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The 9 Best African Restaurants In San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Have you visited these African venues in San Diego? Go for their piri piri chicken and Kunāfah - you won’t regret it! We analyzed the top restaurant review sites and leading food blogs for the best African spots in San Diego. Sit down and feast on Jollof Rice while sipping on Amarula liquor at these San Diego venues.

Find the perfect African restaurant

Medina Moroccan-Baja Kitchen

African, $$, North ParkAfrican, $$San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0
  • Eater, 2021

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    Eater, 2021

Muzita Abyssinian Bistro

African, $$, University HeightsAfrican, $$San Diego, University Heights
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Fatuma's Restaurant

African, $, Fox CanyonAfrican, $San Diego, Fox Canyon
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Faridas Somalian Cuisine

African, $, Ridgeview-WebsterAfrican, $San Diego, Ridgeview-Webster
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Flavors of East Africa

African, $$, University HeightsAfrican, $$San Diego, University Heights
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • CultureTrip, 2017

    The 10 Best Restaurants In City Heights, San Diego

    CultureTrip, 2017

Cafe Royale

African, $, RolandoAfrican, $San Diego, Rolando
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

African Spices

African, $, San DiegoAfrican, $San Diego
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

GIHON Ethiopian Kitchen

African, $$, North ParkAfrican, $$San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Red Sea Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $, Fairmount VillageAfrican, $San Diego, Fairmount Village
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

What gets a restaurant into the top 10?

Finding the best African restaurant for you shouldn’t feel like a second job. We pored over ratings for 10162 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in San Diego and 624 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what CultureTrip and Eater had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. Yes, we even looked at CultureTrip - The 10 Best Restaurants In City Heights, San Diego and Eater - Where to Brunch Right Now in San Diego to pull this list together. 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. Nobody paid to get on this list, these restaurants earned their spots fair and square. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Frequently asked questions

Muzita Abyssinian Bistro, Flavors of East Africa, and Taste of African Cuisine are the highest-rated vegan-friendly African restaurants in San Diego.

Muzita Abyssinian Bistro is the highest-rated African restaurant for a date night in San Diego.

There are 14 African restaurants in San Diego.

Medina Moroccan-Baja Kitchen, Aalami Restaurant, and Flavors Express are the highest-rated African restaurants for a quick lunch in San Diego.

Aalami Restaurant, Flavors Express, and Muzita Abyssinian Bistro are the highest-rated African restaurants that are good for groups in San Diego.

Drink pairing tips

  • Go for Grenache with ewa agoyin

    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.


  • The perfect match for pork ribs with a barbecue rub

    Experts recommend pairing a pork ribs with a barbecue rub with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a popular white wine.

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

    A white wine, like Sauvignon Blanc, is a good partner drink to with seared tuna, papaya salad and lime chutney because highlights the flavour of the wine.

Factoids

  • The first ever Arabica coffee

    The next time you bite into a deliciousArabica coffee remember to thank Ethiopia who are responsible for this tasty culinary invention.

  • For the love of barbeque

    Grab your barbeque to celebrate National Barbeque Day! Don’t forget, it’s on July 4.

  • A typical drink from Morocco

    did you know that they make tea by unique brewing technique? We learn something new everyday!

Parking information

San Diegois notorious for tricky parking. 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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