Asmara Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 5020 Telegraph Ave

    Oakland, CA 94609

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  • 510-547-5100

About Asmara Restaurant

Hours
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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I tried Asmara Restaurant for the first time. I have never eaten Ethiopian food and was very pleased with the my order at Asmara's. The lentils were delicious, just the right amount of spices. The atmosphere is quiet and cozy. Perfect for a couple or large group. The servers were very pleasant. The only aspect that I didn't like is the bread. It reminded me of a pancake. Other than that, everthing was great.

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★★★★☆

I tried Asmara Restaurant for the first time. I have never eaten Ethiopian food and was very pleased with the my order at Asmara's. The lentils were delicious, just the right amount of spices. The atmosphere is quiet and cozy. Perfect for a couple or large group. The servers were very pleasant. The only aspect that I didn't like is the bread. It reminded me of a pancake. Other than that, everthing was great.

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What more can I say other than I love this place. Tasty cuisine and spices you can discern. Fantastic service from the waitresses and the owner ALWAYS stops by each table for a quick and friendly hello. But again, it's the food that's the draw for me.

2
★★★★★

What more can I say other than I love this place. Tasty cuisine and spices you can discern. Fantastic service from the waitresses and the owner ALWAYS stops by each table for a quick and friendly hello. But again, it's the food that's the draw for me.

Pros: Great tasty food, great amount

Cons: Needs a slightly bigger choice on entrees.

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I would give this place 5 stars but I'm from Wash DC where the Ethiopian food is MUCH better than anything you'll find in the Bay Area. So I have to be honest. But of all those I've tried in the East Bay, this is the best. The food is fresh (for stews that are necessarily made well in advance), and the service friendly and reasonably good. There are more than one vegetarian main dishes. My favorite is the Shiro.
Fairly priced.

4
★★★★☆

I would give this place 5 stars but I'm from Wash DC where the Ethiopian food is MUCH better than anything you'll find in the Bay Area. So I have to be honest. But of all those I've tried in the East Bay, this is the best. The food is fresh (for stews that are necessarily made well in advance), and the service friendly and reasonably good. There are more than one vegetarian main dishes. My favorite is the Shiro.
Fairly priced.

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Excellent food and drinks. I had the vegetarian sampler - red lentil stew, yellow split peas, mustard greens, and a salad. I tend to eat in a way to save what I like best for last. I had a hard time choosing. I enjoyed all of it. Even the salad was well above average.

For drinks my table had steamed milk w/ honey and an Asmara's Comfort, which is made with banana, coconut milk, orange juice, mixed fruits, and honey. I had the latter drink and enjoyed it very much.

5
★★★★★

Excellent food and drinks. I had the vegetarian sampler - red lentil stew, yellow split peas, mustard greens, and a salad. I tend to eat in a way to save what I like best for last. I had a hard time choosing. I enjoyed all of it. Even the salad was well above average.

For drinks my table had steamed milk w/ honey and an Asmara's Comfort, which is made with banana, coconut milk, orange juice, mixed fruits, and honey. I had the latter drink and enjoyed it very much.

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I've been here three times and each time the waitresses kept pushing our groups to order more food even though we didn't want or need any more. And each time we didn't the waitresses would get a pretty snotty attitude. I like taking people there because it's at least a different type of food, but next time I will definitely look for another Ethiopian restaurant.\r
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I thought the food was ok and the price is reasonable, my main problem is that they are very pushy about ordering more food and trying to upsell drinks. I'll go to a used car lot if I want to talk to high pressure salespeople.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been here three times and each time the waitresses kept pushing our groups to order more food even though we didn't want or need any more. And each time we didn't the waitresses would get a pretty snotty attitude. I like taking people there because it's at least a different type of food, but next time I will definitely look for another Ethiopian restaurant.\r
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I thought the food was ok and the price is reasonable, my main problem is that they are very pushy about ordering more food and trying to upsell drinks. I'll go to a used car lot if I want to talk to high pressure salespeople.

Pros: something different

Cons: pushy waitstaff, meat dishes seem to salty

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This restaurant is located in a heavily Ethiopian/Eritrean neighborhood rife with coffeeshops and Ethiopian restaurants. This one is pretty much the best of the bunch. The food is delicious, the prices are decent, and the Tig is about halfway between sweet and dry. Service is prompt, too, and there are plenty of selections for everyone in your party, including vegetarians and people who don't eat red meat. If you do eat red meat and are brave, however, try the kitfo. It's good. If you're not strong enough of heart to eat ground raw beef, I'd recommend the Doro Tibs (lamb with berebere). Spicing is on the mild side, but it's certainly not bland.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is located in a heavily Ethiopian/Eritrean neighborhood rife with coffeeshops and Ethiopian restaurants. This one is pretty much the best of the bunch. The food is delicious, the prices are decent, and the Tig is about halfway between sweet and dry. Service is prompt, too, and there are plenty of selections for everyone in your party, including vegetarians and people who don't eat red meat. If you do eat red meat and are brave, however, try the kitfo. It's good. If you're not strong enough of heart to eat ground raw beef, I'd recommend the Doro Tibs (lamb with berebere). Spicing is on the mild side, but it's certainly not bland.

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Asmara restarurant at the corner of 51st and Telegraph is worth visiting. I am hesitant to write this review, because I don't want my find to become a hot-spot. I like the quiet, never overcrowded atmosphere of the main room. The main room (in the front door) is in strict contrast to the bright, white, loud bar area to the right of the main room.

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★★★★★

Asmara restarurant at the corner of 51st and Telegraph is worth visiting. I am hesitant to write this review, because I don't want my find to become a hot-spot. I like the quiet, never overcrowded atmosphere of the main room. The main room (in the front door) is in strict contrast to the bright, white, loud bar area to the right of the main room.

Pros: good food, nice setting, not too crowded

Cons: water refills infreq.

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This is a great date place. Unlike Blue Nile, it is not crowded and noisy on weekend nights. Rather it is intimate and cozy. The food is delicious. It is also sensuous to eat w/ your hands, plus the honey wine is a great compliment to any meal here. Sometimes the service can be a little slow, so it may not be the place to go if you are in a hurry.

2
★★★★★

This is a great date place. Unlike Blue Nile, it is not crowded and noisy on weekend nights. Rather it is intimate and cozy. The food is delicious. It is also sensuous to eat w/ your hands, plus the honey wine is a great compliment to any meal here. Sometimes the service can be a little slow, so it may not be the place to go if you are in a hurry.

Pros: great ambience, great honey wine, great food

Cons: mediocre location, slower service

 

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