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Zemam's

#24 of 1,605 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
African, Ethiopian
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2731 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716-5307
520-323-9928
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unique Experience and Good Food

Went there on a recommendation from a friend and very much enjoyed it. It is definitely a unique experience for our culture. There is no silverware and no plates -- everything is served on a common platter and you eat it with a pancake-like bread. And it tastes wonderful! There are several... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
AZTrojan
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Oro Valley, Arizona
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Oro Valley, Arizona
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Went there on a recommendation from a friend and very much enjoyed it. It is definitely a unique experience for our culture. There is no silverware and no plates -- everything is served on a common platter and you eat it with a pancake-like bread. And it tastes wonderful! There are several vegetarian or meat options and we tried 3... More 

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Hereford, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

My favorite Ethiopian Food is Doro Wat, (the chicken variety of wat), I am very pleased with the Zemam Version, but you should really try the sampler platter, so you can get a good cross section. Ethiopian is also good for vegetarians, because of many veggie selections. The Injera (Bread) is delicious and if you want to take some home,... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I had never had Ethiopian before I went here. I don't know how authentic it is, but it is wonderful. I love the mixture of flavors and spices. Kind of reminiscent of Indian or Mediterranean, but not really. It is a family restaurant and they are so friendly and help you decide what to get. Since I started going, I... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

My husband and I went to Zemam's after having read the reviews on TripAdvisor. The outside of the restaurant as well as the interior design is not very welcoming, but the food we ordered was very tasty. My husband ordered a sampler platter with three different menu items of his choice and I did the same. Being vegetarian, it was... More 

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is the 2nd time trying Ethiopian food and we were again really happy with the portion size and flavors. My husband and I are vegan so choices are sometimes limited, but half the menu here is vegetable options. We were the only customers in the restaurant, so service was great. We will definitely come back again!

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Tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Don't miss the great food and unique dining experience at Zemanns. The food is delicious and the way the food is served is a fun way to dine.

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

A friend who lives in Tuscon had told us she had eated Ethiopian in Tuscon, and we were ready! We followed our Google instructions through the heart of Tuscon and found Zeman's easily. Trip Advisor reviewers had told us to look for a cottage turned into a restaurant, and that was what we found. It has great signage, and we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

First time trying Ethiopian food. We opted for the platter to share and although somewhat tasty was also slightly disappointing. Moreover, our waiter's attitude left a lot to be desired and could not even take the time to take a picture of our group. Needless to say, doubtful will be returning there anytime soon.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I love Ethiopian food and seek it out whenever I am visiting a new place (as I sadly do not have an Ethiopian restaurant anywhere near where I live). I read the rave reviews of this place and had high expectations. Zemam's is very good, but not the better than LA or other places where I have had excellent Ethiopian... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Travelling across the Southwest, I was ready for a break from BarBQ and Mexican food (both of which I love) and who knew there is a great Ethiopian restaurant in Tucson. Menu has a lot of variety and the combination plates are wonderful. Relaxed atmosphere, reasonable prices, tasty food. Who could asked for more?

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2731 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716-5307
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: 520-323-9928

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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