Ema

4.7
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2425 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
4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal with friends. Enjoyed starters and vegetable dishes - they were all delicious.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent. I particularly enjoyed the spreads, lighter dishes and wine. Great service and experience.

D
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food1service3ambience1

This place has taken a steep decline since we were last here. We were sat at a bartop as opposed to a regular table which for a walk in I would understand however for a reservation you shouldn’t be sitting people in the bar area. The food was very disappointing. Risotto and falafel were both way overcooked. Almost inedible. The spreads were good. The service was fine and quick. Ambiance I’ve never been a huge fan of. Very stark and way too bright. All menu items that are similar to aba are way better at aba.

HV
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I could eat a bowl of that feta spread with a spoon. Delicious food. Great service. We will be back.

PC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been a few times to Ema. Always a good experience and excellent food.

KH
Indiana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Ema several times and it is consistently my favorite lunch spot in River North!

O
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I've been to Ema a couple of times in the last year. It has always been very good but this last time the food was just meh. Service was great and the environment is still nice, food just wasn't as good as it was before.

m
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Server was very attentive. Somewhat noisy spot. Food was very good, fresh, mediterranean and tasty. Reasonable prices. We had pumpkin hummus, grilled octopus...both very good.

JR
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive staff, light and pretty atmosphere. We dined for my mother in laws birthday and they took great care of us. The food was delicious and they were accommodating for our little baby. We had a great meal and would definitely come back!

i
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

d
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

BA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
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
20 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
Overall4food4service5