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Ema - Ema, Chicago, IL

Ema

4.7
4.7
3346 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
A Mediterranean & California-inspired restaurant featuring small plates & Chef CJ Jacobson's lighter style cooking in Chicago's River North.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 527-5586

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    CJ Jacobson

  • Catering

    Enjoy Ema Catering for your next event at home, in the office, or for your next celebration! Contact emaparties@leye.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    The open and inviting dining room features reclaimed wood, rustic white brick and an indoor ivy terrace with operable windows. The dining room accommodates groups up to 150 guests and may be custom configured for your next family-style dinner, business lunch or cocktail reception event.

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    Clark & Illinois

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is located just east of Ema on Illinois Street at the Hyatt Place/Fairfield Inn valet. It costs $21 for 3 hours with validation, and increases to $45 after 3 hours. Discounted garage parking is also available for $12 Friday - Sunday at Greenway Garage (60 W. Kinzie) and street parking is available daily.

  • Public transit

    Red Line Stop at Grand / Blue Line Stop at Clark

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Mediterranean

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Most Booked

  • Chicago

    Mediterranean

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  1. M

    Michael

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff and good food. The octopus and charred eggplant spread were particularly good.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome vibes and food! Perfect for a full dinner or sharing some small plate and cocktails. Best old fashioned I’ve had!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Birthday. I didn’t know they had outside seating which is a lot better during this covid surge. After I arrived it was easy to change my reservation to outside. The food was very good
  4. A

    Allen

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Incredible food and a reasonable price with considerate and friendly service expected from a Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant. This was a gem for Mediterranean food in my book, we will be back!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great! Sam was an excellent server and so patient with us while we caught up. The food was excellent and I loved that I could eat a lot of their menu items even with a dairy allergy. Thank you! I will be back!!
  6. j

    johnp

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great fresh food with Mediterranean flare. Great brunch cocktails. Quick polite service with a server who was able to make excellent recommnedations
  7. ZO

    ZenaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So tasty and very quick efficient service :) really enjoyed every dish perfect for my vegan boyfriend too
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food and drinks were amazing. One thing that was only ok was our waiter. It took him forever to take our drink and appetizer order. He only checked on us once and that’s when we ordered more drinks and he almost walked away before taking our actual dinner order. The food was worth it but I took over almost 3 hours to finish our meal here.
  9. LG

    LoisG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent overall. Great place for a wonderful selection of different foods.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Jose was a great server. The food was fantastic - as always!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints!
  12. t

    tahv

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We shared two entrees and 3 smaller dishes between 4 of us and it was perfect! We had reservations early and by 1130 there was a wait.
  13. RK

    ReginaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here was absolutely incredible- we were here in a party of 4 and had 6 mezzo and that was perfect
  14. K

    Kaiskm

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The food was good, but not outstanding. Flavors were expected, even a little bland, not punchy or interesting. The server was borderline rude, probably because we didn’t order drinks, but just seemed annoyed with us the whole time.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    It was ok. We won't go be going back. Food is just ok. Service wasn't good. Bathroom had no toilet paper. Ambience is nice. But that's about it.
  16. J

    Jerry

    Houston

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Staff is mostly sullen. The people cleaning tables, refilling water etc are great. Desk staff ok. Wait staff not interested. No smiles, no warmth. And the food quality has declined. My food was barely warm.
  17. MA

    MaryA

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Came here with a group of 7 people. It was a hot summer day, inside the restaurant was just as hot. When we asked the temp can be adjust we were rudely told, ‘that’s how it is’. The food was mediocre, nothing amazing. The desserts were very good, best part of our dinner! Wanted to try out Ema cause it was new but will not be making a second visit.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food, cold mezze sampler small and underwhelming Salmon kebab was great as was the brussel sprouts, nice waiter, needs mire character, overall
  19. AC

    AndrewC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Great food good ambiance but reception / front desk needs training. We showed up early at 830 for a 915 res for outdoor. There were 3 open tables but the young woman said they were reserved. Fine. During roughly 30 min we waited, more outdoor tables opened up. By the time we were given table, more than half of outside tables were empty. Come on now. You need to be more flexible - you could’ve given us a table earlier even accounting for later reservation.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Monday night so it was not too busy. Lovely atmosphere- low key. Noise level low. Food was amazing! Service was good. Our server was a little busy but kept coming back to check on us. Food was unique and delicious!!
  21. S

    Samantha

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I love and frequent all Lettuce Entertain You restaurants and this was surprisingly a very disappointing experience. Waiter pretty much ignored us, we were outside and had a hard time getting anyone’s attention to order. We expected to stay all night and have a few rounds of drinks and entrees but ended up leaving after a drink and a bland appetizer because 45 minutes elapsed without being able to get the waiter. Food was subpar for the price and quality I expect from other LEY spots. Won’t be returning.
  22. BL

    BiancaL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant and delicious food! The spreads and pita were amazing paired with a cocktail on a hot summer day… incredible!
  23. KJ

    KJSL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I know service is overwhelmed but it took about 40 mins to get our 2nd drinks - they apologized a lot about it, but it would help to have a 2nd bartender on days that are federal holidays.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Waiter was sub par. Took forever to speak to us. Kept saying things were sold out later from brunch after we’d made decisions. Why not tell us in the beginning. Barely seemed like he wanted to be working.
  25. V

    Vola

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good place for brunch if you are in chicago.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Terrible service but decent food.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The spread with their house made bread is amazing. I would skip on the Brussel sprouts as it was not as good as I had hoped. The pricing was a little high but again it is in the city. Overall a great experience
  28. FE

    FELI

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    We went there for brunch on Fathers Day. Server not very friendly. We ordered 6 dishes. We got the 4 dishes and 2 were missing. The server came over to ask if we want desserts. We told him that we are waiting in the 2 other dishes. The server just walked away without any explanation. The 2 dishes came after 20 mins. The server just put the dishes at the end of the table without any apology or explanation and without removing the 2 big plates that was sitting there for a long long time. He was rude and have no clue about service. Will not go back!
  29. O

    Oakparkfoodie

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was great. Our server was very friendly and attentive. Food was delicious.
  30. MS

    MohitS

    Chicago

    96 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food, excellent flavors.
  31. KH

    KeithH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic dining experience... Service was excellent and friendly. The food was unbelievable. Could not have asked for a better night
  32. J

    Jule

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and ambiance! Highly recommend!
  33. V

    Vanessa

    Portland

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and great service! Loved the lamb hummus and flavourful rice. Chicken skewer kabob was ground meat which was not expected, would prefer whole breast. All round a great time!
  34. M

    Madart

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought out of town family for a lovely outdoor meal. Perfect weather excellent service and delicious food!
  35. AT

    AustinTraveler

    Central Texas

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visitor for lunch. Fabulous food, wonderful service m. The Olive oil and lemon frozen yoghurt is superb.
  36. a

    avh89

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Food was delish, service was mediocre. We had to raise our hand like we were in grade school in order to get them to come over and take our order. It was a total bummer as some of us had been here many times before and were excited to experience it again. It truly just ruined it for us.
  37. JH

    JamesH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  38. JO

    JorgeO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place, the food is amazing!!! The people is great!!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love love love love!! We really enjoyed everything except the asparagus risotto. Everything else was to die for drinks and food DELISH!!!
  40. AS

    AnnieS

    Dallas

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We enjoyed our post graduation family brunch. Our server was nice but not overly attentive. Certainly understand why. They seemed to be understaffed. So no criticism of him or the restaurant. It has to be difficult.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ema using the Order Online button. Ema also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ema also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 527-5586.

Ema is rated 4.7 stars by 3346 OpenTable diners.

Ema does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Ema

74 West Illinois Street Chicago, IL 60654

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Clark & Illinois

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is located just east of Ema on Illinois Street at the Hyatt Place/Fairfield Inn valet. It costs $21 for 3 hours with validation, and increases to $45 after 3 hours. Discounted garage parking is also available for $12 Friday - Sunday at Greenway Garage (60 W. Kinzie) and street parking is available daily.

  • Public transit

    Red Line Stop at Grand / Blue Line Stop at Clark

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    CJ Jacobson

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 527-5586

  • Catering

    Enjoy Ema Catering for your next event at home, in the office, or for your next celebration! Contact emaparties@leye.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    The open and inviting dining room features reclaimed wood, rustic white brick and an indoor ivy terrace with operable windows. The dining room accommodates groups up to 150 guests and may be custom configured for your next family-style dinner, business lunch or cocktail reception event.

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