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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4.7
805 reviews
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$30 and under
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African
Perfect For:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
  • Good for Groups
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 805 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.4
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great dinner with a large group of people and good vegetarian options.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We love Ethipian food and this restaurant was a delight. Great choices at good prices, wonderful service and most of all delicious and authentic food. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Amazing Ethiopian dinner! Very authentic and delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food is always good, with generous portions. The service may be a bit slow, but it's pleasant and welcoming. Plus, the food is worth the wait. Great combination of spices with wonderful vegetarian options.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The best experience ever.Will definitely come back again

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We especially liked the lentils, spinach, and the lamb!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

our first experience with ethiopian food . highly recommend. great wait staff - attentive.
we will return

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This is a great place to bring groups to and the food is so yummy. It was my second time here and my friends absolutely loved it!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I love this place. This is my third time there. My first two times were for lunch and this was my first time for dinner. The only recommendation I have is to have the music level lower. It was hard for us to hear each without having to shout. Everything else is wonderful.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food, and amazing service. I would come back any time.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food, friendly service. Such a fun spot!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

It was absolutely wonderful! The food was delicious and arrived quickly, our server provided great recommendations and made sure we got a great picture of our whole group, and the food presentation was beautiful. Overall fantastic experience.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Always delicious! A great meal to share with friends.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Solid food, great service and one of our favorites! We love to bring friends that have never been to watch how much they love it. Will always return

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

The food was great !!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

It was great all around !!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Friendly staff and absolutely delicious food! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was so wonderful. Will absolutely go again!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

tasty Ethiopian spot. Doro wot was amazing.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food and service. Take the chefs advice!!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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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