Ema

Restaurants, Mediterranean River North
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Mediterranean & California-inspired restaurant featuring small plates & light style cooking in Chicago's River North. Signature dishes include Spicy Hummus, House-Made Stracciatella with Vine-Ripened Tomatoes, and Lamb Kefta Kebabs.

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Venue name: Ema
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Address: 74 West Illinois Street
Chicago
60654
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-12am, Sat 4pm-12am, Sun 4-10pm
Price: $31 to $50
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I came in for lunch with a few coworkers at an off time so there weren't a lot of people still dining so I think that through off the ambiance of the place and I found myself criticizing the decor a little bit. It's large, utilizes a lot of that super modern, white, sterile environment immediately due to its connection to the Hyatt Place. Our server was very new to the game, hence working lunches however could have used a little more practice as a host or a back server because she was just...awkward. The food however, which is why we came in the first place, so why am I judging so hard, right?! WAS AWESOME. We did a spread trio of hummus, eggplant and our favorite; the toasted almond and garlic spread! So delish! Wonderful seasonal vegetables and pillowy pitas were served alongside the spreads. We also tried the Zhoug caesar which has pistachios, so a little less traditional and nice to try something new. We also had the lamb and beef kefta which was so tasty! I love greek street food but this was so perfectly cooked and the sauces were really fresh and unique. Overall, I'd say you gotta try it!

tastemaker

The atmosphere in here is quite nice. Because of its location, it tends to bring in a more casual clientele rather than trendy since tourists walk in from off the street. The cocktail menu wasn't very impressive at all, so we bought wine. The watermelon gazpacho was our best dish. We also got the avocado sweet pea spread, their fish of the day (salmon), pan roasted romanesco cauliflower and finally the mussels. Overall, I found everything overpriced. The bread we were given was the best part of the mean, unfortunately.