East African Flavors of Portland

Updated 8.22.20.

From Gresham to Beaverton and in between, Portland-Metro has a thriving, extended East African community. We’re graced with numerous restaurants and markets and specialities to choose from. Eat and enjoy!

Ethiopian and Eritrean Dining

Try Me Ethiopian
Try Me Ethiopian Cuisine

Aberus Restaurant
Delicious Ethiopian dine-in eatery in an unassuming strip mall.
438 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211
(503) 284-6434

Abyssinian Kitchen
Upscale Ethiopian and Eritrean dining in Clinton. “Meats here are ethically raised, produce is local, and the spices are blended in-house.”
2625 SE 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 894-8349

Ethiopian dining at its finest. A bit upscale.
2504 Southeast 50th Avenue #D, Portland, OR 97206
(503) 477-8778

Bole Ethiopian Restaurant
Formerly home to Gojo, this spacious Ethiopian restaurant in the Alberta arts district has new owners and offers lots of meat and veggie options.
915 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
(503) 719-6200

Eleni’s Kitchen Ethiopian Cuisine
Eleni’s serves at these farmers’ markets from May-October: Beaverton (Saturdays), Milwaukee (Sundays),  OHSU (Tuesdays–through Dec.). They also distribute a line of Ethiopian foods and products that you can purchase from their website.
(404) 384-2455

Enat Kitchen Restaurant
Ethiopian restaurant with warm ambiance and service. Buffet lunch also available.
300 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
(503) 285-4861

E’Njoni Cafe
This dine-in Ethiopian restaurant is a favorite go-to for date night. Buffet lunch also available.
910 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, OR

Horn of Africa
This beloved Ethiopian and East African restaurant has been around since 1997 (’94 if you count their origins at Saturday Market!). Meat and vegan options for lunch only, catering available.
5237 NE M.L.King Blvd., Portland, Portland 97211
(971) 302-6157

Queen of Sheba Restaurant
Ethiopian dining and an institution since the ’90s. Come hungry!
2413 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
(503) 287-6302

Sengatera Ethiopian Restaurant
This Ethiopian restaurant also has a DJ every weekend: Friday pm: pan-African music. Sat. pm: Ethiopian music.
3833 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
(971) 222-4324

Sisters Ethiopian Restaurant
Tucked away in a Mill Park strip mall, you’ll find this neighborhood treasure. Great for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
1720 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233
(971) 544-7065

Spice of Africa
This restaurant in close-in SE is a treasure! Freshly re-opened and offering meals, snacks and sweet treats to go and with free delivery, as well as catering (and during normal circumstances: cooking classes and salad bar) specializing in Kenyan and Ethiopian cooking. They also offer Moroccan specials. Once a month they feature different chefs from Africa (East, West and North). Catering can be ordered online.
722 SE 10th (at Alder), Portland, OR 97214 –also at PSU Farmers’ Market on Saturdays and Montavilla Farmers’ Market on Sundays.

Try Me Ethiopian Cuisine
Brand new! This restaurant just opened July 1 and is getting great reviews. “This is the best Ethiopian food we’ve had in the US. Authentic flavors, no fusion silliness or flavor dilution for American palates. Delightful family owned restaurant with abundant smiles and great service start to finish.”
580 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham, Oregon, OR 97030
(503) 661-8078

Somali Dining

Amir’s Motherland Dish
Prepare to be transported to Somalia and come hungry. East African casual dining.
7100 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213
(971) 202-7120

Hayat Somali Restaurant
For the West side crowd, Somali cuisine is now available in Beaverton.
16755 SW Basline Rd, Beaverton, OR 97006
(503) 430-1896

Safari Restaurant
Epic Somali dining, with an emphasis on meats.
7815 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
(503) 775-2998

Salama Restaurant
Hazelwood Somali restaurant tucked away in the Salama International Bazaar, they offer a variety of traditional and original dishes.
12435 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97230
(503) 477-6211


Manna’s – Ugandan Fusion Street Food
6/05/20 status – open
Fresh in town from Florida, this Cartlandia newbie serves Ugandan-style samosas, plus burrito bowls, “rolex” wraps, sandwiches and salads.
8145 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
(407) 312-5841


The following markets feature E. African ingredients and, in some cases, prepared foods and housewares:

Awash Ethiopian Market
Ethiopian market and convenience store. Fresh injera!
2322 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
(503) 281-0844

Hashi Halal Market
Featuring halal meats and products from West, East and North Africa.
106 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
(971) 255-1169

Koken Market & Coffee Roaster
Corner store for beer/wine/snacks, with the new addition of fresh-roasted Ethiopian coffee (owned by a brother-and-sister Ethiopian team).
6732 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211
(541) 241-6451

Merkato Ethiopian Music & Food Store
This small market sells Ethiopian cooking staples and also has a music section.
2605 NE M L King Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
(503) 331-9283

Meskel Market
Ethiopian Market and convenience store near PCC. Lentil sambusas! (Like samosas.)
839 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
(503) 283-8732

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