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Red Sea Restaurant - 16 Reviews - 5200 Claremont Ave, Oakland, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (510) 426-7478

Red Sea Restaurant

5200 Claremont Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 426-7478
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Red Sea Restaurant - Oakland, CA
Red Sea Restaurant - Oakland, CA


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My husband and I had our anniversary dinner here, and it was very nice. The food was tasty...we haven't had Ethiopian in a long time, so it was a welcome flavor. I'll definitely g...


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Good Cultural Experience for Newcomers 8/6/2005

North Oakland has seen an influx of immigrants from Ethiopia and Eritrea in recent years. Along with these new residents come new Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurants that offer non-Africans good food. Red Sea is located at the corner of 52nd Street and Claremont Avenue in North Oakland. It offers friendly, but often slow, service. The atmosphere of Red Sea is frankly bland. However that can be expected from any African restaurant. Red Sea has a few posters on the wall, plays some East African music and thats about it as far as the atmosphere department. You can expect spicy food from an Ethiopian restaurant. Meals are served on plates with a spongy bread. Diners are supposed to use this bread to wrap up the meat or vegetables with their hands, and then proceed to eat it. There is a large selection of both vegetarian and meat dishes. You probably won't recognize anything, since Ethiopian food is so new to this country. I also had an Ethiopian beer in a bottle it was called Hakim Lager. It's imported by an Oakland-based importer. I enjoyed it. The restaurant also offers some fruity non-alcoholic drinks but I did not have any. In conclusion, I'd recommend Red Sea to anyone wanting to try Ethiopian food. more
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Owner Message

  • Red Sea has been in business since the mid 80s providing authentic Eritrean/Ethiopian food. We provide the same quality meal that would be prepared in our home. We hold our self to the highest standard in introducing the unique family style meal to the bay area. Since the opening of Red Sea restaurant, East Africa cultural integration to the bay area diverse population was welcomed with open hand. Red Sea restaurant has introduced Eritrean/Ethiopian history and tradition in all aspect. Some of the cultures that we value and introduced to the bay area deal with family values as well as the idea of sharing a meal together. After 10pm, Red Sea opens up to our bar and lounge area til 2am. Reserve your own Private DJ Party in one of our banquet rooms for your next party. We have Live Jazz Music every Friday Night here at Red Sea Restaurant!

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Restaurant: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Bar: 11am - 2am; Sat-Sun: 11:30am-10pm
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