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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
Yummy find!

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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MonkeyGirlBean
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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104 reviews 104 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This place is small but cute and has lots of seating. Great for families or a couples night. We started with the veggie sambosas and then, to try everything, also had the vegetarian platter. Food was good, not that spicy. Injera was a bit dry, but was still good when used to scoop up entrees. I recommend everyone give this... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Get the platter. A little bit of everything and it is all delicious. First time having Ethiopian and I was very impressed. Will definitely come back.

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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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?