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Asmara Restaurant

African, Ethiopian
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5020 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-2014
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Our go to Ethiopian restaurant

We love Asmara. It isn't fancy, but the food is reliably good. The service is friendly. On busy nights it is slow, but always seems worth the wait. There are many Ethiopian restaurants in the area, but we have never been disappointed here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 6, 2015
Margot K
Berkeley, California
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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

We love Asmara. It isn't fancy, but the food is reliably good. The service is friendly. On busy nights it is slow, but always seems worth the wait. There are many Ethiopian restaurants in the area, but we have never been disappointed here.

Thank Margot K
Rye, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is a Ethiopian / Erierea restaurant located in the Temscal Area in Oakland. The food is very good and is eaten with a special bread. We enjoyed the experience with a very helpful waiter. It is way to try something quite different and also very tasty. The environment is very soothingly.

Thank Estell S
Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I am not a vegetarian or a fan of Ethiopian food, but the rest of my family are one or both. We were walking by while I was visiting from the west coast and 3 of us got excited about Asamara. My son and daughter in law had eaten here before, so in we went. The service was attentive and... More 

Thank 8013
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We liked all the meat and vege dishes. The Tej was good. The best part was the Ingira bread was not overly sour - as they tend to get at other Ethopian places.

Thank STM65
The World
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299 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We went because the food was rated 26 (out of 30) in the Zagats. We think it was tasty but it would be impossible for us to rate it against other Ethiopian restaurants. We had one 3 types of meat dish combination platter ($12.95) and one 3 vegetable dish combination platter ($12.95). The meats were: Ziggni/Key Watt (strips of marinated... More 

Thank aledm
Bay Area
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I was never into Ethiopian food until my sister introduced me to this place. Ive always ordered the #21 Doro & Gomen...not spicy. I don't even eat greens but I love this dish. It has injera which has a vinegar like taste (I love vinegar taste), which is to eat your food with. It's looks almost spongy but it's good.... More 

Thank mortj14
Luang Prabang, Laos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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 

Thank Shane F
Oakland, California
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266 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
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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.

Thank Frank E
Oakland, California
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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 

Thank Barbara G
SF Bay Area
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85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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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.

Thank jeane00

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5020 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-2014
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 510-547-5100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian


Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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