Queen Of Sheba Intl Foods

★★★★☆
  • 2413 NE M L King Blvd

    Portland, OR 97212

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  • 503-287-6302

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We ordered the vegan sampler for several people, and everything was quite flavorful and beautiful. Way more food than we could eat, though. The place is a bit dingy, but go for the food.

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★★★★★

We ordered the vegan sampler for several people, and everything was quite flavorful and beautiful. Way more food than we could eat, though. The place is a bit dingy, but go for the food.

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This is one of my top Portland picks. \r
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There is nothing fancy about Queen of Sheeba and this makes it great. I would not say it is a good first date place as you are eating with your hands and it is pretty spicy. It is good for big

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This is one of my top Portland picks. \r
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There is nothing fancy about Queen of Sheeba and this makes it great. I would not say it is a good first date place as you are eating with your hands and it is pretty spicy. It is good for big

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Simply put: They have the best Ethiopian in Portland. I would say in the US, but I've only eaten Ethiopian in PDX. I liked Blue Nile. But the food at Queen of Sheba beats it. My GF and I have been going here for a little over 3 years, at least once sometimes 2 to 3 times a month. They know us and call us by name. "Grandma" does the cooking and you can tell it's made with love.

And the injera doesn't come in strips. Obviously the person who wrote the 1 bad review is a competitor. Judging by the grammar, is problem a jerk to.

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★★★★★

Simply put: They have the best Ethiopian in Portland. I would say in the US, but I've only eaten Ethiopian in PDX. I liked Blue Nile. But the food at Queen of Sheba beats it. My GF and I have been going here for a little over 3 years, at least once sometimes 2 to 3 times a month. They know us and call us by name. "Grandma" does the cooking and you can tell it's made with love.

And the injera doesn't come in strips. Obviously the person who wrote the 1 bad review is a competitor. Judging by the grammar, is problem a jerk to.

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I've been going to Queen of Sheba regularly since my friend took me there 5 years ago. The food is amazing, and is all either locally sourced and organic, or imported directly from the organic family farm in ethiopia. The owner returns home to the farm 3-4 times a year to bring the ingredients here!

The service is leisurely - this is NOT a fast food place. It takes time to prepare such wonderful food and I and my friends are always happy to spend time visiting while we wait to be served.

The variety is wonderful, and there is always something for everyone, though the group usually contains a mix of omnivores and vegetarians.

The highlight for us is when we order coffee for after dinner (order when you order your food) and the owner's mother in law comes out with a skillet in which she is roasting the coffee you just ordered so it will be ready when you finish your meal...

I love Queen of Sheba!

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★★★★★

I've been going to Queen of Sheba regularly since my friend took me there 5 years ago. The food is amazing, and is all either locally sourced and organic, or imported directly from the organic family farm in ethiopia. The owner returns home to the farm 3-4 times a year to bring the ingredients here!

The service is leisurely - this is NOT a fast food place. It takes time to prepare such wonderful food and I and my friends are always happy to spend time visiting while we wait to be served.

The variety is wonderful, and there is always something for everyone, though the group usually contains a mix of omnivores and vegetarians.

The highlight for us is when we order coffee for after dinner (order when you order your food) and the owner's mother in law comes out with a skillet in which she is roasting the coffee you just ordered so it will be ready when you finish your meal...

I love Queen of Sheba!

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The food at Queen of Sheba is the best Ethiopian food I have had in Portland. The service is kind, although a bit slow (especially in refilling water with spicy meals). I highly recommend the vegetarian sampler & the greens alone are worth the trip! Lamb and beef dishes are also consistently good.

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The food at Queen of Sheba is the best Ethiopian food I have had in Portland. The service is kind, although a bit slow (especially in refilling water with spicy meals). I highly recommend the vegetarian sampler & the greens alone are worth the trip! Lamb and beef dishes are also consistently good.

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The best Ethiopian food I've had in Portland. The service can be a bit off, but the food is well worth it. They have a really great selection of vegetarian dishes if you swing that way, as well as the standard meat selections. They also have tej (honey wine) which is hard to find.

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★★★★☆

The best Ethiopian food I've had in Portland. The service can be a bit off, but the food is well worth it. They have a really great selection of vegetarian dishes if you swing that way, as well as the standard meat selections. They also have tej (honey wine) which is hard to find.

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Spectacular food! Especially wonderful with a big crowd, as the real treat is sharing a bunch of different dishes. Try the ginger juice. The service can be slow, but it's always friendly.

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Spectacular food! Especially wonderful with a big crowd, as the real treat is sharing a bunch of different dishes. Try the ginger juice. The service can be slow, but it's always friendly.

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I love eating at the Queen of Sheba with my whole family. The food is made with love and care. It takes a little while to get to the table, but it is well worth the wait. The injira is delicious and we have had both meat and vegetarian combos and loved them both.

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★★★★★

I love eating at the Queen of Sheba with my whole family. The food is made with love and care. It takes a little while to get to the table, but it is well worth the wait. The injira is delicious and we have had both meat and vegetarian combos and loved them both.

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This was quite ordinary ethiopian food. I definitely tasted much better ethiopian food. The much smaller Ethiopian restaurant in Hillsboro (Lalibela) is much better.
I somehow did not feel good about the place - don't know whether it's the interiors/decors or the atmospher, it did not feel right.

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★★☆☆☆

This was quite ordinary ethiopian food. I definitely tasted much better ethiopian food. The much smaller Ethiopian restaurant in Hillsboro (Lalibela) is much better.
I somehow did not feel good about the place - don't know whether it's the interiors/decors or the atmospher, it did not feel right.

Pros: I like ethiopian :-)

Cons: Normal food, looked a little shady

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I travel for my job and I have made it a tradition to always eat at a local Ethiopian restaurant in EVERY city I visit. I've been doing this for 6 years now and have had Ethiopian in Norway, Germany, Spain, South Africa, and every major city in the US.

Queen of Sheba is the best in the NW, including Seattle, no question.

Suggestions: Have the Zilzil Tibs and Atakilt Alicha. It's a nice combo of meat and veggies and is great for folks who are new to Ethiopion as well as old timers.

The owner's name is Alem, and if he's in the day you eat, be sure to chat with him. He's 90% of the ambiance, and if he's not around the service can be a smidge spotty, but it's Portland, so expect that everything is on its own time. :)

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★★★★★

I travel for my job and I have made it a tradition to always eat at a local Ethiopian restaurant in EVERY city I visit. I've been doing this for 6 years now and have had Ethiopian in Norway, Germany, Spain, South Africa, and every major city in the US.

Queen of Sheba is the best in the NW, including Seattle, no question.

Suggestions: Have the Zilzil Tibs and Atakilt Alicha. It's a nice combo of meat and veggies and is great for folks who are new to Ethiopion as well as old timers.

The owner's name is Alem, and if he's in the day you eat, be sure to chat with him. He's 90% of the ambiance, and if he's not around the service can be a smidge spotty, but it's Portland, so expect that everything is on its own time. :)

Pros: Absolutely Authentic, made by the owner's family.

Cons: Slowish cooking process, don't be in a hurry.

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tHE fOOD WAS MOLDY, THE INJERA WAS CUT INTO STRIPS! HOW CHEAP! WHO CAN EAT WITH A STRIP OF BREAD? VERY BAD SERVICE AND FOOD! i NEVER ATE THERE AGAIN AND I GOT SOME HEART BURN

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tHE fOOD WAS MOLDY, THE INJERA WAS CUT INTO STRIPS! HOW CHEAP! WHO CAN EAT WITH A STRIP OF BREAD? VERY BAD SERVICE AND FOOD! i NEVER ATE THERE AGAIN AND I GOT SOME HEART BURN

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I took my boyfriend here last fall and although the food was good and the smell of Ethiopian coffee roasting was nice, I doubt if we'll go back. It had a very weird vibe. The decor was old and outdated and looked as if it was an old bookstore that someone threw a few cafeteria tables and chairs into, and then added a few paintings and artifacts to give it an authentic look. No music was playing at all, which was sort of weird too and the service wasn't so great. All in all, if I exhaust all other choices in this category, I might come back, but I doubt it.

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I took my boyfriend here last fall and although the food was good and the smell of Ethiopian coffee roasting was nice, I doubt if we'll go back. It had a very weird vibe. The decor was old and outdated and looked as if it was an old bookstore that someone threw a few cafeteria tables and chairs into, and then added a few paintings and artifacts to give it an authentic look. No music was playing at all, which was sort of weird too and the service wasn't so great. All in all, if I exhaust all other choices in this category, I might come back, but I doubt it.

Pros: Good Food, Good Value

Cons: Virtually no Ambience

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Went with some friends to the Queen of Sheba one night, because another Ethiopian restaurant we wanted to go to was closed. We chose the 3-veggie combo and two meat dishes. When we placed our order, the waitress abruptly said "you need more food!" We awkwardly looked at each other and one of us said, "ok, then double the 3-veggie combo." (One 3-veggie combo costs $10.00, by the way.) The food came and it was very good. We laughed, and decided that since the portions were comparitively small that sure, we were glad we had more to eat. When we finished eating, we looked at the bill and it was more expensive than we thought it would be. After finally deciphering the waitress's chicken scratch, we see that she charged us for three 2-veggie combos, which are 8.95 each. What we asked for were two 3-veggie combos, which are 10.00 each. So we should have only been charged 20.00 for the vegetable dishes, but instead we were charged almost 27.00. One of us went to her to correct the mistake. She proceeded to argue and yell. The manager came out, apologized and fixed the bill for us, so it was fine. But, what really gets me is that the woman said a lot of people don't know what to order, and so she orders for them. We didn't ask for any help ordering. We have eaten Ethiopian food before, and knew what we were ordering. The waitress basically admitted that she overcharges people without their knowledge, which is exactly what happened to us. We felt like we were taken advantage of. It was very shady and unfair, especially how the waitress reacted. She made an obvious attempt to charge us for the most expensive option possible, which was absolutely not what we asked for. The amount of money in question was not a lot, but that definitely was not the issue. I liked the food, but I would certainly warn customers to check the bill and make sure it matches what you order.

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★★★☆☆

Went with some friends to the Queen of Sheba one night, because another Ethiopian restaurant we wanted to go to was closed. We chose the 3-veggie combo and two meat dishes. When we placed our order, the waitress abruptly said "you need more food!" We awkwardly looked at each other and one of us said, "ok, then double the 3-veggie combo." (One 3-veggie combo costs $10.00, by the way.) The food came and it was very good. We laughed, and decided that since the portions were comparitively small that sure, we were glad we had more to eat. When we finished eating, we looked at the bill and it was more expensive than we thought it would be. After finally deciphering the waitress's chicken scratch, we see that she charged us for three 2-veggie combos, which are 8.95 each. What we asked for were two 3-veggie combos, which are 10.00 each. So we should have only been charged 20.00 for the vegetable dishes, but instead we were charged almost 27.00. One of us went to her to correct the mistake. She proceeded to argue and yell. The manager came out, apologized and fixed the bill for us, so it was fine. But, what really gets me is that the woman said a lot of people don't know what to order, and so she orders for them. We didn't ask for any help ordering. We have eaten Ethiopian food before, and knew what we were ordering. The waitress basically admitted that she overcharges people without their knowledge, which is exactly what happened to us. We felt like we were taken advantage of. It was very shady and unfair, especially how the waitress reacted. She made an obvious attempt to charge us for the most expensive option possible, which was absolutely not what we asked for. The amount of money in question was not a lot, but that definitely was not the issue. I liked the food, but I would certainly warn customers to check the bill and make sure it matches what you order.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Smaller portions, overcharged, bad service

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The restaurant is small but the staff is friendly and accommodating. The food is very good. I was scared to try it, but I was very happy I did. The food is served on a large tray on top of injera bread. The bread is great and it is a lot of fun to eat basically with your hands. The mushroom dishes were excellent as well as the lamb and chicken.

We ordered 5 dishes and 2 veggies and it was plenty for the 8 of us.

The prices were excellent.

The violinist was not there that the previous reviewer spoke of so we had no complaints at all.

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★★★★☆

The restaurant is small but the staff is friendly and accommodating. The food is very good. I was scared to try it, but I was very happy I did. The food is served on a large tray on top of injera bread. The bread is great and it is a lot of fun to eat basically with your hands. The mushroom dishes were excellent as well as the lamb and chicken.

We ordered 5 dishes and 2 veggies and it was plenty for the 8 of us.

The prices were excellent.

The violinist was not there that the previous reviewer spoke of so we had no complaints at all.

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I have been coming here for almost a decade, and have been a life long ethiopian food lover and this is the place to go! vegetarian and vegan friendly, the veggie sampler is to die for! yummy mushrooms, excellent collard greens, the potato/carrot/cabbage stew will make your mouth water and there is ALWAYS leftovers. I would highly recommend this place if you are a lover of good food!

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★★★★★

I have been coming here for almost a decade, and have been a life long ethiopian food lover and this is the place to go! vegetarian and vegan friendly, the veggie sampler is to die for! yummy mushrooms, excellent collard greens, the potato/carrot/cabbage stew will make your mouth water and there is ALWAYS leftovers. I would highly recommend this place if you are a lover of good food!

Pros: excellent food, nice staff

Cons: not the best location

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First time eating ethiopian food and i have to say the food was excellent. We ordered the platter for the whole table and it worked out fine with 2 of them for 12 people with lots of extra's. The round tables were tough for a group over 5 some square tables would be a good investment. Besides that everything was great.

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★★★★☆

First time eating ethiopian food and i have to say the food was excellent. We ordered the platter for the whole table and it worked out fine with 2 of them for 12 people with lots of extra's. The round tables were tough for a group over 5 some square tables would be a good investment. Besides that everything was great.

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Service was so so and the round tables was hard for a big group

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Went there with my wife and kid. Each of us ordered a dish and a salad combo. The dishes were $14.50 each and the salad was $8.00. The food tasted really bad, and we got 2 spits of salads ($8) and few cubes of meat as main dish. I am not joking when I say that sizzling meat in oil at home tastes much better. And to top it off we were served the checks few minutes after we were served the food. so, bad food, small portions, and you look at a $40 check while you are still forcing yourself to eat the bad food. That was my frustrating experience. For those who write good review, I really doubt that you are really customers and not the owners.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went there with my wife and kid. Each of us ordered a dish and a salad combo. The dishes were $14.50 each and the salad was $8.00. The food tasted really bad, and we got 2 spits of salads ($8) and few cubes of meat as main dish. I am not joking when I say that sizzling meat in oil at home tastes much better. And to top it off we were served the checks few minutes after we were served the food. so, bad food, small portions, and you look at a $40 check while you are still forcing yourself to eat the bad food. That was my frustrating experience. For those who write good review, I really doubt that you are really customers and not the owners.

Pros: Maybe the location...

Cons: Food, service, smell of the place, condition of the building inside and out....

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I was wary of eating here due to the bad reviews regarding service, but my husband and I wanted to try it out anyway.
We're glad that we did. The Queen of Sheba was well lit, clean and the food was great. The service we received was good - though we did see others waiting a while for their orders to be taken.
The portions are smaller than out previous Ethiopian haunt, so order several dishes without the worry of being stuffed.
The lamb was fantastic - the lentils were out of this world!!

As far as crappy service -- one doesn't have to live in Portland long to understand that service all around is pretty lackadaisical. High end restaurants, bars, tapas - it doesn't matter. If you're in Portland, be prepared to have a server who comes by...whenever... So why are people surprised?

Those at the Queen of Sheba who were waiting kept their server headed back to the kitchen with questions about meat products and vegan alternatives. While I support all types of lifestyles, no one has to be a pain in the a** regarding their diet. If it's such a problem for you finding the gluten-free, non-dairy, mushroom protein chicken substitute, then don't go out. Just - don't go out.

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★★★★☆

I was wary of eating here due to the bad reviews regarding service, but my husband and I wanted to try it out anyway.
We're glad that we did. The Queen of Sheba was well lit, clean and the food was great. The service we received was good - though we did see others waiting a while for their orders to be taken.
The portions are smaller than out previous Ethiopian haunt, so order several dishes without the worry of being stuffed.
The lamb was fantastic - the lentils were out of this world!!

As far as crappy service -- one doesn't have to live in Portland long to understand that service all around is pretty lackadaisical. High end restaurants, bars, tapas - it doesn't matter. If you're in Portland, be prepared to have a server who comes by...whenever... So why are people surprised?

Those at the Queen of Sheba who were waiting kept their server headed back to the kitchen with questions about meat products and vegan alternatives. While I support all types of lifestyles, no one has to be a pain in the a** regarding their diet. If it's such a problem for you finding the gluten-free, non-dairy, mushroom protein chicken substitute, then don't go out. Just - don't go out.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Portland "service"

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Used to go to Queen of Sheba all the time as a kid and grew up in an Ethiopian family. Recently I took some friends who had never tried this kind of cuisine to Queen of Sheba and was shocked to find that the experience I had as a child would now only be a nostalgic one. When we arrived we were not greeted, I wasn't sure if we were to seat ourselves or wait. I sought out a worker and found one on the computer in a back room whom seemed agitated that I had disrupted her. She gave us the menus and rudely told us to find a table. The place was pretty empty with the exception of a large group near the bar. We were the only brown people there and saw little service compared to the mostly white patrons. This was appalling to me as an Ethiopian because the culture on a general level is very hospitable and welcoming. The food was good but it came out way too quick to be fresh; with the exception of the chicken tibs that only needs to be spiced and sauteed, the veggie dishes take much longer to prepare. About a minute after our food arrived, we were given the bill. This made me feel unwelcome because I had asked them to leave a menu so we could order more food, wine, and coffee after the meal. They had little regard for us as customers and hurried us out even though the place was empty and we had over 45min till closing. It wasn't until I broke out some Amharic that I got a smile but it was too late because my friends and I felt jaded and prejudged.

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★☆☆☆☆

Used to go to Queen of Sheba all the time as a kid and grew up in an Ethiopian family. Recently I took some friends who had never tried this kind of cuisine to Queen of Sheba and was shocked to find that the experience I had as a child would now only be a nostalgic one. When we arrived we were not greeted, I wasn't sure if we were to seat ourselves or wait. I sought out a worker and found one on the computer in a back room whom seemed agitated that I had disrupted her. She gave us the menus and rudely told us to find a table. The place was pretty empty with the exception of a large group near the bar. We were the only brown people there and saw little service compared to the mostly white patrons. This was appalling to me as an Ethiopian because the culture on a general level is very hospitable and welcoming. The food was good but it came out way too quick to be fresh; with the exception of the chicken tibs that only needs to be spiced and sauteed, the veggie dishes take much longer to prepare. About a minute after our food arrived, we were given the bill. This made me feel unwelcome because I had asked them to leave a menu so we could order more food, wine, and coffee after the meal. They had little regard for us as customers and hurried us out even though the place was empty and we had over 45min till closing. It wasn't until I broke out some Amharic that I got a smile but it was too late because my friends and I felt jaded and prejudged.

Pros: Food was good but not as good as some other places

Cons: Service was terrible as was the ambience

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Can't say enough good things about this restaurant! The food is incredible and the service is friendly and personable. Often smaller restaurants have a difficult time accommodating large group, but was have had a group of 20 and received the same great service. I have been to other Ethiopian restaurants, but always come back to Queen of Sheba. I will say that it took us a couple visits to Queen of Sheba before we truly understood what to order and what our favorites are. I highly recommend the spicy lamb.

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★★★★★

Can't say enough good things about this restaurant! The food is incredible and the service is friendly and personable. Often smaller restaurants have a difficult time accommodating large group, but was have had a group of 20 and received the same great service. I have been to other Ethiopian restaurants, but always come back to Queen of Sheba. I will say that it took us a couple visits to Queen of Sheba before we truly understood what to order and what our favorites are. I highly recommend the spicy lamb.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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We went there as a big group for a birthday gathering. Since the table they gave us only fit comfortably for 5 people, we asked if we can have another table combined to accomodate 9 people, but they flat out say no. They are not even busy at the time we asked for this and they have extra large room in the back that definitely can accomodate larger group and more guests coming.
We're not sure if they just gave us bad service or what, because it seems they are a lot nicer to otherguests who majority that day are caucasians. We definitely found that it wasn't a friendly service. We asked for water and while the waitress saw us and seems walking toward our table they went to the table after us and gave the water to them, then when we waived again for water they keep saying hold on.
The total bill for 4 orders turn out to be $88 with not much meat on the dishes (majority are lentils/beans, potato and vegetables).
In summary, we won't come back to this place and not recommend it even for those who thought just doing it as a food adventure. Go somewhere else!!

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★★☆☆☆

We went there as a big group for a birthday gathering. Since the table they gave us only fit comfortably for 5 people, we asked if we can have another table combined to accomodate 9 people, but they flat out say no. They are not even busy at the time we asked for this and they have extra large room in the back that definitely can accomodate larger group and more guests coming.
We're not sure if they just gave us bad service or what, because it seems they are a lot nicer to otherguests who majority that day are caucasians. We definitely found that it wasn't a friendly service. We asked for water and while the waitress saw us and seems walking toward our table they went to the table after us and gave the water to them, then when we waived again for water they keep saying hold on.
The total bill for 4 orders turn out to be $88 with not much meat on the dishes (majority are lentils/beans, potato and vegetables).
In summary, we won't come back to this place and not recommend it even for those who thought just doing it as a food adventure. Go somewhere else!!

Pros: Nothing really

Cons: Bad service, over price, over rated

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My husband and I absolutely love Queen of Sheba. The food is always delicious. We have brought many friends here over the last year and even the skeptical ones end up loving this place. Meals are served family style. Just tear off some of the injera bread and scoop up what you like. You can wash your hands before and after, so no reason to fret. We love the decor and ambiance because it just feels genuine and good. It's not fancy and "upscale"... just fabulous food in a relaxed atmosphere. T-shirts and shorts are perfect attire. The Ethiopian Iced Tea has just the right sweetness and spice. Good selection of beers. The lentils, mustard greens, and spicy lamb are our absolute favorites. Yum. Yum.

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★★★★★

My husband and I absolutely love Queen of Sheba. The food is always delicious. We have brought many friends here over the last year and even the skeptical ones end up loving this place. Meals are served family style. Just tear off some of the injera bread and scoop up what you like. You can wash your hands before and after, so no reason to fret. We love the decor and ambiance because it just feels genuine and good. It's not fancy and "upscale"... just fabulous food in a relaxed atmosphere. T-shirts and shorts are perfect attire. The Ethiopian Iced Tea has just the right sweetness and spice. Good selection of beers. The lentils, mustard greens, and spicy lamb are our absolute favorites. Yum. Yum.

Pros: Delicious spicy flavorful food. Wonderful!

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The atmosphere is a bit trite, but if you can stand that, get ready for some of the best food ever! I would recommend anything on the menu, just be careful that many are very spicy! I would also recommend the Ethiopian beer, very good!

The way they serve the food family style (for larger groups) in a huge plate with their specialty tortilla type thing is very fun and very good! Don't expect to use silverware!

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★★★★★

The atmosphere is a bit trite, but if you can stand that, get ready for some of the best food ever! I would recommend anything on the menu, just be careful that many are very spicy! I would also recommend the Ethiopian beer, very good!

The way they serve the food family style (for larger groups) in a huge plate with their specialty tortilla type thing is very fun and very good! Don't expect to use silverware!

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I found this place by visiting citysearch and honestly was most intrigued to try it with the cat food review. I mean I wanted to see if it really looked and tasted like cat food. Well, I will say out of the 6 dishes that the group of us ordered there was definitely one that looked very similar to a can of cat food. But, it sure didn't taste like cat food (although I have never eaten cat food). It was very good. No, it didn't LOOK all that appetizing. It did taste really good.

I have had African cuisine many times. This is my first that was served in this manner. No utensils. I liked it; it was fun for a group. The food was good. But, I wouldn't go out of my way for it. It is great that they have such a large vegan/vegetarian menu. I will go back, but it won't be most likely for groups that want a unique/different experience.

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★★★☆☆

I found this place by visiting citysearch and honestly was most intrigued to try it with the cat food review. I mean I wanted to see if it really looked and tasted like cat food. Well, I will say out of the 6 dishes that the group of us ordered there was definitely one that looked very similar to a can of cat food. But, it sure didn't taste like cat food (although I have never eaten cat food). It was very good. No, it didn't LOOK all that appetizing. It did taste really good.

I have had African cuisine many times. This is my first that was served in this manner. No utensils. I liked it; it was fun for a group. The food was good. But, I wouldn't go out of my way for it. It is great that they have such a large vegan/vegetarian menu. I will go back, but it won't be most likely for groups that want a unique/different experience.

Pros: Lots of Vegan/Veggie options, unique dining experience, fun for groups

Cons: Not a great atmosphere, dirty tables and chairs

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we were refused the seat that we wanted and shoved in a corner that smelled like cat urine.

the rest of the food was great, but i swear one of the things we were served was canned cat food. disgusting.

table service? sucked.

i'll never go back - and i'm spreading the word. i've joined city search just to create this review.

i was so disappointed!

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★☆☆☆☆

we were refused the seat that we wanted and shoved in a corner that smelled like cat urine.

the rest of the food was great, but i swear one of the things we were served was canned cat food. disgusting.

table service? sucked.

i'll never go back - and i'm spreading the word. i've joined city search just to create this review.

i was so disappointed!

Pros: no problem parking, some of the food was really great

Cons: wretched service and ambience! not clean.

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I have been to all of the Ethiopian restaurants in Portland and Queen of Sheba is by far the best. They have a great menu where you can pick several different items to try on one plate. This is not for those who don't like to eat with their hands and can get very messy with kids.

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★★★★★

I have been to all of the Ethiopian restaurants in Portland and Queen of Sheba is by far the best. They have a great menu where you can pick several different items to try on one plate. This is not for those who don't like to eat with their hands and can get very messy with kids.

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I could eat here every day. I've had just about everything on the menu and would reccommend each item. The ginger tea (either hot or iced) is amazing. Yes, the place is full of hippies, but its Portland! The service is consistent because its the same people night in and night out. Hats off to Gigi, the talented chef! Mulu, the waitress is the sweetest person, and the owner, Alam is friendly and interesting to talk to. They're not kidding when they say the food is spicy, so if you want it toned down just ask.

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★★★★★

I could eat here every day. I've had just about everything on the menu and would reccommend each item. The ginger tea (either hot or iced) is amazing. Yes, the place is full of hippies, but its Portland! The service is consistent because its the same people night in and night out. Hats off to Gigi, the talented chef! Mulu, the waitress is the sweetest person, and the owner, Alam is friendly and interesting to talk to. They're not kidding when they say the food is spicy, so if you want it toned down just ask.

Pros: Food, tea, spices

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I love the food at this restaurant - it is served on a huge communal plate on top of pieces of flat bread, and they give you a big pile of flat bread to scoop up the food. They have many vegetarian options and meat options as well. The mustard greens are great, and the mushroom stew is excellent.

The only problem is the violinist - he is very skilled but his playing is very loud and irritating. I almost gave him a tip to stop playing!

PROS: Good food, service
CONS: Violinist

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★★★★☆

I love the food at this restaurant - it is served on a huge communal plate on top of pieces of flat bread, and they give you a big pile of flat bread to scoop up the food. They have many vegetarian options and meat options as well. The mustard greens are great, and the mushroom stew is excellent.

The only problem is the violinist - he is very skilled but his playing is very loud and irritating. I almost gave him a tip to stop playing!

PROS: Good food, service
CONS: Violinist

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Honestly - we didn't even make it to the food. We waited for about 20 minutes for someone to take our order (any order, even drinks), and the place reeked overwhelmigly of incense and patchouli. To be fair, I'm not sure if that was the restaurant or the clientele that smelled so strongly, but it was so overpowering I could taste it in my mouth. The wait combined with the smell on top of the room being pretty cold was was just too much - we left and went to an Indian place a few miles away. Definitely not recommended.

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★☆☆☆☆

Honestly - we didn't even make it to the food. We waited for about 20 minutes for someone to take our order (any order, even drinks), and the place reeked overwhelmigly of incense and patchouli. To be fair, I'm not sure if that was the restaurant or the clientele that smelled so strongly, but it was so overpowering I could taste it in my mouth. The wait combined with the smell on top of the room being pretty cold was was just too much - we left and went to an Indian place a few miles away. Definitely not recommended.

Cons: smelled badly, poor service, cold room

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I love the vegetarian sampler. You get a little bit of everything. The service is so friendly and the price is right. They are very kid friendly. I love it!!

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★★★★★

I love the vegetarian sampler. You get a little bit of everything. The service is so friendly and the price is right. They are very kid friendly. I love it!!

Pros: Food, Service, Value

Cons: Parking

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I've been going here since it was half its current size and a few tables and a mix of groceries. I am so happy that it has been successful and stayed as tasty as it ever was. The people there are so nice, all the food is outstanding, and they have some of my favorite drinks ever: the ginger tea and, of course, their coffee. This is one of those places that I wanted very much to succeed, and I'm so happy that it has.

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★★★★★

I've been going here since it was half its current size and a few tables and a mix of groceries. I am so happy that it has been successful and stayed as tasty as it ever was. The people there are so nice, all the food is outstanding, and they have some of my favorite drinks ever: the ginger tea and, of course, their coffee. This is one of those places that I wanted very much to succeed, and I'm so happy that it has.

Pros: Really good food, Friendly service, Welcoming atmosphere

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overall approval. The atmosphere is a bit lackluster, but it's homey and who cares when you've got a big ole plate of yummy injera in front of you covered with tasty stuff? Cubed beef in berber was a little tough--the vegetarian offerings were better. Nicely peppered gomen (greens) and split-peas, the lentils were pretty kickin too. Pleasant-as-can-be service from staff, (replete with entertainment in the form of two young children running hither). Look forward to going back for the lamb and more lentils...

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★★★★☆

overall approval. The atmosphere is a bit lackluster, but it's homey and who cares when you've got a big ole plate of yummy injera in front of you covered with tasty stuff? Cubed beef in berber was a little tough--the vegetarian offerings were better. Nicely peppered gomen (greens) and split-peas, the lentils were pretty kickin too. Pleasant-as-can-be service from staff, (replete with entertainment in the form of two young children running hither). Look forward to going back for the lamb and more lentils...

Pros: food, service, location

Cons: atmosphere

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I thought the food was really tasty but it didn't fill me up. I ordered a meat entree with an extra side order of veggies and it still didn't leave me very full. I would've ordered another extra dish but i got tired of eating the "bread" that it comes with that you pick up the food with. I'm also not too much of a finger food person...for appetizer that's fine but not my entree as well. I also didn't like the atmosphere, the room i was sitting at was very poorly lit with hard metal chairs. I think it was a different experience but I probrably won't go back. I wouldn't reccommend this place to anyone who only like to eat with a fork and not their hands.

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★★★★☆

I thought the food was really tasty but it didn't fill me up. I ordered a meat entree with an extra side order of veggies and it still didn't leave me very full. I would've ordered another extra dish but i got tired of eating the "bread" that it comes with that you pick up the food with. I'm also not too much of a finger food person...for appetizer that's fine but not my entree as well. I also didn't like the atmosphere, the room i was sitting at was very poorly lit with hard metal chairs. I think it was a different experience but I probrably won't go back. I wouldn't reccommend this place to anyone who only like to eat with a fork and not their hands.

Pros: Unique eating exper., Tasty, spicy food

Cons: All finger foods

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It doesn't come more authentic and yummy than at the Queen. Nothing tastes bad here, and it is really something different, and in the best way.

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★★★★★

It doesn't come more authentic and yummy than at the Queen. Nothing tastes bad here, and it is really something different, and in the best way.

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I'm not a vegan, however the veg sampler for 2 is without equal. Complimentary flavours ranging from mild to spicy. QoS can't be beat for value and a diversion from the ordinary. Service has always been perfect from the ethiopian (only) staff.

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★★★★☆

I'm not a vegan, however the veg sampler for 2 is without equal. Complimentary flavours ranging from mild to spicy. QoS can't be beat for value and a diversion from the ordinary. Service has always been perfect from the ethiopian (only) staff.

Pros: Value, Variety, Flavours

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This food is amazing! It is authentically vegan and is sooooooo flavorful. The spices used are natural antibiotics not to mention the totally good for you "homemade" ginger juice!!!!!! Definately try this place you'll love it......I have eaten there 3x in the last week since I have discovered it.

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★★★★★

This food is amazing! It is authentically vegan and is sooooooo flavorful. The spices used are natural antibiotics not to mention the totally good for you "homemade" ginger juice!!!!!! Definately try this place you'll love it......I have eaten there 3x in the last week since I have discovered it.

Pros: vegan, huge portions, great service

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This is by far the best Ethiopian food in town! The staff is wonderful, the service excellent, the prices cheap, and the food amazing!!!! Highly recommended!

2
★★★★★

This is by far the best Ethiopian food in town! The staff is wonderful, the service excellent, the prices cheap, and the food amazing!!!! Highly recommended!

Pros: cheap, great service

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My wife and I absolutely love this restaurant. It is an experience and we have shared this experience with a few of our friends and family.
The injara bread which is flat, spongie, crepelike and has a distinct flavor and is used to pick up the rest of this meal-served on one large platter for all to freely share and enjoy!
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......... yummers!

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★★★★★

My wife and I absolutely love this restaurant. It is an experience and we have shared this experience with a few of our friends and family.
The injara bread which is flat, spongie, crepelike and has a distinct flavor and is used to pick up the rest of this meal-served on one large platter for all to freely share and enjoy!
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......... yummers!

Pros: finger food, family style, awesome food

Cons: small venue, crowded at times, rough neighborhood

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We visit here each time we return to Portland. The food is great, though unusua if you've never tried Ethiopian. The propieters are gracious. Worth trying out!

2
★★★★★

We visit here each time we return to Portland. The food is great, though unusua if you've never tried Ethiopian. The propieters are gracious. Worth trying out!

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Queen of Sheba has the best Ethiopian food in Portland. Great vegetarian options, and the food is spicy and flavorful without being overwhelmingly hot. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is comfortable. My only complaint is that the portions on the 2-person sampler have gotten noticeably smaller over time. Fantastic food, but not as good a value as it once was.

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★★★★★

Queen of Sheba has the best Ethiopian food in Portland. Great vegetarian options, and the food is spicy and flavorful without being overwhelmingly hot. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is comfortable. My only complaint is that the portions on the 2-person sampler have gotten noticeably smaller over time. Fantastic food, but not as good a value as it once was.

Pros: Great taste, Friendly, Veggie-friendly

Cons: Small portions

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After having tried the other Ethiopian restauraunts in town, this one is by far the best! I absolutely love this stuff.

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★★★★★

After having tried the other Ethiopian restauraunts in town, this one is by far the best! I absolutely love this stuff.

Pros: Friendly service, Delicious food, Fast Service

Cons: Not best for kids

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This is by far the best Ethiopian restaurant in Portland. The food is aromatic without being perfumy and complex spices and tastes explode in the mouth. Other Ethiopian restaurants tend to be a little shy on flavor and substitute with over the top hotness. Queen's recipe's are plenty hot but a near perfect balence is assured with the fantastic flavors. Must tries are the sizzling lamb, mushroom stew, and yedro wet. The wait can be long sometimes. If you don't want to enjoy the ambience and music, try calling for take-out.

2
★★★★★

This is by far the best Ethiopian restaurant in Portland. The food is aromatic without being perfumy and complex spices and tastes explode in the mouth. Other Ethiopian restaurants tend to be a little shy on flavor and substitute with over the top hotness. Queen's recipe's are plenty hot but a near perfect balence is assured with the fantastic flavors. Must tries are the sizzling lamb, mushroom stew, and yedro wet. The wait can be long sometimes. If you don't want to enjoy the ambience and music, try calling for take-out.

Pros: Stellar flavors, Friendly service, Decent prices

Cons: Sometimes small sides, Can be long wait, Need colder sodas

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The food tasted good .It is a different kind of food that everyone can enjoy.

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★★★★☆

The food tasted good .It is a different kind of food that everyone can enjoy.

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After never having ethiopian foodm i fell in love with this place. Ive never had food better than this. Very good atmosphere; owners quite nice, and service is awesome.

2
★★★★★

After never having ethiopian foodm i fell in love with this place. Ive never had food better than this. Very good atmosphere; owners quite nice, and service is awesome.

Pros: Great Food, Great Values

Cons: no-parking, small building

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Queen of Sheba is a slight cut above the other Ethiopian venues. I liked that there was some seperation between the food on the platter; this way it doesn't all mix into one big soggy mush. Even if you can take the hottest of the hot, go for the medium or the spices will mask the flavors of the dishes. The cracked wheat was excellent! Only disapointment: they're always out of honey wine.

2
★★★★★

Queen of Sheba is a slight cut above the other Ethiopian venues. I liked that there was some seperation between the food on the platter; this way it doesn't all mix into one big soggy mush. Even if you can take the hottest of the hot, go for the medium or the spices will mask the flavors of the dishes. The cracked wheat was excellent! Only disapointment: they're always out of honey wine.

Pros: veggie dishes

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Best Ethiopian restaurant in town! Always good. I love their mushroom stew. It raises your body temperature and gives you a great hot food "high." Be warned, if you don't like your food good, hearty and spicy this place may not be for you. Friendy staff. Eat and get ready for a nap afterward.

2
★★★★★

Best Ethiopian restaurant in town! Always good. I love their mushroom stew. It raises your body temperature and gives you a great hot food "high." Be warned, if you don't like your food good, hearty and spicy this place may not be for you. Friendy staff. Eat and get ready for a nap afterward.

Pros: YUM YUM YUM, Inexpensive, Consistant

Cons: Location, Lack of Ambiance

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Both an Ethiopian market and a restaurant, this exotic, affordable spot is popular with families (what kid doesn't like to eat with their hands?). It also attracts a neighborhood crowd as well as vegans and vegetarians from around theā€¦

 

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