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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant, Chicago, IL

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4.7
4.7
1236 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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 1,236 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago

    Healthy

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  1. G

    Gary

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and friendly attentive service. Interesting flavors with gluten free and vegan options.
  2. LM

    LeeandreM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a pleasant experience dining at Demera. The would was excellent, the staff was professional, and the environment was perfect.
  3. JB

    JenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    There were 4 of us, and we chose the Messob for 3 (chef's special version.) Plenty of delicious food. A couple items were a bit spicy for one of our guests, but that's our fault for not asking about the spice factor. We all enjoyed the meal and the experience. (And the Malbec was delicious.)
  4. SF

    SF123

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite Chicago restaurants. 10 out of 10 recommend.
  5. CM

    CaseyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delicious! A huge vegan menu with the option to sample everything, highly recommend to any plant-based eaters!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really really really good, I wish the portion sizes were more. I’m definitely going back though. Oh! And the mango cocktail they have.. my gawd!!! So goooooood!!
  7. AW

    AllisonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Great service in a pleasant space. We will go back for sure.
  8. LM

    LozzyMac

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most incredible food and waiters, treat yourself!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Amazing drinks. Amazing atmosphere. First time having Ethiopian food and we will 100% be back. Our server was very nice and helped us pick the best options for first-timers!
  10. JM

    JoeM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing. One of my favorite Chicago restaurants.
  11. KF

    KatherineF

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best Ethiopian restaurant in the city. Great food and atmosphere and the service was good as well.
  12. M

    Milo

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Felt very authentic. Great date night spot. Enjoyed the dumpling sampler.
  13. R

    Robert

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience, food was outstanding. Beautiful restaurant but the best experience was the very nice lady who took our order and took excellent care of us while. Our first time dining here but not the last.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved they had so many vegan options and it is walking distance from my house :)
  15. c

    curly

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, really interesting and tasty food. Sharing one of the platters makes dining here a special event. Service was friendly and top notch. We have not been here for a while and I kept asking myself as I was scarfing down this delicious food why we had not been back sooner.
  16. R

    Ragi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The food was good except for Teff Injera. It looked like it was stale and not at all fresh
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It’s was a very bad experience for us. My family came from New Jersey and wanted to introduce Ethiopian restaurant , we ordered vegetarian sambosa’s along with other food, we got sambosa’s with chicken and beef our family is strictly Hindu vegetarians , we worship cow and they served us beef in sambosa’s and it was too late for us to identify what’s stuffed in it and we all ate half of it each and on doubt when we asked them they confirmed it’s beef and chicken which is stuffed inside. They said it was a mistake in kitchen and they are sorry for that. We were very disappointed and had to walk out of restaurant. Never expected this could happen even we repeatedly told them we are vegetarians and want only vegetarian food. I suggest vegetarians or any vegans customers to check food before they eat in any restaurant.
  18. MJ

    MadeleineJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going here for years and every time it is amazing and better than before! It’s a must go when in Chicago
  19. J

    Juan

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The vegetarian platter was absolutely delicious and received excellent service as always!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food. Great atmosphere and great value
  21. BP

    BrendanP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came here with a group of friends for my birthday and it was really an unforgettable experience. The food was fantastic, and the GM came to our table afterward to say hello and wish me a happy birthday. We'll be back again very soon.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love This place, we always have a great experience and love to bring friends from out of town.
  23. DD

    DanicaD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly staff. Helped us with the menu since we were unfamiliar. The honey wine sangria was so yummy!
  24. LA

    LolA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was ok, a change from the usual restaurants. The appetizer plate could afford a bit more food, we were five but were given 4 pieces of bread the size of my finger and 4 tiny sambossa cut in half. Food was ok.
  25. JK

    JenniferK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is AMAZING! There is something for everyone. It is so beautifully presented and the service is spot on. If you need direction just tell them any dietary restrictions and they will take care of you. I can’t recommend enough. And the sangria is delicious!
  26. E

    Ethiofan

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Demera is amazing! I've eaten a lot of Ethiopian food, including in Ethiopia, and I heartily recommend Demera. Their ingredients are always fresh and high quality. Great place!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. It gets crowded so be sure to make reservations. Don’t take any chances.
  28. S

    Stephanie

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Staff was very courteous and helpful.
  29. F

    Feben

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite place in Chicago! Amazing food! Sambusa sampler is a must try, as well as their messob option with lots of different meats and veggies! Also try the amazing Honey Wine, traditionally known as Tej.
  30. B

    Blemum

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal & service! We had a group of six and did the family style. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the service was just the right level to be timely but not intrusive.
  31. SB

    SarahB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Came here with family and friends for an early birthday dinner. Our party's dietary likes and dislikes spanned quite a range - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, likes spicy, likes extra spicy, can't handle spice, really cannot handle spice. We were able to share various combo/samplers, with the spicy eaters ordering the spicy farmer's cheese appetizer. Great experience overall. I'll be back the next time I'm in Chicago.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty and affordable food!!!
  33. SW

    SophiaW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite spot to take out of town guests, Demera always delivers fantastic food and service
  34. DS

    DebS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Demera is delicious and the staff is super friendly!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    It was not too great, over hyped
  36. N

    Nick

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here, for my birthday. Food was absolutely amazing! Service was great! Will definitely be back soon!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing everytime!
  38. M

    Meggo

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place and delicious food. Will return on my next visit.
  39. E

    Everett

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend and I wanted to try something new, and Demara knocked it out of the park. It has to be tough opening a restaurant that tastes and is consumed so differently than most of the restaurants people go to, but I promise, once you try it, you will want to go back. Some dishes are spicy, but nothing was TOO spicy, and even the mild dishes were extremely flavorful. If you are on the fence about going, I highly recommend you check it out!
  40. JT

    JacobT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Celebrating my partner and I's anniversary and complementary cake was provided which we really appreciated. Will definitely be coming back!

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 4.7 stars by 1236 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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