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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OT
Ottawa
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the ambiance at Aba. The food was nothing short of amazing, well priced, and our table was well looked after. I can’t wait to go back!

PG
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance inside as well as patio. Service was amazing and the food was exceptional. The pleasure of dinning there far outweighed the reasonable cost. It Immediately became a top 10 Chicago dinning experience.

c
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great place, everything was wonderful!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool place. We were 6 people and tasted a lot of dishes. One better than the other

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

Aside from the delicious food, the atmosphere of Aba was the best part. The decor was gorgeous and the service was timely. Will definitely be dining here again.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. Cooked to perfection and delicious.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marathon celebration

AL
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, interesting cocktails, service was perfect, very affordable

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

the muhammara and delicata squash were unreal. the food is excellent. the restaurant was quite busy and service was slower than ideal. other than that, great spot for a special occasion - birthday, anniversary, fancy date night. will go there again

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is incredible. Everything we ate was delicious.

OT
Mexico City
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience. Fun way to share small plates and try a bit of everything the whipped feta was amazing!

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite meals in chicago! Love coming back here.

HD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food quality has declined and service was awful

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Every dish was better than the other! The ambience, and atmosphere was amazing. Must order dishes: short rib hummus, stracciatella cheese, lamb kefta, shrimp scampi!

RM
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aba is really difficult to get a reservation at. Finally got on at 9:45pm Saturday night. The place was "rock'n". Atmosphere is lovely. Really magical. Only wish it had been warm enough to dine outside. The menu is very similar to Ema (75% of the menu items are identical). Enjoyed everything we had. Wait-staff was exceptional.

BK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Aba was good but I'm not in a rush to go back. The portions were small and did not pack enough flavor or quality to warrant the size. Loved the space. The two lamb dishes I ordered were the most flavorful and the mimosa was surprisingly my favorite drink.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and unique and delicious food. Our favorites were the charred eggplant spread, the housemade stracciatella, and bread.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aba has a beautiful relaxing ambiance. The food was phenomenal and our waitress was wonderful!! She even remembered that it was my mother’s birthday and treated us to dessert!

AS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, food and cocktails. The Jerusalem Bagel with Salmon is brilliant. The Salmon Kebabs, Hummus, the whipped feta and the breads were excellent. The restaurant is very well lit and designed very elegantly. Great for dates!! Waiting staff was brilliant as well.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Lovely ambiance with great service. The dishes were well prepared & tasteful. I’m not a vegetarian but ordered numerous non-meat dishes & was very pleased. Will be going again in a few weeks based on this experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Changed reservation time on phone with Aba. Asked for bday candle but never showed

LR
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were lucky enough to sit outside on the roof in October. Beautiful patio. Sweet corn hummus and whipped ricotta spread was delicious! Loved the broccoli. The chocolate babka desert was amazing!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My guys birthday. It was actually the most perfect Chicago evening for a rooftop dining experience there with heat lamps on. Food was delicious, there was only one plate I’d swap out next time. Other than that it was amazing and we had a very nice time. Would definitely be back. The atmosphere is swanky and a little romantic

KB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Aba has such a great vibe. Completely booked on a Monday night.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance here never disappoints! Drinks are $$$ but food prices are reasonable. My favorite place in the city right now!

RH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing foos, service, and ambiance!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joseba was really kind, congratulations

k
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond amazing food. Eggplant spread terrific. The tuna fantastic. Endless summer cocktails a must. The seating outside made all the terrific service and food even more special.

MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a great time celebrating my girlfriends birthday. Our server Mary Ellen was fantastic. The food,ambience, and service never fails. One of my fave places to go out for happy hour & for celebrations!

CG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Loved every aspect of the experience. Wonderful food, wonderful ambiance, wonderful service. Looking forward to our next visit!

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The ambience is fabulous, though a bit loud if you want to talk to the person across the table. It took forever for the waitress to take our order. She was chatting up another table. Finally, a different server took our order then the other waitress sheepishly waited on us. Watermelon salad was extraordinary. Short rib hummus was pretty good. Shrimp was very good. Octopus was not good at all. Avocado bean spread tasteless. Lamb was expensive for just two pieces. I'd recommend the restaurant to go to once or to go for a glass or two of wine and a couple of appetizers, but for a full dinner, it was just ok.

GE
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband made a reservation for my birthday dinner as we’d both been wanting to try Aba. We had a table on the rooftop patio, which has a delightful atmosphere. The aesthetics and food are outstanding, and we had great, attentive service as well. Unbeknownst to me, my husband had shared the occasion with the hosting staff. At one point the manager came over to welcome us and wish me a happy birthday. At the end we received a delicious crème brûlée pie to top off the celebration. We had a wonderful time, and I highly recommend it!

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic Restaurant, food was great (particularly the keefta), would highly highly recommend

S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional - we can't wait to come back, there were so many menu items we wanted to try! You must get the lamb ragu hummus!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always !

R
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Food.
We had a table but ended up eating at the bar instead, the bartender took great care of us and walked us through the menu! Highly recommend for Mediterranean shared plates!

d
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Wasn’t impressed for the hype it had. I wouldn’t ever go back. It’s a shame

EM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal I had while I was in Chicago. Outstanding lamb chops and cocktails. Would love to go back and try more on the menu.

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