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The 7 Best African Restaurants Near Cleveland

Updated: August 23, 2022

Have you visited these African venues in Cleveland? Go for their piri piri chicken and Kunāfah - you won’t regret it! We analyzed millions of diner and expert reviews from top sites for the best African restaurants in Cleveland. Start the day with a rusk and Kenyan coffee or finish it with Injera, whatever you're after you will find it below.

Find the perfect African restaurant

Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $$, ClevelandAfrican, $$Cleveland, St. Claire-Superior
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

    Here are Cleveland's top 3 African spots

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Hoodline, 2019

    Explore the 4 top spots in Cleveland's St. Clair-Superior neighborhood

    Hoodline, 2019

Cassa Kitchen & Catering

Mediterranean, $$, ClevelandMediterranean, $$Cleveland, Central
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 5.0

Yum Village

Caribbean, $$, ClevelandCaribbean, $$Cleveland, Downtown
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 4.5

Habesha Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant

African, $$, ClevelandAfrican, $$Cleveland, Kamm's Corner
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Zoma Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $$, ClevelandAfrican, $$Cleveland
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Choukouya Resto Bar

African, $$, ClevelandAfrican, $$Cleveland
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

If you travel further

MoMo's Kebab

Moroccan, $, Cleveland HeightsMoroccan, $Cleveland Heights
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

How did we curate this list?

Picking the right African restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. We analyzed 209 lists and articles from top sources like Hoodline, 5547 Cleveland restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 823905 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. We cross-referenced with top lists, like Hoodline - Explore the 4 top spots in Cleveland's St. Clair-Superior neighborhood and Hoodline - Here are Cleveland's top 3 African spots. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their updated available services, so you can actually enjoy the food we show. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Recurring questions

Kifaya's Kitchen, Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant, and Cassa Kitchen & Catering are the highest-rated African restaurants for take-out in Cleveland.

There are 8 African restaurants in Cleveland.

Choukouya Resto Bar and Bodega Restaurant & Lounge are the highest-rated upscale restaurants for African cuisine in Cleveland.

Kifaya's Kitchen, Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant, and Habesha Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant are the highest-rated African restaurants that are good for groups in Cleveland.

Choukouya Resto Bar and Bodega Restaurant & Lounge are the highest-rated African restaurants for a date night in Cleveland.

Drink pairing tips

  • Sauvignon Blanc with your seared tuna, papaya salad and lime chutney

    A nice white wine that will bring the most out of the tangy flavors of your seared tuna, papaya salad and lime chutney would be Sauvignon Blanc.

  • Enjoy ewa agoyin with Grenache

    For an elevated experience, pair your ewa agoyin with Grenache. This combination works particularly well because this red wine complements the sweetness of the ewa with the fruity wine.


  • A next-level match for hake and shellfish

    Experts recommend pairing a hake and shellfish with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

Did you know?

  • A must-visit festival in Tulsa

    Tulsa, The United States is the proud home of the annual The United States Steak Cook-Off Festival, held every August to celebrate everything that is good about African.


  • An iconic duo: The Arnold Palmer Cocktail & Southern barbecue

    What makes The Arnold Palmer Cocktailunique? They make it by mixing some lemonade into tea, and it makes a great accompaniment to some Southern barbecue.

  • For the love of barbeque

    It’s National Barbeque Day on July 4. You better not forget! Grab your barbeque and celebrate!

Parking info

Parking in Cleveland can be notoriously tough. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen African spot.

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