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Blue Nile Cafe

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Vegetarian, Vegan, African, Ethiopian
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20 E 5th St, Ste 102, Kansas City, MO 64106-1145
18162830990
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
Description: The Blue Nile Cafe is a unique dining experience, featuring a variety of...
The Blue Nile Cafe is a unique dining experience, featuring a variety of delicious & healthy meals. We are Kansas City's oldest Ethiopian restaurant. Our dishes feature shrimp, chicken, beef, and lamb. A wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options are available.
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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
Vegetarian Paradise & Good Lamb

Blue Nile has excellent, tasty Ethiopian food in the City Market area. The injera (thin, spongy Ethiopian bread) is wonderful – and free. You don’t go there for the décor - very plain. Vegetarians will be delighted with the menu items --also good meat dishes. I had lamb which was wonderfully... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Foster P
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Blue Nile has excellent, tasty Ethiopian food in the City Market area. The injera (thin, spongy Ethiopian bread) is wonderful – and free. You don’t go there for the décor - very plain. Vegetarians will be delighted with the menu items --also good meat dishes. I had lamb which was wonderfully seasoned. Wine and beer available. They close early 8-9pm... More 

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Thank Foster P
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

I love this place. Food is always good and they have all you can eat during lunch so you can try a variety. Vey nice outdoor patio. The inside needs updated. It's looked the same ( kinda drab ) for years. But your not doing for the ambiance. Service is good.

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Thank michellek32
Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

From the moment the waiter sat us, to when he brought us the check, this was truly a gem to find and dine at. I love everything that was served and all of the staff were very informative of all the different foods. Very beautiful and fun experience.

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Thank Laura S
KANSAS CITY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Located in the forefront of the City Market alongside other ethnic restaurants and markets. The food is great and packed with flavor. I've grown up with Ethiopian food and culture. When I'm wanting to reminice or my auntie can't make me some Enjera, I visit Blue Nile. Please be patient as your food being prepped and made, expect to bring... More 

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Thank MissJaPak
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100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

I've never had Ethiopian food but I've always wanted to try it. I was not expecting the delicious, robust flavors and texture to this food. You don't eat with a fork but rather a wrapped up piece of bread. I tried the Yesiga Tibs with a homemade mango smoothie and everything was exceptional. I mean the service was great and... More 

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Thank M.Wayne A
West Des Moines, Iowa
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40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

My parents love Ethiopian food and they wanted me to try it. I'll admit that at first I wasn't very excited about it, but the food turned out to be an amazing dish! I've always enjoyed trying food from other countries, and Ethiopian food definitely ranks up there now. We tried the Doro Watt and the Tibbs Watt, both of... More 

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Thank J M
Little Rock, Arkansas
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We had never had Ethiopian food before but the restaurant was recommended to us by someone in the lobby. The food was fabulous. There were four of us and we got the sampler plate. It comes with spongy bread that you use with your fingers instead of forks. We enjoyed the African wine and the Ethiopian wine and beer also.

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Thank ekmhart
Hilo, Hawaii
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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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Thank hawai_travelller
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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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Thank Zwetschgenkuchen
Kansas City, Missouri
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120 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

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: 18162830990

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 17
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan, African, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

The Blue Nile Cafe is a unique dining experience, featuring a variety of delicious & healthy meals. We are Kansas City's oldest Ethiopian restaurant. Our dishes feature shrimp, chicken, beef, and lamb. A wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options are available.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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