Ema

4.8
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2574 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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Chicago. Hands down.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Horrible service

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were fully booked, but tge

D
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The falafel was a little dry, but overall the food was great. Service and ambience was really nice. Will be back.

BA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The pitas were stale, the eggplant appetizer was bland. the salmon kabobs were great and saved this from being 1 star. Third time eating here. First time was awesome in Oct. 2nd time was ok in Dec 2019. Not sure I'm going back soon or again. High price point on very small appetizers as well.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Waiter hardly came to our table and we had ordered a lot of dishes and drinks. We even had planned on dessert but he left for so long we decided to leave. Disappointing on a Monday night for sure and I’ve always recommended this restaurant! BUT the food is amazing as always so 5 stars for that!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, thought we ordered too much, but it was perfect. Very accommodating of the vegan diet!

KQ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I’m a regular at Ema and visit often. However, we went yesterday and I’m not sure if there was a change in management or what but it was different. Staff was super slow even though the restaurant wasn’t crowded. Portion sizes were literally 1/3 the usual size for the same price and when I asked, the response was “yeah we had a chef come in and re-evaluate.” You should probably consider changing the price if that’s the case.

MP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great location, cool atmosphere, dessert was amazing, food was mediocre. None of the food was hot, did not seem fresh. The date cake dessert with caramel sauce was out of this world but other than that unfortunately I didn’t find it a good value.

N
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good but the portion size for the price was ridiculous. You are encouraged to order 2-3 plate for each person (the smallest of dishes a feta dip is $15.) The larger plates which really aren’t much bigger were twice that. 5 small pieces of beef fillet on a skewer was $30. Drink $17 and up. I understand rents are high but this restaurant is in the lobby area of the Hyatt place. It shared a bathroom with Hyatt’s lobby that was crowded, dirty with not tp or paper towels. At least clean the bathrooms if you are charging those prices. Staff was friendly but disappeared for long stretches.

MC
Chicago
2 reviews