Aba

4.8
884 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 a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

They forgot my girlfriends birthday dessert but the food and ambiance and drinks were amazing!

AG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good, not great and I'm pretty sure our waitress forgot to order several of our plates because they came out at least 35 minutes after our first course.

L
London
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aba's vibe is hip and special. Because it takes some time to get a reservation, one feels almost privileged to eat there. The food and the service is worth the wait! Each dish is better than the next!

TC
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience, views, service, food, and drinks were all amazing! We will return!!

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was on our list for our Chicago Foodie trip. The vibe was great for our last night. We wanted to sit outside and had to wait about an hour on a Monday night. We sat at the bar had delicious wine and olives.

Food was great! We had the Hummus, falafel, lamb, halloumi cheese. Cocktails were strong and tasty but the star of the night was the Turkish coffee dessert!

I wouldn’t wait for a table outside if it’s just two ppl the ambiance inside is just as great!

c
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a gluten-dairy-soy free diner, I always appreciate Lettuce Entertain You restaurants

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

great place, I love lofts and the atmosphere a restaurant can make, the food was bomb, loved it

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

The food and atmosphere was phenomenal! I highly recommend.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We were very excited to try this place for our date night, it was a beautiful restuarant. We were immediately acknowledged by staff upon exiting the elevators and were seated within the first few minutes. Service was okay, drinks were refilled in a timely manner although food coursing was rather delayed. Waited about 25 minutes between the last courses which had us thinking perhaps it was forgotten. Food was lackluster, the falafel was fried really hard (first time trying so was not sure if that was to be expected). Our experience could be contributed to our 10:15 reservation time, we thought, but if service declines around that time then why offer. Unlikely to return or suggest to friends, it was just okay.

L
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall a great experience

J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A friend and I came in for dinner. It was a Wednesday and busy but not crazy. A bit slow to get our first drink order/drinks to us, but the food was delicious.

OT
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We came for a special birthday and we had an overall great meal. They were about 30 minutes late with the reservation but once the check came they took care of a few items and really tried to make it up. The food is unbelievable. Love the feta, olive, cucumber, tomato, and onion salad. The flavor in it is amazing, I would recommend every table should try it.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great anniversary dinner. Great service and food quality.

JN
Omaha
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing spot. I now understand why it's so hard to get into!

T
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences we have had in chicago and we are total food snobs. Can’t be missed!

KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aba did not disappoint. The space is beautiful. There’s a great cocktail menu and the food was incredible. I highly recommend the whipped feta, crunchy short rib hummus and the lamb kabob. The bread alone deserves its own 5 star review. We loved our experience at Aba and can’t wait to go back.

KC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, my husband and I think it might hit number one on our list!

SG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fourth time at Aba, first time for the brunch. We ate until we could eat no more and enjoyed every mouthful. I would especially recommend the hummus and the crispy potatoes, as well as the eggs with beef/lamb kefta.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Service is very slow

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food is just OK. Ambiance is great.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Feels like you are doing them a favor for eating there. Despite having a reservation we were told they were running behind and the bars were so crowded it was hard to stand or get a drink while waiting. After we were seated, the bus boy aggressively filled our water glasses, spilling water all over the table which dripped onto the guest of honor and he didn’t say anything and walked away. The tables are so packed together, another woman clearing the table near us rushed through and clipped me on the back of the head and didn’t say anything. The bill came and was supposed to be split three ways, it wasn’t correct. My bill was half of the other two. I pointed it out and she said she only saw two cards at first and then tried to add the third, but was bad at math. She said she would have to re-run all the cards. I said she only had to put the remainder of the balance on my card as she walked away. Overall, poor service and too crowded. They try to jam in as many people as possible.

MW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went on Saturday as part of girlfriend's weekend in Chicago. We had an amazing lunch. The whipped feta with pistachios is amazing as is the hummus. We also enjoyed the olives and cut feta; grilled hard cheese. The avocado falafel was just ok.
Nice brunch cocktails. Server was very informative. One area to improve is attentiveness to details. For example, 3 of us were wearing black t-shirts or dresses which were lint magnets for the white napkins. Upon seating, hostess should inquire if anyone would like a black napkin. I bring this up because same thing happened on last visit. Other than that - it was great.

AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great! We loved the crispy short ribs with hummus. Our waiter David was awesome!! We were first time visitors to Chicago and he gave us great recommendations.

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

Nina was the best!

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

Loved everything about this place!

OM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and amazing service! Nice atmosphere as well. Would definitely recommend.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely phenomenal. Two of us had two dishes each and everyone of them was better than I’ve ever had another restaurant. That includes the grilled octopus, grilled halloumi and the lamb and beef kafta.

PM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, authentic Mediterranean food with a stunning view of the Chicago skyline

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

The food was greasy and small portions for the cost. We ordered lamb chops rare and they were medium and mostly fat, we were still charged for them.

LH
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This is about the 4th time I've been to Aba. Loved it the first and recommended it to everyone.
Everytime after it has gone down in the quality of the food.
You have changed a few of the best items that I thought were the best and taken off the menu.

HA
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recently made a reservation for 10 people at Aba. The staff was friendly and attentive. The ambiance was very high energy and exciting. The food was fantastic. We each got about 3 tapas and it was just the right amount for everyone.
Highly Recommend.

MW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All dishes were wonderful!

WH
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food is good, but we sat around for 30 minutes before anyone introduced themselves as a waiter. Then we were moved to another table due to water leaking from the AC system, at which point we needed to wait another 10 minutes to meet our new waiter. Rough start, but the meal was great.

EH
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Best Pita bread I’ve ever had and overall great food. Service was great. The only thing was that I felt the music was too loud indoors so everyone was shouting at each other in order to be heard.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The outdoor seating is great for summer. The prices are reasonable and the food are delicious! One thing they could work on is to listen to what the guests said. We asked for bread three times (the bread is the best) and the waitress didn’t give us, seems like she was too busy and forgot us. But besides that, everything is perfect and will definitely come back!

GS
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I will start off by saying love dinner service here and will always recommend dinner. Not sure if brunch is new and they are still trying to find their footing but service was the real issue at brunch. It was very slow and had to ask multiple times for little things like an extra pita. We were probably at our table 45 minutes longer than necessary due to this slowness. Food was good as always.

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant. Love the food, the ambiance and the staff from Jenna to the servers, runners and bus people. Everybody is always cheerful, knowledgeable and helpful.

CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance. We chose to sit inside but you still have an outside feel with all of the natural lighting and greenery. Te food was fantastic. Shareable plates that were much bigger portions than we had anticipated. I would highly recommend the spicy hummus, falafel, village salad, and the black garlic shrimp. You get bread with each dish and it is incredible.

PC
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We sat at a high-top on the edge of the patio and it was perfect on a warm Saturday brunch. Food was excellent.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with friends visiting from out of town!

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