Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

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$30 and under
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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 adjusted hours for COVID-19 will be from 12 noon to 8:00pm daily for carryout and delivery 7 days a week. We offer a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes and can accommodate gluten allergies. For carryout call (773)334-8787. Or find us on GrubHub, Door Dash, and Uber Eats for delivery.
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vipBelindaH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and the presentation is an added bonus. The portions are satisfying and countless options to satisfy all dietary needs. We were pleased with the changes to ensure safe dining. Thank you!

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viplebleuchat
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Everything was good but the lack of enforcing masks while walking between tables while in or out the restaurant and using the restroom. Very uncomfortable due to that.

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1913AD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an awesome experience at Demera. The food, service, and ambiance were all excellent. I definitely recommend it!

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CarlosC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Great restaurant for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Diverse flavors and excellent cocktails.

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gwynner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Demera has been a staple for Ethiopian food in Chicago for many years, and is my favorite Ethiopian spot in Chicago! The food is consistently delicious and authentic, the prices are reasonable, and the service is good. I've enjoyed many dinners here over the years. With the new social distancing rules in place, Demera has several outside tables as well as inside tables spaced out and near the windows in the wall that are fully open. It makes for a great view of the activity and people watching on Broadway. Demera is extremely popular so I'd recommend making a reservation well in advance because the place was packed last Friday night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was great. But the waiter brought the wrong tables food to our table. I touched mine because I couldn’t readily tell what it was. My boyfriend did not touch his. The waiter asked if we touched them and when my boyfriend said no, he took the plate away from our table and put it in front of another guest. I don’t think this was acceptable. I do believe that guest sent it back. But it put a damper on the meal. The food was still amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasant, socially distanced experience. We sat next to the open window with a nice breeze and full margaritas! The food is so flavorful, will be back for more.

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vipJoelleD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our first time trying Ethiopian food and it was delicious !

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I was really looking forward to try and Demera especially because it was my birthday and the first weekend restaurants re-opened with seated patio dining. Unfortunately, our experience was very poor in both service and food quality/value. The tables were full but limited to only about 1/4 capacity so you would think that the service would be very good and attentive, however our service was terrible. Our appetizers arrived well after our meal almost as an afterthought and we're cold. We asked for napkins four different times and never received them so finally just went to the restroom to wash our hands. Our server never came back to our table one time to ask us how our food was or if we needed any more drinks, etc. and had to waive down someone for our check. The food was okay, but not great. I really wanted to like this restaurant, but unfortunately it will be the first and last time we ever go there. Sadly it made a special occasion very un-special.

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AdamR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The open-air seating means getting to listen to music coming from The Green Mill while enjoying phenomenal food. Very vegan-friendly food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good drinks, lovely ambiance and excellent service.

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vipDiamondGirl
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good, service was outstanding. I would go back.

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Mira
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service! This is my go-to place for Ethiopian food!

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DianeR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with the family. My father was very excited to try Ethiopian and the food exceeded all of our expectations.

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JunkoL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good. I went with my daughters and it wasn’t so spicy so they could handle it and they loved it too. We made a reservation knowing the place is busy, and it was! The service was excellent as well. We will go back there again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food- the beef sambusas and the shai tea were the best part. A bit pricy but overall quality food.

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HH92153
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is excellent. Staff and service are always good. Reservations are kept and they seat you on time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was fantastic, the ambiance very friendly and warm (even though it was about 7 degrees). The bar was very busy but people were enjoying themselves as both my date and I were. Thank you Demera!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy. We had a veggie and non veggie sampler and both exceeded any expectations we had

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SuzanneV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner. Wonderful service!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always great there, the staff so kind and the food is jus amazing, this is our regular place to eat Ethiopian food...

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RachelL
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during Black Restaurant Week and were lucky to be able to sample multiple dishes from the menu. Everything was delicious, and the service was excellent. We would definitely go back.

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vipJanetW
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was ok not great. “Heat” and “spice” dumbed down to suit local palate. I wanted the real thing! Real teff injera was a plus as I’m gluten free. Basil lime sorbet tasted like frozen pesto.... yuck!

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Deborate
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a great deal! The price covers 2 people and is plenty of food (even for people who eat a lot!).

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TMat
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both thought everything about Demera was excellent. They were busy and running behind, but the maître d’ was spot on with his waiting time estimate and we were seated at a large communal table in about 10 minutes.

We were there for Chicago restaurant week, so we ordered a particular dinner for two but included a bottle of wine. The wine came right out was delicious, and it was quickly followed by our beet salad appetizer.

For the entrée we had three vegetables and three meats, we mixed it up between mild and spicy, etc.

Dessert was the flowers chocolate cake - always a hit with me!

Great experience all around… We left a stuffed and a happy and it didn’t cost us a fortune!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful! I had a great experience. The service was excellent

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Nicole
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always-- grateful to be able to sample some new things on the Restaurant Week Menu. Beet salad w/ jalapeños was phenomenal, as was the gluten free flourless chocolate cake. So wonderful to have so many gluten free options, though I wish the gluten free injera had a little more sourdough teff flavor and was darker. Tried the fish for the first time and it was great addition to doro tibs, red lentils, cabbage, and collard greens. Hospitality and service can't be beat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent. Will absolutely be back!

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Turn2fan
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was amazing! I’m glad I finally tried this place. Our server was so nice and explained everything very well. She was super cute and told us the customs in “her country” and explained the background of the food. We all really enjoyed the entire experience and are looking forward to going back again.

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Tsar
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The bread was so sour it masked the taste of the food items on the platter. I wish there was a bread with no or neutral taste to use to pick up the food. Maybe provide a fork or spoon to pick up the food.

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AleksandrsM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff. Must try this place! Friendly staff, great food selection and this is the place to try authentic Ethiopian food!

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TiffanyS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and wine! I highly recommend this establishment! Love this place and everyone that works there!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing lunch deal for restaurant week

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time guests. Fantastic food, flavor profiles were off the charts!!!

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Marc
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not much to say. Great food and great service in a very friendly atmosphere.

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GaleN
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was very good. The hostess was very nice. The owner or manager checked in when I first got there and was very nice. The server was very inattentive and gave me a nasty look when I asked for a second glass of wine after ignoring me several times as she walked by me when I tried to get her attention. It took forever to get a check and she never checked in to see if I needed anything. They weren't that busy so she didn't seem overwhelmed. Not sure what the problem was.

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KristenB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ethiopian food I have ever had. Very tasty and great service.

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Roni
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place! They made us feel special and taken care of every step of the way. From the ordering of cocktails to the delicious dessert they brought for my sister’s birthday celebration everything was outstanding.

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JennA
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is the best Ethiopian food that my family has had outside of Ethiopia itself!

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TimA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Simply the best Ethiopian food in Chicago. . . We always enjoy it!

FAQs

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. 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 1029 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.