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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant, Chicago, IL

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1195 Reviews
$30 and under
African

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant offers traditional Ethiopian cuisine in a cozy and casual atmosphere and offers a great selection of African and American beer and homemade Ethiopian honey wine. Our hours for business will be from 11:30 to 8:30pm Sunday to Thursday and 11:30am to 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday. Available for patio dining, carry out and delivery. We offer a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes and can accommodate gluten allergies. For carryout bottle beer and bottle wine are at 50% off. Visit us www.demerachicago.com.

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Booked 30 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    African, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 334-8787

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tigiste Reda

  • Catering

    Besides the traditional fare served in our restaurant, we will gladly work with you to include special dishes you may require. Our experience and expertise lend themselves to all types of dining occasions.

  • Private party facilities

    We work with many large parties to host events in our space. Call us at 773-334-8787 to inquire, or email at info@demerachicago.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Uptown

  • Cross street

    Lawrence

  • Parking details

    Parking can become very limited on weekends due to concerts nearby. We recommend using public transportation or ride-share.

  • Public transit

    We are one block west of the Lawrence Avenue Red Line Stop and directly across the street from two Broadway CTA bus stops.

  • Entertainment

    Seyoum Allemseged sings and plays traditional Ethiopian songs on his Krar (a stringed instrument) Friday and Saturday nights during dinner service.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,195 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Healthy

  • Chicago

    Healthy

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a delight. We eat here before every concert we see at the Aragon.

  2. JL

    JoelL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you enjoy Ethiopian food you will enjoy Demera.

  3. P

    Phil

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It only took me 20 years to finally reserve a table here, and I'm so glad I finally did! Luckily this restaurant survived the pandemic so I could actually enjoy the food and the unique cocktails that they offer. Even my very picky 12 year old ate everything on his plate; highly recommend!

  4. C

    Coolamon

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Even though it was a busy Saturday evening the host accommodated us with an outside table right away. The drinks were good, the food was fantastic and the service was adequate. We sat and talked for a half hour after finishing without feeling like we were being rushed out. Nice experience.

  5. L

    Linda

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    It was good few years back not that great now. The ambience was also just okay.

  6. JB

    JBchi

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    Be sure to compare the prices on your tab with the prices on the menu. You may be unpleasantly surprised, as we were. Then, get ready for the service staff to try and defend it. We gave up and took the $2 discrepancy out of the tip. Food was fine but we were not served until 45 minutes after sitting down -- This was at 5:30 pm before the rush.

  7. BN

    BobN

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Enjoyed the two person combination platter. The margaritas were too sweet!

  8. KS

    KSuepom

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Delicious experience. I wish there were more than the two of us to try more dishes. The good news is that the woman helping us was adept at helping us try as much as possible without over stuffing ourselves. The sambusa sampler is a great way to start the meal if it's a small group. Didn't have a bad morsel at all, delicious!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An absolute hidden gem. From the word GO, this was a very special experience. The food reminded us of our cuisine from back home in India. It was delicious- the spicy lamb, the chicken, the lentils and the bread, each competed with the other for exceptional flavors. What topped this all was the hospitality and the smiles which gave the food the best ingredient- LOVE. This will be one place we will visit every time in Chicago. Truly exceptional experience

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Next to several concert halls/theaters. Prices are not bad at all.

  11. PK

    PaulK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is amazing and the service is great. We ordered and got our food quickly. The servers were friendly and very attentive and the atmosphere was wonderful.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Best Ethiopian we’ve ever had. We were blown away, so much love in this food.

  13. JG

    JenG

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience! Great food and the drinks were fantastic.

  14. EB

    EmilieB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent food! Different flavors and spice levels. We'll be back! Fun, high energy atmosphere.

  15. P

    Paul

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Entirely enjoyable as always. Staff, food, and cocktails made for a great night out.

  16. B

    Bibigon

    Bath

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great authentic Ethiopian food, very engaging and helpful staff, reasonably priced, highly recommended!

  17. M

    Meghan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible! From the friendly and considerate staff to the delicious food I would highly recommend this restaurant

  18. LH

    LisaH

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our party of six had a great dinner at Demera! It was our first time here. The waitress was very happy to help us with our choices. We ended up ordering the Chef's Selection. It was amazing! Fun place to eat with delicious food! Will definitely be back!

  19. SG

    StephanieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a great dining experience to share with friends.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food!

  21. HH

    HH92153

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. Reasonable prices

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was awesome! It was a busy night so service was slightly slow but also expected for a Friday. The cocktails were a bit too sweet or tasted weird/off to our party, but everyone loved the dishes we ordered. We will definitely be back!

  23. T

    Thad

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great staff, would highly recommend

  24. BT

    BlenT

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service and great ambiance

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and great food as usual!

  26. RM

    RebeccaMushroomGirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ordered the beyenetu vegetarian sampler for thee people. Everything was perfect and delicious. Demera is Chicago’s best Ethiopian restaurant.

  27. BB

    BenB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible all around. Food of course is great but so are the specialty cocktails.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    My wife and I took my best friend here because it’s one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago! The food was super delicious. Our favorites are the kitfo and the yellow peas. Service is overall good most of the time but sometimes it can be a bit fast paced so it’s hard to flag them down. If you are thinking about coming here, do it! You’ll probably love it :)

  29. D

    Delaney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Demera was a great spot to hit up for our anniversary celebration. Good food and impeccable service.

  30. GH

    GraceH

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great time with great friends!! Staff was friendly and understanding of parking issues due to Olivia Rodrigo concert at the Aragon. Staff was super friendly and helpful since it was the first time for a lot of us. We ordered the chef selection for a group of 8 and more and it was plenty for everyone. The drinks were great and the ambiance was inviting. The food was delicious. We had a little bit of everything. Lamb, chicken, beef and shrimp and a lot of vegetarian options!! The lentils were amazing and the greens phenomenal. We will definitely be back!

  31. SC

    SarahC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent food! We like to share the vegetarian combo- it’s more than we can eat but the variety is perfect! Plan to get there early to secure parking on the street!

  32. EK

    EmilyK

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service with incredible food!!!

    Demera Ethiopian RestaurantResponded on April 14, 2022

    Thank you! We are glad you enjoyed.

  33. J

    Jessica11

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I loved my experience at Demera! I plan to come back.

    Demera Ethiopian RestaurantResponded on April 14, 2022

    We are glad you enjoyed the experience. We hope to have you back soon. Thank You!

  34. K

    Kevin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great flavors, pleasant staff, attentive, quick service

    Demera Ethiopian RestaurantResponded on April 14, 2022

    Thanks!

  35. m

    marks

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Run, don’t walk to this restaurant. If you are vegan or vegetarian, so many delicious options as well.

    Demera Ethiopian RestaurantResponded on April 14, 2022

    Thanks, we appreciate the review!

  36. C

    Candee

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Demera is my favorite Ethiopian restaurant in Chicago. It's always consistent and on point. The ambiance is fantastic. Love this spot!

    Demera Ethiopian RestaurantResponded on April 14, 2022

    We are glad to have you. Thanks!

  37. FY

    FranYan

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service! Chicago Restaurant Week 3-course menu for 2 was perfect!

  38. LS

    LeeS

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Super-friendly service and quality Ethopian cuisine made for a great dining experience.

    Demera Ethiopian RestaurantResponded on April 14, 2022

    Thanks for the feedback, we appreciate you!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and fun experience.

  40. LK

    LaurenK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I went to Demera for Restaurant Week. Absolutely delicious. The food was incredible. I'll be returning soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Demera Ethiopian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Demera Ethiopian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 334-8787.

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1195 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4801 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60640

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lawrence

  • Neighborhood

    Uptown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    African, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking can become very limited on weekends due to concerts nearby. We recommend using public transportation or ride-share.

  • Public transit

    We are one block west of the Lawrence Avenue Red Line Stop and directly across the street from two Broadway CTA bus stops.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tigiste Reda

  • Entertainment

    Seyoum Allemseged sings and plays traditional Ethiopian songs on his Krar (a stringed instrument) Friday and Saturday nights during dinner service.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 334-8787

  • Catering

    Besides the traditional fare served in our restaurant, we will gladly work with you to include special dishes you may require. Our experience and expertise lend themselves to all types of dining occasions.

  • Private party facilities

    We work with many large parties to host events in our space. Call us at 773-334-8787 to inquire, or email at info@demerachicago.com.

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