crispy shallots, pumpkin seeds, sherry glaze
crispy shallots, pumpkin seeds, sherry glaze
fingerlings, preserved lemon vinaigrette
Great service! Our server was great.
The establishment seemed nice, but our server barely spoke to us 2 times: didn't give us an update on our food, which took a long time to come; didn't thank us when we shared the check; I dropped a knife accidentally and had to share one with my hsuband because he didn't come around, etc. The presentation of the food was nice, but the Kefta wasn't as flavorful as I'd hoped. Also, I had asked for recognition for my husband for his birthday, and no one mentioned it. :/
So, while we had more positive experience with another member of the wait staff, and while it could've been worse, I was definitely disappointed in our experience.
Food here is truly outstanding. Everything we ordered was great. Highly recommend the charred eggplant, the labneh, and the stracciatella. They were out of the mushroom kebab, but we can’t wait to go back and try that!
Great spot. I’ll be back! Sharing plates is a great way to not have to pick just one!
Great covered patio, fun music at a reasonable volume, & great drinks/apps!
Good alternative to Aba! Food was great! Wish they had the feta dip Aba has!
Great food and great service, a little pricey for lunch but still enjoyed it and will be back
My boyfriend and I are visiting Chicago to find a place to live. We were excited to stay at Hyatt Place because Ema is right next door and we have heard great things! We were so impressed. Not only was the food spectacular, our waiter was so helpful with diet restrictions. He was also kind enough to share advice with us about the city. Hoping to frequent this place when we move!
The ambience was very pleasant and portions were huge. The waiter misled us about sizing so we over ordered but that’s okay cuz we took the food home. However, some of the items weren’t thoroughly cooked all the way and even though we flagged it to our waiter he didn’t do anything about it.
Great atmosphere, feels healthy and pure food.
Highly recommend been there many times with family and friends .Looking forward for more visits1
Everything was satisfactory, except the rice that was served with my kabob was over-salted and inedible. Also, I ordered a second glass of wine half-way through my meal, but it didn’t arrive until I was almost finished eating. At that point I really didn’t want it anymore, but didn’t say anything to the waiter. I assumed you were understaffed .
Waiter was not friendly
My friend said thank you every time he came to us but he didn’t answer anything
We felt he ignore us
But other women waiter was very nice
I loved here but this time food was under cooked
Everything was not so good
Clean lines, beautiful food, great service! I wanted to try this place since I had been to Aba and I knew it was the same type of food. A little less classy than Aba but more affordable and great location!
The entire dining experience at Ema was fantastic! The food was flavorful and creative. Tastefully decorated and great service.
Outdoor dining was great on a perfect day. The server was very nice. The food was good. We didn't have anything complicated but we always like the Mediterranean flare at the restaurant.
Great Easter brunch. The Brussel Spouts are the bomb!
It was amazing!!! Took my mom here for her birthday during restaurant week and everything was phenomenal!
Brussels sprout grill was great!!
Great place to enjoy with friends, especially your vegetarian friends! And phenomenal cocktails - my favorite is the Savory Huntress with mezcal.
We had a great business lunch with very attentive service.
I really like the ambiance and the decor is really cute. I visited here with 3 other friends for restaurant week. I’m vegan and the waiter was very helpful with suggestions to accommodate me. The chef also created a fruit plate for dessert which I thought was a really nice gesture. The food was really good and the brussel sprouts and hummus are to die for!
Love the food the ambience great customer service a great place for a first date or just with friends.
Booked a table outside for lunch with a friend. The outdoor seating space is generous, with plenty of distance between tables and it was very sunny (on a sunny day of course:). We ordered the hummus (spicy), the greek salad, and the falafel sandwich to share. Portions were larger than we thought, and there as definitely food left over, but we were not displeased with our decision to order all three. Also, the falafel was really really good - definitely worth the upscale cost of a classic street food :) I can't wait to come back for lunch again or for dinner sometime!
We have been going to ema ever since it opened but the last few times have been terrible with the service and the food . Our food was terrible 2 days ago and the bread was cold
We visited for restaurant week and so glad we chose this place! Great food, service and location.
Excellent place!! It's first time trying this kind of food and Ema is definitely a place to repeat the visit going there
The food tasted good but for the price it was small.
Food was great, as always. Menu is awesome. Service was fine but they’re snobbish. It was our first time time dining out in the past year and we were disappointed by the attitude of staff.
We had dirty plate
Great restaurant week brunch menu.
Loved it. Great food
We came in for the $25 lunch during restaurant week. The value was incredible! We left with so many leftovers.
We got the crispy potatoes, brussels sprouts, chicken kefta and beef tenderloin kebabs, sticky date cake, and honey pie. Everything was amazing except the potatoes - they were huge flavorless pieces aka not good at all. We also got the where there is a will drink which was yummy but had like no alcohol. Other than that, fabulous meal!
Food was very good. I got the braised short ribs and they were delicious. The only thing that was a little odd is that the entree was served on a small plate. I don't if this is because people share entrees as well as the other dishes but it would have made a better presentation if it was on a larger plate. Salad was excellent perfect for sharing.
Everything from the drinks to the dessert was amazing!!!!! Can’t wait to go back
The food was incredible. Atmosphere was beautiful. The people were great. 10/10 experience if you’re looking for good food, good place, good price, good location. You have to go here!
Food is awesome! Great place to share plates!
Very good restaurant week deal! Our waiter was great too.
Good food overall just sad the braised short rib lacked seasoning
Server was so rude from start to finish. Though the food was good, I wouldn't go back because of the service we received. It was clear he did not want to be there. Any request made by us, for example drink order or asking for a straw was clearly too much for him to handle. The final straw for us was when we asked for another drink and was told as long as we could finish it within 15 mins we could have it since our time would be up. We understand that with covid, restaurants have implemented 90 minute dining slots to accommodate dinners. We had no intention of staying over our alloted time AND no one was waiting anyway. He was angry and it was clear from how he answered our questions to how he brought us our food. We spent too much money to have an angry server to treat us that way. To our knowledge we did not do anything that should have had him angry from the moment he came to our table. We are never going back!
Ema does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.
Ema is rated 4.7 stars by 2651 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.