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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us on Christmas Eve for a mezze feast including favorites like Whipped Feta, Beef Tenderloin with truffle butter, Black Garlic Shrimp Scampi and more.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Pop the bubbly - 2020 is here! Celebrate at Aba w/ classic favorites, or feast on a four-course mezzo feast menu. Enjoy live music beginning at 10:00pm, get festive with New Year's Eve party favors perfect for the on-site photo booth toast to the New Year at midnight w/ Giuliana Prosecco.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1141 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

It was fine and a nice meal. Service very slow. Was our anniversary, which they knew and acknowledged, but no special touches or dessert like other restaurants in lettuce entertain group or outside of in similar price points. Felt like just a nice dinner vs a special night out for us.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at Aba, starting off with great bar service provided by Andrew and wonderful service at the table by Nick. Thank you for an awesome experience.

CL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent, well-priced food. Incredibly engaging wait staff.

LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Holiday get together

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorites in Chicago. the Salmon Skewers and avo spread are my favorites. The espresso martini as well.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Not being seated at your reservation time, even when your reservation is at 9:15pm on a weeknight is unacceptable. I’m pregnant and had to wait to be seated until 9:40pm?? 3rd time this has happened to us. Not worth the wait anymore, the servers are inattentive and because of their lack of attention, we had to wait even longer to order food and drinks.

L
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking forward to next time! Sat at the bar while waiting for our table; excellent Manhattan 😎.

KL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience5

We had a 715pm reservation on a Thursday and weren’t seated until 807pm!! The manager said she was gonna send over some spreads (plural) - we got one. We certainly were not compensated for the amount of time we had to wait for our table (ended up spending $70 at the bar while waiting because wtf else were we gonna do?). I used to love Aba, but this unacceptable experience changed my thoughts and I won’t be going back (and I’m a gold status Lettuce member, so I know how Lettuce restaurants SHOULD operate). I understand, you got backed up due to holiday parties, but cmon.. make it right and at least act like you care.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aba is the best! We waited a little for our table but then they were so nice to send out an appetizer for us. I always have the best experience at Aba!!

R
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We love all the Lettuce Entertainment restaurants. Their attention to detail is great. It was a huge surprise to us that our visit to Aba was not up to regular standards as far as promptness in respecting our reservation time, and then getting our wine, (Which we brought, with us) decanted, and to the table. We were seated 1/2 hour late, and even though we gave our wine to the host as we walked in, it took our waitress over 20 minutes to bring it to the table.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation on time, server super pleasant and knowledgeable, great vibe

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Chicken was dry, fish was underwhelming not really fresh tasting. Food was meh

MK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. We each got three plates which ended up being way too much. Definitely start with about two per person and then decide if you need more.

JN
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. Great ambiance but a bit dark where we were seated. Had to use cell phone flashlight to read the menu.

AC
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic environment, great food at great prices, expensive drinks but good combo's.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere especially at night when all the little lights in the trees are on! We loved the food and shared several things. Will definitely be going back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Michael was amazing and made our dining experience memorable. My 91 year old mother enjoyed everything and can’t stop talking about it

JD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE Aba - I hadn’t been since summer. I love the patio but sitting inside was just as nice! The atrium feel is cozy/beautiful. I appreciated the server letting us take our time and not making us feel rushed. The food was fantastic per usual! The whipped feta is one of my favorite dishes. Complimented with the cauliflower (such unique flavors) and eggplant wrapped lamb. Another fav! We splurged for the creme brûlée pie! It was exceptional. Will be back!! Thank you Aba!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Several food items were over cooked, including broccoli, potatoes, and falafel. Broccoli was almost like ash. Shrimp and steak were well prepared.

C
London
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s not my first time and every time we have dinner is outstanding .

V
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

After a not-so-great experience first time we ate here (due to very poor service), we now had two more experiences, which were both very good. Our last server, David, was actually outstanding. Food and drinks are consistently great, from appetizers to every main course we had and also deserts. We will be back for sure.

AE
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aba is consistently excellent, it's in my list of Chicago favorites! The food is quality and well priced with beautiful flavors, servicing staff are super hospitable, restaurant decor is outstanding and the atmosphere is classy but casual. For food recommendations, you can't go wrong with the Muhammara dip and the Slow braised lamb wrapped in eggplant! Thanks Aba for always delivering a first class dining experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food was beyond delicious!

TG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space! Lovely dishes and cocktails!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! Not rushed and the food was amazing. Of course...the atmosphere is always lovely making the experience that much better.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service food and ambiance 10/10 would highly recommend!

R
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food wasn’t as good as before. Pita bread wasn’t fresh and warm like usual and the crispy potatoes seemed like it was half the normal portion. The steak was a disappointment unlike usual. Overall, the first time we were unhappy with Aba.

JR
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jillian is amazing!! She took care of us once prior and remembered us. She is filled with wonderful energy and very knowledgeable about the menu and pairings. She made it such a wonderful experience. Food was delish and the espresso martinis were the best we've ever had. Cant wait to come back!

L
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a poor service experience last visit but Jess came through and was very attentive and confirmed we just hit a bad day last time. Even my 13 granddaughter enjoyed.

KT
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fantastic food!

MG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great mezas and very good octopus. Good wine list.

g
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Space was lovely and service was great. Cocktail menu was creative and delicious. Really the only thing lacking was the food. Short ribs were too charred/chewy on the outside. Sauce was too thick and sweet. Kanpachi was dressed strangely with large chunks of fennel — it was confusing to eat and you could barely taste the fish with everything going on. The steak portion was tiny and wasn't cooked rare as we asked. Really don't even remember what else we ordered because that's how boring the food was. Huge bummer because I loved the space, the drinks, and our server.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most amazing dining experiences

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and we enjoyed the shareable plate style dining. We had never dinned here before and the waiter was very helpful guiding us through the menu and even helped us celebrate our anniversary by serving us a free dessert

HG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came back for brunch and just as great of an experience and quality of food as dinner.

S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was very helpful and paid the right amount of attention. There were 6 of us, so we had a chance to try a lot of dishes.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & great atmosphere!

EM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! The food was creative & delicious, and the service was superb!

e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Aba to celebrate my birthday for brunch and the experience was amazing! Everyone took care of us so well (shout Dan M!), and the food was so fresh and delicious. The pitas were outstanding as well as the Jerusalem bagel. There was lots of greenery and natural lighting, it was the perfect dreamy venue!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wedding commemoration