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
4.7
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4.6
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4.9
ambience
4.5
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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aba helps make a cold winter evening feel a bit warmer. The ambiance brings me back to summer. The food never disappoints. Love the spreads to start.

F
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food in a beautiful, eclectic space

N
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The space is beautiful and the vibe is hip. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. I just felt it was a little overpriced.

c
Norfolk
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome service, beautiful setting, lovely atmosphere. Went for a team dinner (9 of us) and we left the ordering to the waiter who selected a great mix of dishes to satisfy the meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans in our group!

AL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great experience! I found the starters/mezze options to be better than the larger dishes. I love the ambiance of the restaurant.

BY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Aba is a beautiful spot, I’ll give it that. Otherwise it’s overpriced and unimaginative. They make a very big deal about broccoli, cauliflower and hummus. Brunch was very underwhelming. I also had an armful of dishes fall on me by an inexperienced bus girl.

d
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous night celebrating my husbands birthday— thank you

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top three falafel I’ve had anywhere in the world!

r
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch spot. Perfect for sharing.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So awesome, one of the best meals we have had to date.

TR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food. Excellent Service. Will definitely be back!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Everything was terrific! It has a great city vibe but is still comfortable.

D
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of THE BEST Mediterranean food I’ve had. Everything tasted exceptionally amazing and the service was great. We also love the overall environment and decor. Beautiful place with incredible food!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! The service was great the food was great and I love the atmosphere. I would definitely go again

JK
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aba is a great restaurant for all occasions. I highly recommend trying a bunch of different items. We had a very nice time on our last trip there.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very enjoyable evening service great' ambiance exceptional maybe a little to loud with music
but enjoyable. in the winter keep the door closed to the terrace the only thing that i would
complain about is 21.00 dollars for skirt steak come on now really three pieces, each piece the size of cigarette I know the cost of skirt steak both inner and outer skirt steak if you can't serve at lest 8 to 10 pieces of that size than don't serve it, at that cost have the Chef take it off the menu.
I would not want the bad vibe coming from a skirt steak that is over priced . I think I know
the size of skirt steaks and if you can't serve 1/2 a skirt steak per order take it it off the menu at the cost of skirt steak todays market price ether choice or prime 1/2 skirt steak would still be about a 40 to a 45% percent mark up and i would never buy prime skirt steak

G
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, great service and tasteful comfort food! Loved loved loved it!

L
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food
Fantastic service
One of my top 3 places to eat!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first date spot!

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The place is beautiful, had high expectations but was surprisingly disappointed with the food. NOTHING tasted good except the bread.... really was expecting more.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was to die for and ambience was everything. Service was outstanding :) I would come back for any occasion!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

LB
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Everything was ok - but expected better

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service ever. Love the food, the atmosphere, and amazing staff!

EH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Beautiful space. Food was good but not great. Service was not attentive. Had to ask multiple times for more water and pita after searching for waiter.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable and welcoming service! On top of the food being amazing

JP
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and although there was a bit of confusion regarding servers, a manager, Greg Spire, went out of his way to make us feel comfortable and ensure that we had a great experience. Would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone who enjoys great food, great service and amazing ambiance.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. The extra loud music greatly reduces the enjoyment factor

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

wonderful meditranean inspired cuisine and those were really creative and awesome taste!!

M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was a joy. Ambience was exceptional. Service top notch. Cocktails were tasty. Would recommend for an exceptional on the town experience. Well done CJ.

GF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is consistently exceptional at Aba - recently, in our visits to Aba the service has been slow.

RK
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Interior and layout, I felt like I was in an indoor garden. Vegetarians that I dined with were very happy with the abundance of choices. Healthy and flavorful ingredients used for dishes. Service was friendly and attentive. Cocktails were refreshing.

F
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Aba for our anniversary. The food and service were amazing! Can’t wait to go back!

RE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They should REALLY consider having better signage so people can find the restaurant.

S
Chicago