Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4.9
1131 Reviews
$30 and under
African

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarloK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute favorite of mine in the whole city of Chicago. Some of the best food you will ever eat!!!

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RomanZ
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is delicious. So good to be back! The split yellow peas are probably my favorite. Those and the sambussas.

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MeradeyT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic place with consistently delicious food. I’ve dined here over the years and will continue to bring friends and family here. Vibes are great, location is wonderful for people watching. Day or night, it has a wonderful ambiance

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vipBrian
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food in a vibrant and energetic space.

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NicoleJ
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant lives up to the hype! Delicious food, easy location, excellent service. Looking forward to dining there again

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rlmoyer
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, honey wine was delicious, staff was very friendly. It was a little busier than expected and the tables were a bit closer than I would've liked since I'm still hesitant to dine in due to COVID, but the staff were all wearing masks and used gloves, of which I was very appreciative.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and super friendly service. One of our favorites.

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HaileyB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ethiopian food I’ve ever eaten & best food in general I’ve eaten in a while. Amazing!

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misslauraanntablereserve
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and fantastic atmosphere! Definitely will be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought in a friend for a first time experience. He really enjoyed it.

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Solange
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Fast service, excellent drink menu. Highly recommend.

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AlexisR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for dinner on our anniversary. The food was delicious! Great flavors and spices. We had never had Ethiopian food before and were very happy with our meal. The manager had a tiramisu sent to our table which is made in house and it was perfect. It was like ice cream cake and not too sweet. The coffee was spiced also, very hot and strong like espresso. Highly recommended!

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AnnR
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Demera! Most importantly, the food is outta sight delicious. The African beer goes well with it. It’s fun to gather up some food in the injera bread and and eat without utensils. I also like the art and took photos of it before we left. The host and waitpeople are gracious and efficient. What more can you ask? Eat there!

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vipPracticallyPerfect
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful wonderful meal!!!!

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AllieS
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow this food was amazing. We had 4 guests with various diet restrictions and everyone left full. I'm going to take all my house guests here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints- great food and great service

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AdamW
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and food was amazing. Can't wait to bring friends and family there

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CharlesL
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a hands on approach to sharing a meal!

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SeanC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heaven on a plate, first Ethiopian place over ever eaten at and was blown away on how amazing the food tastes.

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GraceS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! It’s always a good choice to go to Demera

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was definitely worth the wait. The food was delicious, the ambiance super romantic, and the service was friendly! Will definitely come back

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Roxanne
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely spot with excellent service and well priced, delicious food. Spotless environment with interesting art work. Food is very varied and I highly recommend one of their items that allow choosing tastings of a # of vegan and meat choices, served with flat bread.

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vipHungryinChicago
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious assortment tray of meats and vegetable dishes! Fun to eat, a variety of spice levels. Also nice cocktail selection!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious vegetarian options! The portions were smaller than expected, but so yummy. The bread-cheese appetizer was good but not great; the cheese needed more salt and flavor, but the bread served was deliciously warm. The shah tea was also quite good.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ethiopian in Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great overall dining experience ! Food was excellent! Service was great! We did get seated by the kitchen which was a little annoying but even then the wait staff were very accommodating

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Senna
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

The food was not very flavorful, overpriced, and very oily. We had the vegetarian combination for two, and all the dishes were sub par compared to many restaurants I have eaten in, in several smaller and big cities in the US. It was extremely overpriced ($43) for one meal for two, when usually that dish is around $27 at similar restaurants. Service was okay, nothing special. In fact we were ignored after we received the food. It feels like you pay for the ambience.

I don't think I will ever go there again. Ethiopian restaurants in Washington DC, NY city, St. Louis, Memphis, and Louisville have been so much better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Demera, tried the Bayanetu platter and would go back to try more! Great experience, friendly staff.

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JuliaM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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vipanubis72
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Bit pricey but not horrible. Just need to dim the lights for more ambiance and have table candles to improve the atmosphere. Didnt have their famous cocktail liquor which disappointed. Otherwise, very good!

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fakename
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We got lunch here on a Saturday. Shared the vegetarian platter with two friends. The food was very tasty and the service was great.

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ManuelaM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our server was very sweet

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vipVC1991
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Demera is such a great restaurant. Happy to get to come back for the whole experience!

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LindaD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time there and didn't know what to expect. Food was delicious and the Honey Wine Sangria is a must try!

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vipHavann
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food

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Sarah
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and one-of-a-kind experience eating with no silverware!

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vipRobert
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and great food/experience.

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David
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu prices look a little on the high side for diners on a budget, but the food is so good and the portions are sufficiently generous that its worth it in this cheapskate's opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Loved the experience.

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JennA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Ethiopian daughter always wants Demera, it’s like going home. The owner and staff are so kind and provide service that goes above and beyond. For delicious food and an authentic experience, I can’t recommend Demera enough.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Demera Ethiopian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Demera Ethiopian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 334-8787.

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 1131 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.