service, overall a great experience! Would highly recommend when looking for something unique with a cozy but trendy ambiance.

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SE
London
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Gorgeous venue, food was only so-so. Two dishes we didn't even eat. Two dishes were very good, but the rest was underwhelming. Service was also slow - items were forgotten, order of dishes was extremely odd (i.e. larger plates came out before appetizers). No inquiry as to whether we wanted dessert or coffee or post-dinner drinks, waitress just brought check without asking.

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BU
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience at Aba! The service was great, the food was delicious, and the ambience was just perfect. The portion size was very generous! Can’t wait to go back and try other things on the menu

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I were here for dinner and the food was outstanding! The ambience and music is on point! The octopus dish is amazing!

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EK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great. Great atmosphere. Our server was a little slow coming by the table and checking on us and getting our order. Selection is excellent. I really enjoyed the small plate experience so that we could taste many different dishes.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service from Rian was amazing! Food was unique, but I wasn’t overly impressed. Altogether it was a great dining experience.

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J
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

On top of all the talking, music was playing too. Very loud! Hard to have a conversation.
Waiter was excellent.

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E
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This resto never disappoints! Creative dishes and an excellent and creative blend of spices.

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p
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a birthday dinner. The crowd noise was a little loud but not offensive. The music was too loud. Otherwise there was nothing about our experience that wasn’t outstanding. We plan to come back again.

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EB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Hi, this was a fabulous experience. My only comment is in relation to the reservation process. We told them that we were celebrating a birthday, we had a reservation, yet when we arrived we were led to a table in the bar area. (?) We asked to be re-seated in the main dining area and were put in a nice corner, but still not in the main atrium. So they need to be clear when people call in for reservations about where they will be seated. Otherwise food/ambiance wonderful.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time I dined at Aba I considered it the finest dining experience of my life. Each time I returned I have enjoyed it even more. I can not recommend it more highly.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner - was great!

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p
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious and filling. The waiter was a bit rude and trying to oversell us on dishes, by recommending 3-5 plates per person for a party of 4. Additionally, it seemed the waiter wanted to get us in and out quickly. One hummus dip and two spreads were more than enough as appetizer. Our main orders were enough to serve as an entree. The cocktail list was a bit pricey.

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P
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is just perfect for celebrations. I loved the decor and the interesting food combinations. Delectable. :-)

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A
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had been looking forward to our reservation at Aba for weeks. Little did I know it would snow in April on our reservation. The room is lovely, large open space with a warehouse feel that is softened by the lay out of the tables and beatutiful greenery and trees and a skylight. Our server was informative but could have been a little more attentive. I needed to get assistance from another server a couple of times. We have eaten at Ema and really liked the food. Aba is more meat centric but could have more vegetable offerings to pair with or substitute for the meat items. We started with the lamb ragu which was delicious if a little too spicy. The whipped feta was a treat with the house bread. We tried the lamb and meat kefta at our server's suggestion but found it to be dry and flavorless. The brussel sprouts were also a disappointment with too much sweetness from the pomegranate. Loved the atmosphere, preferred the food at Ema.

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was on point, and everything was wonderfully balanced and tasty. The service started out great, but there seemed to be a hiccup during the middle of our visit after placing a second order. We waited half an hour and the wrong dish was brought out. After that, things seemed to get back on track. Server could have been more attentive, but it was a busy Sunday evening. Would definitely give it a second chance, the food and drinks were fantastic.

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NM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anbiance is beautiful, food delicious and cocktails are amazing. We will be back for sure!

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

A fun and trendy place but dramatically overpriced.

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S
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at Aba and it was so fantastic. The eggplant spread, hamachi, Grilled Skirt Steak & Octopus were delicious. It's also one of the prettiest restaurants that I've been to. I would love to go back but it took nearly a month of waiting to get a reservation on a Saturday night. I'll keep trying though. It was worth the wait.

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GC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service that we received was exceptional. The food was superb. You could feel the energy of the restaurant as soon as you got off of the elevator. A go to restaurant for any occasion and you will not be disappointed. The Crispy Short Rib Hummus was the best!

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g
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Cool ambience, food seemed not badly priced but the portions were small. Food was good but not the best Mediterranean food I’ve had.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the layout and openness of the space. Found the tables to be a little closer to each other than I would have like. This is probably because I personally prefer more space between tables. Plants within provides a nice touch. Service was prompt and nice. Loved the complete menu for Gluten Free items. Overall very good place to visit for special occasion with friends/special someone.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and they made a birthday celebration that much more special.

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E
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, especially the short rib hummus and scampi. Theres pita with everything so no short of that. The environment was amazing - not too loud and was beautifully decorated. The only reason this fell a little short in my book was service, we were seated about 30 minutes past our reservation and one of the busers kept asking us repeatedly if he could take our plates when we were clearly still eating. Would still recommend though.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance and the staff was fantastic. 10/10

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J
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Can not wait to go back. Highly recommend it!

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LN
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was beautiful, drinks super tasty and our waitress was really lovely. Will be back :)

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M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great and the service was amazing. Everyone was very beyond friendly and the food was amazing. We will definitely be coming back.

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S
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Some of the best Mediterranean food around. The hummus with short ribs is incredible. We also enjoyed the whipped feta and the Muhammara, while Muhammara is rather spicy, it was perfect when paired with the whipped feta. The charred lamb chops were wonderfully seasoned and charred to perfection. Finished off our meal with the creme brulee pie accompanied by caramelized apples which was a slice of heaven. Can't wait to return to Aba, I want to try everything on the menu.

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M
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Definitely a happening place with a very cool vibe. Wry pretty interior and looks like the patio will be really nice. Parking is a hassle and there is a $15 valet if you wait. Signage was poor so we missed it on first go around. Having said all that , the menu was innovative and the dishes we had were delicious. The full plates were small and we probably did not order right. Lamb and beef kabobs were meatballs which we did not expect. Friends had lamb and eggplant which they shared and loved. Olives and feta excellent, village salad excellent, hummus was hummus. Falafel not my favorite and a little too hard. I would go back. Wish the parking was easier and not so costly. Also be prepared to be done in under an hour.

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AE
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aba was excellent. Seriously the food was amazing—I wish we had gone before. And I already made reservations for another dinner! Great spot. A little loud, but it was Saturday night, so I expected that.

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MD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent value, delicious and healthy food

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GM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately we were not able to dine at ABBA - one of us was delayed and we were not able to be seated on time and ABBA was not able to accommodate us. With a later time.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST. From
Food to service

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KQ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere - will definitely come back.

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KT
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful- going back ASAP and often.

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JA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Aba is literally a hidden gem, location bit hard to locate. Ambiance is amazing. We had a birthday celebration dinner and everything was very delicious. Love small plates to share. Group was amazed.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fantastic experience from the very beginning to the end. What a great time. Beautiful restaurant interior with a great noise level. We had an 8:30 reservation on a Sunday and the restaurant looked perfectly full. Not overcrowded. We had a drink at the bar first and the craft cocktails were great. The male bartender was friendly and offered suggestions for the menu. We were seated at a great table and were happy with the location. Great vibe! Our server was pleasant and very attentive. We ordered the short rib hummus and I’m still thinking about it. Absolutely delicious! Their pita was soft and fresh. We ordered the chicken wings, crispy potatoes, and lamb and beef kebabs. We can’t say enough about the food. We loved how the food came out as it became ready. It spaced out our meal and gave us more time to ooh and ahhh. We had after dinner drinks and never felt rushed to finish. We are from out of town, but when we return to Chicago we will visit Aba!

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