Pan-Africa Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 1521 First Ave

    Seattle, WA 98101

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  • 206-652-2461

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If I could give no stars, I would. Worst service ever and the longest wait for minimal taste. The menu online is nothing like the one onsite and even then, the servers state the menu should say "we don't do that" during most hours of operation. Don't waste your time, they're are better places to eat at the Market and better African restaurants in Seattle.

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★☆☆☆☆

If I could give no stars, I would. Worst service ever and the longest wait for minimal taste. The menu online is nothing like the one onsite and even then, the servers state the menu should say "we don't do that" during most hours of operation. Don't waste your time, they're are better places to eat at the Market and better African restaurants in Seattle.

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Parking can be a nightmare around Pike Place Market, so I recommend taking the bus. The service at this place was very good, though the food took a while. The food was great, but not out of this world. Prices seemed reasonable. My girlfriend had been to Africa recently and had fou-fou so she was really hoping to get it at Pan Africa but they didn't have it.

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★★★★☆

Parking can be a nightmare around Pike Place Market, so I recommend taking the bus. The service at this place was very good, though the food took a while. The food was great, but not out of this world. Prices seemed reasonable. My girlfriend had been to Africa recently and had fou-fou so she was really hoping to get it at Pan Africa but they didn't have it.

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My husband and I have eaten here many times and have been very pleased every time. I am a veggie and he is not. Their menu has a wide variety of dishes to please any palate. The food is different than any other food i have eaten but it was delicious. The service is always good and the prices are amazing. We have a hard time not going there when we venture out of the eastside and into the city. I would highly recommend giving this little cafe a try.

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★★★★★

My husband and I have eaten here many times and have been very pleased every time. I am a veggie and he is not. Their menu has a wide variety of dishes to please any palate. The food is different than any other food i have eaten but it was delicious. The service is always good and the prices are amazing. We have a hard time not going there when we venture out of the eastside and into the city. I would highly recommend giving this little cafe a try.

Pros: small cozy cafe

Cons: parking

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If you are tired of the same old options for dinner, try the Pan Africa market. Go out on a limb and try something they suggest that you have never thought of.

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★★★★☆

If you are tired of the same old options for dinner, try the Pan Africa market. Go out on a limb and try something they suggest that you have never thought of.

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I brought a group of 17 to eat here by prior arrangement with Hirut. She did an absolutely wonderful job accomodating us: she not only set a big, private table, but served bountiful delicious food and even bought a cake in the market to serve for dessert. I can't thank her enough for her hospitality. I'll certainly be back!

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★★★★★

I brought a group of 17 to eat here by prior arrangement with Hirut. She did an absolutely wonderful job accomodating us: she not only set a big, private table, but served bountiful delicious food and even bought a cake in the market to serve for dessert. I can't thank her enough for her hospitality. I'll certainly be back!

Pros: delicious food and gracious hostess

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I love this restaurant. It's perfectly lit and a great place to have dinner on those wonderful seattle nights. The atmosphere and the ethiopian music is calm and soothing, even ROMANTIC. The food at Pan Africa is always great , the prices are more than reasonable and the customer service is wonderful. I am definately comming back. I suggest you give it a try.

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★★★★☆

I love this restaurant. It's perfectly lit and a great place to have dinner on those wonderful seattle nights. The atmosphere and the ethiopian music is calm and soothing, even ROMANTIC. The food at Pan Africa is always great , the prices are more than reasonable and the customer service is wonderful. I am definately comming back. I suggest you give it a try.

Pros: Great food and service

Cons: Parking

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Great atmosphere with warm colors and friendly service. The food is quite good and the location is great as a launching point for a night out downtown. My biggest criticism is that the injira is lacking in my opinion. It's not thick and substantial enough nor is enough provided with your meal for it to serve it's purpose as your eating utensil. It tends to fall apart more readily than the injira at my favorite place and you'll run out before you're done. Still this is a pretty minor complaint and I recommend this restaurant.

2
★★★★☆

Great atmosphere with warm colors and friendly service. The food is quite good and the location is great as a launching point for a night out downtown. My biggest criticism is that the injira is lacking in my opinion. It's not thick and substantial enough nor is enough provided with your meal for it to serve it's purpose as your eating utensil. It tends to fall apart more readily than the injira at my favorite place and you'll run out before you're done. Still this is a pretty minor complaint and I recommend this restaurant.

Pros: flavorful, spicy food and warm, welcoming decor

Cons: the injira is too thin and flimsy

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My friends and I work downtown and make it a point to go to Pan-Africa at least once a month. The cost is reasonable, the service is fast and friendly, and the food never disappoints. We have a vegetarian in the group, and he loves the Veggie Sample Platter served on Injera (soft, ethiopian flat bread - tastes a little like sourdough bread). My favorite is the chicken & apricots. Delicious!

2
★★★★★

My friends and I work downtown and make it a point to go to Pan-Africa at least once a month. The cost is reasonable, the service is fast and friendly, and the food never disappoints. We have a vegetarian in the group, and he loves the Veggie Sample Platter served on Injera (soft, ethiopian flat bread - tastes a little like sourdough bread). My favorite is the chicken & apricots. Delicious!

Pros: Excellent, consistent food, reasonable cost, friendly service, easy to walk/bus from downtown

Cons: Outside seating is loud (right on 1st Ave)

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Great Value ($8), friendly, accomidating, sweet honey wine, amazing flavors! Too bad they don't still have the sunday buffet.

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★★★★☆

Great Value ($8), friendly, accomidating, sweet honey wine, amazing flavors! Too bad they don't still have the sunday buffet.

Pros: Flavors and size vs. Value. Next to Pike Pl. Market

Cons: On street parking, not closer to my home.

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My boyfriend and myself tried this place after passing it when touring around Pike's Place. It was highly recommended as one of the best cheap eats in the city, and we were not let down. We went for lunch and each ordered a meat dish for lunch. Our food arrived quickly and we were greatly surprised to see that the main dish came with about four or five different vegetable dishes for sampling, which were all delicious. The food is served on a unique type of porous bread that you are encouraged to use as a fork, which we did and could not get enough of. I wanted to go back again and am still longing for the wonderful ethiopian food we encountered at this jem of a place.

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★★★☆☆

My boyfriend and myself tried this place after passing it when touring around Pike's Place. It was highly recommended as one of the best cheap eats in the city, and we were not let down. We went for lunch and each ordered a meat dish for lunch. Our food arrived quickly and we were greatly surprised to see that the main dish came with about four or five different vegetable dishes for sampling, which were all delicious. The food is served on a unique type of porous bread that you are encouraged to use as a fork, which we did and could not get enough of. I wanted to go back again and am still longing for the wonderful ethiopian food we encountered at this jem of a place.

Pros: Cheap, delicious, flavorful, and quick

Cons: Nothing unless you don't like spice

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9.4 for this restaurant? Give me a break. Injura is not very good, potatoes and chicken were tasteless. Same thing with my wife's food. Would not go again. Nice people though.

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★★★☆☆

9.4 for this restaurant? Give me a break. Injura is not very good, potatoes and chicken were tasteless. Same thing with my wife's food. Would not go again. Nice people though.

Pros: Vegetarian Options, Central Location

Cons: So so food at best

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As vegetarians, the menu offered us plenty to choose from. The ground nut stew was scrumptious, as well as the veggie sautee.

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★★★★★

As vegetarians, the menu offered us plenty to choose from. The ground nut stew was scrumptious, as well as the veggie sautee.

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My boyfriend and I went here not too long ago and the food was great. I had some kind of curried corn dish that was amazing. My boyfriend had the standard vegetarian combo. Both were really good. The waiter was friendly and attentive. The only down side was that they were doing construction so there were really loud hammering and sawing noises. The waiter did warn us about this when we entered though, and he apologized for it. The food made up for any annoyance caused by the loud construction. I'm looking forward to going back.

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I went here not too long ago and the food was great. I had some kind of curried corn dish that was amazing. My boyfriend had the standard vegetarian combo. Both were really good. The waiter was friendly and attentive. The only down side was that they were doing construction so there were really loud hammering and sawing noises. The waiter did warn us about this when we entered though, and he apologized for it. The food made up for any annoyance caused by the loud construction. I'm looking forward to going back.

Pros: Vegetarian options

Cons: Construction

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Each major metropolitan area in the US seems to have at least one very good Ethiopian restaurant. Although this is the only Ethiopian restaurant I've tried in Seattle, the food is so good that it doesn't matter if I don't find another one.
The food is great, and vegetarians are well cared for here. The crepe-like bread, injera, is indeed made from teff, not wheat. Each time I've been there, the cook has doubled as waiter, or there's been only one cook and one waiter. Despite this, the food comes to the table reasonable quickly.
The only downside is the rickety furniture and the view of the garish adult book store across the street.

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★★★★★

Each major metropolitan area in the US seems to have at least one very good Ethiopian restaurant. Although this is the only Ethiopian restaurant I've tried in Seattle, the food is so good that it doesn't matter if I don't find another one.
The food is great, and vegetarians are well cared for here. The crepe-like bread, injera, is indeed made from teff, not wheat. Each time I've been there, the cook has doubled as waiter, or there's been only one cook and one waiter. Despite this, the food comes to the table reasonable quickly.
The only downside is the rickety furniture and the view of the garish adult book store across the street.

Pros: food, price, downtown

Cons: parking, decor

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My old coworker and I went here last week. I'd have Ethiopian food several times before, but this was my first here. We both got the combination plates and although it was a tad spicy for my friend I thought it was perfect. The combination plates (there are 2 or 3 versions) are good for a first time so that one gets a taste of a wide variety of food. If you are dining with your SO even better, get two different samplers and share.

The quality was excellent and there are a lot of vegetarian choices. Service was pleasant and very good, although not formal, which I like.The coffee is very good too.

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★★★★★

My old coworker and I went here last week. I'd have Ethiopian food several times before, but this was my first here. We both got the combination plates and although it was a tad spicy for my friend I thought it was perfect. The combination plates (there are 2 or 3 versions) are good for a first time so that one gets a taste of a wide variety of food. If you are dining with your SO even better, get two different samplers and share.

The quality was excellent and there are a lot of vegetarian choices. Service was pleasant and very good, although not formal, which I like.The coffee is very good too.

Pros: Taste, Variety, Value

Cons: None

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I have eaten at many Ethiopian restaurants around the United States, and this one, has the best food yet. The other reviews are accruate...sunny, ,warm setting, good people watching and friendly staff. They even have a few sidewalk tables on first ave which is really fun for dining al fresco. When I first moved to Seattle, I was very pleasantly surprised at the large number of Ethiopian restaurants, and this place met my ethnic food standards, and then some!

2
★★★★★

I have eaten at many Ethiopian restaurants around the United States, and this one, has the best food yet. The other reviews are accruate...sunny, ,warm setting, good people watching and friendly staff. They even have a few sidewalk tables on first ave which is really fun for dining al fresco. When I first moved to Seattle, I was very pleasantly surprised at the large number of Ethiopian restaurants, and this place met my ethnic food standards, and then some!

Pros: warm atmosphere, intimate setting, Amazing food

Cons: none

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For a positive dining experience that doesn't put a big dent in the wallet, this place can't be beat. The atmosphere is pleasant, friendly, and relaxing. Sitting at the counter looking out at 1st avenue is great people-watching, or an intimate table in the corner can be fun. Portions are generous and every item seems to be lovingly prepared with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Despite being downtown, this feels like a "neighborhood restaurant", with many regulars popping in, but it doesn't feel overcrowded. Overall, this is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle.

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★★★★★

For a positive dining experience that doesn't put a big dent in the wallet, this place can't be beat. The atmosphere is pleasant, friendly, and relaxing. Sitting at the counter looking out at 1st avenue is great people-watching, or an intimate table in the corner can be fun. Portions are generous and every item seems to be lovingly prepared with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Despite being downtown, this feels like a "neighborhood restaurant", with many regulars popping in, but it doesn't feel overcrowded. Overall, this is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle.

Pros: Value, Flavorful Food, Atmosphere

Cons: Parking, Few Tables

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Working downtown, I've gotten sick of all the generic cafes and restaurants selling overpriced soups, salads, sandwiches and lukewarm pasta. Pan Africa is a burst of fresh air ( and a real jolt to the tastebuds!) with its exciting and absolutely delicious African menu, at non-downtown prices.

The restaurant is warm, homey and welcoming, and the people running the place are genuinely very nice... a real treat when you're sick of dealing with the brisk, abrupt manner of some other restaurants at lunchtime.

Pan Africa is definitely not for the grab-and-go, buy a tasteless sandwich and bolt it down type of luncher. The food they serve here is hearty, filling, deliciously addictive, and there's lots of it for the little that you pay. It definitely hits the spot on a frazzled, rainy afternoon when you deserve a mini-vacation from work. And that's pretty much every day in Seattle.

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★★★★★

Working downtown, I've gotten sick of all the generic cafes and restaurants selling overpriced soups, salads, sandwiches and lukewarm pasta. Pan Africa is a burst of fresh air ( and a real jolt to the tastebuds!) with its exciting and absolutely delicious African menu, at non-downtown prices.

The restaurant is warm, homey and welcoming, and the people running the place are genuinely very nice... a real treat when you're sick of dealing with the brisk, abrupt manner of some other restaurants at lunchtime.

Pan Africa is definitely not for the grab-and-go, buy a tasteless sandwich and bolt it down type of luncher. The food they serve here is hearty, filling, deliciously addictive, and there's lots of it for the little that you pay. It definitely hits the spot on a frazzled, rainy afternoon when you deserve a mini-vacation from work. And that's pretty much every day in Seattle.

Pros: Value for Money, Delicious Food, Great Atmosphere

Cons: , Can get crowded

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