Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4.8
1055 Reviews
$30 and under
African

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Good Vegetarian Options
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 Sunday to Thursday and 12 noon to 9pm 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We got the veggie dish shared plate and the chocolate cake, both of which were scrumptious. Great wine selection too! Our server was prompt and friendly.

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Emiko
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always, our server was polite, funny, and helpful in suggesting one last pick for the messob platter. Thank you for making our dining experience safe and enjoyable!

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Ashleigh
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and experience! We will definitely be back!

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LisaR
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe there during with the covid restrictions. They did a great job. Also, their take out was a major business during this time. Would go there again!

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HH92153
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Price is right. They even opened the door by the table so we could listen to music playing across the street. Will have to do take out during the winter months.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great indoor and outdoor seating options. The best Ethiopian food in Chicago. Great service!

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vipChristineF
London
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service - really enjoyed ourselves.

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vipVandyGal
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, fast service, and very airy and clean!

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vipReggie
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time!

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TPSS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best ethiopian food I have ever had. Great location. Slightly more expensive than other options nearby. Fun cocktail menu that offered lots of options

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Everything is great.

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DeidraT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Food and Service enjoyed celebrating our Anniversary

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vipjpilz411
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First time, we asked our server for recommendations and she really came through. We had the appetizer sampler and a 5 place meal. Was so good, highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great variety and waitress recommendations were perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice

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HeatherF
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really amazing and well worth the price tag. I would recommend this to anyone who is curious about trying something new, my vegan friends, or anyone else looking for a unique experience. I have had Ethiopian cuisine about 7 times in my life, and this was the best! 10/10 would go again.

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CharlesC
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so aromatic, and the spices used are in wonderful balance. The Demera Messob for 2 came with generous portions, and the injera is soft and fluffy with its characteristically tangy quality. The main dishes were amazing. My only regret is not having a second stomach to be able to finish everything. The messob could easily serve 3 people, possibly 4 people with extra injera and a some sides.
I really appreciate the accommodations they have implemented to keep dining out a safer experience despite Covid: menus can be accessed via QR code; the servers wear gloves and masks; and the outdoor seating is pleasant.
I’m so excited to have visited this restaurant—I will definitely be back, probably for a birthday dinner!

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vipbarb64
Chicago
136 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Demera's a great restaurant offering interesting food. We love it and go regularly.

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Nine
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I have been to Demera several times and I have been to many of the other Ethiopian restaurants over many years. Demera is okay (I really like their Honey Wine-Tej) but not the best especially when it comes to the food. For some reason the food here is NEVER hot and NOT the best; they seem to survive though bc other Better Ethiopia restaurants close down.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The food was amazing but the servers were slow with our requests.

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vipEileen
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. We have been to Ethiopian restaurants all over the us London and Ethiopia. Food was authentic and people were very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always amazing, great staff, and great food

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible. My partner and I never had Ethiopian food, but I have always wanted to try it. I was NOT disappointed.

First, we got a pitcher of honey-wine sangria which was just lovely. Secondly, we got 3 sambussas (cheese, spinach, and a lentil), and they were delicious. The sauce they came with was a spicy, sweet honey sauce which was amazing.

For our entree, we got the Demera Messob which was a combo that came with 3 vegetarian entrees, 3 meat entrees, and a crepe like bread called injera. We got the collard greens, potato stew, beets/carrots, lamb stew, chicken stew, and steak tartare.

It was absolutely amazing. The flavors were amazing and unlike anything I’ve ever had. The injera/bread was our silverware, and a hearty vessel for stuffing our faces. The combo was listed as good for 2 people, but it easily could have fed the family of 6 sitting next to us.

Service and ambiance were also excellent, and all the staff were safe wearing masks and sanitizing appropriately.

10/10 would recommend, and there are so many things to try that I am definitely going back.

There’s also a TON of vegan and vegetarian options, and honestly the veggie dishes low key stole the show.

Amazing!

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Theresa
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really great place to get authentic and high quality Ethiopian food. Lovely ambiance to have a meal with friends. Great, friendly, attentive service. The food is the same great taste as home cooking from my Ethiopian friends, so it is definitely legit. During these COVID-19 times and social distancing, there is outdoor and indoor space for dining in, and indoors, there is lots of ventilation with open sliding doors so it feels very safe to be in and enjoy a meal. Also, great social distancing rules and very clean with hand sanitizer in multiple places for customers to use. Food is fantastic, great alcohol choices, and the traditional Ethiopian honey wine was amazing!

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Fran
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ordered the family plate. It was really good.

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MaryD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service. If you haven’t had Ethiopian food, you have to try it.

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vipBelindaJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
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
10 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
7 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
Chicago
2 reviews
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
41 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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You can order delivery directly from Demera Ethiopian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Demera Ethiopian Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. 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 1055 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.