Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4.7
949 reviews
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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.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Have always had a great experience here expect this time around, very rude staff

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J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Waitstaff should be more attentive to beverage levels. A bus boy with a shaved head who seemed to rush us asks if we wanted to take our food home. Came back with a box and walked away. Mind you you eat with your hands and naan bread you do not have utensils at your table. He did not give us a utensil to put the food in the box. Another bus boy saw we had not boxed up our food after ten mins and said did you want your food boxed up? And we said yes but the other guy just have us a box and walked away. He laughed and politely offered to box the food for us. Thankfully this guy was here to save their service rating. Overall the food and presentation was great. Service could improve, but would still recommend for an experience.

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Justin, Thank you so much for dining with us and for your feedback. We will be talking with our staff to make sure that our guests are properly taken care during every stage of their meal.

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MD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love going here. They have a great vegan option that is perfect to share. Also, with summer, it's a perfect place to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

B-Day celebration. This place is always amazing 🥰

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, friendly service

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GM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints us. Love coming back here for the food, the service and the ambience.

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HP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food. Love the spices. Unfortunately, only Ethiopian restaurant in Chicago area. But worth the travel

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RT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, patient and friendly staff, great ambiance.

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JS
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Ethiopian food! Lamb was tough but otherwise tasty. Service is delightful!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite places in Chicago. Great vegetarian options!

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AB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been here many times, the food and service are ALWAYS excellent. Great place (and cuisine) for families.

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WI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Very good meal, reasonably priced.

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! Very tasty, great service!

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LG
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was so good and flavorful. My new favorite dish is Ye-asa Leb Leb. Collard greens and cabbage were excellent. Glad they are no longer BYOB. Great menu for vegetarians and pescaterians like me.

The noise level was high because of a table of 6 that wanted everyone to hear their non-interesting conversation and loud laughter.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. We could barely finish the large portions but we forced ourselves because it was tooooo goood! I suggest getting the chefs recommendation platter and then sharing it with however many people you are with.

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t
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a sweet place. Food was delicious and the service was warm and welcoming. We will dine here again next time we are in Chicago.

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DT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Demera is a great Ethiopian restaurant. Whenever I eat there, I am thrilled at how easily a vegan can enjoy so much delicious food. The servers are always great at suggesting combinations. Love this place.

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TG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Flavors very good. A little spicy for my taste, but I would definitely try it again!!! Service was polite and restaurant was clean. Can't get any closer to the Riviera Theatre than that!!!

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AA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent service by the staff but our order took a very long time to prepare (a combo platter) so that stressed our stomachs a bit. The food itself was excellent and we would definitely come back - but allow for the delay in food prep. Great experience overall.

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Demera was recommended to me from a number of friends. I chose to go mid week on an evening out with my companion. It was our first time dinning their and we had a minor event that I wanted to celebrate. The hostess was extremely helpful and could tell that I was new to the experience and gave wonderful recommendations and explain things in a very friendly, warm and scencire manner. The two tables that flanked our sides had groups of people attending a show at the near by theatre so they were in the throws of beginning to celebrate their evening. It added to familiar feel of the atmospher and chatting with them was very pleasant. To my companions surprise I exsacerbated the situation by drawing attention to our table from near by groups, with that said the staff included them selves in our excitement so many kudos to them. The drinks were fantastically delicious as well aromatic and intoxicating (we had the dirty martinis with a chili powder) the pre meal it self was new different and very flavorful. The dinner it self an entree for 2) was presented in a very dazzling way with all the colors and flavors and aromas coalescing into an spectacle for the senses. Lastly due to our celebratory situation the staff surprised us with a wonderful dessert that was just beyond compare, a very light airy cake mixed with some chocolate mousse and vanilla cream. Overall our experience was exceptional, we enjoyed our time their and the food was again beyond expectation. We will return soon and thank you for the great evening.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Staff was really nice and food was the best I’ve had in Chicago

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B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Engagement

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B
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

It is very small and tight inside, very hard to move. Tables are small for the platter they but on your table. I personally didn’t like the food but that’s just me. Service was okay.

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
Responded on May 13, 2019

Thank you so much for visiting our restaurant, we truly appreciate your feedback. We apologize that you did not fully enjoy your experience with us. It looks like you dined on a Saturday night, which can be very busy and crowded in our small space. Since your visit, we've eliminated one of the tables in our interior to allow for more room for our guests. As far as the food goes, we hope you'll give us another shot to help you find something that you do love!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had to wait almost 30 minutes for a table. Luckily we were also running a bit late and not hard-pressed for time. The restaurant comped us an appetizer without us asking for anything and the food was amazing per usual. Always look forward to eating here.

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CL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. We will definitely be back ! The food is also beautifully presented with a colorful wheel of different foods on the sampler
Plate

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D
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food in a great environment - a true recommendation

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SG
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time trying Ethiopian food and was not disappointed. We took our servers recommendations and a couple of our own choices and all delicious.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boobs. Obie’s biostatistics sounds like an opportunity for you we will be

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K
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Preface: thiss was our first time trying Ethiopian food so I don't have anything to compare it to, but we were not disappointed. Overall everything was great. I loved the atmosphere, our server and host were very attentive and polite. A couple of the dishes were too spicy for me, but my boyfriend enjoyed all the things we ordered ! (Also they serve wine flights - totally awesome!)

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C
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Tasty food unlike anything we've had before. Wait staff friendly and attentive. Was loud inside, but couldn't expect otherwise at 7 pm on a Saturday night.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best ETHIOPIAN food anywhere. I will definitely recommend for everyone in the area. Amazing service

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JT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Server taghisha very friendly and did a great job of being patience since it was our first visit
Staff smiling and knowledgeable
Men’s bathroom very clean
Great drink menu

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LH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best Ethiopian food I've had! We opted for the Demera vegetarian platter, which came with 9 vegetarian dishes. Some were the dishes you find at all Ethiopian restaurants, but there was a spinach dish and a beet/carrot dish I've never had anywhere else, and both were excellent. The Injera was perfect. The restaurant was full on a Saturday night at 9, so would definitely suggest reservations on the weekend. The service, considering how full the restaurant was, and the presence of some large groups, was fast and efficient, and we received our food much sooner than we expected to. The atmosphere is warm, crowded, and friendly. As full as the restaurant was, the noise level was not low, but we had no trouble carrying on a conversation. Definitely give it a try.

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PR
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A fun and interactive way to have dinner. The flavors were terrific and filling. A great meal and overall terrific experience. We will definitely return in the future.

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EG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though they were busy and I arrived early for my reservation, they were able seat me quickly. The location only a few blocks from Lawrence station made getting there so easy. Service was fast, efficient, personable and kind. The food was outstanding. I would highly recommend Demera for a great night out.

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MG
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good restaurant. Especially for foodies looking for something different. The waitstaff was nice but could have been a little more patient as it was our first time.

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PR
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Ethiopian in Chicago. Get a huge platter and share with the table. It's delicious and wonderful!

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ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely wonderful food!

The restaurant could provide something to clean your fingers after the meal; mine smelled for two days! :)

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C
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around!!! The service is second to none. As an Ethiopian myself, I can attest that the food is very authentic and excellent.

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n
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit and certainly not our last!

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