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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant, Chicago, IL
Award-winning

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4.6
4.6
1421 Reviews
$30 and under
African
Demera Ethiopian Restaurant offers traditional Ethiopian cuisine in a cozy and casual atmosphere and offers a great selection of African and American beer and homemade Ethiopian honey wine. Our hours for business will be from 11:30 to 8:30pm Sunday to Thursday and 11:30am to 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday. Available for patio dining, carry out and delivery. We offer a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes and can accommodate gluten allergies. For carryout bottle beer and bottle wine are at 50% off. Visit us www.demerachicago.com.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    African, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (773) 334-8787
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Tigiste Reda
  • Catering
    Besides the traditional fare served in our restaurant, we will gladly work with you to include special dishes you may require. Our experience and expertise lend themselves to all types of dining occasions.
  • Private party facilities
    We work with many large parties to host events in our space. Call us at 773-334-8787 to inquire, or email at info@demerachicago.com.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Uptown
  • Cross street
    Lawrence
  • Parking details
    Parking can become very limited on weekends due to concerts nearby. We recommend using public transportation or ride-share.
  • Public transit
    We are one block west of the Lawrence Avenue Red Line Stop and directly across the street from two Broadway CTA bus stops.
  • Entertainment
    Seyoum Allemseged sings and plays traditional Ethiopian songs on his Krar (a stringed instrument) Friday and Saturday nights during dinner service.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,421 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,421 Reviews
  1. NikiaH

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE. The food environment and staff so amazing!

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  2. CayenneC

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious as always. Started off the sambusa platter followed by the Demerara Messob (serves 2). Everything was cooked to perfection. Only complaint would be that we waited over 20 minutes for our Demera Espresso Martinis and had to cancel the order. Besides that food and ambiance wonderful and highly recommended!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Being new to Chicago and Ethiopian food, we would have appreciated a bit more explanation of what was in the food and how to eat it. Everything else was pretty nice with the exception of the noise level. So loud, that conversing was difficult.

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  4. RaVin

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent vegan option! We had the sampler and had so many wonderful wholesome flavors. Some were spicy, others not as much, and together they made an incredibly delicious meal. We will be back next time we’re in town- new favorite!

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  5. KenS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Demera is a consistently great restaurant. The best restaurant in Uptown.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been wanting to dine here for so long and am so happy that we finally did! Everything was delicious, and the service was wonderful even though we were there near closing time.

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  7. nanny

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time in Chicago and the first time eating Ethiopian food. If you’ve never had it and curious to try it, before you go anywhere else, please please please go here. Absolutely delicious and I felt every bit of Ethiopia on my palette. If I could eat it everyday I would without a doubt. The service was impeccable and the atmosphere so relaxing and personal. I ordered the appetizer messob(an appetizer dish)and ordered another order of it!!! Knowing that I was tasting my vision of Ethiopia as I’ve seen pictures of was the best experience I’ve ever had with food. You won’t be disappointed at all…

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  8. NikiaH

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A friend introduced me to Ethiopian food about a month ago and Demera is an hour and a half from where I live and I’ve been twice since he introduced me to this amazing place and it’s only been 2 months! Delicious food amazing service and nice atmosphere!

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  9. maynardguy13

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent and traditional Ethiopian food. Great portions, pricing and service. A go-to if you are craving ethnic food!!

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  10. TomN

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent Food and Service as always. Great options for Vegans (as well as everyone else).

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  11. KatW

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always so amazing and servers are very attentive and helpful. Great vegan options.

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  12. PatR

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time. Sambussas are always a great starter and the Demera Mossab allows for good options for two people.

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  13. Zoey

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago! Delicious food, warm staff (who remember us!), and nice ambiance. Love that they have gluten free injera. Highly recommend!

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  14. Katie

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining is such a fun family style experience. We got the appetizer messob and beet salad to share between 5 of us, and three entrees. The food is so flavorful and enjoyable to eat.

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  15. PaulinaR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great!! So much flavor! Loved the pancake tortilla bread- it had a lemon flavor to it and so good!

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  16. TomL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant with delicious food and amazing service in a really nice location. I brought some co-workers from out of town for dinner and everyone was really impressed.

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  17. KatherineM

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is amazing. Highly recommend the house wine and the service was great!

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  18. AMGADA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
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  19. Nine

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food but I really think they are too expensive for the amount of food on the Injera.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The servers were highly attentive and kind and the food was excellently cooked and flavorful. I would strongly recommend for anyone in the area or looking for Ethiopian food in Chicago.

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  21. AndrewM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife is from Ethiopia & at the moment she isn’t here with me, so demera is a good reminder of her and the amazing food of Ethiopia. If you want authentic Ethiopian food then demera is the right place 🙏🏾

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  22. KRF3

    Cincinnati

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food! Very filling and flavorful! Great service.

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  23. LorraineB

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is delicious. The restaurant is very popular and loud and after an hour or so, they are asking you to vacate your table.

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  24. Amilyn

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Demera has AMAZING food, and they are generous about meeting expectations. We asked for our food to be not-white-lady spicy but SPICY and it was utter perfection. It was SO SO good. Our servers and EVERYONE working for the restaurant were lovely, friendly, and kind. The space is beautiful...the ceiling is stunning. It is SO LOUD that, after eating, all I wanted was to get out FAST. Thank heavens the restaurant chooses not to blast music--that would have made it even more intolerable--but it was filled with people and ECHO. Demera DESERVES to be filled with customers at all times; they are amazing, and their food, service, and ethics have earned them an large and enthusiastic clientele. Henceforth, when the weather makes it possible, I will choose to sit outside--which seemed "loud" given the busy street corner when we entered--and which seemed heavenly quiet when we left. Caveat: I have stronger sound sensitivity than many, but it is still a very, VERY loud setting. I know Demera is talking of opening a location in Bronzeville, and I'm going to hope that it has more sound-absorption so I can enjoy my visit without the volume. OUTSTANDING people, outstanding food.

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  25. KarenD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was attentive and food was very good. We will definitely go there again.

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  26. IanM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of Chicago's top Ethiopian restaurants located in a great area.

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  27. LarryZ

    Las Vegas

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great time , great food great experience - beautiful place and people - awesome in the heart of uptown surrounded by the Riv, Uptown, and Aragon theatres , right across from the Green Mill !

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  28. FoodBug

    Indiana

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good food and a full restaurant. Nice and confident wait staff. Overall, a very pleasant experience.

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  29. CynthiaH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Atmosphere becomes a little more lively later in the evening.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the first time I have had Ethiopian and it won’t be the last! The food was amazing. Being able to share a platter with multiple people allowed us all to try a variety of meats and veggies.

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  31. Michael

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Demera provides a fun and unique dining experience. The food and drinks were pretty good, but were pretty high-priced for what you receive.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best food in Chicago. Service and atmosphere is amazing

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  33. DominiqueG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time I’ve been here. I had to come back to try something new. Tried the Sambussa with their honey hot sauce. Sorry I can’t remember the same but it was sweet and hot, really good.

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  34. KenS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Demera is a consistently outstanding restaurant. Service is attentive without being intrusive.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic meal! Very flavorful and nicely spiced. The service was great, attentive but we did not feel rushed at all. A side benefit was some amazing people watching from a concert taking place down the street at The Aragon.

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  36. ErinC

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious food and friendly, helpful staff. Great intro to Ethiopian food for my daughter!

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  37. AnthonyJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Staff was great about explaining menu items . Will be back!

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  38. muskrats

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had booked a reservation for big group that got smaller at the last minute. The staff at Demera were incredibly understanding and worked with us to adjust our reservation and table. The food and drink were amazing.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome experience having Ethiopian for the first time. Definitely get the Messob and the honey wine. Service was outstanding!

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  40. Sukhvinder

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food and best part it’s family friendly and kids friendly too. Awesome taste

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You can order delivery directly from Demera Ethiopian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Demera Ethiopian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 334-8787.

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1421 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4801 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    Lawrence
  • Neighborhood
    Uptown
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    African, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking can become very limited on weekends due to concerts nearby. We recommend using public transportation or ride-share.
  • Public transit
    We are one block west of the Lawrence Avenue Red Line Stop and directly across the street from two Broadway CTA bus stops.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Tigiste Reda
  • Entertainment
    Seyoum Allemseged sings and plays traditional Ethiopian songs on his Krar (a stringed instrument) Friday and Saturday nights during dinner service.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (773) 334-8787
  • Catering
    Besides the traditional fare served in our restaurant, we will gladly work with you to include special dishes you may require. Our experience and expertise lend themselves to all types of dining occasions.
  • Private party facilities
    We work with many large parties to host events in our space. Call us at 773-334-8787 to inquire, or email at info@demerachicago.com.
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