Ema

4.8
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2493 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
4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so delicious that I am still thinking about it a day later. The space was also beautiful. My only gripe about our whole experience was that our waitress was extremely chipper. Sometimes a diner just wants attentive service without turning it into a full-on social interaction. That’s very nit picky of me so I will stop.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Rich the manager was very friendly and welcoming.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely adored the waitstaff. Great recommendations for the amount of food and specific plates to try! Will definitely be returning to this lovely oasis in River North.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the go to favorite place!

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! The service is terrific, food is fabulous, atmosphere comfortable. Highly recommend!

SS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Ema as a group. When we walked up and saw that it was attached to the Hyatt Place we were worrried that it may not be a great place. It turned out to be wonderful. Excellent food and excellent service. The portions were a bit small for the price and many required at least 2 orders. I will definately go back next time I’m in Chicago.

C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, will be back. Highly recommend.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal!! Great service!!

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great spot in the river north area. The food was really good and a nice switch up from the steak houses that dominate the area. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Remember what you order for the table, we had to remind our server we were missing items.

AS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for a weekend brunch with my husband. Everything was fresh and tasty. We loved the charred eggplant and fried chicken sandwich. The flavors were good and textures complementary. The basmati and beluga lentil salad was good too, and the bread pudding French toast interesting. The whipped cream with the French toast was super light and tasty. We left very full and satisfied.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
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 on January 17, 2020
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 on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend’s bday dinner

KH
Grand Rapids
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Ema. Whenever I am in Chicago I try to go there. Food is exceptional and service is excellent.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
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 on January 15, 2020
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 on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic overall!

GE
Chicago
208 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
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