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About Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
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.
Chicago, IL 60640
African, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Everyday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Seyoum Allemseged sings and plays traditional Ethiopian songs on his Krar (a stringed instrument) Friday and Saturday nights during dinner service.
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.
There is a large pay box parking lot behind the restaurant, just west of the red line on Lawrence.
We are one block west of the Lawrence Avenue Red Line Stop and directly across the street from two Broadway CTA stops.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Delicious and authentic flavors and a great value. Two of us had the full vegetarian sampler platter, an appetizer, dessert and bottle of wine for under $100! Also right off the red line so even though it isn’t in our neighborhood we will definitely be back.
The food was delicious and the owner was so accommodating. She let us try the honey wine on the menu before we purchased it. I went with one other person but the family style menu looked awesome. I want to go back and try it with a big group so we can try even more options!
We stopped by Demera pre-concert at the Riviera and selected from the Chicago Restaurant Week menu. Food was well prepared and presented and served quickly. Very impressed with the variety of vegetarian options and there were enough interesting beers for our beer loving companion. Great introduction to Ethiopian food for our daughter - so good she's now looking for Ethiopian options near her home. Try the basil and lime sorbet - what a flavor treat!
Thank you Demera staff for a great evening.
The one thing that sticks out for me was the wonderful service handled by the servers. Though the place was crowded (restaurant week) the servers were polite and very accommodating. I really appreciate that. I would definitely come back and enjoy some other selections available.
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.
I have never had a disappointing experience at Demera. The food is great and I feel it is valued appropriately (for the city). Service is usually prompt, without being pushy. There are multiple options for vegetarians. The drinks, particularly beer, are expensive but nothing outrageous for a Chicago restaurant surrounded by multiple local performance venues (Aragon, Riviera, Green Mill, etc.). Great place for a nice, sit-down dinner before a show. I have seen children and some babies there on occasion but in my experience diners are generally adults either out for a nice dinner or getting together before a show. Can be moderately loud but it's entirely possible to have a conversation.
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