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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant, Chicago, IL

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1277 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 35 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

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What 1,277 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. JW

    JamesW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    mossie

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. L

    Lily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never experienced something like this place. The location was fantastic and had ample parking. The hostess greeted us as we walked in and showed us to a comfortable spot. She also helped us with ordering since this was our first time at an Ethiopian restaurant. We ordered a lot of food and some cocktails. Everything was VERY delicious. The new flavors I was experiencing made me so happy. The manager of the restaurant introduced herself to us and was very kind. Thank you again everyone at Demera !
  7. G

    Gerrym

    Chicago

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Demera and many years since having Ethiopian food. We loved the food, particularly the lentils, the service was friendly and the prices were very reasonable. We will definitely go back again!
  8. J

    Jlis10b

    Cleveland

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve had my wife and I are big fans of Ethiopian food. We lived in DC which probably the Mecca of the Ethiopian community in the states. Demera certainly stand out as one of the better Ethiopian restaurants we’ve had. We really enjoyed the sambosa sampler and our mixed platter. We’ll definitely be back.
  9. NK

    NateK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time trying Ethiopian food, and it was absolutely delicious! You can’t go wrong choosing anything from the menu - it’s all fantastic. We ordered the sambussa sampler and the demera messob (the lamb and spinach options were our favorites). Would also recommend ordering a hot toddy.
  10. P

    Pauly

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Front staff team and servers were friendly and happy. Great dining options, the food was delicious. Highly recommended!
  11. AM

    AndrewM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    1st time experiencing Ethiopian food and found it to be very tasty, helped by our waitress who assisted us with the menu choices
  12. RC

    RichardC

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent dining experience. What a wonderful way to learn about and enjoy Ethiopian food. The wait staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely will return.
  13. JM

    JillM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Demera is always an outstanding experience. Food is delicious and service is efficient and friendly. 5 stars!
  14. DB

    DBBKF

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had one of the best meals of our lives and loved the ambiance of the restaurant. The host was wonderful. My review would have been six stars had it not been for a strange interaction with our waiter. We ordered two apps, a main and non-alcoholic beverages. We were there early and the restaurant wasn't full, but we had to flag him down for more drinks. That wasn't the strange interaction. Toward the end of our meal we asked him for coffee. He told us that he'd get it "if" he had time to. What?! When he returned with the coffee he said that we were lucky he had time for it, spilled it while pouring it and didn't clean it up. He was friendly and had plenty of time when it was time for us to tip. I tipped him 25% - maybe he had a bad day - but he would benefit from some training. I'd definitely recommend Demera and return.
  15. n

    none

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I wish I was told gratuity was included in my total bill.
  16. JY

    JY16

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is incredible, as always. Even tho my messob choices are mostly random, I haven't tried anything that I didn't love. We had a gluten free diner in our group so they brought us special injera. Service is good but it took a long time for anyone to come to our table initially. I didn't have a cocktail but my friend who did said they were great (particularly the basil one).
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Food was runny Bread was cold and too soggy
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fantastic experience here!
  19. E

    Emhum

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and good vibes. My second time going there to celebrate a friends birthday
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, and our server was very helpful in making recommendations!
  21. PR

    PatR

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great sambussas. Great lega tibs . Good wine from what I got. Will continue to recommend.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing authentic Ethiopian food. The best in Chicago. Service was excellent and we left so full and content from the meal. I highly recommend! And If you haven’t had Ethiopian food, you’re missing out!
  23. CK

    CharlesK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wanted to try a new place and saw a tiktok about the restaurant and it painted it in a very good light and it wasnt lying everything was delicious and the service was prompt and friendly. Would come back again
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This is one of our favorite restaurants, and the service has always been fantastic. They helped us celebrate a birthday in a way that actually felt special. We enjoy the experience and the food. Love it
  25. v

    verab

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cozy spot with super attendant and nice staff. Food was delicious and I poured myself several cups of the coffee.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food and great atmosphere. A must try restaurant and a new favorite of mine.
  27. AA

    AmeeraA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my daughter's birthday and just eating from the same platter was one of life's best expressions of love. The spices were superb, presentation and service was excellent. Thank you
  28. m

    misslizfizz

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The cocktails were delightful! The food flavors were point on and so delectable. Very enjoyable. Only wish is they would break the cultural traditional rules and offer a fork for those of us who aren't so neat or coordinated using our hands to eat.
  29. AE

    AnnEK

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there and we will be back! Wonderful service and the food was spectacular!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! It was great
  31. N

    Nickname

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience. We were there for a birthday celebration and we had the family choice plate. It was super delicious and they had a birthday desert surprise at the end.
  32. US

    USchitownfoodie

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The experience and food was fantastic. We tried everything and enjoyed it all. It’s a bit loud in the restaurant but it feels joyous.
  33. DR

    DanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience--an expert server who was helpful and attentive, food is among the best in Chicago. Definitely a must-visit.
  34. MP

    MariaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar experience every time. The honey wine is magic and they have gluten-free injera avail. Wonderful staff, delicious food.
  35. DM

    DaniM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, delightful service. First time trying Ethiopian food and the server was very helpful in helping us order. It was a unique experience!
  36. GR

    GRFirstRev

    Indiana

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere!
  37. CR

    ChrisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an amazing experience. The service was great, the food was amazing, and the ambiance was fantastic. We were on a date night and this was the perfect spot. The fried dumplings were great. The lintel and spinach ones were my favorites. I had the Ye-Beg Wot and beets, they were delicious. We will definitely be back.
  38. EH

    EmmetH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got the chef's special for six. Lots of variety and more than enough food to go around. House sangria is good too, not too sweet.
  39. TA

    TimmyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Demera's staff was warm and inviting. They clearly answered all the questions we had about the menu and served up some delicious dishes. Highly recommend!
  40. T

    Tasha

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super personable server and the food was excellent. My boyfriend and I shared the sambussa (sp) sampler and the platter that comes with 3 veggies and 3 meats. It was fantastic. We’ll definitely be back for the same order. Perfect place to go for dinner before hand if you are going to see a performance across the street at the Green Mill. I’d recommend making a reservation. It was pretty full when we went on a Thursday evening

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 1277 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 35 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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