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“Experience a real Ethiopia” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Queen Sheba Bar and Restaurant

Queen Sheba Bar and Restaurant
4808 Central Avenue, Suite C-D, Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 566-6222
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Ranked #832 of 1,976 Restaurants in Charlotte
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Description: Ethiopian Cuisine, featuring vegetarian, chicken, beef, and lamb dishes and Hookah Lounge.
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Description: Ethiopian Cuisine, featuring vegetarian, chicken, beef, and lamb dishes and Hookah Lounge.
Hickory, North Carolina
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“Experience a real Ethiopia”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I’ve seen mixed reviews from users. This was far from my first time visit to an Ethiopian restaurant, but is definitely the worth one. I used to enjoy Ethiopian food and this visit changed it. Food was terrible, meat was hard and many items were out as I was told due to high response to Groupon. Waitress spoke no English.
If you go out for good food and nice atmosphere I would suggest an Ethiopian restaurant downtown.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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“The Broadened Palette – Part One”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Sections of Central Avenue in East Charlotte are fertile grounds for an incredibly rich selection of ethnic restaurants. This area has been changing for years and its development is, for me, one of the things that make Charlotte a more interesting place to be. Queen Sheba is one of these eateries, recommended by a friend. My daughter and “go to” restaurant companion drove out of our way to try what we knew was going to be something different. I used to do business in the Middle East and Northern Africa so past experience with this region’s cuisine gave me some idea of what to expect – some kind of flat bread, no utensils, lots of fragrant spice though not too much heat – but I had never eaten Ethiopian food so we were excited.

We got there way early around 5:30 and the place was empty except for a few obvious regulars collecting empty Corona bottles at the bar. I know in Egypt dinner doesn’t even begin until well after 10:00 pm so I expect the place livens up later. The décor is pretty plain and simple, with a large screen TV playing whatever soccer game is on, plastic covers on the tables and low lighting. Our server however could not have been more gracious and welcoming and allowed us to pick a booth that suited us.

Injera, as far as I can tell, is some sort of sour dough pancake, very spongy and in this case it was served cold with all of our dishes. As I said, there are no utensils so this flat bread is an important aid to scooping up the various stewed puréed and chopped dishes put before you. The taste of the Injera is slightly sour and provides a terrific counterpoint to the spicy dishes with which it is served. We started with an avocado salad which turned out to be a delicious chunky guacamole in an Injera burrito. The ingredients were fresh and the serving large. Two of us shared it as a really good appetizer. The beef combination was served on a large circle of Injera on an aluminum platter about 2 feet across and consisted of raw chopped beef, sautéed beef tips, collard greens, green beans, a pumpkin purée, mashed yams and feta cheese crumbles. It was plenty for two but my companion wanted to try the lamb so she ordered Ye-Beg Tibs which were small bits of lamb sautéed with onions and mild peppers along with a small green salad and served on a large round of Injera.

Everything we were served was very good. This was especially true of the avocado salad and the vegetables. Flavors of the main ingredient were allowed to take a front seat and while I am sure that it was pumpkin or winter squash that I was eating and some sort of yam, the flavors were completely new to me. The collard greens served as a clear reminder of the African roots of some Southern US staples.

We would definitely go back. The combination platters are quite enough for two, especially if you split an appetizer and want to leave room for dessert which we did not try. Prices are very reasonable and the family setting is very welcoming.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Outstanding Ethiopian/Abyssian Cuisine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

If ever you get a hankering for east African cuisine while in Charlotte, NC, please be sure to check out Queen Sheba Bar and Restaurant. Dishes are vibrant and fresh and each is prepared to order, so sit tight. Enjera is made in-house daily and is light and airy while the lentils and vegetables are savory and perfectly seasoned. And as Charlotte is warming up to this cuisine, it is likely you'll be seated straight away (a plus in our book!). There are a few other Ethiopian restaurant choices in Charlotte, but this one we've found to be superior. It's connected to a hookah lounge, if you're interested, and hosts a traditional coffee ceremony on Sundays.
Service is warm and attentive, with the owner on-hand to personally see that everything is to your satisfaction. Queen Sheba is nestled in what is one of Charlotte's multicultural neighborhoods on Central Avenue, a hub for diversity and authenticity.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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