A collage of African photos including mangos, an African woman and locust tree pods.

African restaurants are springing up all over the United States.

Where do you go to get an authentic meal when you just don't want to cook at home? Use the "Advertising" link at the bottom of this page to find out how to send me the name of your favorite place. If you know that one of the businesses listed here has closed down, please let me know so that I can update the page.

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Asmara Restaurant
5020 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA (510) 547-5100
This Ethiopian restaurant is run by Arifani and his wife Okba. It is clean and has delicious and authentic Eritrean cuisine.

10 Crestline Drive #5
San Francisco, CA. 94131
Contact: Ayo Fanoiki, Phone: (415) 282-5529
These people operate a booth at local street festivals featuring African food, and also do catering. The food is very good.

GOJO Ethiopian Restaurant and Gift Shop
1261 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 295-9546 fax: (408) 297-6567
Traditionally prepared Ethiopian dishes.

Kenyan Cuisine - A Taste of East Africa
2626 W La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, CA
(714) 229-0409
Kenyan Cuisine is the only authentic Kenyan Restaurant in Southern California.

2717 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90305
(323) 541-1265
From a patron: Their Okra stew with fufu is wicked (good).

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Simba Tropical Grill
333 Naamans Rd
Claymont DE
Located inside the Tri-State Mall
This restaurant serves authentic East African Cuisine along with some American favorites, and comes recommended by patrons.


Janda's Place
3363 Cypress Legends Circle
Suite 1221
Fort Myers, FL 33905
(239) 222-7913 or (917) 548-0915
The first authentic African Liberian restaurant in Fort Myers, Florida!

Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant
3636 Henderson Blvd
Tampa, FL
(813) 872-6000

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FAD Fine Dining Restaurant and Banquet Hall
Cobb Marketfair Place, 3565 Austell Road
Marietta, GA 30008
(770) 431-8505 (404) 428-1626
This authentic African cuisine restaurant focuses on healthy, contemporary African style food. Services include a banquet hall, catering and party rental and a VIP lounge. Their menu, listed on their web site, includes things like peppered snails, peppered gizzards and guinea fowl among a list of other African delicacies.

Imperial Fez
2285 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 351-0870
Authentic Moroccan Cuisine, open 6 pm to 11:30 pm. Private parties by request. Featured in September 2001 issue of Bon Appetit. For more information, visit their web site.

Moya Restaurant
1371 Clairmont Road
Decatur, Georgia (404) 633-6692
A great atmosphere and a spicy Ethiopian food along with a piano bar and lounge

Queen Of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant
1594 Woodcliff Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 321-1493

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Vee-Vee's African Restaurant
6232 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 465-2424
Vee-Vee's has been around for over ten years, participating in the Taste of Chicago and African festivals. This is an excellent restaurant with a very warm atmosphere, and a nice array of African dishes. They don't serve alcohol but you can BYOB.

Yassa African Restaurant
716 E. 79th St.
Chicago, IL
(773) 488-9630
This is an authentic Senegalese restaurant with charcoal grills. It is highly recommended by patrons.

Ethiopian Diamond
6120 North Broadway
Chicago, IL (773) 338-6100

Second location:
7537 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626

Ras Dashen
5846 N. Broadway
Chicago (773) 506-9601
This restaurant gets rave reviews from an Ethiopian traveler.

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Esther's African Cuisine
12980 West 87th Street
Greystone South shopping center, just past the police station in Lenexa.
Lenexa, KS 66215
Esther's African Cuisine will be moving and going to Catering only instead of serving food in the restaurant. Be sure to call ahead (their phone number is still the same) before heading out there for dinner to make sure they are still there. New address will be posted soon.


Chez Seneba African Restaurant
4218 Bishop Ln
Louisville, KY 40218
(502) 473-8959
This restaurant specializes in Senegalese food.

Funmi's Café
3028 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY, 40205
(502) 454-5009
Modern Nigerian cuisine. The menu lists mostly West African foods, but with some East and North African dishes as well.


De Ranch Restaurant
3511 Maryland Ave
Cheverly, MD
(301) 773-5444

Nando's Peri-Peri
Nando's operates 10 restaurants in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. This is where you can sample their famous Peri-Peri Flame-Grilled Chicken, which sounds really delicious. Check their website by clicking on their name above to find the exact locations.

Peju's Kitchen Restaurant and Lounge
1724 Woodlawn Drive
Baltimore, MD 21244
(410) 277-9779
This restaurant was favorably reviewed by the Baltimore Sun.

Roger Miller Restaurant
941 Bonifant St.
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 (301) 650-2495
Named after a Camerounian football player, this restaurant has a great selection of West African foods. It is a small establishment with african decor and music, and delicious food. Menu highlights include jollof rice, palm butter stew, pepper soup, several goat meat selections, egusi stew, a cassava leaves entree, and more. The beverage list incudes beer, wine, ginger beer and fanta. This restaurant is well worth checking out if you are in the area.

Queensway Restaurant andCatering
5851 Riverdale Rd.
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
(301) 699-8002

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Addis Red Sea
544 Tremont St.
Boston, MA (617)426-8727
Sample Ethiopian cuisine in an authentic East African atmosphere. Stools are arranged around low tables and food is served from communal platters. The food here is good, and prices are very reasonable.

145-147 Broadway
Somerville MA 02145
(617) 628-9300
This Ethiopian restaurant used to be in Jamaica Plain, and has moved recently. See their web site for a look at the menu.

Karoo Restaurant
338 Commercial street
Provincetown, MA 02657
(508) 487-6630 karookafe@msn.com
At Karoo Kafe you will experience authentic South African food made entirely from scratch using native spices with the freshest ingredients. Our menu ranges from vegan and vegetarian dishes to exotic meats such as ostrich or wild boar. Boerewors, samoosas, Babotie, Peri peri chicken and so many more dishes to help cure the home sickness. Enjoy our homemade sauces and spices with your meal. We sell all that and more in our retail area as well as on our online shop.

Suya Joint African Restaurant
25 Poplar Street
Roslindale, Massachusetts
(508) 446-3885
This restaurant is currently closed according to their facebook page, but says they will be reopening when they resolve some issues. I suggest calling before venturing out there.
Suya Joint offers authentic Nigerian catering, and now a brand new 35 seat restaurant opening in February of 2012. Chef Cecelia Lizotte serves daily specials using the freshest seasonal ingredients prepared in unique, Nigerian recipes. Read a review of Suya Joint in Thrillist.

Teranga Senegalese Restaurant
1746 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 266-0003
Fine Senegalese dining in the heart of Boston's South End.

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The Blue Nile
545 West Nine Mile
Ferndale, Michigan 48220
This Ethiopian Restaurant in Greek Town comes highly recommended by a patron.

The Blue Nile has a second location at:
221 E. Washington
Ann Arbor MI, 48104
Phone: 734-998-4746


African Deli
7405 Regent Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
(763) 561-0086
This restaurant is recommended by a Facebook patron for a fresh and healthy tasting selection of West African foods.

African Forest Restaurant
7648 Humboldt Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55444
(763) 432-5279
The eclectic menu features regional specialties around the globe, from East African sambosas, Liberian palm butter, check rice and cassava leaves, and West African attieke, jollof rice and fufu. They also serve classic Caribbean dishes and American Southern fare.

Jambo Africa Restaurant
6000 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
This restaurant specializes in Kenyan and Liberian dishes. Let them take you on a dining safari! They also do catering.


African Grocery Store and Restaurant
3558 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 664-6010
Despite the name, this is actually a restaurant.

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New Jersey

Asare's Den Restaurant
855 Hamilton Street
Somerset, NJ
(732) 246-7660
Owned and operated by Carl Bampoe Parry, originally of Ghana, West Africa, Asare's Den specializes in friendly service of West African, Caribbean, and Southern cuisine. The menu consists of vegetarian, fish, jollof rice, peanut soup, several dishes featuring greens, black eyed peas, fried plantains, fried whiting, chicken and more. Come on in and dine with us at Asare's Den Restaurant.

Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant
338 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ
(732) 545-5115
Very clean, beautifully sparse and classy decor, includes liquor bar. Has attached African gift/art shop. Live music (usually jazz) most weekends. Located in heart of New Brunswick near live theatre, fab restaurants, Rutgers University. Near to junction of Routes 27 and 18 and approx 1.5 miles from highway US 1. Prices are reasonably moderate. Portion sizes quite adequate. Best to make reservations for Fri and Sat night dining.

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant
515 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042
(973) 655-9000
Spectacular Ethiopian cuisine, right down to the coffee ceremony.

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New York

Africa Kiné
256 W 116th (between 7th and 8th avenues)
(212) 666-9400
Exotic food from Senegal along with the music and ambiance of its capital Dakar. Parties, meetings, catering, wifi, great place to practice your French!

Aso-Rock Lounge and Restaurant
I38-24 Farmers Blvd
Springfield, Queens, NY 11434
(718) 535-1533

Awash Restaurant
947 Amsterdam Ave
New York City
(212) 961-1416
This Ethiopian restaurant is named after a major river in Ethiopia that functions as one of the Blue Nile's tributaries. It has now expanded to three locations:

338 E 6th St
New York, NY 10003

242 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

284 Mulberry Street (between Houston and Prince)
Manhattan (212) 343-1888
This Ethiopian restaurant got rave reviews in the March 1999 issue of Gourmet magazine. Dishes mentioned include injera and kategna (injera spread with berbere), kitfo (steak tartare), a lemony salad, a variety of watts (stews) made with meats and vegetables, and tej, or honey wine. The decor is clean and modern, and prices are reasonable.

199 E 3rd St
(between Avenue B and Avenue A)
New York, NY 10009
(212) 254-2411
This casual Ethiopian restaurant in the East Village gets good reviews from patrons.

Sister's African Cuisine
1240 Hertel Ave
Buffalo, New York 14216
(716) 876-3000
Sister's brings the authentic taste of Liberian cuisine to the Buffalo area. You can order a variety of dishes including plantains, palm nut soup, fried red snapper, fufu, jollof rice, and more. The food is fantastic. I got to eat here on a recent trip to Buffalo. See my review at A World of African Food.

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North Carolina

Meskerem Restaurant
601 S. Kings Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28204
This restaurant serves Ethiopian food with a lunch buffet.

Motherland Cuisine and Market
6024A The Plaza
Charlotte, N.C 28215
(704) 532-4279 cell (704) 236-5999
This combination market/restaurant is newly opened by the previous owners of Flapper International Market in Charlotte. They carry mostly African groceries and serve authentic African (West African) and continental dishes. They also lay a claim to making the best CHIN-CHIN in U.S.A.! Now that is something worth checking out.

Red Sea Restaurant and Bar
206 E Independence Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 375-4999

Zoewee's Restaurant
4112 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28206-2085
This Liberian restaurant gets great reviews from Facebook fans.

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Africa Chez Mere Wade
1455 E. Galbraith Rd.
Cincinnati, OH

Darbo Restaurant
3764 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 475-8004
email: sales@darborestaurant.com
Darbo Restaurant's unique cafe bistro environment brings the best of Somali and Italian cuisine to the heart of Columbus.

8438 Vine Street (Hartwell)
Cincinnati, Ohio 45216
(513) 821-1300
Teranga means hospitality in Wolof, and this restaurant offers a message of African and American friendship on their web site. They serve many traditional Senegalese dishes, at an affordable price. There is also a market connected with this restaurant and they have services such as braiding, money transfer and a conference room.


There are no restaurant listings for Oklahoma at this time.

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Abay Ethiopian Cuisine
130 S. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone:(412)661-9736 Fax:(412)661-8739
Enjoy Pittsburgh's only Ethiopian restaurant in an authentic atmosphere which captures the warmth and zest of Ethiopian culture while adding diversity to Pittsburgh's cultural landscape. One of Pittsburgh Magazine's Top 25 Best Restaurants of 2005.

Chef Abu's Kitchen
500 N. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 235-0935
From a source in Philadelphia: west african food, low priced, great reviews (I've heard you consult with the chef on what your meal will be).

4708 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 726-6464
Family style ethiopian specialties. You sit at low basket weave tables and eat without utensils (using flat spongy bread instead).

Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar
229 S. 45th St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 387-2424

Alaqsa Grocer and Restaurant
La 418 E Wyoming Ave
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 324-7540

Jamaican Jerk Hut
1436 South St.
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 545-8644
From a source in Philadelphia: One of my favorite restaurants. They have a nice outdoor veranda in the back. Low-mid range pricing. Jerk chicken, pork, shrimp, goat curry, spinach and groundnut, ital stew, conch fritters, and of course, fried plantains, yams, and ginger beer.

Caribbean Delight
1124 South St
Philadelphia, PA
Menu is similar to Jamaican Jerk Hut above.

Gojjo Bar and Restaurant
4540 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 386-1444

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Rhode Island

There are no restaurant listings for Rhode Island at this time.


African Village Restaurant
3003 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, TX 75062

Finger Licking Restaurant
9811 Bissonett Street
Houston, TX 77036

Kitchen Near You
9301 Bissonnet St. #130
Houston, TX 77074 USA
(713) 774-4040 Fax: (281) 491-2533
Kitchen Near You is an Authentic African Restaurant located in Houston, TX. We have a large selection of West African foods. This is a nice, large location with african decor, music and delicious food. Menu highlights include: Jollof rice, Stew, Roasted Fish, Poulet DG, Pepper soup, Ndole, Bitterleaf, Bobolo, Pepper Soup Fish and Goat meat, Okro, Egusi Soup, and more.

Mariam's African Restaurant Quisine
9725 Bissonet
Houston, Texas
Jollof rice, dodo, moin-moin, stockfish, egusi, fufu, and more!

Peppersoup Cafe
10010 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 776-8989
Come see and taste the flavours of African dishes at Peppersoup Café. The menu features breakfast items such as akara and custard, fried yam and sauce, and special African beverages. They offer African fast-food dishes such as fried yam and plantain, fried fish, and assorted meat items. Special menu items are Nigerian salads, seasoned oxtails, mixed vegetables, and yam porridge. Yum.

Afrikiko Restaurant
9625 Bissonnet
Houston, Texas
Palm nut soup is a specialty here. They also serve groundnut soup, plantain fufu, cassava leaves and isiewu, or goat's head.

Suya Hut
11611 West Airport
Houston, TX 77477
(281) 265-1411
This newly opened restaurant specializes in Nigerian cuisine, especially Suya (skewered barbequed beef) and Northern Nigerian cuisine. Their suya is the best!!!

T's Cafe
15608 Spring Hill Ln. Ste 102
Pflugerville, TX 78664
email: tmogbeyi@yahoo.com

UGO Restaurant
411 W. Mockingbird
Dallas, TX 75247
This restaurant serves all the good Nigerian foods.

Queen of Sheba
14875 Inwood Road
Addison, TX 75001
An upscale restaurant with traditional Ethiopian and Italian dishes.

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There are currently no African restaurants listed in Vermont.


The Shebeen Pub and Braii
247 Ridge-McIntire Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 296-3185
Not the illicit beer hall of South African townships, our Shebeen, styled after the Cape wineries, offers unique food in an engaging setting. Presented with peerless South African hospitality, our menu reflects the multiculturalism of the Southern African palate. From spicy African peri-peri sauce and Dutch farmer's Boer sausage to pub-style fish 'n chips, you will explore a cuisine of surprising diversity.

Washington D.C.

Bukom Cafe
2442 18th St. NW
Washington D.C. 20009 (202)265-4600
This restaurant serves West African cuisine including kenkey, gari, jollof rice, okra soup, fufu, egusi soup, chicken yassa, moi-moi and more.

Chez Aunty Libe
6115 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC
This is one of the few restaurants specializing in Senegambian dishes such as mafe', ceeb u jenn and chicken yassa.

Ghana Cafe
1336 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 387-3845
Best food and prices for African food in the D.C. area. The egusi soup is superb. Beverages include Gulder and Star (Nigeria), Ngoma (Togo), Tusker (Kenya) and Mamba (Ivory Coast). Catering is available. Tony and Abigail Opare, a Ghanaian couple, run the restaurant. Click on their name above to visit the web site and see the menu.

1727 Seventh St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 462-7309
Down-home West African cooking including house-made ginger beer, rice akras, pepper soup, peanut butter soup, potato leaf, crain-crain, tola, fufu, eba, fried fish, plantain, okra, couscous, cassava leaf stew, and more. Laidback service, so give yourself plenty of time to linger. This restaurant is owned by a man from Sierra Leone, and patrons say the food is absolutely wonderful. They always have everything on the menu and he always makes you feel at home.


There are no restaurant listings for Wisconsin at this time.

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