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“I crave Blue Nile's food!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
Ranked #435 of 8,115 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Houston TX
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“I crave Blue Nile's food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2011

If you have never tried Ethiopian food before, don't be intimidated. You are served a thin pancake that is the bread; you tear off small pieces and use them to pick up the food. The food is delicious! There are lots of options for vegetarians/vegans and all kinds of meat (beef, lamb, poultry, seafood), all of it cooked in sauces with spices. The food is not too spicy, so if you don't like that kind of thing, don't worry. And if you do, you can find some hotter dishes on the menu.

Blue Nile is a gem in a rather nondescript strip center. Don't be fooled by the outer appearance - the restaurant is clean, the servers are attentive, and the cooking is out of this world. My boyfriend had never had Ethiopian before, and now we both crave it when we haven't had it in a while.

Prices are reasonable; two of us can dine for $40 including beverages. Give this place a try - you won't be disappointed!

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
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English first
Houston, Texas
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Good place to try unique...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2008

Good place to try unique Ethiopian cuisine. Stale atmosphere though.

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“Not for everyone, but I...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2008

Not for everyone, but I love it!

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“I enjoyed it, but my 2 friends had mixed feelings. You eat the food off a common plate in most cases by tearing off a...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2007

I enjoyed it, but my 2 friends had mixed feelings. You eat the food off a common plate in most cases by tearing off a thin piece of pancake and using it to pick up the food. Some people find this distasteful. Others simply dislike the flavor of the pancake bread that is used, as it is made similar to sourdour bread and has a sour flavor. Personally I ADORE it, and I like the vegetarian option. However the lamb chunks were delicious as well. The restaurant decor is LOW budget, and the service is atrocious, but after a couple glasses of traditional HONEY WINE, who gives a $hit

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“Always good Ethiopian food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2007

Always good Ethiopian food.

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