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“Excellent restuarant - we loved the food and the people” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Semhar

Semhar
Ranked #604 of 3,332 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $22
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Jordaan
American in Cambridge
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent restuarant - we loved the food and the people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Our party of 4 ate dinner at Semhar to celebrate our friends wedding anniversary. We LOVED the Ethiopian cuisine - which was new to us - the exotic spices and various food combinations was delicious. The waitress and chef are charming and helpful.
We will go again when we next visit Amsterdam.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank MarnyE
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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
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  • Italian first
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English first
Competa, Spain
Level Contributor
68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Fantastic Kitfo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

My husband and I are huge fans of Ethiopian food and decided to eat here while on a layover. Good, friendly service and very clean. Really good traditional kitfo which is difficult to find. We had the vegetarian sampler platter. We also sampled the fruit beers which were interesting. It is rather expensive but what restaurant in Amsterdam is not.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank tatugrl
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Regina
2 reviews
“Extremely enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Very friendly service and I ready enjoyed my dish. The samosas were outstanding! Atmosphere was very nice and up beat, good vibe all around.

Visited September 2013
Helpful?
Thank jr1999jr1977
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Amsterdam
Level Contributor
44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I don't know what the fuss is about. I found the restaurant only average. I love Ethiopian and Eritrean food and been to most of the Ethiopian restaurants in Amsterdam but this is my least favourite. The food wasn't at all what I exptected. Ethiopian food is supposed to be spicy and this wasn't spicy at all! The interior is nice and the service is excellent, though.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
      Food
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2 Thank Amsterdamned74
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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257 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“You have to eat here... And they have coconut beers (yeah I said coconut beer!)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

Eat here once with a friend - or someone you'd like to become a friend with. It's a unique experience. The fruit and nut beers are also great fun.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank FreezingIrish
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