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The 8 Best Ethiopian Restaurants in Oakland

Updated: February 26, 2021

Want to find the best Ethiopian spots in Oakland? To get you the definitive list of the finest restaurants, we checked out the best review and restaurant sites incorporating millions of expert and diner reviews. Explore everything you need to know about the top Ethiopian restaurants in Oakland below.

Find the perfect Ethiopian 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

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

Messob Ethiopian Restaurant

Ethiopian
Oakland, Piedmont Avenue
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

How was this list created?

We know how time consuming it can be to find the best Ethiopian restaurants in Oakland. We used our Feastfox magic powers to analyze 1095134 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 31320 restaurants, and 1539 lists and articles from top sources like Michelin Guide. These top contenders have appeared in Michelin Guide - The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019). We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Drink pairing tips

  • Chenin Blanc with your kifto

    Experts suggest pairing kifto with a glass of crisp Chenin Blanc, a white wine that cuts the wine's tartness while the wine makes the stew taste spicier.


  • Pair Syrah with yebeg llicha

    When considering how to best enjoy your yebeg llicha, we would highlight how well a glass of Syrah complements the dish as it marries the richness of the dish.


  • The perfect match for waze tibs

    Experts often pair waze tibs with a glass of Cune Rioja, a popular red wine.

Interesting facts

  • A classic dish

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

Parking information

Oaklandis notorious for tricky parking. 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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