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Ēma is a Mediterranean restaurant in Chicago's River North area showcasing Chef CJ Jacobson’s lighter California style of cooking. At the core of the menu are spreads, dips and mezze, and Mediterranean small plates meant for sharing. Signature dishes include Hummus w/ Lamb Ragu, Pan-Roasted Romanesque Cauliflower, House-made Stracciatella, Green Falafel with Tzatziki, Grilled Octopus with Fingerlings and Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette, and Lamb & Beef Kefta Kebabs.

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Ema – River North

Ema's dining room


Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Please Note: Holiday Hours May Differ


Events at Ema – River North

Passover Specials

Special for the holiday, enjoy Passover Dinner To-Go with a Mediterranean twist! [...]

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Women’s History Month

March 1 - March 31

In honor of Women’s History Month, $1 from each glass of Maçanita Branco sold [...]

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Easter Specials

Spend Easter at Ema and enjoy dine-in specials all day long, including the Spring [...]

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