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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

Thanksgiving Day: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year's Eve: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
New Year's Day: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Events at Ema – River North

Hanukkah Specials

Join Ema for holiday specials throughout Hanukkah including Potato, Parmesan & [...]

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Free $25 Holiday Bonus

The perfect holiday gift is back! Now through December 30, enjoy a FREE $25 Holiday [...]

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New Year’s Eve Specials

Imagine you’re spending New Year’s Eve in the Mediterranean at Ema and [...]

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