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The 8 Best African Restaurants In Oakland

Updated: October 6, 2021

Love a good ‘braai’ and malva pudding? Then you should know Oakland boasts some great African dining options. We analyzed the top restaurant review sites and leading food blogs for the best African spots in Oakland. Send your taste buds on holiday to the Savanna with doro wat and glasses of Mampoer at these Oakland eateries.

Find the perfect African restaurant

Cafe Romanat

African, $$, Grand LakeAfrican, $$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, $$, Fairview ParkAfrican, $$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, BushrodAfrican, $18 avg. main dishOakland, Bushrod
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

The Damel

African, $13 avg. main dish, DowntownAfrican, $13 avg. main dishOakland, Downtown
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Lula

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

Abesha Ethiopian Cuisine

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

    Where to Eat and Drink in Temescal

    Eater

Blue Nile Ethiopian

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

Asmara Restaurant

African, $$, TemescalAfrican, $$Oakland, Temescal
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

How did these spots get chosen?

We know how time consuming it can be to find the best African restaurants in Oakland. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 28808 spots across Oakland, analyzed 3104661 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 1901 lists and articles from the likes of Eater, Michelin Guide and Hoodline – applying our boam magic to sift through results. These spots have been featured in Eater - Where to Eat and Drink in Temescal, Michelin Guide - The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019) and Hoodline - The 5 best Ethiopian spots in Oakland, ranked. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Drink pairing tips

  • Grenache and ewa agoyin


    When considering how to best enjoy your ewa agoyin, we would highlight how well a glass of Grenache complements the dish as it complements the sweetness of the ewa with the fruity wine.


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

    To elevate your seared tuna, papaya salad and lime chutney experience, we recommend some Sauvignon Blanc to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this white wine highlights the flavour of the wine.

  • The perfect match for hake and shellfish

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

Interesting facts

  • October = African festival

    Did you know that every year in October foodies in Lagos, Nigeria celebrate their passion for African? The Lagos Street Food Festivalis held annually.


  • A popular dish

    Making palm butter sauce, often paired with goat, is a long-held tradition in Liberia.

Parking info

Getting a good parking spot in Oakland can be tough, and it’s worse if 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 African spot.

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