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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

Ethiopian Restaurant$$$$
Uptown, Chicago
  • The experts at Eater and Time Out Chicago recommend this place
    • Eater
    • Time Out Chicago
  • David H.
    "Kitfo, mesir wot, kik alicha, and yebeg tibs are fantastic."(5 Tips)
    Pachita G.
    "taste of everything get the messob samplers"(3 Tips)
    Erin S.
    "The house honey wine is ridiculously amazing."(4 Tips)
    "Tuna sambussa is the best."(2 Tips)
40 Tips and reviews
  • Ethiopian food
  • kitfo
  • vegetarian food
  • messob
  • sambussa
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  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyFebruary 20, 2017
    Gets real busy on weekend evenings. Make a reservation or hope for a seat at the bar.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoOctober 28, 2016
    Really good reviews but just ok
  • Aishwarya S.
    Aishwarya SharmaSeptember 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Vegetarian options. Food is authentic & delicious.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 6, 2016
    When we want to eat with our hands and sop up spicy Ethiopian sauces and tender doro wat and vegetables we head north to Uptown. Tip: they roast their own coffee, too. Read more
  • Pradyumna S.
    Family style dining . excellent food.
  • Kyle W.
    Kyle WilsonDecember 30, 2015
    Mixed platters - definitely get the shiro as one vegetable item
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerNovember 4, 2015
    Dishes can be very spicy! Try the dumpling-thing appetizer. Tasty!
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HindsSeptember 5, 2015
    Get a bottle of the honey wine to cut the spice. And call ahead for all Teff engira (gluten free).
  • David H.
    David HeiserAugust 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Demera messob. Kitfo, mesir wot, kik alicha, and yebeg tibs are fantastic.
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisJuly 31, 2015
    Vegetarian options are great and food was so flavorful. I also recommend their honey wine sangria.
  • Ranjana S.
    Ranjana SundaApril 17, 2015
    Awesome Ethopian platter for vegetarians
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KlineMarch 6, 2015
    The platters are amazing
  • Bianca H.
    Bianca HartFebruary 20, 2015
    Nice atmosphere but the food was subpar
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoFebruary 20, 2015
    If you're looking to lose your Ethopian food virginity—or an experienced foodie looking to reacquaint yourself—you can't do better than Demera in Uptown. If you're a beef lover check out the kitfo. Read more
  • Linnéa L.
    Linnéa LDecember 12, 2014
    Don't be put off by the raw beef items (kitfo). They are exquisitely spiced and so good with the injera. Be adventurous!
  • Pachita G.
    Pachita GhlNovember 1, 2014
    Basil Lemon Sorbet dessert is delicious!! To better get a taste of everything get the messob samplers, you can pick different things to taste. Def worth a try!! You won't be dissapointed.
  • Ryan
    RyanAugust 10, 2014
    The vegetarian platter with all 9 items is enough for 3 people, and my non-shared meal was also a really good value. Delicious.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    The long wait for food at this Ethiopian spot in Uptown can be frustrating. But keep your cool: Once you get your hands on the food, you’ll understand why everybody in the restaurant is so patient. Read more
  • Dane B.
    Dane BurnsApril 9, 2014
    This place has an amazing atmosphere. The menu has a wide range of options to choose from. If you plan on trying a drink start with an Ethiopian beer.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 6, 2013
    Although Demera has only been open since 2007, it's already an Uptown neighborhood mainstay in its own right.
  • Kate
    KateAugust 16, 2013
    Messob for one is definitely enough for two, especially if you start with an appetizer! Great food and nice atmosphere
  • Tony L.
    Tony LongJune 8, 2013
    Ideal for mixed vegetarian and non-vegetarian groups who are looking for something different. Have a Castle Ethiopian lager while you're at it.
  • Christopher D.
    Great Ethiopian food. Lunch special is a good starter if you're new to the cuisine, and it's a good price, too.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BarrattMarch 16, 2013
    Baklava is yum
  • Mimi C.
    Mimi ChanelFebruary 19, 2013
    menu is pricey. I wasn't happy w/menu options. I had the veggie platter which came with 3 items, only. honey wine is a homemade wine. Don't waste your time. Food is spicy :-) the injera :-( rate it 5
  • E E.
    E ENovember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place for its vegetarian options and friendly service.
  • Azahara P.
    Azahara PalomaresNovember 16, 2012
    It's a nice option if you're heading to the Green Mill and want to have dinner. This restaurant is just in front of the famous bar. We had quick service and the experience is at least interesting.
  • Katrina
    KatrinaJune 19, 2012
    There are several Ethiopian Restaurants within minutes from this location...I'll have to try a different one
  • Vishnu V.
    Vishnu VardhanMarch 30, 2012
    Injera is awesome !!
  • Princess M.
    Princess MelissaMarch 14, 2012
    The kitfo - ethiopian style steak tartar seasoned with herbed butter sauce and hot-spiced chili powder (mitmita). served tere (raw) is definitely a MUST TRY!
  • Jeff A.
    Jeff AlstadtOctober 9, 2011
    Good Ethiopian Food. The house wine is really good.
  • Chicago Cab Fare
    Chicago Cab FareOctober 5, 2011
    Verified authentic by Ethiopian cab drivers. Best kitfo in the city & awesome ye-beg wot. Visit ChicagoCabFare.com for a full list of 50+ authentic ethnic restaurants in Chicago.
  • Albert E.
    Albert EllenichAugust 27, 2011
    Great service and food. Easy to underestimate the amount if food you actually get-more than you think. Left full with some food left over.
  • Bryan K.
    Bryan KnightAugust 22, 2011
    Great vegetarian options! Read more
  • Erin S.
    Erin SAugust 1, 2011
    The house honey wine is ridiculously amazing.
  • Gustavo P.
    Gustavo PachecoAugust 1, 2011
    Service is slow. Its not because they are bad its because there is not enough staff.
  • Megan T.
    Megan TuckerDecember 21, 2010
    Call ahead and ask them to make their gluten-free bread for you. It's darker, healthier, and adds more flavor to your dish. Yum!
  • Clifford A.
    Clifford AbrahamNovember 23, 2010
    The people are very nice and helpful
  • Adrienne
    AdrienneAugust 4, 2010
    Tuna sambussa is the best. And don't forget to end the meal with a clay pot of coffee!
  • Elizabeth T.
    Elizabeth TowleJune 2, 2010
    If you have at least four people in your group, order the "Family Style" dinner and some sambussas to start. You'll get to try a great range of dishes and it's a very cost-effective way to go!
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