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Top 100 Ethiopian Restaurants in the U.S. According to Yelp

Ethiopia. Birthplace of coffee. Source of the (Blue) Nile. Home to ancient archaeological treasures. There are so many unique aspects that make up the rich culture and history of this diverse, never-colonized East African nation. But perhaps the most universally celebrated feature that connects Ethiopia to the world is its deliciously distinctive colorful cuisine. 

Rosalind’s Ethiopian Restaurant (Los Angeles, CA) – From the business owner

Eating Ethiopian food is not only tasty, it is a delightful cultural experience. From traditional practices like ‘gursha’ where one generously feeds their dining companion as a sign of affection and friendship, to the practice of sitting around a ‘mesob’ eating from an oversized, shared community plate, there is nothing quite like it. Never tried it? Don’t be intimidated. Here are a few rules of thumb when indulging in this one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Step 1: Thoroughly wash your hands beforehand. Your hands are your utensils when eating Ethiopian.

Step 2: Use your right hand to break off bite-sized pieces of ‘injera’, a thin spongy sour flatbread, to wrap around the the various ‘wat’ or stews you order. Although meat dishes are popular, Ethiopian food tends to be a favorite option among vegetarian and vegan flavor-seekers. And although finger licking good, it’s good manners to avoid doing so when eating Ethiopian. 

Step 3: Your right hand should be free to use for drinking. Order a traditional ‘buna’ coffee, ‘tej’ honey wine, or ‘shai’ tea to wash it all down. 

Hungry yet? We’ve got you covered. Check out this list of the top 100 Ethiopian restaurants across the country according to Yelp! 

Top 100 Ethiopian Restaurants in the U.S. According to Yelp Methodology: We identified businesses in the Ethiopian category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews between January 1, 2015 and July 20, 2020. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of July 2020.

Shebelle Ethiopian Cuisine & Bar (Dallas, TX) – Shebelle E
  1. GS Cafe and Ethiopian Cuisine (Covina, CA)
  2. Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine (Orlando, FL)
  3. Enat Ethiopian Restaurant (Charlotte, NC)
  4. St Yared Ethiopian Restaurant (Indianapolis, IN)
  5. Abugida Ethiopian Cafe & Restaurant (Charlotte, NC)
  6. Shewhat Addis Restaurant (Oakland, CA)
  7. Addis Restaurant (San Diego, CA)
  8. Derae Restaurant (Memphis, TN)
  9. Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant & Lounge (Houston, TX)
  10. Enatye Ethiopian Restaurant (Herndon, VA)
Ethiopic (Washington DC) – Sarah S
  1. Buna Ethiopian Restaurant & Market (Los Angeles, CA)
  2. Awash Ethiopian Restaurant (Miami, FL)
  3. Benyam Cuisine (New York, NY)
  4. Yenat Guada Ethiopian Cuisine (Dallas, TX)
  5. Radio Africa Kitchen (San Francisco, CA)
  6. Vera’s Kitchen (Manassas, VA)
  7. Authentic Ethio African (Phoenix, AZ)
  8. Hawwi Ethiopian Restaurant (Alexandria, VA)
  9. Tadu Ethiopian Kitchen (San Francisco, CA)
  10. Aberus Ethiopian Restaurant (Portland, OR)
Blue Nile (Houston, TX) – From the business owner
  1. Embilta Café & Restaurant Ethiopian Cuisine (Atlanta, GA)
  2. Habiba’s Ethiopian Kitchen (Syracuse, NY)
  3. Teff Eritrean & Ethiopian Cuisine (Stamford, CT)
  4. Manna Bistro & Bakery (Centreville, VA)
  5. Mitmita Ethiopian Restaurant (Tampa, FL)
  6. Desta Ethiopian Kitchen (Atlanta, GA)
  7. Ada’s Gojjo (Asbury Park, NJ)
  8. Amy’s Merkato (Seattle, WA)
  9. Try me Ethiopian Cuisine (Greshman, OR)
  10. Major Restaurant East African Authentic Food (Indianapolis, IN)
Buna The Soul of Coffee (Toronto, CA) – Koshin N
  1. Addis Restaurant (Columbus, OH)
  2. Jebena Cafe’ (Seattle, WA)
  3. Letena Ethiopian Restaurant (Washington DC)
  4. Arif Cafe’ (Dallas, TX)
  5. Walia Ethiopian Restaurant (South Orange, NJ)
  6. Delish Ethiopian Cuisine (Seattle, WA)
  7. Mesob Restaurant (Kansas City, MO)
  8. Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant (Omaha, NE)
  9. Awash Ethiopian Restaurant (San Diego, CA)
  10. Taste of Ethiopia (Pflugerville, TX)
Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine (Chicago, IL) – From the business owner
  1. Kaffa Ethiopian Cuisine (Berkeley, CA)
  2. Taste of Ethiopia (Austin, TX)
  3. Kibrom’s Restaurant (Boise, ID)
  4. Ethio Coffee House (Nashville, TN)
  5. Abyssinia Restaurant (Santa Rosa, CA)
  6. Nile Ethiopian Restaurant (Orlando, FL)
  7. Mela Bistro (Oakland, CA)
  8. Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant (Cleveland, OH)
  9. Heat Da Spot (Washington DC)
  10. Zemam’s Massawa Restaurant (Tucson, AZ)
Lemat (Berkeley, CA) – Menna A
  1. Massawa Restaurant (San Francisco, CA)
  2. Ras Plant Based (Brooklyn, NY)
  3. Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant (Los Angeles, CA)
  4. Sora Ethiopian Market (Alexandria, VA)
  5. Rehoboth Eritrean-Ethiopian Cuisine (San Antonio, TX)
  6. Samson’s Market Bistro (Fort Worth, TX)
  7. Haleluya Ethiopian Gourmet (Freemont, CA)
  8. Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant (Anchorage, AK)
  9. Harrar Coffee & Roastery (Washington DC)
  10. Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine (Spokane, WA)
Tsehay Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar (Washington DC) – Tsehay D
  1. Addis Nola (New Orleans, LA)
  2. Bunna Cafe (Brooklyn, NY)
  3. Meleket Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)
  4. Ingera Rock Ethiopian cuisine (Rockville, MD)
  5. Abugida Ethiopian Cuisine and Cafe (Woodbridge, VA)
  6. Nile Ethiopian Bistro & Cafe (Richmond, VA)
  7. Bole Ethiopian Restaurant (Atlanta, GA)
  8. Umana Restaurant and Wine Bar  (Albany, NY)
  9. Cafe Luhena (Las Vegas, NV)
  10. Ras Dashen (Seattle, WA)
Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant (Los Angeles, CA) – From the business owner
  1. Feedel Bistro (Atlanta, GA)
  2. Mesob Cafe (Virginia Beach, VA)
  3. Cafe Desta (Tucson, AZ)
  4. Nazret Ethiopia Restaurant (Falls Church, VA)
  5. Abyssinia Restaurant (Anaheim, CA)
  6. Alem Ethiopian Village (Milwaukee, WI)
  7. Muzita Abyssinian Bistro (San Diego, CA)
  8. Aster’s Ethiopian Restaurant (Austin, TX)
  9. New Eritrea Restaurant & Bar (San Francisco, CA)
  10. Manna Weenta (Athens, GA)
Delish Ethiopian Cuisine (Seattle, WA) – From the business owner
  1. Sisters Ethiopian Restaurant (Portland, OR)
  2. Queen of Sheba (Louisville, KY)
  3. Gosh Ethiopian Restaurant (Knoxville, TN)
  4. Addis Ethiopian Cuisine (Springfield, OR)
  5. Rohobot Ethiopian Restaurant (Silver Spring, MD)
  6. Awaze Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine (Cary, NC)
  7. Azla (Los Angeles, CA)
  8. Nanya Cafe (Dayton, OH)
  9. Café Lalibela (Tempe, AZ)
  10. Queen of Sheba (Oklahoma City, OK)
  1. Lucy East African Cuisine (Buffalo, NY)
  2. Shebelle Ethiopian Restaurant (Washington DC)
  3. Juba Restaurant & Cafe (Tukwila, WA)
  4. Ethiopian Cafe (Boston, MA)
  5. Nile Ethiopian Restaurant & Grocery (Charlotte, NC)
  6. Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant (Broken Arrow, OK)
  7. Lemat (Berkeley, CA)
  8. Café Avole (Seattle, WA)
  9. Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant (Sacramento, CA)
  10. Berbere Ethiopian Cuisine (San Antonio, TX)