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The 8 Best African Restaurants In San Jose

Updated: October 6, 2021

Have you visited these African venues in San Jose? 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 Jose. Start the day with a rusk and Kenyan coffee or finish it with Injera, whatever you're after you will find it below.

Find the perfect African restaurant

Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $$, West San JoseAfrican, $$San Jose, West San Jose
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Lyft

    Most Visited African Restaurants in West San Jose, San Jose

    Lyft
  • Michelin Guide

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

    Michelin Guide

Walia Ethiopian Cuisine

African, $$, Rose GardenAfrican, $$San Jose, Rose Garden
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Michelin Guide

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

    Michelin Guide

Yeshi Express

African, DowntownAfricanSan Jose, Downtown
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 5.0

Jubba Restaurant

African, $, Blossom ValleyAfrican, $San Jose, Blossom Valley
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

LeYou Ethiopian

African, $$, DowntownAfrican, $$San Jose, Downtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $, San JoseAfrican, $San Jose
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Kategna Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $$, Rose GardenAfrican, $$San Jose, Rose Garden
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Mudai Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $$, DowntownAfrican, $$San Jose, Downtown
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

How does it work?

Picking the right African restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 28808 spots across San Jose, analyzed 3104661 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 1901 lists and articles from the likes of Michelin Guide and Lyft – applying our boam magic to sift through results. These spots have been featured in Michelin Guide - The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019) and Lyft - Most Visited African Restaurants in West San Jose, San Jose. As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. These ten options are sure to delight.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair Grenache with 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.


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

    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.

  • Take hake and shellfish to the next level

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

Did you know?

  • Celebrating African

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


  • The traditional palm butter sauce

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

Parking in the area

Getting a good parking spot in San Jose 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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