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Ema - Ema, Chicago, IL

Ema

4.7
4.7
3690 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


Booked 173 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Mediterranean

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was delicious and worth every penny!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant week experience.. my aunt and I came I for t
  3. TR

    TessRF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was great, the only negative thing is the bathroom. It’s a beautiful restaurant with so much attention to detail but the bathrooms are apparently shared with the Hyatt next door and they are the epitome of a public bathroom. If that’s the bathroom Ema wants their customers to use, it should match the vibe of the restaurant.
  4. JP

    JulieP

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible. Amazing. Pomegranate and tuna concours with yuzu dressing- I am in love!! Almond dip- yes. Farro with delicate squash- oh my. What a treat. Oh and service- gentile like no other!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great table by window . It was very crowded so it was nice to get an out of the way window seat. Food was fantastic! Did the restaurant week special menu. Very good value. Excellent!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and our server was amazing.
  7. K

    Kelly

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lamb shakasuka at brunch was amazing and the bread is soooo good! I don’t really care for lamb but I’m go glad I tried this at the recommendation of our server
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible food.
  9. SB

    SimmerB

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    I was actively ignored for 5 mins by the hosts when trying to say my party was there and ready for our table. The waitress was a little pushy on leaving and pushing boxes and check on us when we were seated late and had been there less than and hour.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT deal during restaurant week. Such great food & such great drinks
  11. C

    Chitownfoodie

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good Food, Good Vibe! I would have liked a larger red wine selection, but we got a decent Cab that went with our meal, so no biggie. We will be back!
  12. AI

    ArtofImagination

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here … food amazing … service excellent, Mike was our server and went beyond with his recommendations + attentiveness !
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service2ambience5
    Waiter was rude
  14. A

    Adda40

    Chicago

    128 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This was my second visit to Ema. The first was for a family celebration dinner and it was outstanding. My most recent visit was for lunch and I was quite disappointed. The service was incredibly slow, but my party and I actually enjoyed the leisurely pace. However, the food was at best average, but the prices were not. We had a party of 3 and shared one sampler plate which included 3 vegetarian spreads with each portion being a tablespoon at most. The sampler cost $18.95. We each had salads for our entree with protein toppers such as falafel or chicken. These dishes were average size and cost around $21 each. I am not rushing back.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    A dish was forgotten and brought out after the meal ended, but we were still charged for it.
  16. CF

    CarolynF

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Service was a little slow otherwise a lunch. We weren’t in a rush so there wasn’t any problems our server was great and kept us informed
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ema is amazing every time. #1 restaurant my fiancé keep coming back to! The sea salt and olive frozen Greek yogurt is the best on the menu.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was extremely slow and disappointing. Eric was our waiter and disappeared for 30m before ordering and then another 40m after ordering prior to getting our food. We ended up leaving our wine after waiting for 25m for him to cork, bag, and seal it.
  19. NP

    NikitaP

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Kebabs and rice are outstanding. You have to try the charred eggplant. Super accommodating to my gluten free needs and had a gluten free chip option instead of pita. Salmon kebabs were out of this world.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good but poor knowledge of wine list. Brussel sprouts were burnt but waitress did switch out. Food was very good
  21. FG

    FredG

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. Wonderful service. We eat here whenever we’re in Chicago.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was authentic, beautiful, fresh, and so flavorful. Wonderful service and atmosphere, too!
  23. E

    Eric

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great time
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was AMAZING. We had a large group, and our server did a great job of recommending how much food we should get. One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing food and vibes!!
  26. AS

    AndrewS

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service, and atmosphere!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! The food was phenomenal and so was the service! Highly recommended.
  28. MG

    MarquesG

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were seated near the back which seemed to be a quieter atmosphere that we appreciated. Everything was fantastic, we plan to return for another get-together
  29. RC

    RonC

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought a first timer diner with me to Ema and it was spectacular…our server Mike acknowledged her first dining experience here and he poured on his usual excellent menu descriptions and expertly guided her through the entire wine list. Our food was A+ and our service was A++. The pumkin hummus and warm bread was exceptional as well as the brussel sprouts, crispy potatoes and spicy lamb toothpicks. Topped off the meal with the Honey Pie which was sweet and garnished with roasted grapes. The evening could not have been any better.
  30. DM

    DavidM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent with the right amount to share. Popular spot
  31. C

    Carol

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I felt badly for the wait staff. Working so hard to make everyone happy, but the service was very slow and spotty. I know it’s a sign of the times. Food was great tho! They need to close the curtain to the hotel and make it feel more like a separate space.
  32. L

    802Local

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a nice meal, shared everything and still ate too much and spent too much. Service is very fast, portions are good for 2-3 people except for the kebabs. Only one kabob per order which seemed overpriced, but they were very good. The seabsss was portioned for two, and perfectly cooked with an amazing sauce. Greek salad was good, portioned for 4 people easily.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience2
    Nice time nice food
  35. NM

    NinaM

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was good as was our waiter
  36. KM

    KrutiM

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Food was very subpar at this visit unfortunately. I have come many times and had a better experience. During this visit, most of the food came to us cold/hard as if it had been sitting out for a while. Waiter rarely came to check in.
  37. TY

    TomY

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was really good, especially the paste
  38. JH

    JoyceH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was beautiful and delicious. Our waitress was engaging and lovely. The whole experience there was really that an experience of tasteful food in a warm room with staff that seemed like they could join your table.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service!
  40. D

    Debis03

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We frequently dine at lettuce entertain you restaurants.We have noticed a change in certain restaurants in terms of service and food quality. I also found the 3% Covid free no longer necessary raise the prices if necessary, but restaurants received a bail out from the government and it’s difficult to get reservations. To combat the rising cost of food. adjust pricing. It would be great if lettuce entertain you were to offer options for people who have certain dietary restrictions or preferences, for example gluten and dairy free suggestions on the menu with an indicator. It’s also essential that the staff know what contains dairy and what contains gluten. We also think it’s important no matter what the price is to offer a seafood option that is not farm raised. Every menu should also offer a vegetarian option as a main entrée lettuce entertain you used to be extremely progressive.in certain restaurants I no longer feel this is a focus or important .

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 takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 527-5586.

Ema is rated 4.7 stars by 3690 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


Booked 173 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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