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The 7 Best African Restaurants In Seattle

Updated: October 6, 2021

Have you visited these African venues in Seattle? Go for their piri piri chicken and Kunāfah - you won’t regret it! We analyzed the top review sites with millions of diner and expert reviews to find Seattle’s top African spots. Send your taste buds on holiday to the Savanna with doro wat and glasses of Mampoer at these Seattle eateries.

Find the perfect African restaurant

Jebena Cafe

African, $, Victory HeightsAfrican, $Seattle, Victory Heights
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • The Stranger, 2017

    The Stranger's Guide to the Best Ethiopian, Central African and Mediterranean Restaurants in Seattle

    The Stranger, 2017
  • Lyft

    Top 10 Most Visited African Restaurants in Seattle

    Lyft

Meskel Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $$, GarfieldAfrican, $$Seattle, Garfield
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • The Stranger, 2017

    The Stranger's Guide to the Best Ethiopian, Central African and Mediterranean Restaurants in Seattle

    The Stranger, 2017
  • Eater, 2015

    8 Fantastic Ethiopian Restaurants Around Seattle

    Eater, 2015

Cafe Selam

African, $, GarfieldAfrican, $Seattle, Garfield
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Lyft

    Top 10 Most Visited African Restaurants in Seattle

    Lyft
  • Seattle Refined, 2015

    5 of Seattle's tastiest Ethiopian restaurants

    Seattle Refined, 2015

Zagol Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $, GarfieldAfrican, $Seattle, Garfield
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Lyft

    Top 10 Most Visited African Restaurants in Seattle

    Lyft
  • dished, 2020

    7 great spots to get Ethiopian food in Seattle

    dished, 2020

Chef Cafe

African, $, Judkins ParkAfrican, $Seattle, Judkins Park
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Lyft

    Top 10 Most Visited African Restaurants in Seattle

    Lyft
  • Seattle Refined, 2015

    5 of Seattle's tastiest Ethiopian restaurants

    Seattle Refined, 2015

Amy's Merkato

African, $, Hillman CityAfrican, $Seattle, Hillman City
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • dished, 2020

    7 great spots to get Ethiopian food in Seattle

    dished, 2020

Café Soleil

African, $, MadronaAfrican, $Seattle, Madrona
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
  • Lyft

    Top 10 Most Visited African Restaurants in Seattle

    Lyft
  • CultureTrip, 2017

    The 10 Best Restaurants In Madrona, Seattle

    CultureTrip, 2017

Why is this list better than others?

Finding the best African restaurant for you shouldn’t feel like a second job. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 1095134 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 10951 restaurants, and 1286 lists and articles from top sources like CultureTrip, dished and Seattle Refined. These spots have been featured in CultureTrip - The 10 Best Restaurants In Madrona, Seattle, dished - 7 great spots to get Ethiopian food in Seattle and Seattle Refined - 5 of Seattle's tastiest Ethiopian restaurants. 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. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. 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

    For an elevated experience, pair your seared tuna, papaya salad and lime chutney with Sauvignon Blanc. This combination works particularly well because this white wine highlights the flavour of the wine.


  • A next-level pairing for Chardonnay

    When having hake and shellfish, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

Interesting facts

  • A traditional dish

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

  • 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.


Parking info

Finding parking in Seattle 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 African spot.

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