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Cafe Colucci

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6427 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-1111
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Berkeley, California
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe my age (68) disqualifies me from reviewing this place. Everyone else was at least 30 years younger, and much looser about the relaxed wait for service and food. Very sweet servers, but hard to find when you wanted water or a second beer---and it's a tiny place. The Ethiopian food, eaten with a bread "pusher," was tasty though. I... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very comprehensive introduction to Ethiopian cuisine. It feels authentic while still being approachable. I went with a group of 3 and we sat outside, as it was unusually busy for a Tuesday evening (12 or 14 parties in the restaurant, almost every table full). The two or three people working front of house that evening took great care of us... More 

Thank Lisa T
Lagunitas, California
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74 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Planning on eating at as many of the Ethiopian restaurants in this area. Ii really enjoyed this classic very popular choice.

Thank zuni P
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

The food is flavorful and freshly prepared. Sometimes, Ethopian food can be a overly salted and oily. -definitely not the case here. Service was great. We had the vegetarian combo and added the eggplant dish. Will definitely be back.

Thank Sue D
Berkeley, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Yummy food...and well described in the menu. I like the setting...it's an interesting fun place. On Telegraph Avenue near Alcatraz...worth a visit.

Thank Ovismom
Berkeley, California
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Cafe Colucci was rated best Ethiopian in the area by East Bay Express, and it has become my standard for that cuisine. While all of the Ethiopian food I've had in the East Bay has been really excellent, few have had decent service. Every dinner I have had at Colucci has been marked by not just delicious food, but very... More 

Thank cjm77
Bellingham, Washington
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479 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 417 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

And obviously everyone in the bay area knows this, because they all seemed to be there the night we visited. Hard to get a table--but actually, all those people added to the tangible energy of this packed, casual restaurant. And that has a lot to do with the communal style of eating that is authentic, Old World Ethiopian. Everything's shared.... More 

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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532 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

No cutlery, just use your fingers! Meals are served with individual baskets of injera bread which is used to grasp the meats and vegetables on your plates and pass it to your mouth! Try to get an outside table, so much quieter even though it is on the street - the inside can be noisy as voices and laughter reverberate... More 

Thank northernneckinn
Boston, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

Very generous servings of injera and food is excellent. I loved the meat and veggie pastries (an appetizer), they were very flavorful and so good I could have eaten them all, but had to share with others. The veggie combo had plenty of food to select from and the generous baskets of injera made for a filling meal. It has... More 

Thank Travelonbike
Sacramento, CA
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71 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Having wanted to eat at cafe Colucci for a long time, we finally did so and we were quite pleased. From their website we learn the secrets of Ethiopian cooking. In Part, "The essence of Ethiopian cooking lies in the spices that vary from the fiery potent to the most delicate. Exotic spices and fresh herbs are cleverly combined to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $12
African, Vegetarian Friendly, Ethiopian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6427 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-1111
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 510-601-7999

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?