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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

Ethiopian Restaurant · Uptown
4801 N Broadway St (at Lawrence Ave.), Chicago, IL 60640, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Chicagoland’s favorite authentic Ethiopian cuisine.


Based on 168 votes

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    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)
    Ricardo H.
    "Get a bottle of the honey wine to cut the spice."(4 Tips)
    "Tuna sambussa is the best."(2 Tips)
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  • Ethiopian food
  • kitfo
  • vegetarian food
  • messob
  • honey wine
  • sambussa
  • good for groups
  • good for dates
  • authentic
  • gluten-free food
  • family-friendly
  • great value
  • spicy food
  • lunch specials
  • organic food
  • coffee
  • cocktails
  • casual
  • injera
  • tuna
  • Pradyumna S.

    Family style dining . excellent food.

  • Jaterra G.

    This was my second Ethiopian Restaurant and it was such a relaxing atmosphere. Their staff wasn't annoying either.

    Jaterra Grant · January 21
  • Kyle W.

    Mixed platters - definitely get the shiro as one vegetable item

    Kyle Wilson · December 30, 2015
  • Louis K.

    Dishes can be very spicy! Try the dumpling-thing appetizer. Tasty!

    Louis Klieger · November 4, 2015
  • Ricardo H.

    Get a bottle of the honey wine to cut the spice. And call ahead for all Teff engira (gluten free).

    Ricardo Hinds · September 5, 2015
  • David H.

    Get the Demera messob. Kitfo, mesir wot, kik alicha, and yebeg tibs are fantastic.

    David Heiser · August 2, 2015
  • Erika D.

    Vegetarian options are great and food was so flavorful. I also recommend their honey wine sangria.

    Erika Davis · July 31, 2015
  • Ranjana S.

    Awesome Ethopian platter for vegetarians

    Ranjana Sunda · April 17, 2015
  • Kevin K.

    The platters are amazing

    Kevin Kline · March 6, 2015
  • Bianca H.

    Nice atmosphere but the food was subpar

    Bianca Hart · February 20, 2015
  • Redeye Chicago

    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

    Redeye Chicago · February 20, 2015
  • Linnéa L.

    Don't be put off by the raw beef items (kitfo). They are exquisitely spiced and so good with the injera. Be adventurous!

    Linnéa L · December 12, 2014
  • Pachita G.

    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.

    Pachita Ghl · November 1, 2014
  • Ryan

    The vegetarian platter with all 9 items is enough for 3 people, and my non-shared meal was also a really good value. Delicious.

    Ryan · August 10, 2014
  • Time Out Chicago

    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

    Time Out Chicago · August 2, 2014
  • Dane B.

    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.

    Dane Burns · April 9, 2014
  • Serious Eats

    Although Demera has only been open since 2007, it's already an Uptown neighborhood mainstay in its own right.

    Serious Eats · October 6, 2013
  • Kate

    Messob for one is definitely enough for two, especially if you start with an appetizer! Great food and nice atmosphere

    Kate · August 16, 2013
  • Tony L.

    Ideal for mixed vegetarian and non-vegetarian groups who are looking for something different. Have a Castle Ethiopian lager while you're at it.

    Tony Long · June 8, 2013
  • 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.

    Christopher Dunn-Rankin · March 25, 2013
  • Adam B.

    Baklava is yum

    Adam Barratt · March 16, 2013
  • Mimi C.

    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

    Mimi Chanel · February 19, 2013
  • E E.

    Love this place for its vegetarian options and friendly service.

    E E · November 17, 2012
  • Azahara P.

    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.

    Azahara Palomares · November 16, 2012
  • Katrina

    There are several Ethiopian Restaurants within minutes from this location...I'll have to try a different one

    Katrina · June 19, 2012
  • JUS callme S.

    Try #35 & The Family Style!

    JUS callme SUNSHINE · June 12, 2012
  • Vishnu V.

    Injera is awesome !!

    Vishnu Vardhan · March 30, 2012
  • Princess M.

    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!

    Princess Melissa · March 14, 2012
  • Jeff A.

    Good Ethiopian Food. The house wine is really good.

    Jeff Alstadt · October 9, 2011
  • Chicago Cab Fare

    Verified authentic by Ethiopian cab drivers. Best kitfo in the city & awesome ye-beg wot. Visit for a full list of 50+ authentic ethnic restaurants in Chicago.

    Chicago Cab Fare · October 5, 2011
  • Albert E.

    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.

    Albert Ellenich · August 27, 2011
  • Bryan K.

    Great vegetarian options! Read more

    Bryan Knight · August 22, 2011
  • Erin S.

    The house honey wine is ridiculously amazing.

    Erin S · August 1, 2011
  • Gustavo P.

    Service is slow. Its not because they are bad its because there is not enough staff.

    Gustavo Pacheco · August 1, 2011
  • David F.

    Food is just okay but the service is EXTREMELY slow. Prepare to wait an hour for your food to come and to get ignored by your waitress.

    David Fahmy · July 23, 2011
  • Eater

    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. [Eater 38 Member] Read more

    Eater · January 12, 2011
  • Megan T.

    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!

    Megan Tucker · December 21, 2010
  • Clifford A.

    The people are very nice and helpful

    Clifford Abraham · November 23, 2010
  • Adrienne

    Tuna sambussa is the best. And don't forget to end the meal with a clay pot of coffee!

    Adrienne · August 4, 2010
  • Elizabeth T.

    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!

    Elizabeth Towle · June 2, 2010

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