Aba

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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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.9
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely fabulous! Ambiance, food, service were all 10/10!!

f
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did restaurant week. $48 per person includes two appetizers, one main dish, one dessert and one glass of wine. Got slicy hummus, green falafel, beef carpaccio, kanpachi and appetizers. Hummus was so smooth. My husband I loved everything but falafel was little too salty for us. For main, we had grilled skirt steak which was cooked to perfection and slow-braised leg of lamb wrapped in eggplant. I found lamb to be little dry but still good. As for the desserts, we had kulfi and double chocolate tart. They were so good. Wines were good too. The waiter was very attentive. Every staff that we interacted with was attentive and friendly. I would definitely go again. We were there at 4:30pm on Tuesday so it was not that crowded but by the time we left around 5:45pm, it was packed.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely wonderful restaurant! My boyfriend and I came here for Chicago’s Restaurant Week during dinner. The inside decorated with trees and has a boho feel. Our favorite plates were the spicy hummus, whipped feta, salmon kabob, and the creme brûlée pie. We definitely plan to come back soon!

It’s a great spot for a date, nice dinner, or a little celebration of some kind.

SK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Restaurant week menu was an exceptional value with lots of food. Made my birthday dinner extra special.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing.

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Aba exceed my expectations. I went for Chicago Restaurant Week and all the food I selected from the special menu was superb. Definitely will be coming back!

KT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, modern and simple space. Great lighting that made for a very romantic vibe. Our server was friendly and the food had wonderful flavor and variety but wasn't overly expensive. We'll be back!

AJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kampacha appetizer was delicious. Great specials for Chicago restaurant week!

SV
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food and great service. Definitely will be back!

VS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, never snooty. Food wise, the charred eggplant, leg of lamb, and brûlée pie were superb. Cannot wait to go back!

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent and the food was amazing. Definitely shareable sizes so don't overdo it but then again the two of us are small people so judge for yourself. Ambiance and decor is on point and the moment you walk in you feel like you've been transported back in time to a warm vacation trip that you have fond memories of. Definitely great for a date night.

BP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. Always great food and great service. Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Restaurant Week 2020

AK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our first experience at Aba and food was great! We had the Chicago restaurant week brunch special and I was surprised how much food we got for only $24 per person. I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant and I would definitely go back again ;)

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We unfortunately had a very poor experience. We went for restaurant week and made our reservation a month in advance, still got seated 1hr after our reservation time. On top of that we got seated in the patio which we were not happy with. We informed them we had an appointment somewhere, considering we got seated so late. We didn’t have anyone come serve us for at least 45 mins after we sat down. The manager then came out to chat with us and apologized. They only comped a $10 hummus on bill that was over $250. We never got our main course and informed them we had an appointment (again). We ended up asking for the check and had to take our main course to go (Literally the main course was boxed up and was given to us at the door). While we were on our way out we informed the manager we continued to have poor experience throughout and he then said “ I am sorry, here is my card, I hope to see you guys back!”. The only positive was our waiter was nice. We will not be back considering this being our 2nd poor experience we have had with this place. We don’t recommend.

BA
Omaha
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David is a fabulous wait professional. He did an exceptional job reviewing the menu with us and making fantastic recommendations. The food was phenomenal and the atmosphere was upbeat, fun and engaging.

ND
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We came for restaurant week brunch. Three of us ordered three brunch sets. But one of our appetizer never came. And we left without anyone telling us, till we got home and realized never got to try the dark chocolate appetizer. We are disappointed on this. But the food overall was good. And we forgot to use reward card...

MJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my experience at Aba! Very cool space, food was delicious! We had brunch and really enjoyed all of the food and the cocktails that we ordered. Will for sure be going back and will recommend Aba for friends and family who are visiting Chicago!

H
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite "new" restaurants in Chicago. Just excellent all around.

a
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Unfortunately, neither my husband nor I were particularly hungry, so we only ordered 3 dishes to share and a bottle of wine. The hummus was good, but the octopus and charred eggplant were outstanding. Most impressively, the chef came to our table to personally apologize for the fact that their greek yogurt machine wasn't working and that dessert wasn't available. Apparently, my husband had sent word in advance that it was my birthday. Overall a nice evening.

C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Good Ambiance, such a cute place!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience! Food was amazing! Service was excellent! Definitely coming back!

TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Chicago right now! So good. You will not be disappointed!

PR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, the food was authentic and delicious. I would definitely recommend this place.

SB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I went here for my 28th birthday and we had a wonderful experience. Everything we got to eat was excellent. We started with the mushroom hummus, followed by the falafel, braised short ribs, octopus and lamb kefta . For dessert, I got the creme brule pie. It was a vary tasty dinner! Our server, Brian C, was amazing! The staff was very attentive and constantly took away plates and filled our water glasses. The only reason why service got a star taken off, was because the staff doesn't make room for you when you are trying to walk past them to use the bathroom/sit back down at your seat. They tended to push past me in such tight quarters instead of waiting for me to pass first like they do at most other nice restaurants.

CJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't get over this place, it was so good! My dining partners said they didn't like hummus, then tried theirs... well, they changed their minds quickly. Lamb chops were superb as was the octopus. The best dessert, in our opinion, was the Kulfi, which I can't even begin to describe...

KS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

LOVED IT> Last minute booking -host was exceptional

AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE the ambience as much as each plate we ordered! Can't wait to return... again!

s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Birthday meal. Loved the lighting and ambiance. Fantastic service and food was delicious. We will be back!

JT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped for brunch on Sunday. The atmosphere with the plants and skylight were very romantic. The spreads were delicious. Kafka meals and eggs were delicious. Desert was super. Great drink menu. The service by David and Justin were exceptional. Our new favorite place.