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Blue Nile Cafe

Ethiopian
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20 E 5th St, Ste 102, Kansas City, MO 64106-1145
816-283-0990
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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I purchased their Groupon to use for my husband and I on Father's Day. Neither of us had ever had Ethiopian food before, so we were excited to try it. The waitress was extremely friendly and explained all the courses we had. It was a lot of food too! We couldn't finish everything! Definitely a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I purchased their Groupon to use for my husband and I on Father's Day. Neither of us had ever had Ethiopian food before, so we were excited to try it. The waitress was extremely friendly and explained all the courses we had. It was a lot of food too! We couldn't finish everything! Definitely a place we would want to... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This was our first time trying Ethiopian food and it was amazing! The place looks simple, but the food is so delicious! I recommend the vegetarian sample plate!!!

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MonkeyGirlBean
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Was thrilled to find this place while visiting KC for the first time. The food was delicious and the vegetarian plate even included some new dishes to me (From DC area where we have a ton of Ethiopian restaurants). Very flavorful and a nice outdoor patio.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Went there for lunch during the week. It was buffet. I really liked the lentils, and chickpea dish. Some of the choices had a lot of grease ,the mushrooms. The ginger drink is awesome. Highly recommend trying

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Emporia, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This was my first experience eating Ethiopian cuisine and I absolutely loved it! Lunch was an all you can eat buffet. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Decent price. Definitely worth the value. Service was friendly and prompt. Will come here again!

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Scranton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

good choices for ommnivores and vegetarians. food is served in the traditional way, no utensils given, one eats by using the teff bread, tearing off small pieces to gather up bires of food. very modest setting, good service. Located in the historic City Market.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We have eaten at Ethiopian restaurants in many cities and this was an excellent choice. We had two vegetarian samplers for four people and enjoyed toppings we had not experienced elsewhere. Their honey wine had a slight beer taste, making us think about mead. We will definitely return there when we are in Kansas City again..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Best food and service ever! If you go make sure you do a coffee ceremony. The owner came out and visited with us and our waitress was phenomenal. The spiced tea was so good. A must try!

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Coralville, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We went the the Blue Nile with my in-laws who have an adventurous side. We got the sampler platter (two platters was more than enough for four adults.) There were six or seven vegetarian samples along with a chicken and beef. All spiced in a traditional Ethiopian taste. The platters were proceeded by an appetizer consisting of a fried, stuffed... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Hit the market area on a recent trip to KC and there were so many choices of places to eat. However, I was just looking for something to drink that was kind of different and ducked inside this place. Wished I hadn't already made plans for lunch elsewhere later, because this place just immersed you in the odors of spice,... More 

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Address: 20 E 5th St, Ste 102, Kansas City, MO 64106-1145
Phone Number: 816-283-0990
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
Cuisine: Ethiopian

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  • Address: 20 E 5th St, Ste 102, Kansas City, MO 64106-1145
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: 816-283-0990

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Ethiopian

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