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Assab Eritrean

African, Ethiopian
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2845 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118-3407
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Finger licking good!

Wanted unique. Got unique. Visiting from Hawaii, this was our first experience with Eritrean/Ethiopian food. We ordered the meat combo (chicken, beef, lamb) and vegetable combo (lentils, okra, collard greens, potato and some other items). It was served family style on a huge injera-lined platter... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2013
Captain Cook
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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is delicious and one of my favorite spots in the city. Convenient locations, easy parking, never too long a wait. The veggie combo is wonderful, the lentils are flavorful, the injera bread made of teff is nice and spongy and sour. My friend got the rare beef last time and it was so good. The chicken cubes and... More 

Thank Erinkimsf
Augusta, Georgia
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I love Ethiopian/Eritrean food, but can't get it where I live (Augusta, GA). So when we were in San Francisco I wanted to make sure we had some. This place was awesome! The injera is perfect and the veggie dishes are amazing. Perfectly spicy. And the experience of eating Ethiopian/Eritrean food is just like no other! Now I'm just even... More 

Thank kidsdo2013
San Francisco, California
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107 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I just realized that I had never written about one of my favorite SF restaurants, Assab. I know, a lot of people hear about Eritrean cuisine and ask, "Why would I even try that type of cuisine?" The answer: because it's incredible! Although I truly love Indian and Thai food when it's well done, there is something about Assab's cooking... More 

Thank mhb1954
Captain Cook
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Wanted unique. Got unique. Visiting from Hawaii, this was our first experience with Eritrean/Ethiopian food. We ordered the meat combo (chicken, beef, lamb) and vegetable combo (lentils, okra, collard greens, potato and some other items). It was served family style on a huge injera-lined platter. It also came with extra pieces of injera, a slightly sour, flat, spongy bread. The... More 

Thank konalunas
Danville, California
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

Excellent food, very friendly staff. While they have wonderful vegetarian options, we went with a combination of beef and chicken, which were wonderfully spicy and a great compliment to the side dishes that came with the meal. The injera, the spongy "pancake" was wonderful - light and tasty. I only wish they had more tables for two or a larger... More 

Thank Dianne M
San Mateo, California
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116 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Assab is a very small family run restaurant that serves very good and very taste Eritrean food. The lamb and potato dish #8 is perhaps one of my favorites and usually enough to satisfy someone looking for a quick bite to eat off Geary Blvd

Thank Flower47Nevada
Hyderabad, India
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

A wonderful experience with some spicy and mouth watering food. Suggested by a friend but the visit was worth it. It also has a very warm and ethnic look . A small space which should expand as there was a long wait and it would be good to make prior bookings. It had a great variety of food with unique... More 

Thank Sweta G
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200 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

We have been here a number of times over the last 3 years. We landed here after trying at least 3 other places in San Francisco and have decided to come back here as a staple for Eritrean food. Food: The food is good. There are a large variety of vegetarian dishes, as well as, meat (beef, chicken and lamb)... More 

Thank Khaja
Martha's Vineyard, MV
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

Wonderfully spiced, generous portions, moderately priced, clean and pleasant surroundings with attentive service. We enjoyed it even more than our favorite Ethiopian restaurant in the East Bay.

Thank MVSunshine
Long Island, NY
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344 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

After going to many African restaurants in other cities across the country, by far, this was the most disappointing. The food was bland and the beef and lamb were overcooked and dry. Luckily, the price tag was low and service was very fast and friendly. Such a great value and service made me wish I enjoyed my meal. What a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2845 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118-3407
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: 415-441-7083

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian


Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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