- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
crispy shallots, pumpkin seeds, sherry glaze
fingerlings, preserved lemon vinaigrette
Crispy Brussels Sprouts
crispy shallots, pumpkin seeds, sherry glaze
As someone who never ever writes reviews, I felt compelled to share my experience at Ema tonight. We showed up a few minutes early for our 7:15 reservation and were told to wait in the corner until our table was ready. 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes passed. We repeatedly asked the hostess for a time estimate and were met with rude glares, unhelpful responses (“we don’t know when the tables will be ready”), and no apologies whatsoever. It was clear they had mismanaged reservation times, since everyone around us was equally frustrated, but refused to own up to their mistake. We understand that these things happen, but the lack of hospitality and disrespect was unlike anything we have ever experienced.
After 55 minutes, we were finally seated. Our waiter’s service was better and the food was predictably good but not great. Although we frequent Ema, Aba, and the LEYE restaurants, I will not be returning here.
The risotto was especially tasty, but most everything was pretty good. The portion sizes are fairly small for the price for many dishes. The pita was really good.
It was great! Our server was very nice, and the food slapped
Great experience with my meal had to wait 15 minutes after my reservation
Good/drinks/service always great. The hummus, chicken kefta, and toothpick lamb are my favorites!
The food was incredible. The staff were friendly. All aroubd great location!
I absolutely love Ema. The food is spectacular, great quality, and so tasty. Plates are a bit tapas style so it’s great to share with friends. I personally love the grilled octopus and Brussels sprouts. There is such a great balance of flavors and I can’t talk enough about how good the food is here. Drinks are also delicious, I’m a big fan of the do not disturb. Shoutout to the wonderful bartender Cody and our waitress Emma for the incredible kind and personable service they provided
Delicious food and well curated ambiance. We tried the toothpick lamb and were very impressed with the depth of flavor. The charred eggplant spread is an absolute must- it was incredible. The sticky date cake is also a must-have.
It was supposed to be a birthday celebration but didn’t get any special recognition for that. The lighting could be a little dimmer to create the right ambiance but the food was very good!
The food and service was amazing!
Great food and excellent service.
Sunday brunch was fantastic. We enjoyed the fresh food and the staff did an outstanding job taking care of our table.
They would have gotten a much higher rating but the treatment by the host and the general demeanor of this restaurant is shocking.
Let me explain. We arrived late (we had called twice to let them know we were running late as there was a snow advisory in Chicago) only to be greeted by the host who said as an opening remark, we will prepare your food to go….what???!!!
We made this extraordinary effort to call and get here only to be told the food will be to go…. Should you not have told us this when we called??? When we insisted on eating there, she agreed but said we would not get utensils…. What????!!!!
Finally, we were seated and before we were seated, we quickly ordered as the kitchen was going to close in 10 minutes. Again, we could have been told. Even though we ordered very, very quickly, they were mopping all around us (with other guests still there).
Their attitude toward customers is shocking. The food is good but there are many Mediterranean restaurants who would not treat you like this!
First time dining here and brunch was fantastic!
Excellent food and great ambiance
Great food and service! Loved the hummus and braised short rib
Sat outside in tent - was quieter than inside so perfect for us
Best experience ever. Great circus, great food!!!
Excellent place. Great food and great service. It's a bit noisy, but a nice place to meet friends and family.
Friends were in town. They loved the food. We’ve been there many times. Always love it. Our waitress was exceptional!
Fabulous food and service
So pretty inside.very attentive server. Food was tasty ans came out quickly.
Food was fresh, wonderfully prepared, and bursting with flavor. Service was excellent, with mezze plates brought out (and used plates removed from the table) at the perfect intervals. We never felt rushed, which made for a pleasant experience and gave us ample time to catch up. Will absolutely return in the future for another delicious meal!
This is our second time dining at Ema and it does not disappoint! The establishment is gorgeous and the food is delicious. Hummus + house bread is a must! Tomato bisque soup was very, very good.
Food was amazing and menu is vegetarian friendly. They recommend about 3 entrees per person as they are meant for sharing - the portions are small but I would say 1-2 is more appropriate unless your group is very hungry. I recommend the crispy potatoes, mushroom kebab, green falafel, and the date cake for dessert. The spicy hummus & bread was good but nothing special since we didn’t really taste the spice.
Service was lacking - it felt like we were being rushed out even though the restaurant was not crowded. We were not asked if we wanted dessert and were even asked if we needed plates for dessert and not given new napkins….
Family outing…was spectacular!
The food here is exceptional. We took recommendations from our terrific waiter who steered us toward an almond and garlic spread which was incredible, another dish made of the creamiest burrata and tomatoes, and for an entree--tasty, perfectly spiced slices of lamb. Everything was fresh and delicious. Please note the portion sizes on the appetizers and spreads are massive--so order accordingly!
Incredible small plates shared family style. Everything tastes gourmet, best restaurant I’ve been to in months.
Best hummus I ever tasted! Excellent service. Highly recommend.
Loved all the dishes we ordered. Delicious appetizers - spicy hummus, toothpick lamb. Entrees - chicken kefta and lamb and beef kefta were awesome. Our kids also enjoyed the food. Excellent wine choice. Strongly recommend
We had the Greek salad, eggplant app with warm pita, and chicken kebabs and rice. All were delicious and quickly came out of the kitchen.
Back at Ema's for a 4th time. Menu with pandemic has been limited to many less items but there were still good choices. The ambience of young people is very vibrant.
Loved the atmosphere. Kind and reasonably attentive server. Food was phenomenal. Very much looking forward to returning.
Amazing food and service and a beautiful restaurant with a great atmosphere. I was very impressed and would definitely come here again.
This place was amazing! The vibes, food, drinks, everything! Our waiter, Jose, was amazing too. Will definitely be going back again!
Food was great. Spicy hummus, falafel and excellent beets. Salmon kabobs excellent. Margarita could have used some alcohol. Wait staff friendly and paved the food well.
Wow! This was perfect for our anniversary dinner. The food was amazing, our server attentive, and we enjoyed every minute of this experience. If you like Mediterranean cuisine, this is a must. We will be back.
The food is immaculate! The environment is beautiful. My favorite place by far!
Great food and service!