Addis Ethiopian Restaurant


About

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant has been a Bay Area fixture for over a decade. Dedicated to bringing a genuine Ethiopian dining experience to our patrons, our dishes are prepared with authentic recipes that date back centuries. We hope your visit gives you a glimpse into the traditional Ethiopian home, where the people delight in pampering their visitors with comfort and courtesy. Though each dish on our menu has its own description, words truly cannot describe the exotic tastes you will savor. Located in Oakland’s North Temescal business district, Addis is the place for the finest Ethiopian dining experience in the Bay Area. Ethiopian cuisine is one of the world's best kept secrets. Ethiopian food is an exotically spicy mix of vegetables, slow-simmered meat or grain stews, and fresh meat sautés. Ethiopia is a place of high plateaus and low-lying plains, and home to over 70 million people. The northern high country is populated mainly by Christians, while the plains are home to Muslims and animists. Dietary restrictions due to religions and location have given rise to a wide variety of both meat and vegetarian dishes. Ethiopian dishes are prepared with a distinctive variety of unique spices, which lend an unforgettably striking dimension to its exotic cookery. Grains like millet, sorghum, wheat and ancient teff , a tiny round grain closely resembling millet, form the basic breadstuffs of the diet. Most farming in Ethiopia is subsistence, so the vegetables and animals are often grown and raised at home. The ancient practice of beekeeping produces exquisite honey. It is fermented to make tej, the Ethiopian honey wine. Essential components of Ethiopian cooking are berbere, a spicy red pepper paste, niter kibbeh, a spice-infused clarified butter, and injera. Injera, the sourdough pancake-like bread of Ethiopia, is made from a fermented sourdough teff batter - in this way, it has a slightly tangy flavor and a wonderful light and airy texture. Most traditional dishes have a stewy consistency. Alicha indicates a mild stew while Wots are stews with the spicy flavor of berberé. Sautéed meats add to the variety of a meal. Dining in Ethiopia is characterized by sharing food from a common plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty, family, and friendship. The traditional Ethiopian meal is served on a large platter that is draped with the crepe-like injera bread, with the selection of foods decoratively arranged around the center dish. To eat, diners simply tear off a piece of injera, use it to scoop up some of the various dishes and pop it in their mouths. Extra injera is usually served on the side. Honey wine, beer or telba, a flaxseed drink, are served as beverages.


Additional Information

Executive Chef Kalki Tesfaye

Features

  • Takes Reservations Yes
  • Delivery No
  • Take-out Yes
  • Accepts Credit Cards Yes
  • Good For Dinner
  • Parking Private Lot
  • Bike Parking Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible Yes
  • Good for Kids Yes
  • Good for Groups Yes
  • Attire Casual
  • Ambience Casual
  • Noise Level Average
  • Alcohol Beer & Wine Only
  • Outdoor Seating Yes
  • Wi-Fi Free
  • Has TV No
  • Waiter Service Yes
  • Caters No

Hours

Mon:

  • 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm:

Tue:

  • 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm:

Wed:

  • 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm:

Thu:

  • 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm:

Fri:

  • 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm:

Sat:

  • 11:30 am - 10:00 pm:

Sun:

  • 11:30 am - 10:00 pm:

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Contact

(510) 653-3456


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Reviews

Gwen G.

2017-08-30 02:09 pm

When my husband and I come here we always order the meat combo. It is always on point. The service can be a little slow, but not to the point of being...

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Meerim I.

2017-11-19 04:12 pm

I wish there was 3.5 option. Will give 4, because overall, I was more than satisfied with my meal. Ordered lamb tibs and veggie combo. Tibs were a bit...

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Daniel M.

2017-08-22 04:53 pm

I love Ethiopian food, and Addis did not disappoint! I came on a Sunday afternoon with family. The ambiance is inviting. There's a lot of natural light,...

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