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Cafe Ethiopia

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Mission District
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878 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1739
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Tue 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Fri 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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168 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

I was not impressed with the restaurant, the food, or the service. There is a high-pitched alarm on the entrance door that beeps loudly three times whenever anyone enters or leaves. For me, this alone would make the place a never-visit-again experience. Service was slow and unenthusiastic. In fairness, we were in a hurry and it may have seemed worse... More 

Thank previse
Sao Paulo, SP
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2015

Cafe Ethiopia is an unassuming little restaurant on Valencia St that offers a nice variety of tasty dishes served in traditional Ethiopian style. The portions are perfectly sized and delicious, and the price is very reasonable. Best visited with others, as more dishes can be shared and a variety of palates can be pleased.

Thank wanderingourmand
Greenfield MA
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165 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2015

We went here based on others reviews, and were glad we did. The food is served in traditional style and you use your hands. SO worth the adventure - the food was excellent, and reasonably priced in an area that is becoming quite upscale and getting known for its fusion and other exotic restaurants. The only reason we didn't give... More 

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2015

If you try Cafe Ethiopia be prepared to eat with your hands and fingers. You can request a fork, but that would spoil the fun. We ordered a combination plate which is only $14.50 and you can order 2 meat items and 1 vegetarian dish from several choices. We chose Lamb Tsebhi Begee (Beg Wat): Tender lamb with bones cooked... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2015

While visiting San Francisco, I was really craving some Ethiopian food and this did not disappoint. I decided to go on my birthday, and although I could tell my friends were not as keen on the idea, they all came along and were willing to give it a try, even one very picky young teen. And they all loved it!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

ok, it was a friends birthday and she was gung ho about having Ethiopian food. I admit I was not excited about it, but it was her birthday and I love her, so along I went......SO GLAD I DID! This was a wonderful little mom and pop restaurant. The food was fresh, flavorful and fantastic! Very fun to try something... More 

Thank Julie B
Edmonton, Canada
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200 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is not fine dining, but it is a delicious, home-cooked Ethiopian taste experience. We enjoyed it all - sega tibs (beef), misir wat (spicy lentil stew), alecha (mixed veggie stew), but our very favorite was the Chicken and spinach stew. So good we had to order an extra serving! All of this is served on injera and with more... More 

Thank albertasn0wbird
Seattle, WA
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49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

At this Ethiopian restaurant, you have to order, separately, and for a minimum of about ten dollars, all the individual little sides that normally come with a plate. At the Ethiopian restaurants that I'm used to in Seattle, things are done very differently - you order a plate with a theme, and get a small amount of all the sides... More 

Thank SunInHawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

The cubed beef had me wanting more after the first and last bite!!! Now I crave the spicy, delicious flavor! Not hard to find but its a nice drive. quiet little place. If you want to try more than one thing, they have combo plates.

Thank brooksy2589
Western North Carolina
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25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2011

My wife and I were visiting from rural Western North Carolina and staying in The Mission...a universe away from where we live! On this trip we were all about experiencing new things and new cusines, and our host suggested we try Cafe Ethiopia at some point. We are very glad we did, as we enjoyed it throughly. Its truly different... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
African, Ethiopian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 878 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1739
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighborhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: 415-285-2728

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

Staying in Mission District

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Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighborhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.
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