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20 E 5th St, Ste 102, Kansas City, MO 64106-1145
+1 816 283 09 90
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mountain View, California
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

Small, friendly Ethiopian café with a very good lunch buffet. The food was as good any I have tasted in the SF Bay Area, which is saying a lot.

Thank Janice P
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

For my first experience with Ethiopian food, this was excellent! We tried 3 different meat dishes and were very impressed. Definitely recommend.

Thank Dane H
Kansas City, Missouri
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

We visited the Blue Nike Cafe because of the lunch buffet. We'd never had Ethiopian food and a buffet seemed a safe option for something new. We were very pleasantly surprised how good it was. They make you plate for you. We all asked for a little bit of everything. I don't know what any of it was called but... More 

Thank Susie N
Jacksonville, Florida
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104 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

I went with four friends and each of of us enjoyed our meal. Between all of us, we tried almost everything on the menu- it was all good. My favorite was the mushroom and onions. The baklava was great too.

1 Thank Laura L
Denver, Co
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

I like Ethiopian food and this was the best ever! It is a small place in t h e City Market. My family and I visited Kansas City for four days and we found this place by chance. Lucky us. We had the lunch buffet and I tried all of it. My taste buds danced! No kidding. Best food ever... More 

Thank G7919OCjamesw
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

I got a groupon for this restaurant. I have been to ethiopian before but not this restaurant. We ordered a veg combo and a meat combo. It was really good. injera was awesome. their service was good.

Thank Rajkumar T
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

My partner and I tried for the first time and loved it. I recommend the traditional flatbread. My partner ordered it because it was the gluten free option. The server told us it is fermented and it has so much flavor than the flatbread they serve. Lunch buffet for only $10 including on the weekends. This is somewhere we'll be... More 

Thank BeLikeWater311
Dallas, TX
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150 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016

Go during happy hour - you can make a meal of appetizers for under $15. It's one of the few places with A/C in the City Market area, so it was great to sit inside and eat after wandering the market.

Thank LTtravels2003
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45 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Return to Blue Nile from a visit to KC a few years ago. Decor refreshed. Delicious cuisine. Ginger juice extraordinary. Mango juice pulpy, tasty and filling. Veggies, Samboosas, Shrimp Tibs excellent. Coffee Roasting Ceremony a nice touch. It speaks volumes when wait staff--to a person--enthused about the Blue Nile. So courteous. We laid back for a 2 hour unwinding that... More 

Thank Bruce W
De Soto, Kansas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2016

I was SO happy to find an amazing Ethiopian Restaurant with absolutely delicious vegetarian and vegan options!! Great setting a warm, friendly service too!

Thank KCPoloChik

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $17
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 E 5th St, Ste 102, Kansas City, MO 64106-1145
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: +1 816 283 09 90
The Blue Nile Cafe is a unique dining experience, featuring a variety of delicious & healthy meals. We are Kansas City's oldest Ethiopian restaurant. Our dishes feature shrimp, chicken, beef, and lamb. A wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options are available.

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