East African Flavors of Portland

Wednesday is East African day of Support Black-Owned Restaurants Week.

Updated 8.15.18

What better time to explore Portland’s thriving East African cuisine and culture?

Ethiopian and Eritrean Dining


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

Eleni’s Kitchen Ethiopian Cuisine
This dine-in restaurant is *open for lunch only*, M-F 11am – 2pm
Eleni’s also distributes a line of Ethiopian foods and products that you can find in stores and at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.
2401 NE Cornell Rd P, Hillsboro, OR 97124
(404) 384-2455

Emame’s Ethiopian Cuisine
Ethiopian food cart in the popular Alder St. cart pod. Online ordering available.
SW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
(503) 317-6294

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

Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant
Spacious Ethiopian dining in the Alberta arts district
915 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
(503) 545-5093

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

Rahel’s Ethiopian Food
One of Portland’s few Ethiopian carts, located in Hazelwood.
465 SE 102nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216
(503) 896-7204

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

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

Mauritian Dining

Chez Dodo has 2 locations in Portland to serving flavors of the small island of Mauritius, off the E. Coast of Africa:

Downtown cart: 427 SW Stark Street, Portland OR 97204 | Airport: Concourse C, next to Blue Star Donuts).
(503) 270-9258


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

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

Warsame African Food Market
African market specializing in E. African food items and housewares.
7535 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213
(503) 408-5877

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