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Cafe Ethiopia

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878 Valencia St (at at 20th St.)
San Francisco, CA 94110
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(415) 285-2728
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Cafe Ethiopia - San Francisco, CA
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This is one of my favorite spots in SF. The food is so unique and amazingly fresh. The bread is a crepe like sour-doughish and you use this to pick up various stews, meats, lent...

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As my favorite cuisine, I have high hopes for trying new Ethiopian restaurants. I was excited to be trying a new place as I have eaten at all the ones in Berkeley. We got there r...

surprisingly disappointed 2/21/2008

As my favorite cuisine, I have high hopes for trying new Ethiopian restaurants. I was excited to be trying a new place as I have eaten at all the ones in Berkeley. We got there right as they were opening with a less than enthusiastic greeting from our waiter. I was surprised that the vegetarian combination only offered 3 choices from the short list of options. The Atakilt consisted of two large undercooked potatoes, the Messer-Wot was bland although there was a lot of it. We asked for Awaze and he brought us about a teaspoon of it and it costs $2.50 for extra injera! Overall I was unimpressed. Try Cafe Collucci or Fin Fine in Berkeley for quality Ethi food. Pros: Location, portion Cons: quality flavor and bland taste more

Fast seating, great food 11/24/2006

I can't figure out why this place isn't more crowded. It's a great neighborhood restaurant. The food is tasty, portions are large, the prices are reasonable, and the service is always friendly. The restaurant itself is simple and basic but the food more than compensates for the surroundings. more

Amazing very genuinely ethiopian food! 8/29/2006

This is one of my favorite spots in SF. The food is so unique and amazingly fresh. The bread is a crepe like sour-doughish and you use this to pick up various stews, meats, lentils and sauces. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. It is truly an ethnic ethiopian experience but can be enjoyed by even the most picky eaters as there is so much to choose from. The restaurant is family owned and the service is friendly and attentive. This is great for large parties or groups of friends that want a light, fun atmosphere. Who cares about the decor, this place is clean and has a great vibe. A must do.\r Pros: amazing food, amazing value, friendly family service Cons: not a posh atmosphere more

Avoid this place. Food is not true ethiopian. no wonder there were few ethiopians who know about this place. 8/18/2006

The food is not good at all. As a person originally from the horn of Africa, this is not authentic Ethiopian food. I bet non of the reviwers ( if indeed genuine review) are from Ethipia or Eritrea. Only Americans who don't know the difference between real and fake will speak higly of this place. more

Best Ethiopian food in the Bay Area 10/12/2005

When my husband and I adopted a daughter from Ethiopia, we quickly became relative experts in Ethiopian restaurants -- she wanted injera and wat, and since it was beyond our culinary prowess, we started checking out restaurants quickly. My daughter would try each, pronounce the bread as ""American injera"" (with a bit of a sneer), and move on. Until we found Cafe Ethiopia. It is, without a doubt, the best Ethiopian food we've had anywhere in the US. The wats, or stews are spicy, and the ingredients are fresh and plentiful. More importantly, the injera batter is made in advance and kept for several days before baking, giving it the sourdough taste crucial to the real McCoy. With reasonable prices, and a very friendly family that runs it, this is one of the best restaurant values (and meals) in all of San Francisco. Pros: Great for a group, Friendly service, Awesome food Cons: Tough to park more

Great Food 2/14/2004

This place definately had great food. Its in expensive. The lamp and the chicken and the lentils are all great. The ambience isnt great, however the food is fantastic, with Family style eating. more

Excellent Authentic Experience 11/13/2003

I cannot praise the food enough! It is delicous and I have never had a bad experience here. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful, the ambiance is clean and the restaurant is charmingly decorated with African art. I have introduced this place to many friends and co-workers, and it is equally enjoyable for couples and groups of 10! Try the vegetarian combo and the chicken & mushroom dishes for the ultimate Ethiopian dining experience! Pros: Tasty food, Lovely atmosphere, Helpful staff Cons: parking more

great 10/21/2003

great restaurant. Authentic food, good service. The ambience was somewhat plain, but acceptable. more

Great food, great price 9/23/2003

This place rocks. It's a wonder it's never more crowded. I guess the SF crowd just isn't too into Ethiopian. While the decore isn't the best, the food and service rock. This place is very tasty and very inepensive. It's great for groups, since there is usually plenty of space. more

Yummy! 3/24/2003

great inexpensive food, great for groups, delicious food that you eat with your hands - what can be better than that! has to be one of my favorite places - can't even count the number of times i've been, a must try for everyone~ more
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  • Hours:

    Monday To Friday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM Saturday From 11:30 PM To 09:30 PM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 09:00 PM
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, Diner's Club
  • Neighborhoods:

    Castro, Central

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