Ema

20 recent ratings
$$ • Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
93% of 16 votes say it's celiac friendly
74 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

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Celiac

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I ate here 2x this week and the food was fantastic. Super safe for all allergies!

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated yesterday read full review

Celiac

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Food was good, but the waiter that brought out the food forgot to distinguish which dish was specifically prepared for me (since someone else in my party ordered the same thing I did). Unfortunately, I realized this too late, and am now paying the consequences.

I also spoke to a manager prior to our meal and he said that he could not guarantee safety from cross-contamination, but I decided to listen to the reviews here on FMGF just to try it out. Clearly he was right.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 5 days ago read full review

Celiac

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Ema was the Celiac's dream for a mainstream restaurant. There were plenty of delicious options for my wife. She left feeling well-fed and well- cared-for by the waitstaff at EMA. A 5-star experience. Much thanks.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— None

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
Updated 6 days ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Reported to have a dedicated fryer
  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Healthy
  • Keto Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Tapas

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Celiac

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everything we ate was phenomenal and i felt very safe doing so. the chicken kefta and almond garlic dip were my favorites. will definitely be returning

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 week ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing food and celiac safe. Haven’t had falafel like that in years. Wonderful experience!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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Very Celiac friendly. Food is excellent

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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Dinner was incredible! They have a gluten free menu with so many options. The crackers are GF and are delicious. The service was wonderful. Our server asked about any dietary restrictions before we ordered and helped make sure we knew what our options were. The frozen Greek yogurt is amazing! I cannot wait to come back!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
  • Reservations recommended
Updated 3 weeks ago read full review

Not celiac

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We had a wonderful experience here. I was the only gluten intolerant person at our table but because most of the menu is gluten-free there were no problems sharing plates. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful and told me which dishes I had to stay away from, which was only one out of the eight our table ordered. The gluten-free crackers were so good, as was all of the food! We all thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and it was so nice not to feel apprehensive about ordering.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Reservations recommended
Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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The staff was great about my multiple allergies and celiac. The food was delicious and no symptoms or issues afterwards! They also said they have separate prep and cook areas for gf. I’d definitely go back

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Reservations recommended
Updated 2 months ago read full review

Wheat Allergy

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Really great food. I have a corn allergy as well as gluten and she verified everything with the chef and even brought me extra gf items to enjoy

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— None

Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Excellent food, extensive GF menu and the crackers are gf and amazing. Dedicated fryer!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 5 months ago read full review

Celiac

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This is place is delicious! everything we had was beyond tasty! The wait staff was super friendly and knowledgeable about gluten items.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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This small plate, Mediterranean restaurant offered many gf options. A generous portion of gf crackers were provided with the cold mezze dips. It was exciting to have fried items available such as crispy potatoes. Grilled octopus, smoked eggplant , labneh, Brussels sprouts, and kebabs were excellent. One item was marked as gf: the farro plate, but the waiter came out and informed us, so we could make another selection. Separate bowls of non-gf pita and gf crackers were provided for the different sides of the table. Great experience!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 8 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff was knowledgeable and upfront about dedicated fryer and procedures. Food was small-plate style so I was able to try many things. Falafel was such a treat!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for keto
  • Good for lunch
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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A lot of the menu can be made gluten free! Staff was very helpful and I had a great meal

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 11 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The staff was very accommodating and knowledgeable on celiac disease. They made sure that everything ordered was prepared separate from gluten. Most things on the menu are safe!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

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The gluten free menu was almost identical to the main menu and the staff was extremely knowledgeable about cross-contamination and food preparation. They have a separate fryer and food prep space for Gluten Free items so I was able to order anything from the Gluten Free Menu. AND the food is amazing!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Simply delicious, fresh and creative Mediterranean cuisine. Pretty much whole menu with few exceptions aren’t on the GF menu. Homemade cracker bead for dipping is exceptional. We asked for some to take home with us it was so divine.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Unfortunately, we were given gluten pita bread by mistake. They had someone running the food out that wasn’t the waiter or manager so that is how the mistake was made. I picked up the pita but realized it felt way too fluffy for gluten free so didn’t eat it and when I asked our waiter he immediately knew it was not gluten free. The manager came over right away and sincerely apologized and then the waiter came over and said all our food was comped, so I feel like they did what they could to make it right but all the food became questionable and I was sick the next morning so I wonder if something else got mixed up. I feel like this issue can be avoided if they had the allergy indicator sticks in the food and/or ONLY the manager/waiter bring out allergy friendly food. There’s too much room for error otherwise, especially with how crowded it was and it was a weeknight. I am still giving three stars since they were sincerely apologetic and professional about the mistake, I know the person who served us the wrong food felt horrible. They also comped the food which was appreciated. The food was 5 star food in terms of taste.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Phenomenal service - we had about an hour wait, but at some point the front hostess let the manager know about my celiac and two other severe food allergies - he came out to talk to me and also let the server know ahead of time. Every item was confirmed with me regarding prep. Everything tasted amazing - will definitely return and wholeheartedly recommend to others.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Safe, delicious, and consistent.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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One of my favorite places to eat (very sensitive to gluten). Super knowledgeable staff, amazing food, really great vibe - most of the menu is GF, so it’s easy to share with a tapas style menu. Perfect for a date night or small group :)

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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By far the best restaurant experience I’ve had since going GF 10 years ago. Besides the fact that the food was PHENOMENAL, they were very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. Most of the menu is GF and they take cross contamination seriously. And GF fryers!! Fried Brussels anyone?! 😊

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Went here for brunch. The staff was knowledgeable about gluten. The food is served somewhat family style, meant for sharing, and the server did a nice job letting us know which dishes we ordered had gluten. The food was excellent and definitely a place I wold recommend.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Tons of gluten free options. The staff, including bartenders, are very knowledgeable. Had a delicious fresh meal and will definitely be back!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Almost entire menu is gluten free - they even have GF crackers for hummus. Would double check on cross-contamination as there appeared to be varying degrees of education amongst the staff.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Food was phenomenal. Everything on the menu is gluten free except for one item. Wait staff was very patient and knowledgeable. They also marked our order ticket so that the kitchen would know that the order was for someone with celiac as opposed to a general intolerance.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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One of the best meal we had in Chicago. Best service. They have a special GF menu, but most of the regular menu is GF. Everything was excellent. Hummus and stracciatella is one of my favorites! Everything is fresh ans tasty. They made me a special non-alcoholic drink upon request. If you are celiac and in Chicago, you really need to go there!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Many GF options, large GF menu. Wait staff super knowledgeable. The typical food menu is already mostly GF, so CC chances are low. Great for lunch and brunch. It's also super cute, and not overly expensive

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Delicious food! Lots of great gf options. Favorites are the brussels sprouts, grilled octopus, spicy hummus, and lamb and beef kefta kebab and beef tenderloin kebab.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Amazing gluten free menu! Server was so helpful and kind, and took the time to ensure I felt safe eating (even explaining their policy on taking all allergies very seriously, trained staff, etc). Delicious tapas-like meal with Mediterranean flavors. Highly recommend!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Wonderful cuisine and a new favorite place! Enjoyed small plates of the spicy hummus with gluten free crackers (!!!), grilled octopus, grilled pork belly, and lamb and kefta kabobs. All were so delicious! As previous reviewers mentioned, this is a LEYE restaurant and they take celiac/gluten free very seriously. Thank you Ema!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Lettuce Entertain You restaurants always treat celiacs right, and Ema is no exception. Nearly all of the menu is either GF or easily adaptable...and I nearly cried tears of joy the first time they brought out their house-made GF crackers and beautiful crudité to go with the silky hummus (Pro-tip: get the spicy hummus or mushroom hummus). Grilled octopus is amazing, kefta is tender and flavorful and you may be tempted to lick the tziki out of the bowl. Don’t miss the cocktails - they have a small, expertly crafted menu of drinks, with Great NA cocktails available as well!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Dedicated GF menu and staff was knowledgeable of gluten. Meals are small plate meals, like tapas. The grilled octopus was recommended by my server and was delicious as were the roasted potatoes. Great for a light meal and if you’re not starving.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Used my Nima device on all the foods and they were perfect! The falafel and chicken kefta were very good and the crispy potatoes were insane!!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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