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Moya

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African, Ethiopian
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121 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 431-5544
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Description: E A T. W I T H. Y O U R. H A N D S.

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  • 7
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  • 4
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Authentic Ethiopian Food

This is a small restaurant run by a woman who loves to cook. It is still very authentic and has not become a large commercial space. You can ask for mild, medium or spicy food. Only complaint would be that the business hours are very short and it is also shut on sundays.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 16, 2014
Shringar P
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Olinda, PE
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

It was my first time with Ethiopian food and I just loved it! As the menu was completely new for me, I just asked for a suggestion from the lovely lady who works there and we had a delicious meal with a veggie plate and another one with chicken (a very traditional one); unfortunately I just can't remember the names.... More 

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bangalore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I like Ethiopian food. This is something I look for whenever I get to a place. Moya is very close to our office in 9th street.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This is a small restaurant run by a woman who loves to cook. It is still very authentic and has not become a large commercial space. You can ask for mild, medium or spicy food. Only complaint would be that the business hours are very short and it is also shut on sundays.

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Sacile, Italia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

During my lunch break from work I decicided to stop here for a quick meal because I was curious about the ethiopian cousine. I had an ethiopian sandwitch with salad and I couldn't say if I liked it or not, it was simply a new flavor to me. Overall I have to say it was an avarage experience and not... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This is a great place to eat. Service was top notch and the food was excellent. They also asked if we wanted vegetarian food served on a different plate which was a nice touch. Also recommended dishes to us!

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El Dorado Hills, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Moya is a small restaurant serving big Ethiopian taste in SOMA. They serve high quality fare with the structure of a fast food restaurant (i.e., you order and pay for your food at the counter, pick up silverware and napkins yourself, etc.) We ordered the veggie sampler and the doro wot, and both were excellent. The red lentil stew did... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

We had the beef and chicken doro tibs, and vegetarian sampler. Everything was really good and was served quickly, but the very friendly staff. The injera bread was more sour than I have had before, but this is San Francisco. The table next to us was an extremely loud group of 6, but it was just fine when the left.... More 

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

I just want MOYA! We came here on the way out of the city, having not eaten since our gluttonous but unregrettable breakfast of homemade cinnamon roll pancakes (that's right, be jealous)... I was starving and couldn't wait until we got home to eat. So we ended up here, having talked about getting Ethiopian food for the past few weeks.... More 

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Berkeley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stumbled upon this spot while visiting a local machine shop nearby, & thought I would give it a try. I'm glad I did. I am not a big fan of Ethiopian or Eritrean cuisine through past experience, but I really liked this place. I paid about 12.00 for an excellent lunch of braised chicken & mushrooms in a tangy... More 

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Edmonton
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I was pretty excited about going to the place but walked out less than impressed. Nothing was really wrong, per say, but the service was quite sub par and the food was underwhelming. I have eaten my fair share of Ethiopian in my day and it used to be my favorite cuisine. However, somehow this felt more like fast food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 121 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: (415) 431-5544

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 to 50
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

E A T. W I T H. Y O U R. H A N D S.
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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

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