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Axum Cafe

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698 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117-3305
+1 415-252-7912
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Paris, France
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

And it is really good, food is spicy though, it was not a problem with me but beware. The owners are very friendly and nice. You may have Ethiopian beer or a local beer : speakeasy!. they got also excellent Colombian coffee

Thank marc b
Bristol, United Kingdom
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2015

My husband and I tried out Axum based on previous reviews and we were so glad we did. Fantastic food at very reasonable prices, in a simple yet relaxed atmosphere. This was our first taste of Ethiopian food and we have been trying to find another restaurant that matches up to Axum ever since! If you are in the area... More 

Thank Hannah_W_M4
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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202 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

We just love visiting this restaurant, and go every time we visit San Francisco. It's not fancy, by any means, and the decor looks more like a take away than a restaurant, but the service is always friendly, the food full of flavour and the prices cheap. We love to have the platter for two, which is massive, comes with... More 

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Laguna Hills, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

Every time I'm in San Francisco I try to make it to Axum Cafe. They make this one mushroom dish called Kintishara that is amazing! It's mushrooms diced and simmered in tomatoes,onions garlic and authentic Ethiopian spices. I haven't found this particular dish in any other Ethiopian restaurant so I come here to get my fix.

2 Thank RHG62
Rochester, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

If you are looking for good authenic and affordable Ethiopian food, this is the place for you. We ordered the vegetarian platter for five. The portion is large, the favors fantastic, and everything had just the right amount of spice. If you want fine dining with table clothes and fancy silverware, go someplace else. If you want really good food... More 

1 Thank J N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

Excellent lamb and the woman working was great company. We chatted for an hour. I would recommend this restaurant for a good meal

Thank danielTucson
San Francisco
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

My friend suggested Ethopian Food and I was not sure what I was getting into. Axum is on Haight Street but off from the madness of Haight/Ashbury. I was surprised to find street parking readily available, this is San Francisco. The Entrance was unassuming but when I arrived the server greeted me quickly. We said we were hungry and the... More 

Thank Sue P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2011

Great Ethiopean restaurant with very friendly and attentive staff. The food was very tasty and fresh. Eating with your hands is fun and I would eat there anytime again. We had a combination platter for two, with vegetarian and meat dishes on it. Also enjoyed the Ethiopean beer. Very moderately priced. No frills and a rather small menu, which always... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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105 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2011

We staggered in after our long flight, without a booking, but were fortunate to find a table. The guy out front, who seemed to be doing everything from clearing tables, to welcoming guests and taking food and drink orders, was very welcoming, but understandably rushed. We ordered a platter for two, and were intrigued as we hadn't tried Ethiopian food... More 

1 Thank roosterza
Long Island, NY
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2008

If you're on a budget, this is a must stop. Judging from the other diners, this seems to be a local favorite as well. Service slow but pleasant and decor is upscale cafeteria. Food is well seasoned and plentiful - just don't expect gourmet quality at these prices. Tab for 2 with wine or beer about $30

1 Thank West46th

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $12
African, Cafe, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 698 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117-3305
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Haight-Ashbury
  • Neighborhood: Haight-Ashbury
  • Phone Number: +1 415-252-7912

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

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Neighborhood Profile
The area surrounding the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets, “The Haight” still exudes vibes of the 1960s counterculture as a haven for vintage clothes, music, pop posters and body piercing shops. While the Summer of Love ended decades ago, Haight-Ashbury has turned into a melting pot of hippies, hipsters, and professionals. Walking through its streets can still feel like stepping back in time. A must-see neighborhood for most music fans, it’s easy to see why these streets attracted the likes of the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. You’ll likely be content in The Haight day or night, just be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
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