Ema

4.7
2988 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Mediterranean & California-inspired restaurant featuring small plates & light style cooking in Chicago's River North.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2988 people are saying
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ChiAmateurFoodie
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I’ll be back and mistakes happen, but the waiter charged our cards to the wrong table. It still hasn’t fallen off of my AmEx.

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vip10SNE1
Chicago
91 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised when we learned that this is a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant. The prices during Happy Hour were good, and the small plates were quite large. Our waiter was excellent.

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NitinA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Tried the chicken Kefta and the grilled chicken sandwich and they were amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was great. Server took a little long initially but they apologized and made it better!

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amyji
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about it was top-notch and chill, so much so, we didn't notice until we got home that they missed one dish on our order – but we'll be back regardless.

JE
vipJohnE
New England
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had on the menu was very well executed and tasty. Short rib was outstanding, and all of their vegetarian entrees were delicious. Don’t miss the sticky date cake for dessert.

PJ
vipPatrickJ
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, friendly service, in a bright and attractive setting. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Apps and drinks were great!

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ujeilb
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ema has amazing food with exceptional presentation. The waiter was so kind and helped us choose the food that we would enjoy the most. I went for my birthday and I do not like when waiters sing Happy Birthday out loud. Our waiter probably sensed it and she did not sing to me but said happy birthday. Overall an amazing time and food at Ema

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stevenc
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The fried potato was not good. Very dry and tastless.

CT
vipCarolynT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Food was great. Server was not the most inviting or considerate. It’s frustrating to make the effort to make a reservation and go to a restaurant that doesn’t seem to appreciate your business.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best hummus I’ve ever had! The seasonal pumpkin hummus was incredible. Each of us got something different and we all very much enjoyed it! Will recommend to friends and will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Great food, not so friendly service.

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vipDisneyfoodlover
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. I enjoyed the seasonal offerings: pumpkin hummus and squash risotto. Service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The portions were surprisingly small & the food wasn’t warm. I had higher expectations given the location/menu but unfortunately didn’t love it- & Chicago food is delicious!! Maybe it was just one of those days but wouldn’t go back :(

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vipfun2eat
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service....including good attention to preferences like gluten/dairy free. Will be back again soon for brunch or dinner.

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splurgingmomma
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we had was very good. And the server was attentive to the kids. I’m ready for paper menus to return.

MJ
MichaelJS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I had a reservation and my friend arrived earlier and she was seated at a table in the bar area. I would have preferred a table in the dining room. Food was delicious. Service was good. Choices were great! I’m a big eater so a actual piece of chicken would have been better. But, I was reminded by my guest it’s a chef’s creation and favor that matters.
Thank you!

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AjayK
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambience inside the restaurant was amazing. Bit noisy but I understand everyone was there to have fun and people were laughing and talking very loud but I will let it pass as food was too good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience and amazing food!

JB
JadeB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is lovely. The ambiance and decor are beautiful. The food is fresh, delicious and warm. You’re not rushed to finish your meal and leave, it’s a very relaxed experience. Staff from entry to exit were very pleasant and inviting. Would come again/recommend to a friend.

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vipRhoda
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is always wonderful. The music was very loud and when I asked to have it turned down I was told that the rules were it had to stay at a level of 60. That’s poor customer service and has the focus on the wrong priority in my opinion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friends birthday. Pumpkin hummus is 😋 Also slow cheetah cocktail. Best Greek salad with Chicken👌🏾

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vipmemarie3
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So grateful to try this restaurant. I heard great things and it exceeded expectations. Went for a friend get-together with dietary restrictions and felt MORE than accommodating to those. Great food, great ambiance, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here to meet a gal pal for a light dinner and drinks. The food and wine was delicious. They suggest two plates per person but we both had a late lunch so we opted for one with a heavier meaty option which was perfect. Very casual chic decor so it’s great for a girls night or a date. Great service and ambiance, I will come here again!

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susanS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very nice people. Prompt service when we needed more bread etc. good food. Cauliflower was somewhat tough
But… they brought out all the dishes at once!!! Appetizer first snd 2 mins later entrees snd sides. Not good We felt rushed

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Meliroe
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious! I really enjoyed the Salmon kebabs!

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vipmonia
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and nice atmosphere.
Didn’t like much the crostini served with the stracciatella.

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vipEllbee
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ema was excellent in every way! The food was delicious: abundant, well-seasoned and well-prepared, and very flavorful. We tried a variety of small plates: the almond dip and straciatella were standouts. Also, we ate outside on a cold afternoon, and the staff was very nice to set up the tables, turn on the heaters and check back periodically. I also thought it was a very good value for the quality and caliber of the meal. I look forward to going back and exploring more of the menu.

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JennyH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was unbelievable and very friendly service!

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Rachel
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cozy atmosphere. We will definitely be back!

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vipMraliquor1
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great waiter
Hostess not so accommodating and friendly
Arrived 15 min early (445 instead of 5pm) with kids and restaurant was 70-80 percent empty but she made us wait until to 5pm. Was a little disappointed as we have been here 6-8x and never felt that kind of a vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The kebabs was really really good! We went there because its my birthday. I was looking for something unique and i found it and saw that they serve rice, we loved it! And the server was friendly and nice. We’ll definitely come back, thank you!

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vipWestSuburban
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, excellent, excellent.
Nice surprise
Loves the pita.
Loves the spreads
Potatoes are awesome.
And chicken Sandwich was tasty.

Well done

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Priya
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was amazing my favourite was the Brussels sprouts I would go back just for those, but there wasn’t a single item we had that wasn’t delicious! I would definitely recommend, and will be going back!

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Illinigirl17
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben was an amazing server!! We enjoyed the outside patio although there weren't any heaters which was unfortunate, but luckily it was a great night! Food was amazing as always.

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vipSteveS
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well prepared and tasty food. Like the outdoor area. Food was quick and timely especially with staffing issues everywhere. We will be back and highly recommend.

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vipAmbs
Chicago
27 reviews