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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4.7
769 reviews
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$30 and under
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African
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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 food is prepared using the freshest ingredients, gathered, whenever possible, from local producers. We offer a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes and can accommodate gluten allergies with 24 hour notice. Please, join us for a truly unique dining experience, the best coffee in Chicago and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
African, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Everyday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 334-8787
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tigiste Reda
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Catering
Besides the traditional fare served in our restaurant, we will gladly work with you to include any other dishes you may require. In fact, we recently catered an affair where half the dishes were Ethiopian and the other half were Italian.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lawrence
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Parking details
There is a large pay box parking lot behind the restaurant, just west of the red line on Lawrence.
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Public transit
We are one block west of the Lawrence Avenue Red Line Stop and directly across the street from two Broadway CTA stops.
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Entertainment
Seyoum Allemseged sings and plays traditional Ethiopian songs on his Krar (a stringed instrument) Friday and Saturday nights during dinner service.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 769 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.7
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4.5
service
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4.6
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vipNIUAlum (Chicago)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service. Take the chefs advice!!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

This was my second time at Demera and it was just as incredible as the first time. My waitress was very knowledgeable, friendly, and outgoing. The food is was well seasoned, flavorful and bright and vibrant. It it is definitely worth the cross time drive.

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vipPete (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on December 29, 2017

One of mm y too five regular restaurants in Chicago. Always satisfying to the taste buds.

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dineout (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on December 28, 2017

Great, tasty food. The vegetarian options are fantastic. Service is basic - friendly and efficient. Perfect for a quick dinner or to get together with a group

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Katie 
5.0
Dined on December 23, 2017

Fantastic taste and service!! The food may not look incredibly appetizing at first, but the taste is phenomenal!

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vipDrJulienwhite (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on December 17, 2017

Great dinner good service!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on December 13, 2017

Amazing food I’ll be back

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DebS 
5.0
Dined on December 10, 2017

A great dinner as always--and the staff is wonderful at managing special food needs for one GF diner and another who is vegetarian.

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LandL (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on November 25, 2017

Haven't eaten at an Ethiopian restaurant in years. Our first choice would have been Mama Desta's, but we knew that closed years ago. Thought we'd head up to Evanston for Addis Abeba, but learned it had also closed. Now we faced making our selection based on other's reviews. Demera was consistently ranked the highest, so we gave it a try. Nice clean restaurant and a large menu with many great options. Enjoyed everything else we ordered except one of the beef items that had a lot of gristle. Unfortunately, our service was average to poor. Although a sweet lady, our server was so soft spoken we could hardly hear her and her attention to our table was minimal. Although we may try a different Ethiopian restaurant next time, we would go back to Demera again.

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vipAlisa (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on November 25, 2017

This place is consistently good. The service was great and they were willing to give us recommendations that were on point! Recommend!

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