Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4.8
1067 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 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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AmandaH
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!

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vipFreddieT
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Only my second time having Ethiopian food and it was very good. Staff was helpful in picking through some of the options for the messob dinner.

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RishonaT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Really enjoyed our experience and can't wait to return.

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were great and super friendly and professional. The food is wonderful.

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vipElainaH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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NickyBB
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!!! The food is amazing!! The service we received was top notch as well.

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KatieA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ethiopian food in Chicago! The service, food, value, safety protocols are on point. Highly recommend!

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TAMARAV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! I only wish they had coffee. The menu stated coffee but they had none that day.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I called on Sunday to see if they were taking reservations for Monday. They told me yes. I made a reservation and arrived Monday afternoon to the restaurant being closed for maintenance. Why no one thought to contact me or cancel my reservation before I arrived, I do not know.

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CesarRoadwarrior
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Demera to celebrate her birthday. We were the only customers sitting, but we were able to see how many take-outs they had! Our plate was delicious and at the end the waitress was very kind to bring a birthday dessert and sang "Happy Birthday" to us! Great restaurant!

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Anna
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Perfect if you're looking for something out of the ordinary.

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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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Demera has fantastic food, speedy service, and a very kind staff. They are taking Covid precautions very seriously. They provide a safe sit down experience even through the cold winter months.

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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
14 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
20 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
62 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
60 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
Northern MI
2 reviews
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
8 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
13 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!

FAQs

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 1067 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.