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The 10 Best African Restaurants in Oakland

Updated: February 26, 2021

Want to find the finest African spots in Oakland? We did the heavy lifting for you by reviewing all the top review sites to find the 10 best African restaurants. Compare ratings, reviews, prices and hours easily by scrolling down and checking out our top 10 list.

Find the perfect African restaurant

Cafe Romanat

African · $14 avg. main dish
Oakland, Grand Lake
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Barcote Ethiopian Restaurant

African
Oakland, Fairview Park
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Shewhat

African · $18 avg. main dish
Oakland, Bushrod
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

Lula

African
Oakland, Pill Hill
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant

African
Oakland, Fairview Park
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Bissap Baobab Oakland

African
Oakland, Downtown
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.0

Asmara Restaurant

African · $16 avg. main dish
Oakland, Temescal
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Red Sea Restaurant and Bar

African · $13 avg. main dish
Oakland, Shafter
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Suya African-Caribbean Grill

Caribbean
Oakland, Downtown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Messob Ethiopian Restaurant

Ethiopian
Oakland, Piedmont Avenue
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

How did these spots get chosen?

We know how time consuming it can be to find the best African restaurants in Oakland. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 31320 spots across Oakland, analyzed 1095134 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 1539 lists and articles from the likes of Michelin Guide – applying our Feastfox magic to sift through results. These spots have been featured in Michelin Guide - The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019). Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Drink pairing tips

  • Grenache and 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.


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

    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.

  • The perfect match for hake and shellfish

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

Interesting facts

  • October = African festival

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


  • A popular dish

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

Parking info

Getting a good parking spot in Oakland 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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