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Asmara Restaurant

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51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
+1 207-253-5122
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hanover, New Hampshire
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174 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Having traveled in Africa we were drawn to this simple family-run restaurant late on our first night in town. Wow! This is not a place for fine dining or special atmosphere, but if you want authentic East African dishes with a wonderful array of flavors and spices, this is worth the stop. The family running it could not have been... More 

Thank DartSkiDoc
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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139 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

Just a couple blocks from Longfellow house, down a side street, sits this great little place, full of aromas that will make your mouth water before you order! Lovely personal service, excellent curry and vegetables, served on rice or injera, utensils available on request.

Thank cjdesai
Calhoun, Tennessee
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

From the sidewalk, the wild animal decor behind the dusty glass, along with the unfamiliar dishes on the posted menu, intrigued us, so we decided to have lunch. The food sounded good; chicken, fresh veggies, a strange sounding bread, tea. When the waiter arrived with a plate of hot towels and asked us to wash, I suddenly felt like we... More 

Thank AlohaBuffington
Amherst, MA
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

Wholeheartedly recommend. Very tasty. Will keep this brief. If you like spicy(can be varied) and interesting food, you would love this

Thank litz59
Dayton, Ohio
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant stays open pretty late for the area -1030 ish. Food was tasty with a lot of variety and food groups. Salad was a special treat, and I liked the red lentils too. One of the only restaurants where I have seen the owner talk with customers and ask how the food was.

Thank wilderre
Mount Desert, Maine
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2016

We visited Asmara for lunch. It is a very small, "hole-in-the-wall" sort of restaurant with just 8 or 9 tables and a small kitchen in the back, but don't be put off by its undistinguished appearance. It offers several wonderfully flavored meat and vegetarian stews, all served on a traditional thin, spongy flat bread made of teff flour. The traditional... More 

Thank NovaDigby
southern new England Usa
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74 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

I wanted Ethiopian food in Maine and found it's neighboring country (?) Eritrea? Convience, got a parking spot infront, for a downtown local, was nice! Lunch was abreeze, food served with ease. I thought I ordered an entree, but got a single serving. Tastes good, but I needed more injera bread. The lady was nice n so was the price.... More 

Thank MrBry
South Bristol, Maine
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

My first taste of injera - the bread (made from teff) which serves as plate and utensils for eating the meal. We had a lamb selection with turmeric, and a creamy spinach. Lunch special seemed a good value and then the cakes to dip in maple syrup for dessert with African sweet tea. Very good!

Thank Wildfilly
Portland, Maine
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2016

Friendly owners, delicious authentic flavor, feels like you stepped into a corner restaurant in Africa, love that injera, the grain used as a base under the different sauces is gluten free!

Thank 554lori
Portland, Maine
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68 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2016 via mobile

I went to Asmara Restaurant for lunch with a friend today (a Tuesday). We noticed the restaurant a few weeks ago and wanted to try it. So glad we did!! The menu was the same for lunch and dinner, with lunch prices (and portions) lower, but the dish selection the same. Great concept!! There are lots of vegetarian selections, as... More 

Thank Laura F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-253-5122

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