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Moya

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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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Hours:
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.
Good for:
Casual Dining

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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
Most recent review
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
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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97 reviews 97 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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181 reviews 181 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
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609 reviews 609 reviews
399 restaurant reviews
270 helpful votes 270 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Love Ethiopian food and always look for it when I travel. This place is great and serves great food. Not sure why the price range is showing as $30-50. Two of us spent $36 (one appetizer and two meals) and we could not finish it all. Will go back any time in SF.

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

This place turned out to be an awesome find! Great homely food!!! Definitely coming back here again!!!

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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 - 50
  • Cuisine: 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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