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Cafe Ethiopia

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Mission District
African, Coffee Shop, Ethiopian
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878 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1739
415-285-2728
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Eat with your hands

If you try Cafe Ethiopia be prepared to eat with your hands and fingers. You can request a fork, but that would spoil the fun. We ordered a combination plate which is only $14.50 and you can order 2 meat items and 1 vegetarian dish from several choices. We chose Lamb Tsebhi Begee (Beg Wat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Palm Springs, California, United States
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Palm Springs, California, United States
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196 reviews 196 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

If you try Cafe Ethiopia be prepared to eat with your hands and fingers. You can request a fork, but that would spoil the fun. We ordered a combination plate which is only $14.50 and you can order 2 meat items and 1 vegetarian dish from several choices. We chose Lamb Tsebhi Begee (Beg Wat): Tender lamb with bones cooked... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

While visiting San Francisco, I was really craving some Ethiopian food and this did not disappoint. I decided to go on my birthday, and although I could tell my friends were not as keen on the idea, they all came along and were willing to give it a try, even one very picky young teen. And they all loved it!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

ok, it was a friends birthday and she was gung ho about having Ethiopian food. I admit I was not excited about it, but it was her birthday and I love her, so along I went......SO GLAD I DID! This was a wonderful little mom and pop restaurant. The food was fresh, flavorful and fantastic! Very fun to try something... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is not fine dining, but it is a delicious, home-cooked Ethiopian taste experience. We enjoyed it all - sega tibs (beef), misir wat (spicy lentil stew), alecha (mixed veggie stew), but our very favorite was the Chicken and spinach stew. So good we had to order an extra serving! All of this is served on injera and with more... More 

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Seattle, WA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

At this Ethiopian restaurant, you have to order, separately, and for a minimum of about ten dollars, all the individual little sides that normally come with a plate. At the Ethiopian restaurants that I'm used to in Seattle, things are done very differently - you order a plate with a theme, and get a small amount of all the sides... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The cubed beef had me wanting more after the first and last bite!!! Now I crave the spicy, delicious flavor! Not hard to find but its a nice drive. quiet little place. If you want to try more than one thing, they have combo plates.

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Western North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

My wife and I were visiting from rural Western North Carolina and staying in The Mission...a universe away from where we live! On this trip we were all about experiencing new things and new cusines, and our host suggested we try Cafe Ethiopia at some point. We are very glad we did, as we enjoyed it throughly. Its truly different... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

We were greeted very warmly by the hostess and waited until a table was available. It was worth the wait. We ordered the vegetarian dishes since they had a combo as an option. The portion is family style and perfect for us. The lentils are excellent. I highly recommend those. The Ethiopian wine was a nice treat - very sweet... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2009

Simple (as in not a Fancy Place in a Fancy Neighborhood) but great taste and service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2009

best tasting ethiopian fare i have had till date; very good value; average service - but it's not the kind of place where you would go for service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 878 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1739
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighborhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: 415-285-2728

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: African, Coffee Shop, Ethiopian

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

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Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighborhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.
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