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Semhar

#521 of 2,822 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Jordaan
African, Ethiopian
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Marnixstraat 259, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4:00 am - 10:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 am - 10:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 69
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Chef's Special went down a treat

Return visit after 15 years, and every bit as good as the memory. Great mix of dishes, mild and spicy, vegetables and meats, all on one big dish with enjera pancakes around the side. Very decently priced, friendly service, delightful!

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
Tim_Zwaagstra
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Groningen, The Netherlands
via mobile
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Firstly, It's not authentic Ethiopian food. We had a bad experience and really enjoyed nothing. The Injera ( which is the main staple,was a disaster (very heavy and not fermented). The rest of the accompanying sides were microwaved fare. The Tej was like cough medicine.I will not recommend the food for anyone!! On a positive, the restaurant was well heated... More 

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2 Thank Mahelt T
Groningen, The Netherlands
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Return visit after 15 years, and every bit as good as the memory. Great mix of dishes, mild and spicy, vegetables and meats, all on one big dish with enjera pancakes around the side. Very decently priced, friendly service, delightful!

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Thank Tim_Zwaagstra
San Jose, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

We eat Ethiopian food regularly (my wife is Ethiopian). The food is average. We ordered the kitfo and assa. Neither was very good. The complimentary veg sides were much better. We only had a chance to check out 2 restaurants during our stay in Amsterdam. The other one (Kilimanjaro) was of much better quality.

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1 Thank jayjoseph123
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

The first time that I have tried Ethiopian food and won't be the last. The restaurant is a comfortable place to eat. The staff are excellent and serve wonderful, tasty food.

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Thank Mark William Ja... D
London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

First time I had Ethiopian. Introduced by our dear friends we put our trust in their hands and gone for it. We didn't had starters just went straight for a selection of dishes served up on a sharing plate. Good fun and really tasty flavoursome dishes served on Injera (Ethiopian savoury pancake) They don't have cutlery so if you're a... More 

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Thank Attila J
Oberderdingen, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

It was the first time that we have been in an "Eritrea, Ethiopische & Afrikaanse specialiteiten" restaurant. We were hungry and we were curious. So we went in and tried out. And, what should I say? Everything was new to us, but there have been already so many people. So it must have been good. When we got our meal,... More 

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Thank Britta B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The restaurant is just on the edge of the 'Jordan'; sit in backroom and you'll see a canal and the old quarter. But still a quiet part of the area. The food is great; I prefer the vegetarian menu, but all is tasty. The owner is a great guy, who loves what he's doing and keeps the place in top... More 

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Thank elisabeo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

Not tried Ethiopian food before but was fed up of all the fast food in the area. Staff were friendly and asked if we would like them to choose a selection for us. Food and beer (in coconut shells) was great and fairly cheap. Would definitely go again

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Thank Paul J
Harpenden, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

went to this place spontaneously (i'm cool like that) and it was possibly the best decision i've made in my entire life. the people were really cool and one of them was wearing a silly hat and i laughed. the food tasted really good, definately worth trying something new and there was beer served in these coconuts it was really... More 

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Thank j0j0chubb
Worksop, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Whilst in Amsterdam we wanted to experience something new and we couldn't have chosen a better restaurant to do so. The staff are extremely welcoming and catered to our every need. The beers are delicious - especially the mango one and the food is out of this world. We chose to share one of the meals for two as that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Marnixstraat 259, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Jordaan
  • Neighborhood: Jordaan

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 22
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 am - 10:00 am
Monday
4:00 am - 10:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 am - 10:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday
4:00 am - 10:00 am
Friday
4:00 am - 10:00 am
Saturday
4:00 am - 10:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Jordaan

Neighborhood Profile
Jordaan
One of Amsterdam’s most preferred outdoor markets and some of the city’s favorite watering holes are but two of the many reasons to save ample time for a stroll through this especially convivial warren of narrow streets with its unfair share of quirky shops and quality galleries. Historically a haven for the working class and emigrants, these days the Jordaan is better known as an enclave for artists and designers. As popular as the Jordaan is as a destination for locals and out-of-towners alike, the area never feels particularly touristy or overrun with outsiders. A highlight even for long-time Jordaan residents, be sure to accept any invitation to step within one of the area’s beloved courtyards or to have a sneak peek inside one of its many working studios.
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