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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

#525 of 7,851 Restaurants in Chicago
#572 of 8,616 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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African, Ethiopian
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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
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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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  • 29
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  • 22
    Very good
  • 6
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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
Excellent Ethopian Experience

Demera serves excellent Ethiopian food with solid service at a reasonable price. We had a traditional platter and our party (which included a vegetarian) all left full and happy. The food was quite tasty and covered a wide range of flavors. The atmosphere was pleasant and the service attentive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Demera serves excellent Ethiopian food with solid service at a reasonable price. We had a traditional platter and our party (which included a vegetarian) all left full and happy. The food was quite tasty and covered a wide range of flavors. The atmosphere was pleasant and the service attentive, but not intrusive. We'd definitely come back.

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Sebring, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Husband and I were on vacation -- never had Ethiopian food before, so we gave it a shot! It was pretty good food and an interesting eating style. We used our hands and a sour flat-bread to scoop up the different entrees on a large shared plate. Afterwards we caught a show at the Green Mill (right across the street).... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I know this place since 6 years..I really loved it before I was in june 2015...and ok place the same stuff really sweet but...the food was cold and its doesn't taste as it was before

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Springfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The place was full, but not overcrowded, our waitress was attentive and friendly, we ordered the Demera Messob. Everything we tried was very tasty, and they even brought us more of one dish when we complimented how wonderful it was. Our waitress kept seemingly kept "upselling" us on options; appetizers, meal, drinks, etc. and this was off putting. Not having... More 

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Algonac, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Went for dinner at Demera and ordered the Demera Messob with 6 options. The portions seemed smaller than other places we've visited and the ye-shimbra assa was a bit on the dry side. The appetizer we had was the Sambussa sampler with a bit too much dough and lite on the filling. Flavors wee OK. The menu choices is rather... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

We had a wonderful experience at this restaurant, the food was delicious and fresh, the server was great and the ambiance was wonderful. We Ate in a different Ethiopian restaurant before, but this restaurant is way better! Therefore, if you want excellent Ethiopian food, here is the place. Lastly, BYOB and enjoy!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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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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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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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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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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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: African, 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?