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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

#356 of 7,758 Restaurants in Chicago
#389 of 8,514 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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4801 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640 (Lawrence)
We are one block west of the Lawrence Avenue Red Line Stop and directly across the street from two Broadway CTA stops.
773-334-8787
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
If Only There Were Six Stars ...

Oh, my word. This was so amazing: the food, the dining experience, our server. I have to even cut this review short because there are leftovers in my fridge that I need to visit. Highly recommended - great area - and hit it up before a show!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
Rhonda B
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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181 reviews 181 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Oh, my word. This was so amazing: the food, the dining experience, our server. I have to even cut this review short because there are leftovers in my fridge that I need to visit. Highly recommended - great area - and hit it up before a show!

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I love Ethiopian food, and this place had dishes I hadn't seen before at other places. Also, they will make GF injera (teff flour only), for you. It was so good! Spicy lamb & red lentils were my favorite. I'd go back in a second.

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Chicago, il
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127 reviews 127 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We came to Demera for a family dinner & found it to be a very unique & educational experience. We did make reservations, but because of the fact that the restaurant is not that spacious, it took a while getting a table for our group. Once seated the service was a bit slow (it was a busy weekend) but the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Ethiopia conjures up the images of hungry nation thanks to Live Aid and negative report from this part of the world. However I decided to have start my birthday celebrations with evening meal, having tasted lovely food at an Eritrean restaurant on London's Brixton Road. I know the two countris are rivals but food connects regions Being vegetarian is not... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I came without the kids. We made reservations online very easily before leaving the house. Greeted upon entry, and seated within minutes. Water glasses never went empty. Everyone pitched in to help every guest although we had a assigned server. Very pleasant atmosphere. Casual date night (as in clothes you wear to work and then leave for... More 

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East Chicago, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We ate at Damera and had a great meal. They were running a super deal for restaurant week which was a pleasant surprise! The food, ambience, and service were great and with a bottle of wine and dessert basically free the deal was amazing. Nice work Damera

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Carol Stream, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We have never tried Ethiopian food prior to our visit. We went during Restaurant Week so we had a good deal. We had the messob dinner with vegetables and meat. We thought the food was good, but after a while, everything started to taste same. This probably could have resulted from eating everything with the injera bread, which was slightly... More 

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Champaign, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This restaurant is a great place to go for sampling Ethiopian cuisine. The corner restaurant on north Broadway is well-lit on the inside, spacious seating, and the wait staff is extremely friendly and willing to help out with advice on dishes. My family of four ordered a sample platter and a lamb dish. it was perfect for us to learn... More 

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New Haven, Missouri
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Having never experience a messob dinner, we were pleasantly surprised. We had our young children with us, and even they enjoyed the experience. It is located less then a block from the Lawrence stop on the Red Line, so it was a quick 20 minute ride from downtown to this restaurant.

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Cooperstown
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88 reviews 88 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Our first time at Demera will hopefully not be our last. Food was excellent and our server Betty (from Addis) took excellent care of us and made excellent recommendations. Everything was good. We did fish, meat and veggie selections with little spice. The injera was light and plentiful. There were 8 thumbs up among the four of us. The chef... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4801 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
    (Lawrence)
  • Public Transportation: We are one block west of the Lawrence Avenue Red Line Stop and directly across the street from two Broadway CTA stops.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: 773-334-8787

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Home Style
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?