Ema

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2481 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean

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Good Vegetarian Options
Mediterranean & California-inspired restaurant featuring small plates & light style cooking in Chicago's River North.

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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. We selected several plates to share family style - fresh ingredients very well prepared and presented - we had a great experience!

f
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the service was perfect. There happened to be a rehearsal dinner going on in the restaurant which probably made it a little louder than normal, but our group of 8 people had a blast

EL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend’s bday dinner

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall nice experience. Food was good, octopus portion very small. Interesting wine selections. Would go back to explore more menu options.

SG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. I'm just always SO thrown off by the restrooms though. They're in the attached hotel, feel a mile away and definitely are not on par with the decorating or ambiance at Ema. It's a decidedly unpleasant journey by comparison to the restaurant.

m
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic overall!

GE
Chicago
208 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a big group (8), and Ema was great. Everybody loved it!

MS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every dish!!! Always great service .will be back again !

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good place, seemed maybe a little short staffed on the day, waitress was super nice and helpful, we just ended up going long stretches without seeing her. Food is absolutely delicious, but as others have noted portions are a little on the small side. Ambience is fantastic.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had an AMAZING time at Ema! Loved the food and our waitress was good as well!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavor explosions! Amazing!

S
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time at Ema for brunch. There are some really nice additions to the menu (both sweet and savory) for brunch. Highlight for us was the whipped feta with sun-dried tomatoes -- we ordered it as a starter and again after our meal as a "dessert" it was so yummy. Lovely helpful staff. Definitely will return.

JH
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and great food!

k
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! I recommend any of the veggie dishes. I find the meat can be overlooked but the veggies are the best I have ever had!

JM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All of the food was delicious and pretty reasonably priced.

KM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful time. Looking forward to going again.

AV
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend to lunch for her Birthday. We had a chopped salad with dates and chicken also egg white frittata. Both were delicious and plenty of food for us. Ema also sent over a birthday tart. Service was knowledgeable and attempted. Will be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server Zach, great evening !

DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ēma was incredible. The food was to die for, but the plates were small for the price. For a special occasion or extra special date night, I’d go back 100%! The risotto and salmon kebabs were delicious on so many levels, but do NOT forget to get the hummus or spicy hummus. Some of the best I’ve had in my life. The warm pita they bring to the table constantly, pairs well with everything you order. Love the atmosphere as well - the space offers clean white/neutral colors with the perfect amount of greenery spread and wicker touches. Can not wait to return.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our sever was OUTSTANDING. Good is always excellent.

PY
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The spreads are totally worth it. Try all of them.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing service and very thoughtful dishes. Order extra vegetable crudite with your hummus. It is so fresh.

Brussels are a top notch item

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Overall it was just ok. Food was good, but a little expensive for what it was. Liked that there were lots of veggie options, service was great.

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I like dining here because the food is good and I like the ambiance and location. That said, the service is perplexing. This was my 5th time in here in the last year and the service was maybe the best I had experienced but it was because my expectations are now so low. Service is usually inattentive and scattered. Very surprising for a LEYE restaurant and a totally different from Beatrix right next door.

TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have delicious food and excellent service. Highly recommended!

RO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff is all excellent and our server Jessie was superb and spent extra time getting to know us and our family until it got very busy. But definitely not someone who hides in the back

SD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ema is a great spot for small intimate dinners of sharing delicious food

JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

overall food presentation was beautiful and flavor was also very good. The hummus appetizer was very creamy and balanced.tuna tartare was perfect. However, the broth that the mussels came in was very salty.

JJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service - we all loved it!

SR
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Very poor service, the server dropped off the menus and were never seen again for 20 minutes until I asked another server to get our server. He took our order and was not seen again until we finished our dinner. Will not recommend and will not return.

E
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was creative with a combination of flavors from the Mediterranean. The labeleh spread, with honey and walnuts, could be a stand alone desert. The toothpick lamb was coming led in a sublime mix of spices - tastiest lamb I’ve ever had. Did not disappoint.

LP
Chicago
2 reviews