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5020 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-2014
+1 510-547-5100
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, California
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101 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went back to Asmara for the third time. This place has good food, and excellent service. You can ask to combine entrees onto a single plate to share with injera, in the traditional style.

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Berkeley, California
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

We love Asmara. It isn't fancy, but the food is reliably good. The service is friendly. On busy nights it is slow, but always seems worth the wait. There are many Ethiopian restaurants in the area, but we have never been disappointed here.

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Thank Margot K
Rye, New York
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203 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is a Ethiopian / Erierea restaurant located in the Temscal Area in Oakland. The food is very good and is eaten with a special bread. We enjoyed the experience with a very helpful waiter. It is way to try something quite different and also very tasty. The environment is very soothingly.

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Thank Estell S
Seattle, WA
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2015

I am not a vegetarian or a fan of Ethiopian food, but the rest of my family are one or both. We were walking by while I was visiting from the west coast and 3 of us got excited about Asamara. My son and daughter in law had eaten here before, so in we went. The service was attentive and... More 

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California
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2014

We liked all the meat and vege dishes. The Tej was good. The best part was the Ingira bread was not overly sour - as they tend to get at other Ethopian places.

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The World
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442 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2014

We went because the food was rated 26 (out of 30) in the Zagats. We think it was tasty but it would be impossible for us to rate it against other Ethiopian restaurants. We had one 3 types of meat dish combination platter ($12.95) and one 3 vegetable dish combination platter ($12.95). The meats were: Ziggni/Key Watt (strips of marinated... More 

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Thank aledm
Bay Area
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

I was never into Ethiopian food until my sister introduced me to this place. Ive always ordered the #21 Doro & Gomen...not spicy. I don't even eat greens but I love this dish. It has injera which has a vinegar like taste (I love vinegar taste), which is to eat your food with. It's looks almost spongy but it's good.... More 

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Luang Prabang, Laos
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014

Walked up Telegraph St. from Oakland , most restaurants were closed in mid arvo and a rrived at Asmara not sure whether to try Ethiopian food as we have never had it before arriving from Downunder were we do not have Ethiopian restaurants. What a delight , great different tasting food with amazing spices and healthy dipping bread which is... More 

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Thank Shane F
Oakland, California
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290 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

Asmara was voted Best Ethiopian by Oakland magazine so we had to check it out. Although the food was very good, this is not Oakland's best in my opinion. Both Enssaro and Cafe Romanat serve better, tastier food. Asmara is also pricier than the other two.

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Thank Frank E
Oakland, California
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

My family has been going to Asmara for years. The food was just as good a few weeks ago as it was when we first discovered it. Also, it is a very, very friendly place and is particularly child friendly. My grandkids wander all over after they have finished eating, and the management and waitresses just smile at them and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
African, Ethiopian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5020 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-2014
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-547-5100

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