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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant, Chicago, IL

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1209 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

9:30 PM


Booked 37 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 1,209 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago

    Healthy

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  1. F

    Feben

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  2. B

    Blemum

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty and affordable food!!!
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    It was not too great, over hyped
  8. 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!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing everytime!
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent! Loves the tibs 🤗🤗
  14. S

    Sherala

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good Ethiopian restaurant serving well cooked and well seasoned food served by caring staff. We enjoyed the experience. We enjoyed all the vegetarian choices and the injera.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Went there around 2:30 in the afternoon so it was pretty empty and was perfect for me and my friend to catch up. It was both our first time trying the cuisine and the food was outstanding! The manager came all r during our meal and made a small change based on her recommendation and it was more than perfect. We finished our meal and hung around to catch up as we were meeting after many years and they did not rush us at all. All star rating and It’s my new hang out place :)
  16. JC

    JessC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I came here for my mother's 50th birthday and it was wonderful, as always! We love Demera, the food is delicious, the staff are wonderful, everything was great! They were very flexible with our reservation and even accommodated a last minute addition. Outstanding place!
  17. JL

    JoelL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you enjoy Ethiopian food you will enjoy Demera.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight. We eat here before every concert we see at the Aragon.
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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!
  25. 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
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. JG

    JenG

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Great food and the drinks were fantastic.
  30. EB

    EmilieB

    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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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!
  33. 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
  34. LH

    LisaH

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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!
  35. SG

    StephanieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great dining experience to share with friends.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food!
  37. HH

    HH92153

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Reasonable prices
  38. 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!
  39. T

    Thad

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great staff, would highly recommend
  40. BT

    BlenT

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and great ambiance

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 1209 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 37 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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