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Alem Ethiopian Village

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African, Pub, Ethiopian
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307 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
+1 414-224-5324
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Really enjoyed the food and will go back.

I should start by saying I've only been to two other Ethiopian restaurants in my life -- this was the best one. The combination of spices were unlike anything I've tasted before and the presentation was interesting and fun. Perhaps this restaurant's only shortcoming is its decor and layout. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
Steve P
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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

If I had to just rate the food it would be a 5/5. But the service was hideously slow and the bathroom was plugged up and the sewage smell leaked into the dining room whenever someone opened the door. Hopefully that's fixed now.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I should start by saying I've only been to two other Ethiopian restaurants in my life -- this was the best one. The combination of spices were unlike anything I've tasted before and the presentation was interesting and fun. Perhaps this restaurant's only shortcoming is its decor and layout. It looks like a generic A1 China Express buffet-type place that... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The restaurant serves authentic Ethiopian food. The interiors have a rustic feel resembling a small village out in Ethiopia. The food is very delicious and also very healthy at the same time. Curiously the Ethiopian cuisine greatly resembles Indian cuisine as a result of which we felt right at home with the food. I personally liked the collection of vegetarian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Six of us (two gluten free) enjoyed a delicious lunch at Alem. Although, the buffet would have been quite sufficient on its own (both vegetarian and gluten-free) we decided to try three meat entrees just to enjoy the different flavors. The meats were tender and well prepared - one lamb and two chicken. The flavors blended beautifully with the buffet... More 

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Albuquerque, NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

The food at this restaurant has made it a destination for us whenever we are in the area. The menu has a wide selection of vegetarian/vegan options, and my kids happily ate vegetables that they wouldn't look twice at anywhere else. Excellent food and quick service!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We enjoyed the full menu. We had the vegetarian lunch buffet and C1 and L3. The C1 chicken dish had a great almost chili like taste. The L3 lamb was peppery and slightly spicy. We liked the food much. Prices were reasonable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This is the best vegan lunch buffet in Milwaukee. Has to be, since I think it might be the only one :) The food is always tasty and it is only $9. I always order the warm or cold spiced tea to go with it. The service is excellent and it is never a problem getting a seat. They have... More 

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Mumbai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Alem is the first place I ate Ethiopian. And the first place where I drank Ethiopian too. As in beer. What I liked about the place can be summarised in this short review: 1. A nice warm place (it helped because it was very cold outside) 2. A charming hostess 3. Lovely food - we (a party of 4) went... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I love Ethiopian food. It is generally simple, flavorful and healthy and best way to enjoy is by eating with bare hands. This is my first visit to Alem, the dining room is nicely decorated with Ethiopian artifacts, simple furniture and very nice paintings by unknown artist (do walk around and enjoy the art showing life in Ethiopia. We ordered... More 

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Prospect Heights, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Never been to ehtiopian restaurant before and wanted to try something different. The food is really good, especially if you are indian and tired of the spices but still need a strong flavor, this is the place you should try. The way food is served is little bit different, as in my case, we were three friends and they served... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 307 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-224-5324

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 40
  • Cuisine: African, Pub, Ethiopian
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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