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Best Ethiopian in San Francisco

mlucier Jun 22, 2007 01:10 PM

I LOVE Ethiopian food, but have only been to 1 place in the city... a place whose name I'm forgetting... Over on Irving.
Has anyone had any really good Ethiopian food in San Francisco that they would recommend?

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  1. sfeater RE: mlucier Jun 22, 2007 01:16 PM

    Don't know if it is the best but I really like Club Wazimea on Divis. It's a bar with Ethiopian food and good beer on tap. My favorite is the spicy chicken stew (there are only about 10 choices total). Like it better than the one on 16th street and the one on lower Haight. I really like the seedy bar atmosphere (don't know if that's your thing) but the food isn't quite as good as Cafe Colucci in Berkeley.

    1. a_and_w RE: mlucier Jun 22, 2007 01:26 PM

      Make sure you hit some of the places in Oakland and Berkeley -- Cafe Colucci is awesome!

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        Robert Lauriston RE: a_and_w Jun 22, 2007 02:34 PM

        Third on Colucci. About a half-mile walk from Ashby BART.

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          grishnackh RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 23, 2007 12:43 PM

          Colucci has good food but the service leaves something to be desired. I've had more than one atrocious experience with unconscionably rude service there.

          Service is much friendlier at the nearby Ethiopia Restaurant on Ashby and Telegraph, kitty-corner from Whole Foods. Their food is every bit as good as Colucci's, with the vegetarian options tending to be quite a bit better.

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        stonefruit RE: mlucier Jun 23, 2007 07:13 AM

        I like Assab, on Geary near Masonic. South side of the street.

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          Lori SF RE: stonefruit Jun 24, 2007 10:32 AM

          2nd that!

          Also as the others said Colucci when in the eastbay

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            butter RE: Lori SF Jun 25, 2007 05:53 PM

            I really Assab on Geary, as well as Massawa on Haight.

            The only Ethiopian place in the city I've tried that I wouldn't recommend would be Axum-- I found all the dishes to be oddly bland.

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          Jzone RE: mlucier Oct 31, 2012 09:22 PM

          Heya, Vancouver Hound here and looking for great Ethiopian (always). Will be staying in Napa from 5th to 9th of Nov, but have a car so if anyone has a list newer than 5 years ago of the better places to give a try I'd really appreciate it. Thanks

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            Robert Lauriston RE: Jzone Nov 1, 2012 09:00 AM

            Oakland's probably a better bet than SF. If you're staying in the city of Napa that's about an hour drive each way outside of rush hour.


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              Melanie Wong RE: Jzone Nov 1, 2012 10:52 AM

              If your touring of wine country should take you to the Sonoma County side of the mountain, there's a very good Ethiopian restaurant called Abyssinia. The produce comes from local farmers. I'll add the caveat that I have not been there in the last year or two, but here's a link to the reports.

              For a California modern take on the food, check out Radio Africa in SF.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: Melanie Wong Nov 1, 2012 11:59 AM

                Radio Africa's chef is from Ethiopia but it's just one of many influences on his food.

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