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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4801 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
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Price range: $10 - $15
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Ethiopian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Home Style
Cross street: Lawrence
Transit: We are one block west of the Lawrence Avenue Red Line Stop and directly across the street from two Broadway CTA stops.
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91% Recommend
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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87 reviews 87 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Went back a second time after learning they also offered bread that wasn't the standard sour bread. They didn't have it! Friday night too. Still stayed. Meal was good, but I don't like the sour bread. Note to management: manage. A restaurant of your quality should not run out of anything. Get a new supplier. Not everyone has a palate... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

My husband and I went to Demera on a whim tonight. I asked about the gluten free bread (I have celiac) and was told that one usually has to call ahead for the gluten free bread/crepes, but they'd see what they could do. We got the gf bread and some truly wonderful food. Next time, I'll be sure to call... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

although this restaurant has other options we chose the vegetarian platter. nine tasty dishes and unlimited breads. NOTE you eat with your hands but not an issue. as per other reviewers I don't know Ethiopian and it may be due to the unavailability of some products or as many restaurants do, vary the spices for the locals. i had no... More

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Chicago, IL
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212 reviews 212 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Not an expert on Ethiopian cuisine, but really enjoyed dinner at this charming, bright restaurant. Our group of four began with the Appertizer Messob which offered a variety of appetizers; my favorite was the beef sambussa, but there was something for everyone. We then had the family style chef's platter which had everything from beef to beets on it. I'm... More

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5 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Enjoyed the nice ambience of Demera but the service was average .The food tries , but falls short of anything of real Ethiopian cuisine . For a first time experience it passes , but if you understand Ethiopian cuisine then I would think twice before spending your time at Demera .

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Stockbridge, Georgia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I've had Ethiopian food before, but this place was unbelievable. Nothing was mediocre, and all dishes were unique in flavor. Although I only had six different dishes, I wouldn't not hesitate to say that anything you ordered in this restaurant would most likely be excellent. Even the coffee is amazing. They roast their own beans at the restaurant. We opted... More

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Konin, Poland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Full of taste, full of colors, full of nice smell, very nice place. POLISH: Restauracja godna polecenia, pelna smaku zapachu, wspaniala atmosfera, pysznie !

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Singapore, Singapore
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127 reviews 127 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

That was my first experience with Ethiopian food, and I was left wanting more, but there's none where I live :-( We shared the Demera Messob platter, which had two meats and four vegetables, and we liked them all! We had fish (very tender, cooked just right), chicken and egg (tender, almost falling apart), lentils, collard greens, and spinach (can't... More

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Palatine, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Having never been to an Ethiopian restaurant, I was unsure what to expect. Our group consisted of 5 vegetarians and 4 meat eaters. The waitress was very patient and helpful in answering our many questions. She made a few recommendations and the 2 platters we received were perfect. It took a few minutes to come to terms with no silverware,... More

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

The food: My first time eating Ethiopian food, and I wasn't disappointed at all. Had a messob for two, and I liked the chickpeas one best. It was spiced perfectly and looked great. The carrot-potatoes is really really mild, and good. The lentils were alright, but I mightn't go for it again. The injera was sour and salted just right... More

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