Ema

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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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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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Chicago. Hands down.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Horrible service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were fully booked, but tge

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Dana
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.

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BeerAndSausage
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
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!

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vipKatrinaQ
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.

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MaxeeP
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.

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vipNoodles
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.

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vipMelissaC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was delicious and the server was attentive, friendly and helpful. The rest was really NOT what I expect from a Lettuce Restaurant.

Bathrooms were dirty and my stall in the women’s bath had no toilet paper. Yuck.

The Host was probably the worst host I’ve ever come across. We were driving into the city from the suburbs and traffic was even worse than we expected. We were running a few minutes late. The valet was unmarked, so we missed it, call the restaurant, went around the block and finally found it. The valet was completely backed up so we had a wait for a while.

When we finally arrived at the restaurant we were about 17-18 minutes late. Host said we could not find my reservation. After spelling my name and having him check a few times I mentioned that we were running late. His demeanor totally changed and he told us that our reservation had been automatically cancelled after 15 minutes. I did not receive any notification of this. I told him that I had specifically confirmed our reservation the night before. He said it didn’t matter. He then proceeded to tell us that the restaurant was full and we might not be seated at all. He was very rude. After about 10 minutes he found a table for us. When we left he did not acknowledge us. I’ve never felt less welcome on a restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review