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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
service
4.9
ambience
4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

There was a lot of traffic, and it was noisy...good and bad considering I was on a date. People watching was great. Food was awesome. Idk about another first date with the noise. I just kept asking huh...one more time...

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining place! Atmosphere, food and service - everything was great!

C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't wait to go back! The heated patio was perfect for a small group, with not too much noise and not too cold in the winter. Everything from the food to the service was amazing.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing, food was delicious as always — friend felt super celebrated ❤️

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a large group of 6, we ordered quite a few things to share and I can honestly say that there wasn't one in the bunch that I didn't like! The service was exceptional too! Can't wait to go back in the summer to enjoy the terrace! Highly recommend.

LF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere and great food. The wine from Israel was a perfect pairing! Great date night or friend dinner, wouldn't do a group bigger than 6.

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food, good music, great service, and a fun atmosphere! Perfect night celebrating our Anniversary. I will definitely be back soon. This place would be great to go to dinner with friends before a night out, or make this your night out! Loved it!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved this place. The combinations of flavors were phenomenal. All the dishes were mezze style and I thought they were really ample portions. Beautiful restaurant and great drinks!

SW
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome meal, I am really beginning to enjoy the whole small plate concept, everything we tried was delicious and there will be plenty of different items to try on our next visit.

MC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was hit or miss. Falafel and lamb & beef kebab were good. The whipped feta was super salty and the accompanying bread was kinda flavorless. The shakshuka was really terrible. Cocktails were bad. Service was barely attentive.

V
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Nice olace

OT
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had brunch and loved this place. Could be our new fave WL spot. Beautiful room. Outstanding food. Everyone really friendly. Will b back! Had the Ragu Lamb hummus, Kafka lamb/beef eggs, broccoli, the pizza (can’t recall the actual name). Everything was exceptional.

PC
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Atmosphere and food were amazing , only complaint - our server was very slow and inattentive. Other hosts, servers, bartenders made up for it.
Lamb wrapped in eggplant and the green falafel were our favorite.
The broccoli and mushroom hummus were great but the only two dishes took the cake.

R
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at ABA! Nothing but the best of everything.

DA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent ambience.
Beautiful setting with loads of natural light.
Indoor trees and candles and lanterns.
Covered Patio for the cold with heaters and fire pits.
Very kind and quick staff.
Great Valentine’s Day spot. We love ut

MT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago and one of my fav Mediterranean places anywhere. Gorgeous and delicious.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I love the food and generally have had good experiences but this time we were seated outside, yes it was covered and there were heaters but we weren’t seated under a heater and were both still cold- after all it was 20 degrees out. The service was getting slow outside and i wish they would have just not seated us or told us they were full rather than put us outside with subpar service.

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful with amazing food and service - the best spot in Chicago!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and ambiance. The perfect amount of natural light. Very cool view of the city!

PC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Ambiance: great
Servcie: above average
Food: Some dishes great. Others could pass up. Did not try alcoholic drinks
Value: 4/5

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience couldn’t have been better!!! Thank you

T
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As promised, Aba didn't disappoint. The decor is spot on for that neighborhood. The ambiance embraces you when you step off the elevator. We sat on the terrace in winter. Heat lamps and blankets were perfect. The view was stunning! We tried about everything on the menu, we have 5 people so it didn't seem indulgent. JR was our server and was very hands on in suggesting what to try, offering his favorites from drinks to dessert. Definitely request JR if you want service to be top notch. It's a hard reservation to get, but well worth the wait!

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a regular at Aba because of the great Mediterranean food, ambiance and service. The whipped feta dip is one of my favorite dishes in the city and the olive oil ice cream is a unique dessert. Great spot for friends or a business dinner.

JT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favorite restaurant! We sat outside in the middle of winter in their heated/tented patio - what a view! The staff is so accommodating with every question, request. We had several of the hummus apps - delish! The pork belly and cauliflower skewer were favorites. And, the drinks!?! Can't say enough about this place - will be back, again and again.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is spectacular! Great food! Great drinks and wow! what an ambience!

f
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the cozy vibe and the interesting, delicious food choices. So fun to relax and share small plates.
Nice wine list with many Mediterranean options. Wait staff is knowledgable and quick to offer suggestions which I always appreciate!! Also, best bathroom in the city!!!

JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time and will return.

E
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Can't wait to go back! Was a great value with Restaurant Week deals... Will be a good treat next time.

R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Beautiful decor and great service.

L
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love Aba even more after having brunch here! Delicious menu and great bloody mary. The humus was wonderful and I'm now a huge fan of the MUHAMMARA dip with roasted red peppers.

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aba is my all time favorite restaurant in Chicago. Perfect scenery, staff, patio all season long, and the drinks and food are absolutely amazing. Each experience at Aba is very special!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this restaurant!!!! Will for sure be back.

v
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Great service! Great food! Get the kanpachi!!!