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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

#578 of 7,467 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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4801 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640 (Lawrence)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Lisle, Illinois
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our only prior experience with Ethiopian food was in Washington DC and we very much enjoyed it. After reading all of the positive reviews on Yelp, we decided to check this place out and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious and the portions are very filling! We got the Appetizer Messob which was the sambussa sampler and ambasha... More 

Thank Britni T
Harviell, Missouri
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When my husband and I travel to Chicago to visit our dear friend, we like to try new and unique experiences and eating events. Our friend suggested Ethiopian cuisine, and found this on the web. I was intrigued by the idea of communal eating without utensils---definitely a new experience for us! We were quickly seated. The restaurant itself was nice... More 

2 Thank Sandra C
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

I went to this restaurant many years ago after it was featured in local TV program, "check please". I loved it then, it was first time experience in Ethiopian restaurant, and it was great. Not this time though. I am afraid that all the popularity spoilt the owners and now is just passable. I went there last week for my... More 

Thank Mike W
Bloomingdale, Illinois
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131 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

I like Demera and I'd really like to love it. However, the servers are simply indifferent. We sat at the bar for 5 minutes while 3 waitstaff chatted. Finally I had to ask for help - the bartender looked surprised that we weren't served, which was odd to say the least. The restaurant was virtually empty. When seated the waitresses... More 

Thank Awilda0216
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Perfect service, delicious food - incredible. Order the Shai Tea - its delicious and unique. The decor is fun and lively.

Thank W R
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67 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

The food is good and the restaurant has a decent ambiance. There is a public parking just behind the restaurant.

Thank Restless_Explorer
Orlando, Florida
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63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

After seeing last season's episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" that took place in Ethiopia, my husband and I most certainly wanted to try Ethiopian food, which we didn't even know was a "thing" until seeing this episode. Where we live, there are virtually no Ethiopian restaurants, so I quickly sought one out on our trip to Chicago last week.... More 

Thank tayl0rca1i
Wilmington, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

The dining room was very nice and clean. Staff was very friendly. The food was amazing, I took my BFF there for her first ethiopian meal and the place did not disappoint! Worth the $25 cab ride from downtown!

Thank efadkins
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35 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

Ethiopian cuisine is similar to Indian food in many ways; hence, a popular choice for my family. Demera was a nice choice last week when I traveled to Chicago. Not outstanding, but decent

Thank Srikant S
Bloomingdale, Illinois
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131 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

It had been many years since I had Ethiopian food, so I had completely forgotten what to expect. This restaurant is just great - service, food, ambiance. The staff did a good job guiding us through unfamiliar territory. The food was plentiful and delicious. We were there during restaurant week, so it was crowded, but they did a good job... More 

Thank Awilda0216

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
African, Vegetarian, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Dining Style
Home Style
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4801 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
  • 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

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