Aba

4.8
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Aba is a Mediterranean restaurant with a rooftop patio located in Chicago's historic Fulton Market District. This is Chef CJ Jacobson’s second restaurant with Lettuce Entertain You, and is an extension of Ema (mother in Hebrew) in River North. Aba, meaning father in Hebrew, incorporates a light style of cooking with a large emphasis on raw and cooked protein. The bar program is crafted by Lead Mixologist Liz Pearce and showcases rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits. Please note that outdoor seating is first come first serve, is not available for reservations and is weather permitting.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.9
ambience
4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JB was AMAZING. I am blown away by the service, ambiance, and food at ABA. Literally the best service in Chicago and I will be BACK. I never write reviews but my experience was that great.

CA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very fun vibe. Server was attentive but not pushy. One item was not available that we ordered so she brought us something to try that she recommended.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All around great experience

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance. I am looking forward to visiting in summer, if I am in Chicago.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience5

SERVICE: Hostess and server not very welcoming nor friendly-no smile whatsoever throughout the evening. Food runner and bus boy was kind.

FOOD: octopus was overly salty. Chicken kabob was burnt and dry! Rice was dry and oily! Avocado spread was sub par. Hummus was decent. Eggplant and bread was great! Crackers served was horrible. Kufi dessert was sub par.

TAKEOUT: I ordered carry out (other items than mentioned above: lamb+beef kofta, Mahabad and truffle orza) for my family since it was late and didn’t want to scramble finding another place late night but I don’t foresee it being any better than the food eaten at the restaurant.

CONCLUSION: What a shame for a beautiful space/restaurant. Extremely disappointed in Aba!

I would never return here nor recommend this place for the food or the service in the future!

* Possibility (this is a BIG MAYBE) I may give them a second chance during the summer JUST FOR THE AMBIANCE and in hopes by then they will take customers feedback/constructive criticism and better their FOOD and service standards!!! But again, there are too many outstanding restaurant choices in chicago to go out of my way to give them a second go!

SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my experience at Aba. We ordered six things to share between three people and everything was exceptional, and came out of the kitchen quickly. Highly recommend the muhammara, salt & pepper broccoli, and the eggplant & lamb. Will have to go back to try everything else we didn't get to because of limited stomach capacity. Cocktails were also wonderful.

EF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here to celebrate my Birthday since is my favorite place in town. It was my guests first time, and I can say they enjoyed the food, the service and the ambience. Everything was nothing but amazing.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, decent price, and great ambience

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great - brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks

LW
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Well above average food! Dishes are meant to be shared, 4-5 dishes for a table of 2-3.

OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional culinary experience! Amazing food, terrific vibe and beautiful surroundings. All perfect!

AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and food. Will absolutely return.

KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambiance was great. Our waiter was friendly and cooperative. Would love to come back.

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good I love this restaurant

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, very quick., great drinks. Top old fashions I’ve had. Great first time there.

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious. The staff accommodated us with a great table as requested. Prices were a steal for Chicago. Will definitely be back.

E
London
31 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food. Can’t wait to go back.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

There was a lot of traffic, and it was noisy...good and bad considering I was on a date. People watching was great. Food was awesome. Idk about another first date with the noise. I just kept asking huh...one more time...

AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Food was great, the service was very slow. We were seated at a high top table at the Bar and there was only one server.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining place! Atmosphere, food and service - everything was great!

C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't wait to go back! The heated patio was perfect for a small group, with not too much noise and not too cold in the winter. Everything from the food to the service was amazing.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing, food was delicious as always — friend felt super celebrated ❤️

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a large group of 6, we ordered quite a few things to share and I can honestly say that there wasn't one in the bunch that I didn't like! The service was exceptional too! Can't wait to go back in the summer to enjoy the terrace! Highly recommend.

LF
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere and great food. The wine from Israel was a perfect pairing! Great date night or friend dinner, wouldn't do a group bigger than 6.

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food, good music, great service, and a fun atmosphere! Perfect night celebrating our Anniversary. I will definitely be back soon. This place would be great to go to dinner with friends before a night out, or make this your night out! Loved it!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved this place. The combinations of flavors were phenomenal. All the dishes were mezze style and I thought they were really ample portions. Beautiful restaurant and great drinks!

SW
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome meal, I am really beginning to enjoy the whole small plate concept, everything we tried was delicious and there will be plenty of different items to try on our next visit.

MC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was hit or miss. Falafel and lamb & beef kebab were good. The whipped feta was super salty and the accompanying bread was kinda flavorless. The shakshuka was really terrible. Cocktails were bad. Service was barely attentive.

V
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Nice olace

OT
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had brunch and loved this place. Could be our new fave WL spot. Beautiful room. Outstanding food. Everyone really friendly. Will b back! Had the Ragu Lamb hummus, Kafka lamb/beef eggs, broccoli, the pizza (can’t recall the actual name). Everything was exceptional.

PC
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Atmosphere and food were amazing , only complaint - our server was very slow and inattentive. Other hosts, servers, bartenders made up for it.
Lamb wrapped in eggplant and the green falafel were our favorite.
The broccoli and mushroom hummus were great but the only two dishes took the cake.

R
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at ABA! Nothing but the best of everything.

DA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent ambience.
Beautiful setting with loads of natural light.
Indoor trees and candles and lanterns.
Covered Patio for the cold with heaters and fire pits.
Very kind and quick staff.
Great Valentine’s Day spot. We love ut

MT
Chicago
6 reviews