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Blue Nile Cafe

African, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Ethiopian Food Top Five Ethnic Faves of All Time

There are no Ethiopian restaurants where I live, so I really made an effort to eat at this restaurant since I was in KC. I have eaten here twice, once recently, and once many years ago. I am a big fan of Injeera and Tibbs Watt. I used to live in Uganda and ate regularly at an Ethiopian restaurant... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Hilo, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

As always the food at this place is great, but on our recent visit we realized that the food portions had been cut back and the price is higher. Consequently, sharing the everything included plate between me and my wife left us a little hungry. Our check for 3 people for lunch was $90, which left a "bad taste" after... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

There are no Ethiopian restaurants where I live, so I really made an effort to eat at this restaurant since I was in KC. I have eaten here twice, once recently, and once many years ago. I am a big fan of Injeera and Tibbs Watt. I used to live in Uganda and ate regularly at an Ethiopian restaurant there... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We've been dining at Blue Nile Café for over 20 years at every location it has ever been in the KC area! We have eaten Ethiopian at several other locations all over the US and this is still the best! The food is spicy but some dishes are not as much and some aren't at all, just ask your server.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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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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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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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: African, Ethiopian

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Location and Contact Information

  • 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: African, Ethiopian

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