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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

#430 of 7,789 Restaurants in Chicago
#468 of 8,551 Places to Eat in Chicago
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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, but a bit pricey

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
Mary H
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Springfield, Virginia
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Springfield, Virginia
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

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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144 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

Address: 4801 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
Phone Number: 773-334-8787
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Ethiopian

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