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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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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
Incredible Robust Flavors

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

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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West Des Moines, Iowa
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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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Little Rock, Arkansas
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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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Hilo, Hawaii
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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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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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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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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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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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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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: 816-283-0990

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

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