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The 4 Best Ethiopian Restaurants In San Francisco

Updated: October 6, 2021

If you like satisfying injera pancakes with berbere-infused stews you will love these Ethiopian spots in San Francisco. We analyzed the top review sites and leading local food articles for the great Ethiopian spots on this list. So for the tastiest goat tibs and Doro watt in San Francisco pay the spots below a visit.

Find the perfect Ethiopian restaurant

Tadu Ethiopian Kitchen

African, $, TenderloinAfrican, $San Francisco, Tenderloin
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2018

    San Francisco's top 6 African restaurants

    Hoodline, 2018
  • Thrillist

    The Best Restaurant for Every Type of Cuisine in SF


Oasis Cafe

African, $, North PanhandleAfrican, $San Francisco, North Panhandle
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5
  • San Francisco Travel

    Where To Eat And Drink In Nopa

    San Francisco Travel
  • Eater

    Eat and Drink Down Divisadero Street



African, $$, South of MarketAfrican, $$San Francisco, South of Market
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Axum Cafe

African, $$, Hayes ValleyAfrican, $$San Francisco, Hayes Valley
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5
  • SF Weekly

    The 10 Indispensable Lower Haight Restaurants

    SF Weekly

Why is this list better than others?

Finding the best Ethiopian restaurant for you shouldn’t feel like a second job. 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 SF Weekly, Eater and San Francisco Travel. We cross-referenced with top lists, like SF Weekly - The 10 Indispensable Lower Haight Restaurants, Eater - Eat and Drink Down Divisadero Street and San Francisco Travel - Where To Eat And Drink In Nopa. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal as the industry adapts to COVID-19. Our site gets no payment from the restaurants we show, so you can trust what you see. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair Chenin Blanc with kifto

    kifto, goes very well with a glass of crisp Chenin Blanc, a white winethat cuts the wine's tartness while the wine makes the stew taste spicier.

  • Take doro wat to the next level

    Experts suggest pairing a doro wat with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

  • Syrah and yebeg llicha

    When considering what goes best with yebeg llicha, we recommend a glass of Syrah, it truly complements the dish as it marries the richness of the dish.

Fun facts

  • A classic dish

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

Parking information

Finding parking in San Francisco can be tricky, especially if you are going out for food. 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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