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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant, Chicago, IL
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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1312 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 51 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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.

  • 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 1,312 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago

    Healthy

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  1. MR

    MaryR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a busy Friday night but they were responsive and friendly. The manager really cares about your experience there. The food is unique and delicious and the platters offer outstanding variety. We’re all restaurant goers and we polled at the end of the meal. We’d all go back, 100%.
  2. M

    Michael

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was delighted to arrive and find Demera was participating in restaurant week. This was our first visit and it was exceptional from the moment we arrived and were greeted by the friendly staff. It was a brisk business and they never missed a beat. The food was exquisite and plentiful. Can’t wait to return!
  3. M

    Mmmmm

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great waitress and staff! Enjoyed our dishes and the great dessert menu. PS ❤️❤️❤️ the hot toddy!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome restaurant week experience! This was my friend and I’s first time dining here and we enjoyed the food quality and service. Our server was helpful with outlining the menu items and customization options, and the meals were brought out in a reasonable amount of time. I recommend this place and plan to visit again!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    We were disappointed all the way around. The service was really slow-even for post COVID. It was our first time to the restaurant and we were wanting some guidance on what to order. We could not hear the waitress very well due to how loud the restaurant was and she wasn’t too interested in assisting us. The drinks were terrible- just have water and safe your money. Food was so so. We’ve had way better Ethiopian food. We won’t be returning.
  6. TD

    TaraD

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As I searched for restaurants to try during Chicago Restaurant Week, this was the only restaurant that popped up when searching African cuisine. Although I’ve eaten Ethiopian cuisine before, it has been a while. This was a great experience that reacclimated me to it! Authentic food, pleasing environment, great drinks, and good service. I will be back!
  7. ET

    EdenT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and ambiance was everything! Glad we went!
  8. G

    Grover

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Food is absolutely sensational and really not that expensive for how good and plentiful it is. So many rich, complex flavors and paired with a really welcoming atmosphere made for a wonderful night.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for restaurant week, great value, food, and drinks. Will be back!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great intro to ethiopian food
  11. CD

    ChefD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had an amazing birthday dinner and the host was incredibly accommodating my large party. The food was delicious and the service was great. Highly recommend
  12. KC

    KayC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    This is worth going to. Im already thinking about going back. The food was great, even the dessert was a treat. I tried all vegan food because of my guest, but I can't wait to try the meat versions. The bread was amazing (slightly sour but in the best way). I didn't love everything, but I enjoyed trying the different things. My favorite were the greens and the peas. The chocolate cheesecake and red thai ice cream was amazing! I would go back just for that.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous !!!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service! Casual place for dinner.
  15. N

    Norman

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    First time trying Ethiopian food. I followed the Michelin guide's recommendation and ordered their specialties. The waiters were passionate about the food that they served, and I learned from them how to properly eat the wat. The environment was very quiet and welcoming. The value of the entée was insane, I could not finish all of it, unfortunately. Definitely recommended for people curious about the cuisine and definitely a place to bring your friends to!
  16. L

    Lauren

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Friendly staff. Would highly recommend to anyone.
  17. JP

    JoannP

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very solid Ethiopian food. Staff is very nice. Have been here before and plan to continue going.
  18. N

    Nova

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place! The food is really really good and they're very accommodating for vegetarians and folks who can't eat gluten. They also had a new, vegan dessert that looked really good but we didn't try it.
  19. b

    brewdrown

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was my first time there and I'll definitely be back. Food was delicious and the staff was friendly.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The service was lacking. Language barriers, and miscommunication throughout the entire process.
  21. CM

    CurlyMomma

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there! Everything was amazing! Will definitely be coming back!
  22. BR

    BhanuR

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Food was good.
  23. p

    peterf

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Excellent food and wide variety. A bit noisy. Would recommend making reservations as it does get crowded
  24. CD

    CassieD

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service--and it pays to make a reservation!
  25. L

    robertL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply incredible! The food was so full of flavor. It was my first visit, but certainly not my last.
  26. r

    rosko

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our favorite place for Ethiopian was called Zeemom In Tucson Arizona. We have tried several places in Chicago, but nothing measured up until we went here. The food is amazing. The service is great. The prices are fair and reasonable. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
  27. A

    Angel

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was amazing. It was my first time and he gave us recommendations for our Demera Messob. Everything was delicious and the Honey Wine Sangria is a must have! Definitely coming back!
  28. PN

    PhilN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious, had the chef's choice and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. The service was great, and everyone at other tables looked very happy as well. 10/10 experience
  29. BB

    BrandonB

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at the restaurant. Food was amazing and authentic!
  30. AR

    AmberR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love love love this place! Food is delicious, whether dining in or takeout.
  31. K

    Kenny

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Servers were attentive and pleasant. Food was served quickly and it was hot.
  32. NY

    NYMORPHEUS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, drinks and service. Went there 2 days straight
  33. S

    Shli

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vibrant environment. Great food. You don't get utensils, just the napkin, so dig in and enjoy :)
  34. M

    Mitchell

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Not only is the food good but the whole thing is an experience. First timers always enjoy the method of eating an Ethiopian meal.
  35. A

    Adventurousdiner

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I haven't been to Demera in years and it is still very good. The cocktails (Minch and Marketo) were excellent with lots of flavor and fresh herbs. I loved the beet, onion and jalepeno salad and Sambusa selection. Entrees (lamb & chicken) were delicious and the peas side and crisp salads were a nice addition. The Nigerian lager is very nice too. And best of all, the service was friendly and efficient. The place was packed as there was a show at Aragon and there was a huge party next to us. The staff didn't miss a beat - and that's saying a lot these days!
  36. JW

    JamesW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Always a quality experience.
  37. m

    mossie

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  38. NC

    NCBound

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I always have delicious food at Demera! Unfortunately the one slight comment I have is that the particular corner the restaurant is situated on has had a lot of issues with aggressive panhandlers and mental ill individuals. During our meal a possibly mentally unstable person ran inside the restaurant, frightening a poor waitress and requiring staff to usher the person out. The individual left and we watched them harassing people across the street waiting for bar entry. This in no way is the restaurant's fault and in fact they responded quickly ensuring their staff and the patrons safety.
  39. C

    Chimom

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been here many times. This time brought a few newbies. Had a reservation for 8 and was promptly seated. Started with sambusa sampler. Delicious and sauce had a nice kick to it. We always order the chef recommended messob and have never been disappointed. Utensils are not used. A spongy bread type is used to grab the food from the platter. Make sure to go with friends because it’s community eating. Compared to all the Ethiopian restaurants in the area, Demera has the most flavorful dishes. The spices are outstanding. The service is always friendly and attentive. They offer a honey wine which is quite tasty and something to try My friends highly enjoyed. We’ve never been disappointed
  40. S

    Shar

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious Ethiopian food!! The entire family loved it and we also loved the authentic experience of eating with our hands. Beautiful, healthy, tasty, and rich in color.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

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 4.8 stars by 1312 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 51 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4801 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

Additional information

  • 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

  • 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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