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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.

4801 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
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Dining Style:
Home Style

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Lawrence

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 334-8787

Website:
http://www.demeraethiopianrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Seyoum Allemseged sings and plays traditional Ethiopian songs on his Krar (a stringed instrument) Friday and Saturday nights during dinner service.

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.

Parking Details:
There is a large pay box parking lot behind the restaurant, just west of the red line on Lawrence.

Public Transit:
We are one block west of the Lawrence Avenue Red Line Stop and directly across the street from two Broadway CTA stops.

Executive Chef:
Tigiste Reda

Additional:
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

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4.8

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4.5

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4.4

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4.6

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (28)
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Good for Groups (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Casual (17)
Spicy (15)
Fun (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Healthy (9)
Cozy (8)
Vegan (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Business Meals (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Always delicious! A great meal to share with friends.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Really wonderful service, delicious food at a reasonable price, and helpful staff! Thanks for making our birthday group lunch so special!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Healthy, Casual, Spicy, Vegan
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Really great service, my girlfriend and I love the food and drinks.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Very good food and service. We always enjoy Demera for authentic Ethiopian food. Highly recommended.

Tags: Vegan, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Such a fun experience to try Ethiopian cuisine! Not only is it an experience, but it tastes delicious too. I highly recommend the Honey Wine Sangria for my fellow sweet-tooths out there!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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!

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

The food was great !!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Delicious. I've been multiple times and would go again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner a lot. We hadn't had Ethiopian before but really enjoyed it. If you like Indian food then you should definitely try this. The service was prompt and the environment was great for a casual night out.

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We went for Chicago Restaurant Week! Food was absolutely incredible! Do yourself a favor and get the honey wine! It is sweet but has a lot of flavor.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great, authentic food, extremely strongly flavored. Service was friendly, attentive and swift.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Food was excellent- but I was left standing at the door for at least five minutes before I was seated-despite the restaurant being almost empty. Service was slow and I could tell the waitress didn’t care very much. Will not be returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Good food, generous portions, and all of this at a great price. Great place for dates.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was great all around !!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Casual, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went for restaurant week - great value! Lots of options for Vegetarian's & meat lovers alike. Will be back for sure.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Friendly staff and absolutely delicious food! Highly recommend!

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was so wonderful. Will absolutely go again!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

This was my first experience at this restaurant and I absolutely loved it! The food was a bit spicy but nothing could not handle. The server was very friendly and accommodating. I would definitely go back again!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 19, 2018

tasty Ethiopian spot. Doro wot was amazing.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food and service. Take the chefs advice!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great dinner good service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Amazing food I’ll be back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 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.

Tags: Vegan, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for Groups, Vegan, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food. The service is excellent and the servers are so polite and helpful

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

so delicious! I really enjoyed my experience here. People were friendly and the atmosphere was fun. Great place for an anniversary or going away party.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent Ethiopian food at reasonable prices. Great location relative to the Red Line and evening entertainment. Have been there a few times and will certainly return. It is my "go to" Ethiopian place in Chicago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Demera is great for a group. The shared meal is fun and different. This is the second time we have taken a group to Demera while visiting Chicago. Also, there are many vegetarian choices as well as gluten free.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Inviting atmosphere and friendly staff. Exceptional cuisine with plenty of options to keep you coming back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Never tried Ethiopian food before but I liked the round platter with all the different dishes and using the roti like "bread" to scoop it up.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (México)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Super friendly staff and a very unique dining experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date
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