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4155 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92105-1421
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We traveled to San Diego and had dinner with a friend here. It was excellent!! The food was fabulous. The atmosphere was perfect to catch up with friends as it was quiet enough to hear everyone but cozy enough that it felt comfortable. Staff are very friendly also. I would definitely eat here again and highly recommend it.

Thank Renee D
Berkeley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2014

we were brought to Asmara by our daughter and SIL for a sunday dinner. Asmara is on a busy street but does have parking in the back with parking access from 2 points, entry to the restaurant is via a front door or a back entrance from the parking area. the decor has artwork apparently depicting people of Eritrea. they... More 

Thank flashncrash
San Diego
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2014

If you are like my wife and I we pretty much eat at the same restaurants and the same cuisine. Not that there is no variety, just the same. On the advise of a cab driver on a trip home from the airport we tried Asmara. This is one of our favorites now and are regulars. We enjoy the completely... More 

Thank Commodore2010
San Diego, California, United States
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

On Sunday 6/30/13 I took several friends of mine to dine at Asmara Restaurant on University Ave, I have been to Asmara Restaurant several times, I like the food but this time, we had terrible experience with a rude and unprofessional waiter. One of my friends asked for glass cup to empty his soft drink into it but waiter said:... More 

Thank Akoi J
Saxtons River, Vermont
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2012

I've been to a lot of Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurants & this is amongst the best. Ample portions, reasonable price & everything is quite tasty

Thank jjjonas
San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2011

The atmosphere and service was great!!! The food was even better and a nice change from day-to-day american cuisine. A restaurant I will definitely visit again very soon...yummy!!!

Thank jayd1989
Lakewood, Colorado
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2011

My husband and I spent 6 months in Ethiopia a few years ago so we know Ethiopian food pretty well. This place was great, food was excellent and the prices were very reasonable. We will keep it on the list for next time we are in San Diego!

1 Thank jandlhodges
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2010

We've had Ethiopian and Eritrean food all across the country, but Asmara is among the best we've found. (The only places we've found in this league are the eponymously named Ethiopian Restaurant in Berkeley, and the Shalom Ethiopian Coffee House‎ in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (which we found by accident while moving to the East Coast).) Especially recommended are the... More 

Thank Buck_Fievre
Aspers, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2009

What a great little find! Wonderful Ethiopian food, very clean, great interior & atmosphere, very friendly service (if a touch slow sometimes - they don't hurry you). Good African beers to go with the food, too. One of our new favorites!

Thank Kilosierra

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
African, Ethiopian
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4155 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92105-1421
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-677-3999

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?