We outline the best Ethiopian restaurants in Nairobi based on customer reviews and range of services available. Traditionally, Ethiopian meals are best enjoyed with your hands.
In all the top Ethiopian restaurants, whether in Nairobi or any other city, you will never miss Injera, a popular spongy pancake-like bread that’s practically synonymous with the Ethiopian food culture.
Ethiopian eateries also serve tibs, small cubes of beef sautéed in butter or oil and then simmered with garlic and served with injera. Azifa (green lentils tossed with tomatoes, red onions, and green chiles), Gomen (collard greens cooked in spiced butter and Ethiopian spices), Chechebsa (also called fit-fit) and sambusas are also a must have in any Ethiopian restaurant.
Below is an updated list of the best Ethiopian restaurants in Nairobi (August 2022):
Asmara is a chain of top ranking Ethiopian/Eritrean Restaurants in Nairobi offering a unique dining experience that brings together culture and culinary excellence in an afro-contemporary setting. There are currently four Asmara branches in Nairobi: Pangani, Westlands along General Mathenge, Karen along Ngong’ Road & Lavington along Othaya Road.
Asmara’s exquisite service has earned several culinary nominations and awards, among them the 2015 Best African Cuisine by UP Magazine, the 2015-2016 best wine list at the Taste Awards and the 2016 best Eritrean/Ethiopian Cuisine at the Chef’s Delight Awards.
Menu Overview: Eritrean Coffee, Asmara Garlic Mushrooms (Ksh 750), Prawn Cocktail (Ksh 950), Ox Tail Soup (Ksh 900), Mozarella Salad (Ksh 1,000), Zilzil Tibsi (Ksh 1,400), Kunata Firfir (Ksh 1,300), Grilled Chicken (Ksh 1,500), Grilled Fish Fillet (Ksh 1,500) among other delicacies.
General Mathenge Drive, Westlands - Nairobi
Phone: (254) 721 948 020
Italian, African, Ethiopian. (Vegetarian Friendly)
2. Habesha Restaurant
Habesha is one of the best Ethiopian restaurants in Nairobi and Kenya at large, a full-service eatery that offers exceptional services and serves authentic Ethiopian and African cuisine.
Located near the Elgeyo Marakwet junction along Argwings Kodhek Road, Habesha is a venue like no other: you can enjoy lunchtime with colleagues or evenings with friends virtually any day of the week from 9am to 10pm.
If you are looking for an all inclusive Ethiopian restaurant with both dine-in and take away services at affordable prices in Nairobi, Habesha is your best choice, served by the best chefs with excellent culinary talents and knife skills.
Argwings Kodhek Road, Nairobi, 00800
Phone: (254) 709 828 000
African, Ethiopian (Vegetarian Friendly)
Abyssinia Exotic Ethiopian Restaurant is one of the eateries in Nairobi with the largest amount of traffic, thanks to the authentic, delicious and affordable Ethiopian food served in a welcoming setting – showing the true Spirit of Ethiopia.
Open seven days a week from 11am-11pm, Abyssinia is equipped with a super modern kitchen that closes at 10.30pm, with experienced award winning chefs ready to give you an an unforgettable Ethiopian dining experience.
Situated in both Westlands and Kilimani, Abyssinia breathes Ethiopian ambience and serenity, the perfect place to enjoy a delicious Ethiopian food made using fresh with quality ingredients.
Menu Overview: Meat and chicken hot and spicy dishes (Key), Meat and chicken mild dishes (Alicha), Sizzling hot stir fried beef, lamb, chicken and fish dishes (Tibs), Vegetarian dishes, House specialties: Kitfo and much more.
Westlands Branch: Off Brookside Grove & Waiyaki Way
Phone: (254) 725 151 515
African, Ethiopian. (Vegetarian Friendly)
Of all the best Ethiopian Restaurants in Nairobi and Kenya at large, Awash brings out the ultimate Ethiopian dining experience, both authentic & localized, at pocket friendly prices.
At Awash you are treated to the best food you can have for Lunch or Dinner, Flavorful Ethiopian Dishes, Stews & Spices with Chicken, Beef, Goat, Legumes, Vegetables and so much more. The restaurant has a rich experience in Kenya dating back to 1986, over 35 years of quality authentic Ethiopian traditional dishes.
Menu Overview: Egg and Meat Firfir (Ksh 600), Tegamino Shiro (Ksh 550), Injera Firfir (Ksh 500), Kik Alicha (Ksh 500), Misir Wot (Ksh 500), Kuanta Firfir, Asa Goulash, Whole Fish – Red Snapper with Side Salad, Ethiopian Coffee, Baklawa and so much more.
Mbaruk Road, Golf Course Estate,, Nairobi
Phone: (254) 723 722725
Japanese, Sushi, Asian (Vegetarian Friendly)
If you are looking for a top-rated restaurant serving authentic Ethiopian/Eritrean, African & continental cuisine in a serene setting with Nairobi’s nightlife scenes, Yejoka Garden Restaurant & Bar may be your best choice.
With a perfect blend of a rich exotic fusion, great garden ambience and self contained private lounges, Yejoka offers fresh Ethiopian meals, awesome cocktails at a well stocked bar and great taste of first class Ethiopian coffee under one roof.
Located off Argwings Kodhek Road along Wood Avenue Yaya, Yejoka is a popular eatery for Nairobian foodies, offering a wide array of coffee blends to meet the different taste profiles all customers.
Menu Overview: Chicken Biryani (Ksh 1,000), Chicken Maryland (Ksh 1,000), Chicken Curry (Ksh 1,000), Bozena Shiro (Ksh 850), Goat Tibs (Ksh 950), Beef Tibs (Ksh 850), Plain Chips (Ksh 400), Bhajia (Ksh 400), Chicken Burger (Ksh 450), Strawberry Iced Tea (Ksh 350) and so much more.
Wood Avenue Off Argwings Kodhek Road, Nairobi
Phone: (254) 722 333 750
African, Ethiopian (Vegetarian Friendly, Halal)