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Asmara Restaurant

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51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
+1 207-253-5122
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“injera” (18 reviews)
“red lentils” (4 reviews)
“lamb” (9 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 11:30 PMAll hours
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
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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
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...More

1  Thank wilderre
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,...More

1  Thank NovaDigby
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,...More

Thank MrBry
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...More

Thank Wildfilly
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
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,...More

Thank Laura F
Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

This is a great spot to eat at. The food is very savory and I love that you can eat with your hand :) We ordered the beef tibsy and the chicken in a mild curry. Came wiTh the bread, lentils and cabbage. Everything was...More

Thank savoiei
Reviewed October 26, 2015

Slightly out of the way off the hustle/bustle of Congress by 3/4 a block... and WELL WORTH THE FIND !!! Wonderful family has provided authentic Eritrean food for 10 + years to Portland. Amazing food, amazing casual atmosphere with table of downtown executives next to...More

Thank 2_Island_Guy
Reviewed August 7, 2015

I love Ethiopian food, so an Eritrean restaurant is something I am going to love! This place was tasty, and a good value! The injera is different than the Ethiopian style, not as tart, but still very good. The spicy lamb dish we ordered had...More

Thank Sarah L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Kids, 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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