Jarra's Ethiopian Restaurant

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Hands down the best Ethiopian food in town! My husband and I have been eating at Jarra's for years. As soon as you get out of your car your mouth starts watering from the smell of spices coming from the restaurant.\r
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★★★★★

Hands down the best Ethiopian food in town! My husband and I have been eating at Jarra's for years. As soon as you get out of your car your mouth starts watering from the smell of spices coming from the restaurant.\r
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I have been going to this restaurant for over 20 years. They are consistent with good service and good food. It is a different experience, probably like being in Ethopia. It is not a fast food place and I love being there with friends to eat over a nice long meal. It is hot and authentic.

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★★★★★

I have been going to this restaurant for over 20 years. They are consistent with good service and good food. It is a different experience, probably like being in Ethopia. It is not a fast food place and I love being there with friends to eat over a nice long meal. It is hot and authentic.

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Jarra's food has been consistently good for the 10 years I've gone. The lamb is just incredible, a full shank and favorite. Never had watery food or thin inerja. Tried everything there, used to go weekly, been to dozens of other ethopian places throughout the US, it's the best hands down. Texture, flavor, portions... yum.

The owner is a chatty fellow. Petro's works round the clock there, is server, cashier. His wife is most often the cook. And the children can often be found, unobtrusively, well behaved, in the lobby entrance between the dining room and kitchen. It's a family place.

Yes, the bathroom *is* OLD. It won't impress anyone.

The owner does sometimes say some very blunt things. If you are thin skinned, blow it off, spare yourself an undue reaction. He's said things that ruffled my feathers a few times, but they were honest and true. He is expressing an opinion. I do not hold waitstaff to not being allowed to have an opinion though, and find his bluntness, even when not in my favor, refreshing. His chattines is a desire to get to know people and his community. If you want to leave with hickeys all over your toosh, wrong business. If you want a better insight to a culture, community, family, food, and person, make conversation - it's great. His big grin always seems authentically joyful to be exchanging with folks. He does very much enjoy people.

Suggestions: Order water, and a drink. You can ask for a pitcher of water, recommended if he is busy. Ask for utensils and extra napkins. Plan at a minimum an hour, if the place is slow. When you are ready for the check, walk up to the counter to pay, and you'll be attended to promptly. If you need something, ask for it. He is very accommodating.

The food is *great*. It's a terrific place, family, and place to sit back, chat with friends, chat with Petros, and get your hands dirty. (it's tradition to eat with the inerja, not utensils, have fun and dig in).

The cons are the perceptions and expectations people go in with. Instant gratification and pretense are not served. Old school home-style cooking, friendliness, and relaxed pace there will make you happy, if you enjoy such things.

Get your play, finger food, and food/spice (mild and hot offered) enjoyment on.

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★★★★★

Jarra's food has been consistently good for the 10 years I've gone. The lamb is just incredible, a full shank and favorite. Never had watery food or thin inerja. Tried everything there, used to go weekly, been to dozens of other ethopian places throughout the US, it's the best hands down. Texture, flavor, portions... yum.

The owner is a chatty fellow. Petro's works round the clock there, is server, cashier. His wife is most often the cook. And the children can often be found, unobtrusively, well behaved, in the lobby entrance between the dining room and kitchen. It's a family place.

Yes, the bathroom *is* OLD. It won't impress anyone.

The owner does sometimes say some very blunt things. If you are thin skinned, blow it off, spare yourself an undue reaction. He's said things that ruffled my feathers a few times, but they were honest and true. He is expressing an opinion. I do not hold waitstaff to not being allowed to have an opinion though, and find his bluntness, even when not in my favor, refreshing. His chattines is a desire to get to know people and his community. If you want to leave with hickeys all over your toosh, wrong business. If you want a better insight to a culture, community, family, food, and person, make conversation - it's great. His big grin always seems authentically joyful to be exchanging with folks. He does very much enjoy people.

Suggestions: Order water, and a drink. You can ask for a pitcher of water, recommended if he is busy. Ask for utensils and extra napkins. Plan at a minimum an hour, if the place is slow. When you are ready for the check, walk up to the counter to pay, and you'll be attended to promptly. If you need something, ask for it. He is very accommodating.

The food is *great*. It's a terrific place, family, and place to sit back, chat with friends, chat with Petros, and get your hands dirty. (it's tradition to eat with the inerja, not utensils, have fun and dig in).

The cons are the perceptions and expectations people go in with. Instant gratification and pretense are not served. Old school home-style cooking, friendliness, and relaxed pace there will make you happy, if you enjoy such things.

Get your play, finger food, and food/spice (mild and hot offered) enjoyment on.

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Good Ethiopian food! This place has been around town for a long time and I finally got a chance to go there and was quite pleased. The food was very good, the service was good, and the atmosphere was nice.

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★★★★☆

Good Ethiopian food! This place has been around town for a long time and I finally got a chance to go there and was quite pleased. The food was very good, the service was good, and the atmosphere was nice.

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I personally did not like this place. I ordered a chicken dish and they gave you 1 small chicken leg with sauce. I would not recommend this restaurant at least fior the price

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★☆☆☆☆

I personally did not like this place. I ordered a chicken dish and they gave you 1 small chicken leg with sauce. I would not recommend this restaurant at least fior the price

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I've been to Jarra's several times. I always get the vegetarian combination and it's always good which is what keeps me coming back. I've heard the meat dishes are very good but very rich. You definitely need to be prepared to spend a long time there though. The owner is the only waiter and is in no rush to serve anyone. He can be very talkative which is sometimes interesting and sometimes offensive or excessive. Because there is often not enough injera and there's only so much bread I want to eat in one sitting, I often ask for a fork (i know, i know...) and extra napkins and they're reluctant to get me either.

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★★★☆☆

I've been to Jarra's several times. I always get the vegetarian combination and it's always good which is what keeps me coming back. I've heard the meat dishes are very good but very rich. You definitely need to be prepared to spend a long time there though. The owner is the only waiter and is in no rush to serve anyone. He can be very talkative which is sometimes interesting and sometimes offensive or excessive. Because there is often not enough injera and there's only so much bread I want to eat in one sitting, I often ask for a fork (i know, i know...) and extra napkins and they're reluctant to get me either.

Pros: the food

Cons: the service

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Ethiopian is not for everyone. It is spicey, exotic and often gruel-like and meant to be eaten without utensils. With that said, this is one of my family's favorite restaurants. Our 9 year old loves the mild lentils and chicken, while the rest of us like it as hot as possible. We have enjoyed Jarra's since before their present location on Hawthorne. Over the years the food has been consistant and delicious. It has been a small, family run business since the beginning. If you are looking for fancy surroundings, efficient, speedy service, this is not the place for you. If you can slow down enough to appreciate the food as it should be appreciated, you will not be disappointed. Many of the things said in other postings do not fit our experience there (shortage of napkins, injera, rudeness from the owner or charging exhorbitantly). Ethiopian food requires much preparation and the prices they charge seem very fair for the dinners they serve. In our opinion, Jarra's is the best Ethiopian in Portland and we often leave the restaurant feeling like we ate the food of the gods.

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★★★★★

Ethiopian is not for everyone. It is spicey, exotic and often gruel-like and meant to be eaten without utensils. With that said, this is one of my family's favorite restaurants. Our 9 year old loves the mild lentils and chicken, while the rest of us like it as hot as possible. We have enjoyed Jarra's since before their present location on Hawthorne. Over the years the food has been consistant and delicious. It has been a small, family run business since the beginning. If you are looking for fancy surroundings, efficient, speedy service, this is not the place for you. If you can slow down enough to appreciate the food as it should be appreciated, you will not be disappointed. Many of the things said in other postings do not fit our experience there (shortage of napkins, injera, rudeness from the owner or charging exhorbitantly). Ethiopian food requires much preparation and the prices they charge seem very fair for the dinners they serve. In our opinion, Jarra's is the best Ethiopian in Portland and we often leave the restaurant feeling like we ate the food of the gods.

Pros: The food is superb.

Cons: Service is akin to the caribbean; slow, but sure.

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The food at Jarra's is good and inexpensive. It's conveniently located on Hawthorne, and has a nice bar below. The food is good- Ethiopian food has delicious curries and spongy bread. As good as other Portland Ethiopian restaurants.

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★★★★☆

The food at Jarra's is good and inexpensive. It's conveniently located on Hawthorne, and has a nice bar below. The food is good- Ethiopian food has delicious curries and spongy bread. As good as other Portland Ethiopian restaurants.

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Really insulting and worst service ever! The owner/server came up to our table to take our order and basically said my friend and I had big noses, which was really a dig on our ethnicity. He then tried to guess where our families were from -- all with a smile. I thought it was rude, and I don't believe he was asking purely out of curiosity. I should have left, but stayed and really regret that because the food was luke warm and watery. I've had ethiopian food tons of times and I thought the bread was thin and tasteless.

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★☆☆☆☆

Really insulting and worst service ever! The owner/server came up to our table to take our order and basically said my friend and I had big noses, which was really a dig on our ethnicity. He then tried to guess where our families were from -- all with a smile. I thought it was rude, and I don't believe he was asking purely out of curiosity. I should have left, but stayed and really regret that because the food was luke warm and watery. I've had ethiopian food tons of times and I thought the bread was thin and tasteless.

Pros: insuling

Cons: near my house

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OMG!! I love this place and the owner are so sweet. This was the first place I ever had ethiopian food and I was instantly intrigued. I recommend going for lunch and keep in mind they are closed btw lunch and dinner which something like 3-5 i think. check it out.

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★★★★★

OMG!! I love this place and the owner are so sweet. This was the first place I ever had ethiopian food and I was instantly intrigued. I recommend going for lunch and keep in mind they are closed btw lunch and dinner which something like 3-5 i think. check it out.

Pros: yum!

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This restaurant made me fall in love with Ethiopian food. To this day, it is the best Ethiopian food I have had. My job requires that I move every few months, and I have yet to find another place I love as much as this one in any other city. The portions are generous, the food flavorful and spicy.
The service was always great, and the restaurant quiet, but it is all about the food.

Note: I am vegetarian, so I can't say anything about the meaty menu items, though I know that everyone else I dragged to Jarra's loved it as well.

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★★★★★

This restaurant made me fall in love with Ethiopian food. To this day, it is the best Ethiopian food I have had. My job requires that I move every few months, and I have yet to find another place I love as much as this one in any other city. The portions are generous, the food flavorful and spicy.
The service was always great, and the restaurant quiet, but it is all about the food.

Note: I am vegetarian, so I can't say anything about the meaty menu items, though I know that everyone else I dragged to Jarra's loved it as well.

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Wow, we had never had Ethiopian food before and had a great experience. Though it was a quiet place, the waiter and proprietor, Petros, and his wife and children were great hosts. We felt like guests in their home. Fully enjoyed the meal (prepare to get a bit messy, -get over it clean freaks) and the stories about Ethiopian culture, traditions, government, and history from Petros. Ask him a few questions, and you will feel like you were transported to his native country.

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★★★★☆

Wow, we had never had Ethiopian food before and had a great experience. Though it was a quiet place, the waiter and proprietor, Petros, and his wife and children were great hosts. We felt like guests in their home. Fully enjoyed the meal (prepare to get a bit messy, -get over it clean freaks) and the stories about Ethiopian culture, traditions, government, and history from Petros. Ask him a few questions, and you will feel like you were transported to his native country.

Pros: Food, Easy Parking, Very interesting and friendly waiter (owner)

Cons: Ambience

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This is a secret little gem of Portland. Hardly anyone seems to go to the lounge underneath Jarra's. It's like a little cave with nice, soft lighting, and comfortable seating. It'd be a great place to go alone to read or to go with friends and not have to shout at each other. Every time I go there I just want to hang out longer.

I wasnt crazy about the food the one time I tried it. The bread seemed all wrong, which, after reading the reviews, makes sense, and the food was just so-so. However, the servers in the lounge are always super friendly AND hip.

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★★★★☆

This is a secret little gem of Portland. Hardly anyone seems to go to the lounge underneath Jarra's. It's like a little cave with nice, soft lighting, and comfortable seating. It'd be a great place to go alone to read or to go with friends and not have to shout at each other. Every time I go there I just want to hang out longer.

I wasnt crazy about the food the one time I tried it. The bread seemed all wrong, which, after reading the reviews, makes sense, and the food was just so-so. However, the servers in the lounge are always super friendly AND hip.

Pros: Best secret underground lounge in Portland! Don't go there! I like it being my secret hideaway!

Cons: Food, eh.

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I've been eating Ethiopian food for years, and have been to many different restaurants around the country that serve this kind of food. I would highly recommend checking out other Ethiopian restaurants if you live in Portland. There are so many others here to choose from, and they are ALL better than Jarra's. The service was good enough, and they seemed to be very attentive and happy to have us there. The problem I had was strictly with the food. Wow, was this stuff ever overpriced!! Over $13 for a vegetarian platter that was the size of a small dinner plate. It had, literally, 1 tablespoon of collards, and the rest was a messy, run-together mess of watery lentils and peas. To top it all off, the injera is not even made with teff flour!! 100% self-rising, white flour here. I couldn't believe it. If you want sub-par, watered-down, small portions go to Jarra's. If you want a filling, satisfying, well-prepared meal, go somewhere else.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been eating Ethiopian food for years, and have been to many different restaurants around the country that serve this kind of food. I would highly recommend checking out other Ethiopian restaurants if you live in Portland. There are so many others here to choose from, and they are ALL better than Jarra's. The service was good enough, and they seemed to be very attentive and happy to have us there. The problem I had was strictly with the food. Wow, was this stuff ever overpriced!! Over $13 for a vegetarian platter that was the size of a small dinner plate. It had, literally, 1 tablespoon of collards, and the rest was a messy, run-together mess of watery lentils and peas. To top it all off, the injera is not even made with teff flour!! 100% self-rising, white flour here. I couldn't believe it. If you want sub-par, watered-down, small portions go to Jarra's. If you want a filling, satisfying, well-prepared meal, go somewhere else.

Pros: Nice, friendly service

Cons: Watery, bland food, injera not made from teff

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I see some good reviews here but my comment concurs with many others here. The service was terrible. We were served our food with 3 pieces of bread (3 people), when we asked for more, the waitress looked at our plates as to say what did you use your bread for.... When she came back she brought only one piece of bread for all 3 of us. We were very disappointed. she didn't even come back for more water or to ask if we needed anything else. No hospitality, seems like the owners want to make a quick buck. Overpriced food.

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★☆☆☆☆

I see some good reviews here but my comment concurs with many others here. The service was terrible. We were served our food with 3 pieces of bread (3 people), when we asked for more, the waitress looked at our plates as to say what did you use your bread for.... When she came back she brought only one piece of bread for all 3 of us. We were very disappointed. she didn't even come back for more water or to ask if we needed anything else. No hospitality, seems like the owners want to make a quick buck. Overpriced food.

Pros: Location

Cons: Bad service, rude owners, way overpriced, rationed food

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I have been coming to Jarra's since I was in my mom's belly.
There is nothing that tastes better than a nice homemade Ethiopian dinner from Jarra's.
Even thought the service can be slow, you forget all about it once you food is delivered to your table.
The owners are both extremely kind and never hesitate to great you and try to strike up a conversation now and then.
The flavors of the food goes together so amazingly, there is nothing bad on the menu at all so it is very hard to decide what to get.
After reading some of these other reviews I would have to say that I don't agree. Although, like I said the service can be slow, the owners are never rude; maybe sometimes stressed-out, but not rude.
Jarra's is an amazing family owned restaurant that I would recommend to anyone and everyone. I hope it is around for years to come!

(I think I am going to go tonight!) : ]

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★★★★★

I have been coming to Jarra's since I was in my mom's belly.
There is nothing that tastes better than a nice homemade Ethiopian dinner from Jarra's.
Even thought the service can be slow, you forget all about it once you food is delivered to your table.
The owners are both extremely kind and never hesitate to great you and try to strike up a conversation now and then.
The flavors of the food goes together so amazingly, there is nothing bad on the menu at all so it is very hard to decide what to get.
After reading some of these other reviews I would have to say that I don't agree. Although, like I said the service can be slow, the owners are never rude; maybe sometimes stressed-out, but not rude.
Jarra's is an amazing family owned restaurant that I would recommend to anyone and everyone. I hope it is around for years to come!

(I think I am going to go tonight!) : ]

Pros: EVERYTHINNG!

Cons: the WEEL WORTH IT wait.

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I've been coming here for ages and I have always enjoyed the food. They make a great doro wat platter for $10 and it's plenty to eat. Good spices, a bit on the oily side but nothing I couldn't deal with. The service is another matter altogether. Our meal took 2.5 hours, one diner never got her food (we were promised it was coming several times, until it was simply too late), we got charged for nonexistent meals and mis-poured drinks. The owner came out multiple times to re-count the plates on table, disputing our claim that we were being charged for at least one dinner we never got. They only had one person working a room of at least 40 people, and he was waiting and bussing tables, and mixing all of the drinks. Needless to say service was glacial. I think I'll go elsewhere from now on, as will most of our party.

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★★★☆☆

I've been coming here for ages and I have always enjoyed the food. They make a great doro wat platter for $10 and it's plenty to eat. Good spices, a bit on the oily side but nothing I couldn't deal with. The service is another matter altogether. Our meal took 2.5 hours, one diner never got her food (we were promised it was coming several times, until it was simply too late), we got charged for nonexistent meals and mis-poured drinks. The owner came out multiple times to re-count the plates on table, disputing our claim that we were being charged for at least one dinner we never got. They only had one person working a room of at least 40 people, and he was waiting and bussing tables, and mixing all of the drinks. Needless to say service was glacial. I think I'll go elsewhere from now on, as will most of our party.

Pros: seasonings, stewed meats

Cons: service, overcharging

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I had never eaten Ethiopian food before, and was very pleased. The owners were extremely kind and helpful. When our food was served, they gave us tips on how to eat it, as Ethiopian dining is a different experience. The food was wonderful, the drinks were wonderful, and the service was wonderful. I would definitely return. It was refreshing to see a successful, family owned business. The spicy was definitely spicy, but the mild was very tasty for those that don't care for spicy. I highly recommend Jarra's.

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★★★★★

I had never eaten Ethiopian food before, and was very pleased. The owners were extremely kind and helpful. When our food was served, they gave us tips on how to eat it, as Ethiopian dining is a different experience. The food was wonderful, the drinks were wonderful, and the service was wonderful. I would definitely return. It was refreshing to see a successful, family owned business. The spicy was definitely spicy, but the mild was very tasty for those that don't care for spicy. I highly recommend Jarra's.

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The spices are good. But I strongly recomend that you find a different Ethiopian restaurant in Portland. I have inside knowledge. The owners are really cheap. They get offended, and sometimes refuse, when customers ask for more bread, although the food is already overpriced. A strange policy considering that the bread is only worth cents, and has led to them loosing $$$ worth of business. One of the owners even didn't want me to give customers more napkins, even more bizarre, and causing an awkward situation.
Even worse, I was forced to work, as a waiter, one when I had the flu. Besides being illegal, I didn't feel good about that. Most people wouldn't willingly pay to be served by someone in that condition.

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★★☆☆☆

The spices are good. But I strongly recomend that you find a different Ethiopian restaurant in Portland. I have inside knowledge. The owners are really cheap. They get offended, and sometimes refuse, when customers ask for more bread, although the food is already overpriced. A strange policy considering that the bread is only worth cents, and has led to them loosing $$$ worth of business. One of the owners even didn't want me to give customers more napkins, even more bizarre, and causing an awkward situation.
Even worse, I was forced to work, as a waiter, one when I had the flu. Besides being illegal, I didn't feel good about that. Most people wouldn't willingly pay to be served by someone in that condition.

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As I write this my stomach is growling for this food. I cant say it enough try it for yourself, otherwise you will miss out on an amazing culinary experience.
I have been going to Jarras since I was young..I have always loved spicy so this is a real treat. The wait is long but worth it in every way and you wont mind if you bring along good company and love for great food. This is a good place for large groups and can be somewhat romantic. I love the choices in dishes and drinks and the owners are truly Amazing people with friendly smiles, inspiring stories and all around warmth and hospitality. The food is so tasty that I think of it often and take guests as often as possible. When family comes from out of town this is the first place they want to go and this is good because they have Vegetarin options for those in your family who do not eat meat. Please go you will love what you eat!

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★★★★★

As I write this my stomach is growling for this food. I cant say it enough try it for yourself, otherwise you will miss out on an amazing culinary experience.
I have been going to Jarras since I was young..I have always loved spicy so this is a real treat. The wait is long but worth it in every way and you wont mind if you bring along good company and love for great food. This is a good place for large groups and can be somewhat romantic. I love the choices in dishes and drinks and the owners are truly Amazing people with friendly smiles, inspiring stories and all around warmth and hospitality. The food is so tasty that I think of it often and take guests as often as possible. When family comes from out of town this is the first place they want to go and this is good because they have Vegetarin options for those in your family who do not eat meat. Please go you will love what you eat!

Pros: Amazing food, Amazing Owners, Good for large groups

Cons: Food takes a while to prepare but you will see why!..Tasty!!

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Service was very slow, and rude, despite an empty restaurant. The chicken was very greasy, and the bread too soft. Throw that in with the bland decor and chipped glasses and you have a dining experperiance not worth repeating.

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★☆☆☆☆

Service was very slow, and rude, despite an empty restaurant. The chicken was very greasy, and the bread too soft. Throw that in with the bland decor and chipped glasses and you have a dining experperiance not worth repeating.

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I hate writing this review, and "The Burtons" to the contrary, I'm NOT a rival Ethiopian restaurant owner, just an individual who's been a big fan of the food since I first had it 20 years ago in Los Angeles. But I feel like I should speak up here. I've been to Jarra's twice and liked the food pretty well. The injera's not the best, but the lamb was excellent, and I found the spices strong and satisfying.

However, I will not go back because I found the owner rude. Simple questions about the menu were met with sighs, harumphs, and glares, as if we were children or fools. He paid no attention to us after he delivered the dishes, even though there was only one other couple in the cavernous dining room. He seemed to have no professionalism or ability to interact with the customers -- a disaster considering that his food is slightly pricier than most of the Ethiopian places in town (like the Blue Nile, Queen of Sheba, Mudai, etc.) His wife (?) who was cooking seemed extremely nice, but the mood was so chilly because of Mr. Jarra's unpleasant vibes that I haven't returned and cannot recommend this restaurant to others. Sorry.

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★★★☆☆

I hate writing this review, and "The Burtons" to the contrary, I'm NOT a rival Ethiopian restaurant owner, just an individual who's been a big fan of the food since I first had it 20 years ago in Los Angeles. But I feel like I should speak up here. I've been to Jarra's twice and liked the food pretty well. The injera's not the best, but the lamb was excellent, and I found the spices strong and satisfying.

However, I will not go back because I found the owner rude. Simple questions about the menu were met with sighs, harumphs, and glares, as if we were children or fools. He paid no attention to us after he delivered the dishes, even though there was only one other couple in the cavernous dining room. He seemed to have no professionalism or ability to interact with the customers -- a disaster considering that his food is slightly pricier than most of the Ethiopian places in town (like the Blue Nile, Queen of Sheba, Mudai, etc.) His wife (?) who was cooking seemed extremely nice, but the mood was so chilly because of Mr. Jarra's unpleasant vibes that I haven't returned and cannot recommend this restaurant to others. Sorry.

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Jarras Restaurant is the lone star in Portland, OR. Since our return from the Horn of Africa decades a go, it was only this Restaurant that gave us the opportunity to enjoy the hot, tasty and zesty Ethnic food. My have family has been served by this hard working hospitable family. They have also kept us up dated about the current situation in Ethiopia. Years back they hosted a fund raising event to send money for ever starving Ethiopians. We donated reasonable amount of money.

The service is family oriented, they know each of us by first names and were at home at their place. The food is clean, fresh and ample. Especially they are generous with the wat. Compared to other often unstable outlets in the city, this place has never closed its door to customers.

Now for decades, it seems they are part of our family. To read some of the negative comments is disheartening, although it may have been written by any of the competitors who might have grown jealous of their success and stability.

Jarras keep on your excellent service and well continue to show at your door regularly.

God Bless!

The Burton's

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★★★★★

Jarras Restaurant is the lone star in Portland, OR. Since our return from the Horn of Africa decades a go, it was only this Restaurant that gave us the opportunity to enjoy the hot, tasty and zesty Ethnic food. My have family has been served by this hard working hospitable family. They have also kept us up dated about the current situation in Ethiopia. Years back they hosted a fund raising event to send money for ever starving Ethiopians. We donated reasonable amount of money.

The service is family oriented, they know each of us by first names and were at home at their place. The food is clean, fresh and ample. Especially they are generous with the wat. Compared to other often unstable outlets in the city, this place has never closed its door to customers.

Now for decades, it seems they are part of our family. To read some of the negative comments is disheartening, although it may have been written by any of the competitors who might have grown jealous of their success and stability.

Jarras keep on your excellent service and well continue to show at your door regularly.

God Bless!

The Burton's

Pros: Welcoming family env'nt, easy acess, professional

Cons: Closed on Sunday's and some Mon

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The biggest disappointment was that their injera is made with white wheat flour and baking powder, rather than the usual (and far more appetizing) sourdough teff. The food was too greasy, the service was slow and somewhat rude, and everything was far more expensive than it should have been, considering the quality. Go to Blue Nile instead.

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★☆☆☆☆

The biggest disappointment was that their injera is made with white wheat flour and baking powder, rather than the usual (and far more appetizing) sourdough teff. The food was too greasy, the service was slow and somewhat rude, and everything was far more expensive than it should have been, considering the quality. Go to Blue Nile instead.

Pros: none

Cons: Bad food, bad service, expensive

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We were charged full price for our meal, despite the fact that they brought us the wrong food (when we brought it to the attention of the server that the food wasn't right, he said that he was sorry and they would adjust the price due to the error. He didn't mention that the price would be the same AND he didn't offer to bring us the right food). The food at Queen of Sheba on MLK is much tastier, and the service at Horn of Africa is 1000 times better. I would try either of these before suffering through a Jarra's experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were charged full price for our meal, despite the fact that they brought us the wrong food (when we brought it to the attention of the server that the food wasn't right, he said that he was sorry and they would adjust the price due to the error. He didn't mention that the price would be the same AND he didn't offer to bring us the right food). The food at Queen of Sheba on MLK is much tastier, and the service at Horn of Africa is 1000 times better. I would try either of these before suffering through a Jarra's experience.

Pros: Good Location

Cons: Poor Service, Expensive, Long Waits

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So I didn't realize it was finger food; eating cottage cheese with my fingers was a new experience! The lamb really was delicious but over all I still have to rate the food we ordered as good/average-not exceptional. I do recommend the experience.
Would not recommend this spicy of food for kids.

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★★★☆☆

So I didn't realize it was finger food; eating cottage cheese with my fingers was a new experience! The lamb really was delicious but over all I still have to rate the food we ordered as good/average-not exceptional. I do recommend the experience.
Would not recommend this spicy of food for kids.

Pros: good food, very filling, good drinks

Cons: small parking lot, needs make over

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The best food I have ever had! People concerned with getting their fingers dirty may need to cruze by a fast food joint they obivously dont know the first thing about enjoying REAL food. I love and crave Jarras Ethopian daily! Dig in and try something new you wont be able to wait until your next visit! Everything on the menu is wonderful beyond belief and if you LOVE SPICY you have to visit, Dont forget great food takes time so if you are anxious and fussy please dont go while I am their! They also serve VEGETARIAN dishes! Escape from your pizza & burger lifestyle, be patient and the best food you have ever ate with your hands will be on your table, skip the booze save your tastebuds for the ethopian iced tea while you eat spicy yummy food with your fingers!

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★★★★★

The best food I have ever had! People concerned with getting their fingers dirty may need to cruze by a fast food joint they obivously dont know the first thing about enjoying REAL food. I love and crave Jarras Ethopian daily! Dig in and try something new you wont be able to wait until your next visit! Everything on the menu is wonderful beyond belief and if you LOVE SPICY you have to visit, Dont forget great food takes time so if you are anxious and fussy please dont go while I am their! They also serve VEGETARIAN dishes! Escape from your pizza & burger lifestyle, be patient and the best food you have ever ate with your hands will be on your table, skip the booze save your tastebuds for the ethopian iced tea while you eat spicy yummy food with your fingers!

Pros: GREAT FOOD, SLOW COOKED WITH CARE, FRIENDLY, FRIENDLY,F

Cons: the WORTH IT wait

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The food was good and spicy and the service was very friendly.

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★★★★☆

The food was good and spicy and the service was very friendly.

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If you want to spend $15 on a plate of (albeit exotically spiced) baby food which you eat with your hands from pancakes that have the texture of foam rubber whilst retaining the appearance of a CT scan of your brain, then this is the place for you. Also beware the cocktails which are more expensive than printed on the menu, because "the menu is very old." A good place for hipsters to embarass exceptionally wealthy parents.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you want to spend $15 on a plate of (albeit exotically spiced) baby food which you eat with your hands from pancakes that have the texture of foam rubber whilst retaining the appearance of a CT scan of your brain, then this is the place for you. Also beware the cocktails which are more expensive than printed on the menu, because "the menu is very old." A good place for hipsters to embarass exceptionally wealthy parents.

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My girlfriend and I live close to Jarra's, but were apprehensive to go in as there are hardly any cars in their lot. However, yesterday I noticed a "Happy Hour" sign for the lounge, located under the resteraunt. The lounge offers a limited menu, but from 4-6 all the dishes which are normaly $7-$8 are half off and most of the drinks (we had beer) are about $1 off. The food was spicy, but tasty. The lounge felt like a cool basement pub and there was no smoking except ina back room. So if you want to check out the food, go during the happy hour and get it super cheap.

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★★★☆☆

My girlfriend and I live close to Jarra's, but were apprehensive to go in as there are hardly any cars in their lot. However, yesterday I noticed a "Happy Hour" sign for the lounge, located under the resteraunt. The lounge offers a limited menu, but from 4-6 all the dishes which are normaly $7-$8 are half off and most of the drinks (we had beer) are about $1 off. The food was spicy, but tasty. The lounge felt like a cool basement pub and there was no smoking except ina back room. So if you want to check out the food, go during the happy hour and get it super cheap.

Pros: Ambiance, Cheap eats

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I ate at this spot last week. Wow, I thought it was amazing. The whole experience was great. Had a nice conversation with the owners. One is the cook, the other the server. My boyfriend and I both had meat dishes, Beef and Lamb. I give this place 2 thumbs up!

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★★★★★

I ate at this spot last week. Wow, I thought it was amazing. The whole experience was great. Had a nice conversation with the owners. One is the cook, the other the server. My boyfriend and I both had meat dishes, Beef and Lamb. I give this place 2 thumbs up!

Pros: service, food, parking

Cons: decoration, loud tv, bright

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We were led to Jarra's since it's on the Hawthorne and has been around the longest. The food was aweful (too salty and bland), the injera (bread) was white- no teff flour?- and the owner was rude (insulted a child with us)...the owner also (tried to be friendly), threw silverware at us since they left no room for scooping up the stew with your hands- as is customary. It's like they don't know how to make or serve the food. Anyone used to good Ethiopian food (I make my own at home) will hate this place. Oh, and it's really expensive.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were led to Jarra's since it's on the Hawthorne and has been around the longest. The food was aweful (too salty and bland), the injera (bread) was white- no teff flour?- and the owner was rude (insulted a child with us)...the owner also (tried to be friendly), threw silverware at us since they left no room for scooping up the stew with your hands- as is customary. It's like they don't know how to make or serve the food. Anyone used to good Ethiopian food (I make my own at home) will hate this place. Oh, and it's really expensive.

Pros: large space, somewhat friendly, good reputation

Cons: salty food, rude service, expensive

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We ate there tonight, and they stuck us in the corner. They weren't too crowded, but it took them twenty minutes to take our order. The food was good, but the drinks were TERRIBLE. We both ordered alcoholic drinks. You would think they would at least create a drinkable recipie. Too sweet and too stiff all at the same time. We couldn't even get them to refill our waters. We eventually had to go up to the front and wait around some more for them to figure out our bill. If the food was cheaper, I maybe could have overlooked the horrible service, but it was expensive as well. And we barely touched our drinks. It was my first time eating ethiopian food, and it was not a good experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

We ate there tonight, and they stuck us in the corner. They weren't too crowded, but it took them twenty minutes to take our order. The food was good, but the drinks were TERRIBLE. We both ordered alcoholic drinks. You would think they would at least create a drinkable recipie. Too sweet and too stiff all at the same time. We couldn't even get them to refill our waters. We eventually had to go up to the front and wait around some more for them to figure out our bill. If the food was cheaper, I maybe could have overlooked the horrible service, but it was expensive as well. And we barely touched our drinks. It was my first time eating ethiopian food, and it was not a good experience.

Pros: good warm food, no silverware, chicken was good

Cons: TERRIBLE SERVICE, not good drinks, expensive

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It's a very casual atmosphere, but clean. The staff is very friendly and quick to share stories about Ethiopian culture. This was my first taste of Ethiopian food and it did not disappoint. I found eating without silverware odd, but it fit the mood and wasn't a big deal. I had the combination plate and every bit was good. The chicken was so tender it fell off the bone, the curry-potato dish was outstanding... the whole meal was great.

I will definitely go back soon and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others.

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★★★★★

It's a very casual atmosphere, but clean. The staff is very friendly and quick to share stories about Ethiopian culture. This was my first taste of Ethiopian food and it did not disappoint. I found eating without silverware odd, but it fit the mood and wasn't a big deal. I had the combination plate and every bit was good. The chicken was so tender it fell off the bone, the curry-potato dish was outstanding... the whole meal was great.

I will definitely go back soon and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others.

Pros: good food, friendly staff

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Coming from Vancouver where we have plenty of excellent restaurants, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of Jarra's. Normally, I wouldn't bother reviewing a restaurant online; however, I've read some of the negative reviews and I felt I should set the record straight. The food was excellent, very tasty and VERY REASONABLY priced; spent roughly $25 for the two of us. The food can be spicey, but this is what someone with half a brain would expect. The service was prompt, respectful, and friendly - the waiter is one of the owners. All in all, a great meal that I would highly recommend to my friends.

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★★★★★

Coming from Vancouver where we have plenty of excellent restaurants, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of Jarra's. Normally, I wouldn't bother reviewing a restaurant online; however, I've read some of the negative reviews and I felt I should set the record straight. The food was excellent, very tasty and VERY REASONABLY priced; spent roughly $25 for the two of us. The food can be spicey, but this is what someone with half a brain would expect. The service was prompt, respectful, and friendly - the waiter is one of the owners. All in all, a great meal that I would highly recommend to my friends.

Pros: pleasant service, good prices, excellent food

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Three thimes we requested mild, mild, mild food, in part to accomodate our young children, but 3/4 of the food suggested and brought out by the owner was so spicey (I would rate it at least 3-stars) we couldn't eat it. Despite leaving barely touched trays, no offer was made to substitute something else. One chicken dish, for $10 consisted of one drumstick with sides of lentils, cottage cheese and vegetables...an incredible rip-off. After the food was delivered we were abandoned and five of us made do with three water glasses for half an hour

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★★☆☆☆

Three thimes we requested mild, mild, mild food, in part to accomodate our young children, but 3/4 of the food suggested and brought out by the owner was so spicey (I would rate it at least 3-stars) we couldn't eat it. Despite leaving barely touched trays, no offer was made to substitute something else. One chicken dish, for $10 consisted of one drumstick with sides of lentils, cottage cheese and vegetables...an incredible rip-off. After the food was delivered we were abandoned and five of us made do with three water glasses for half an hour

Pros: empty, easy parking, friendly owner

Cons: very poor value, very poor service, ignored needs

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The food is finger-licking good (n' spicy) and the portion sizes are ample, offering great value for the money. The server/owner is very friendly. Although it was a little noisy because of a group that came in before us, overall it was a great dining experience. Be prepared to wait for a while for the food once you have ordered (I find this to be typical of all Ethiopian restaurants that I have eaten at).

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★★★★★

The food is finger-licking good (n' spicy) and the portion sizes are ample, offering great value for the money. The server/owner is very friendly. Although it was a little noisy because of a group that came in before us, overall it was a great dining experience. Be prepared to wait for a while for the food once you have ordered (I find this to be typical of all Ethiopian restaurants that I have eaten at).

Pros: Great food, Friendly server, Inexpensive

Cons: Slow service, limited parking, noisy

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First, the very chatty server gets tiresome. The food certainly is good, but all turns to one big much because of the way the different dishes are arranged. Don't request that they make it too spicy - even though you can take it - since this will mask the flavors. Great way to be introduced to this wonderful cuisine, but I recommend Queen of Sheba instead.

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★★★☆☆

First, the very chatty server gets tiresome. The food certainly is good, but all turns to one big much because of the way the different dishes are arranged. Don't request that they make it too spicy - even though you can take it - since this will mask the flavors. Great way to be introduced to this wonderful cuisine, but I recommend Queen of Sheba instead.

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Excellent Ethiopian food. Variety is good. Prices are cheap. Portions are large. What more can you ask for.

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★★★★★

Excellent Ethiopian food. Variety is good. Prices are cheap. Portions are large. What more can you ask for.

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Jarra's is rated high, word of mouth and in the reviews. But the experience is disappointing:
-The injera (bread) is made on site- it is white instead of traditional (teff flour) brown. The important point being that they make it there and treat it like a scare commodity. Mr. Jarra shouted at us for asking for more (I have heard this from others). Food was too salty, soupy- covered all of injera. Mr Jarra brought us forks and knifes!! Insulting. Service was terrible from him and waitor and overpriced. $90 for 4.

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★☆☆☆☆

Jarra's is rated high, word of mouth and in the reviews. But the experience is disappointing:
-The injera (bread) is made on site- it is white instead of traditional (teff flour) brown. The important point being that they make it there and treat it like a scare commodity. Mr. Jarra shouted at us for asking for more (I have heard this from others). Food was too salty, soupy- covered all of injera. Mr Jarra brought us forks and knifes!! Insulting. Service was terrible from him and waitor and overpriced. $90 for 4.

Pros: None., Seriously poor.

Cons: Bad Service., Hyped Up., Over-rated.

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Popular with budget-minded patrons and college students seeking an exotic, affordable dining adventure, Jarra's takes much of the credit for introducing Portland residents to spicy Ethiopian cuisine. Choose your meat---chicken, lamb or…

 

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