Portland West African Dining

Updated 8.9.19.

Slowly but surely, more West African dining options are opening shop (and opening pop-ups) in Portland.

As of Aug. 2019, we have 3 options to recommend (only 1 of which has a brick-and-mortar restaurant). We hope you’ll try them all and come back to explore more of their offerings.

Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso

Photo courtesy of Christine Dong, Willamette Week

In Akadi, NE Portland has a delicious casual restaurant with a vast menu specializing in West African cuisine from Cote D’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. Meat, vegetarian and vegan options available. Dine-in restaurant with patio, limited bar options.

3601 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
(503) 477-7138

Fatou Ouattara, chef-owner at Akadi

Akadi’s chef-owner Fatou Ouattara. Photo courtesy of Christine Dong, Willammette Week


Many Ghanaian flavors and techniques were transported to the Caribbean and American south in the slave trade. Meat and some vegan options available.  If enjoy Caribbean foods, you might find a trip to Black Star Grill food cart worth exploring over at PSU (weekdays only):

Black Star Grill
Near PSU South, at 1967 SW 4th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97201
(503) 559-4246


Bliss House
Bliss House hosts numerous pop-up dining events, including a 4-course Vegan Nigerian dinner. Location varies, see website for event information. We recommend following so you can find out about new events as they get planned.

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