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Zemam's

#68 of 1,696 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, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
Best Ethiopian we have ever had, family business too

Get a sampler platter. If you can't eat with your fingers using the Injera bread then bring a fork. Each type of food is different so a sample of several is a great way to go. This makes for you picking your own veggies and meat dishes. I always take out of town guests here. Lunch is a better... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
CountryHarvestUSA
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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135 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Get a sampler platter. If you can't eat with your fingers using the Injera bread then bring a fork. Each type of food is different so a sample of several is a great way to go. This makes for you picking your own veggies and meat dishes. I always take out of town guests here. Lunch is a better value... More 

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Roswell, Georgia
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196 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,288 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

I feel bad giving this place a poor review, since I love Ethiopian food. It had several cars in its tiny parking lot when we pulled up, so we figured we were in the right place. The food, however, left a lot to be desired. The injera was a little sticky and tasted much too sweet. I ordered a veggie... More 

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Thank skipitgood
Kochi (Cochin), India
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Will definitely make another stop at this hidden gem next time I drive through tucson. The food was very very good, seemingly made fresh by the Chef. We chose the sample platter. It came on a large round plate, on an injera flatbread. It was perfectly spiced and very filling, yet light on the stomach. We looked this place up... More 

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Thank Travellover256
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Zemam's and Zemam's Too are my favorite restaurants in Tucson. The flavorful food is wonderful and the service fantastic. It's a unique ethnic dining experience. Some people (my wife's grandmother for example) are put off by eating with your hands instead of silverware, but I find it fun and different.

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Thank Brian J
Oro Valley, Arizona
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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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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Thank dhefu
Tucson, Arizona
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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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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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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Thank adventurersagain
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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89 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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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Thank jessndenSouthernAZ
Tucson
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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