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878 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1739 (Castro)
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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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140 reviews 140 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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3 restaurant reviews
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2008

4 stars despite rude service...

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Additional Information about Cafe Ethiopia

Address: 878 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1739
Phone Number: 415-285-2728
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Castro
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: African, Ethiopian, Café

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