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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.9
ambience
4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, the food was authentic and delicious. I would definitely recommend this place.

KS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

LOVED IT> Last minute booking -host was exceptional

AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE the ambience as much as each plate we ordered! Can't wait to return... again!

s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Birthday meal. Loved the lighting and ambiance. Fantastic service and food was delicious. We will be back!

JT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped for brunch on Sunday. The atmosphere with the plants and skylight were very romantic. The spreads were delicious. Kafka meals and eggs were delicious. Desert was super. Great drink menu. The service by David and Justin were exceptional. Our new favorite place.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, great service.

JD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Love the music at Aba! It was my birthday and I got a free dessert which was lovely. Also both the front desk and waiter wished me happy birthday which was really nice. We were not rushed out which was fantastic.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food and ambiance were perfect.
The only down side was we felt rushed.
You have to order all small dishes at once ,
They are not spaced out. Everything comes too quickly and we felt rushed

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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AC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We had a birthday dinner celebration. We mentioned this fact on the reservation as well as to our waiter. He confirmed that they’ll send out some birthday dessert at the end of the dinner, nevertheless that never happened.

L
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome waiter, great food and overall great experience

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
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
48 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food in a beautiful, eclectic space

N
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
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 on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food and a beautiful setting.

AL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
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
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
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