Ema

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2415 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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4.5
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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i
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great location. Will be back!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service was excellent. Food was very quick as well.

d
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always have a great time here
The food & service are great & we love celebrating occasions here

BA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best medi food I've had in Chicago. Would have tried some cocktails but was on a work dinner. Salmon Kabobs, Chicken Kabobs, Falafels, and trio of spreads were awesome!

JB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of food, everything tasted great. Great selection of loose leaf tea too.

KZ
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service and food were good. They paid attention to my note and wished my guest a happy birthday!! It was perfect!! The risotto was my least favorite, no flavor at all. :( The place is beautiful

KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ema is easily one of the best restaurants we have been to in a very long time! The food is outstanding and we loved the atmosphere. We are gluten free and they handled our needs exceptionally well and we did not feel like we were missing out on anything. Highly recommend and cannot wait to go back!

N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

First time here for their brunch menu and to chalk it up...there was a lot left to be desired. Choice of 3 brunch cocktails without access to their regular cocktail menu, as well as odd breakfast/lunch pairings that were mediocre at best in taste. Usually a great dinner service, however.

TC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food not spaced out properly and a waiter with an attitude.

MY
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful in navigating the menu (gluten free) and wine list.

JG
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ema was excellent! We were celebrating a friends birthday and Travis and the whole staff made her feel very special!

Will return for the amazing food and service! Thanks again

SG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Our server was Aine and she was amazing. Very knowledgeable, was able to make some great recommendations, and seem to really be happy to be there, even on Black Friday. We will be back because we only had about 1/10th of the menu.

JN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal. Waiter recommended and we loved the honey bun dessert and the date dessert.

LG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us went out for a special evening, having learned about Ema on Check, Please, and after failing to secure reservations on two previous occasions. We all thought the food was truly delicious - and small plates are always great fun if you like to share and sample different things. Our waitress, Maria, was lovely and kind, and certainly contributed to our wonderful evening.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this spot. Be sure to get the almond and garlic spread!

J
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I have been to Ema a handful of times and always thought it was very good, if short of great. This visit might just be my last. Half the listed ingredients in my salad were missing- it was basically a bowl of iceberg lettuce- very disappointing. The tea was overwhelmingly strong- everything was off, including the uninspired service.

NH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening. The food was very delicious and the service from Zack and the team was fabulous! Thank you, we’ll be back very soon!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Disappointing pretty much on all levels. Avoid.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the food!

TP
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mediterranean theme food was done quite well. And our server was very good about highlighting the dishes she has tried. I’d definitely return!

m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zach provided excellent service, and we had a fantastic meal & time!

MS
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always love coming to Ema. This time we were entertaining our vegetarian/vegan friends and this is one of the ideal menus in town to do it. The menu items re not contrived. Almost all of them are authentic dishes found on an eastern Mediterranean menu. Even the most ardent carnivore amongst us (me), loves it. This is our go-to place in River North.

II
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful array of middle eastern dishes prepared with a creative and innovative approach. Great for sharing, as the portions are not large.

F
Orlando
46 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Interesting menu - though limited. Great favors to each dish. Octopus outstanding.

MD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 would recommend to a friend. Food and Drinks were DELICIOUS

IT
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance and service, but as you hope - the star is the food. We were able to share 7 dishes between 3 of us and each dish was perfect. Excellent ingredients, perhaps paired in less than usual ways, and simply prepared create amazing, complex flavors. I want to go back today.

BA
Omaha
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe in this restaurant! Wonderful food, knowledgable staff, friendly service.

n
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was at Ema with two friends. It was their first visit. They loved all our food. The spreads and the octopus were standouts. They can't wait to return.
This is where I like to take people because there are so many delicious things to choose.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We gather there for a birthday lunch. The food was good. The service was excellent. Tyler was our server - he loves his job and that added to our experience. Thank you.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You couldn't do better for both delicious and healthy food, creative dishes and cocktails

JF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience at lunch yesterday! The dips and spreads were delicious. Don't miss the labneh. The green falafel sandwich was a hit. Everything we tried was delicious, and the service was above and beyond. Very happy.

CC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! We will definitely be back and would love to do a reception/dinner there too.

LH
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for happy hour was great

AK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it
Will be back soon

D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. Every table was taken but it wasn’t crowded. The food was super yummy and the portions were just enough the share between two to three people. Service was prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu. Will definitely go back !

HP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my dinner here! Took my boyfriend out for his birthday and we had a great night and it was affordable too. Food was all so good and unique and we shared everything. The manager made our choice of dessert complimentary for the birthday and the waiter was very attentive and friendly.

MO
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food is always great. This was my 5th time at the restaurant and I’ve yet to receive good/attentive service though. Also, I’ve yet to be seated in any other area accept the bar area; very disappointing.

C
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Attentive, friendly service. Fair prices. Especially considering the location. Will definitely return.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress made the experience amazing for our 10 year anniversary

E
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Warm and relaxing atmosphere, great food, and super helpful, kind service.