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20 E 5th St, Ste 102, Kansas City, MO 64106-1102
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 Blake I
Dallas, TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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
Kansas City, Missouri
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62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

Blue Nile has excellent, tasty Ethiopian food in the City Market area. The injera (thin, spongy Ethiopian bread) is wonderful – and free. You don’t go there for the décor - very plain. Vegetarians will be delighted with the menu items --also good meat dishes. I had lamb which was wonderfully seasoned. Wine and beer available. They close early 8-9pm... More 

Thank Foster P
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

I love this place. Food is always good and they have all you can eat during lunch so you can try a variety. Vey nice outdoor patio. The inside needs updated. It's looked the same ( kinda drab ) for years. But your not doing for the ambiance. Service is good.

Thank michellek32
Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

From the moment the waiter sat us, to when he brought us the check, this was truly a gem to find and dine at. I love everything that was served and all of the staff were very informative of all the different foods. Very beautiful and fun experience.

Thank Laura S
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Located in the forefront of the City Market alongside other ethnic restaurants and markets. The food is great and packed with flavor. I've grown up with Ethiopian food and culture. When I'm wanting to reminice or my auntie can't make me some Enjera, I visit Blue Nile. Please be patient as your food being prepped and made, expect to bring... More 

Thank MissJaPak
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113 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

I've never had Ethiopian food but I've always wanted to try it. I was not expecting the delicious, robust flavors and texture to this food. You don't eat with a fork but rather a wrapped up piece of bread. I tried the Yesiga Tibs with a homemade mango smoothie and everything was exceptional. I mean the service was great and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $17
African, Vegetarian, Ethiopian
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
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 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 64106-1102
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: 18162830990
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?