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The 9 Best Ethiopian Restaurants In Oakland

Updated: October 6, 2021

Hearty stews and veg platters with tangy injera are a few of the Ethiopian staples found at these Oakland spots. We analyzed the top blogs, restaurant review sites, and food blogs to find the best Ethiopian spots in town. Wash down an Insta worthy Mahaberawi platter with Ethiopian beer at one of these great Oakland restaurants.

Find the perfect Ethiopian 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

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

Cafe Eritrea D'Afrique

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

Red Sea Restaurant and Bar

African, $$, ShafterAfrican, $$Oakland, Shafter
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

How was this list created?

We know how time consuming it can be to find the best Ethiopian restaurants in Oakland. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 3104661 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 28808 restaurants, and 1901 lists and articles from top sources like Eater, Michelin Guide and Hoodline. These top contenders have appeared 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. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. 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.

Drink pairing tips

  • Chenin Blanc with your kifto

    Experts suggest pairing kifto with a glass of crisp Chenin Blanc, a white wine that cuts the wine's tartness while the wine makes the stew taste spicier.


  • Pair Syrah with yebeg llicha

    When considering how to best enjoy your yebeg llicha, we would highlight how well a glass of Syrah complements the dish as it marries the richness of the dish.


  • The perfect match for waze tibs

    Experts often pair waze tibs with a glass of Cune Rioja, a popular red wine.

Interesting facts

  • A classic dish

    wat is one of the most popular dishes in Ethiopia, often prepared with stewed lamb or goat.

Parking information

Oaklandis 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 Ethiopian spot.

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