Ema

4.7
2651 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Mediterranean & California-inspired restaurant featuring small plates & light style cooking in Chicago's River North.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Our server was great.

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StaceyD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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.

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vipEas1110
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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BethFoodie
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. I’ll be back! Sharing plates is a great way to not have to pick just one!

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vipMargaretO
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great covered patio, fun music at a reasonable volume, & great drinks/apps!

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AngeleeT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good alternative to Aba! Food was great! Wish they had the feta dip Aba has!

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JellyBean
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, a little pricey for lunch but still enjoyed it and will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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MahaA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

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.

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OlgaS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere, feels healthy and pure food.
Highly recommend been there many times with family and friends .Looking forward for more visits1

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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 .

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EstherL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

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

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KaceyBrooks23
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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!

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lorid
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire dining experience at Ema was fantastic! The food was flavorful and creative. Tastefully decorated and great service.

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vipAFChicago
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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MartineR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Easter brunch. The Brussel Spouts are the bomb!

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TaylorQ
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!!! Took my mom here for her birthday during restaurant week and everything was phenomenal!

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Ucta1
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant!!
Brussels sprout grill was great!!

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vipAndreaV
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place to enjoy with friends, especially your vegetarian friends! And phenomenal cocktails - my favorite is the Savory Huntress with mezcal.

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Melissa
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great business lunch with very attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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!

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jojol
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the food the ambience great customer service a great place for a first date or just with friends.

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CaitlinM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Katie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for restaurant week and so glad we chose this place! Great food, service and location.

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VanessaF
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place!! It's first time trying this kind of food and Ema is definitely a place to repeat the visit going there

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GretchenM
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food tasted good but for the price it was small.

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vipelyse1019
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

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vipchicagofoodie
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We had dirty plate

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant week brunch menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it. Great food

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in for the $25 lunch during restaurant week. The value was incredible! We left with so many leftovers.

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Cocopeace
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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!

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vipRalt
St. Louis
79 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Ayeh
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the drinks to the dessert was amazing!!!!! Can’t wait to go back

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Presley
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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AdamB
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is awesome! Great place to share plates!

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AmeliaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good restaurant week deal! Our waiter was great too.

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LeenaT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food overall just sad the braised short rib lacked seasoning

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SheamB
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

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!

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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.

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