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Asmara Restaurant

5020 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-2014
510-547-5100
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Ranked #351 of 1,064 restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
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- Jul 23, 2014
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Walked up Telegraph St. from Oakland , most restaurants were closed in mid arvo and a rrived at Asmara not sure whether to try Ethiopian food as we have never had it before arriving from Downunder were we do not have Ethiopian restaurants. What a delight , great different tasting food with amazing spices and healthy dipping bread which is... More

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Oakland, California
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162 reviews 162 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Asmara was voted Best Ethiopian by Oakland magazine so we had to check it out. Although the food was very good, this is not Oakland's best in my opinion. Both Enssaro and Cafe Romanat serve better, tastier food. Asmara is also pricier than the other two.

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Oakland, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

My family has been going to Asmara for years. The food was just as good a few weeks ago as it was when we first discovered it. Also, it is a very, very friendly place and is particularly child friendly. My grandkids wander all over after they have finished eating, and the management and waitresses just smile at them and... More

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SF Bay Area
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84 reviews 84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Once our preferred Ethiopian restaurant, Asmara has fallen down badly and the food is very poor. The injera is overly sour and falls apart instantly, the stews are not stews at all, but stir-fries! Ethiopian food in the EBay has declined severely over the last decade; we're still searching for a place we will like again.

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Oakland, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

The food is well prepared, but my biggest reason for being a regular customer here is their customer service. This is a popular restaurant. I always sit on the bar side where they have two TVs and watch sporting events while enjoying my meal.

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NY, USA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2010

Asmara, (named after the capital of Eritrea) has been serving up Eritrean/ Ethiopian delights in North Oakland since 1985. What begins with a rather mediocre facade opens into a roomy, inviting space with cute touches of ethnic décor. The food is pretty good overall though in certain dishes I felt like there was something missing – perhaps something in the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2008

Great place to try Ethiopian food for the first time!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2008

Great honey wine. good veggie combo.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2007

good ethiopian. service is a little lacking

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Oakland, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2007

Excellent ethiopian food. The ambience is nice & comfortable. I'd recommend everything - their lamb, beef, chicken & veggie plates.

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