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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
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.
Ethiopian food is something vegetarians and carnivores can come together on. And Demera does this with aplomb! Great food, and really wonderful service! The atmosphere could be better but this is the North side of Chicago and space is hard to come by and expensive. Don't let appearances fool you! This place is a gem!
Second time eating here, it never disappoints! Before Demera, I knew nothing about Ethiopian food. Now I can tell you it's delicious and a great excuse to try North African beer you otherwise wouldn't. Recommend to anyone willing to give something new a try.
Mixed impressions. The food is interesting vegetarian, plus tilapia, shrimp. The presentation is interesting, on a large tray, served with spongy sourdough taco-like disks. And the food was pretty good. But what it wasn't was, hot. It ranged from vaguely warm to tepid. The bread kind of had a texture like carpet foam and looked like it. And the service was relatively fast, but no-one checked up during the meal to see if we needed anything until the end. I don't know if my experience was typical, and I'm willing to be convinced. I would have enjoyed it a lot more with the above corrected. See what other diners say.
Great meal with a fun ambiance. I love bringing people here to enjoy the novel cuisine (for most) and fun atmosphere. The value is also exceptional. Great for vegetarians or meat lovers! The wines also combine well with the meals. All in all, one of my favorites!
I've eaten in many Ethiopian restaurants before. I've never had cold injera served to me until eating here. Not cool. The chicken dishes were OK but the beef and lamb had too much sauce and not enough meat. The service was pleasant enough though. However we will not be back--have had better elsewhere.
Portions were unbelievably small on the 6-item messob platter we had for 2. Gluten-free injera was delicious but we each only had about 10 bites of food to enjoy with it. Also they were out of their cheesecake dessert at 6pm on a Friday. I'll be trying one of the other Ethiopian restaurants in the city next time. Worth a try if you are in the Uptown neighborhood but otherwise skip it.
Loved this place ! I had not had Ethiopian food in over 20 years and did not know what to expect . Our waitress could not have been nicer, described our options , recommended the honey wine to me (yumm) , guided me thru the vegetarian and non vegetarian options . It couldn't have gone better - I started with a wonderful salad of tomatoes , onions , cucumbers and seeded strips of jalapeños - game changer ! Plus the spongy bread was amazing which used to eat the curry chicken , collards , lentils . I must say that as soon as we walked in , I knew it would be an A+ experience - it smelled so good . We will return , there are so many appealing things to try .
Very similar to Indian food in both ingredients and style of cuisine, but it has all it's own unique flavors and textures. A lovely place to eat and something that would be very hard to experience unless you take a trip to visit Africa. Worthwhile and enjoyable with a staff that treated us well on a birthday celebration dinner. Recommended highly.
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