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The 8 Best Ethiopian Restaurants Near Berkeley

Updated: October 6, 2021

If you like satisfying injera pancakes with berbere-infused stews you will love these Ethiopian spots in Berkeley. We analyzed the top review sites and leading local food articles for the great Ethiopian spots on this list. Wash down an Insta worthy Mahaberawi platter with Ethiopian beer at one of these great Berkeley restaurants.

Find the perfect Ethiopian restaurant

Lemat

African, $$, BerkeleyAfrican, $$Berkeley
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5
  • Find Me Gluten Free

    THE 30 BEST Gluten Free Restaurants in Berkeley, California

    Find Me Gluten Free

Ethiopia Restaurant

African, $, BerkeleyAfrican, $Berkeley
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Cafe Romanat

African, $$, OaklandAfrican, $$Oakland, Grand Lake
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2018

    The 5 best Ethiopian spots in Oakland, ranked

    Hoodline, 2018
  • Michelin Guide

    The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019)

    Michelin Guide

Barcote Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $$, OaklandAfrican, $$Oakland, Fairview Park
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2018

    The 5 best Ethiopian spots in Oakland, ranked

    Hoodline, 2018
  • Michelin Guide

    The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019)

    Michelin Guide

Shewhat

African, $18 avg. main dish, OaklandAfrican, $18 avg. main dishOakland, Bushrod
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

Lula

African, $$, OaklandAfrican, $$Oakland, Pill Hill
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Abesha Ethiopian Cuisine

African, $, OaklandAfrican, $Oakland, Temescal
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater

    Where to Eat and Drink in Temescal

    Eater

Blue Nile Ethiopian

African, $$, OaklandAfrican, $$Oakland, Lakewide
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

How does it work?

Figuring out the best Ethiopian restaurants can take awhile. We analyzed 28808 Berkeley restaurants on Yelp and Google, 3104661 Berkeley restaurant reviews, and 1901 lists and articles – looking closely at what Find Me Gluten Free, Eater and Michelin Guide had to say – and applied our boam magic. The restaurants you see have been featured in Find Me Gluten Free - THE 30 BEST Gluten Free Restaurants in Berkeley, California, Eater - Where to Eat and Drink in Temescal and Michelin Guide - The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019). We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal as the industry adapts to COVID-19. Since boam gets no payment for showing these restaurants, you can trust the restaurants in this list. These ten options are sure to delight.

Drink pairing tips

  • Chenin Blanc and kifto


    When considering how to best enjoy your kifto, we would highlight how well a glass of Chenin Blanc complements the dish as it cuts the wine's tartness while the wine makes the stew taste spicier.


  • The perfect match for doro wat

    Experts often pair doro wat with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

  • A great drink pairing for waze tibs

    Knowing what to pair with waze tibs can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some red wine, particularly a glass of Cune Rioja. This, smooth body, red wine balances the spicy waze tibs.

Fun facts

  • The traditional wat

    Often regarded as one of the most traditional dishes in Ethiopia, wat has long been prepared with stewed lamb or goat.

Parking information

Few things are as aggravating as circling around the block, looking for parking when you’re hungry. 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 Ethiopian spot.

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