Ema
Spacious Mediterranean restaurant & bar
Mediterranean · River North · $$
Shareable Mediterranean plates and house-baked breads highlight the vegetable-centric menu at this spacious River North locale from Top Chef winner and Intro alum C.J. Jacobson. Walls of windows and greenery growing from the ceiling bring the outdoors into the casual-chic space, which also encompasses raw wood tables, a full bar featuring Mediterranean wines and a rotisserie takeout area.
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hours Open Today · 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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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
Sunday
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
location 74 West Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60654, USA phone +1 312-527-5586 website emachicago.com directions Get Directions
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4.5
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I was invited to this friendly restaurant by some work friends here in Chicago while on business. In short, the food and service was worth talking about to friends and well worth a return at a future date. The homemade pita is excellent. The Scallops were perfectly seasoned with just the right amount of crunch and still a tender medium rare in the middle. Oh, and one thing many restaurants overlook. For those of us whom don't consume alcohol, find a good non alcoholic beer or two and believe me it matters to those of us whom do not partake these days. A little attention to detail goes a long way. I look forward to coming back.
Kevin Wilson · December 4, 2017
This place was great. They were full, and so I worked with the host & hostess to come up with a plan to seat me (I was flying solo). They surveyed the bar, asked the bar tender whether there might be space opening up, and they said no. I ended up sitting at the back bar by myself, but that was no problem at all; I was just thankful they were so attentive. The food was excellent ... some of the best hummus and pita (the pita is amazing) I've had. I had the orange chicken dish which was pretty incredible. I will definitely return here.
Corry Manderson · October 12, 2017
This ideally located place is perfect for anything from a bite and a cocktail to a full meal while you are in Chicago. The hummus was the real deal...absolutely delicious. Do not over look the spicy broccoli. It is light, airy and packed with flavor. Everything else, all the seafood, was amazing as well. The chef, servers and staff are all very friendly and the environment is lively and inviting. If you have a moment, stop in and get started with a small plate...warning: you may not leave until you are full.
Stephen Suydam · October 6, 2017