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Axum Cafe

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Parking

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Price

$$

Attire

casual

Groups

Yes

Kids

Yes

Take out

Yes

Alcohol

Yes

Good for

Lunch, Dinner

Wheelchair

Yes

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406 Reviews

406 Reviews

Daivat D

8/9/2014

Guess what Ethiopian food resembles in taste? Gujarati food (Gujarat is a state in India). Whenever I am craving Gujarati comfort food, I head down to Axum cafe to get their veggie combo. The spices are slightly different from Gujarati but the veggies, texture and the taste is so similar that you can not easily distinguish between the two. My wife usually doesnt eat mushrooms but their kintishara is so well done that my wife eats it without any hesitation.

Service is very quick and the staff is very friendly. This place is not that big but anyways you shouldnt go here in big groups since eating Ethiopian from one plate isnt very efficient/hygienic.

Parking in Haight is always a challenge so either be patient if you are looking for parking or just opt for public transit/cab.

Jennifer W

8/9/2014

The food is great, and the service is even better! It's run by a really nice family. The matriarch is always bubbly and full of stories to tell. Her outfits range from Ethiopian dresses to pink velour jumpsuits, and her personality is just as eclectic. When she's not there, her sweet son runs the place. Get the veggie combo for however many people you have. It's delicious!

Mackenzie T

8/9/2014

Get the platter and split it! Great global cuisine and what's more fun than eating with your hands?

Deby B

8/9/2014

Original, authentic and very tasty, especially if you like spicy food.

陈松

8/9/2014

Africa food. The service is good, it was my first time eat Axum food and I like it. Just eat with your hands!

Sophie K

10/10/2014

this lovely ethiopian restaurant has delicious food with a casual atmosphere. it is a great place to experience the cuisine of ethiopia. also, this restaurant is a wonderful place to go with a larger group, where customers can share delectable food.

Nicholas R

6/8/2015

Great value for great food.

Brian B

7/12/2015

I've lived in this neighborhood for years and their food is always great. My favorite is the tibsie lamb, and the tibsie chicken and veggie combo are also each very satisfying. Family owned, which is becoming more and more rare here in SF, and have regularly won Best of the Bay.

Pankul V

7/12/2015

Amazing spicy cooking

Becky C

10/13/2015

huge fan of their veggie combo. healthy and delicious! 👌🏼

Dan P

4/27/2016

Consistently amazing, fresh, and flavorful. Family run (so rare now in SF) with attentive, friendly service. A real neighborhood gem. Healthy and homemade with little oil and no butter used. The honey wine is a perfect pair. Highly recommend the vegetarian combo. We keep coming back and recommending friends

Tim A

5/29/2016

Loved the vegetarian combo and finished off the meal with a steamed milk and Kahlua, which was so tasty

Haven L

10/28/2016

Small and casual family restauraunt. Great food!

Vasha D

11/30/2016

Food was delicious but 3/5 of us got sick immediately after. Food was so good it was probably still worth it though. meat is nice and spicy.

H Z

11/30/2016

Food is excellent!!! Spicy and yummy. The lady who served us is very very nice. Can't wait to go back.

Keith F

11/30/2016

It doesn't look like much but this has some of the best Ethiopian food you'll have.

Ryan I

2/1/2017

We love the vegetarian platter. The food is delicious and healthy, the service is fast, the people are friendly, the prices are good!

Lawrence A

4/7/2017

I've been eating at this place for 20 years. It's still the best Ethiopian food in the entire city. The owners have kept these recipes with them since the old country and you won't get quality teff or anything similar anywhere else.

Grant B

12/15/2017

This place is so delicious. They've been closed for remodeling for a long time and I can't wait til they reopen

Natalie A

9/24/2018

Delicious! Loved the fish and vegetable options. Service was a bit slow but it was worth the wait, plus they just reopened. This will definitely be a new regular spot for me 🤗

Brian W

9/24/2018

Was great before and the reboot is even better!

rahul v

10/24/2018

Excellent Food, amazing hosts

Jim C

1/27/2019

Favorite Ethiopian restaurant in town. I've eaten here for more that twenty years and am happy to see them back open with an upgraded interior and food as good as ever. Vegetarian combo for two is my go to but the may dishes I've had were great too.

Noam A

1/27/2019

Authentic and tasty food, nicest service I've ever had.

PAL- G

2/28/2019

Great best Ethiopian food ever, excellent service

Michael E

2/28/2019

The ambiance was okay, and the food was so-so. For the price, I would have expected much better.

Molly B

3/30/2019

Haven't had Ethiopian food in years and was happy with the experience. Can't wait to try more and again. Attentive service!

Adora S

6/1/2019

Veggie combo here was great and decent portion to share between 2 folks! It is very spicy, like made-my-friend-raised-on-Sichuanese-food-cry spicy, so come prepared and maybe order some extra injera unless you're a master at the bread ratio.

Masanori Y

6/1/2019

Best Etheopian in town. Service isn't super fast, but just sit back and take your time at this family run neighborhood gem.

Malcolm G

7/1/2019

Even better after the remodel. Great flavorful food , good prices , cozy neighborhood restaurant

Daniel C

7/1/2019

Great staff and the best coffee in town (real coffee)

Andreas S

7/1/2019

Excellent food, friendly people

James S

8/2/2019

Big fan of this place. Traditional Ethiopian food in a simple setting for a reasonable price.

Jay G

8/2/2019

Price is so high for the portions. I'd expect $50 in main dishes to feed 4ppl. Nope. So disappointed. Picture represents $50 of food.

Unna A

8/2/2019

AUXUM Has been open 26yrs!! TSEGAI Has four children...he opened when the eldest was crawling. In 1993 they had bullet holes&today He gladly greats everyone!He has been reminded however.. exasperating Our social differences are,Our lives are always tinged with love&Humor if we choose.In the end we are more alike than not,however wide the breach!The owner's wife Keeps AUXUM CAFE open,with her power, patience and Grace..TSEGAI says they have weathered all things large&small with the same Vigor &by making food they are irrevocably entwined by indefinable Devotion!Cooking dishes from home for our pleasure come now and enjoy!

Josh

9/2/2019

Axum is the best Ethiopian restaurant in the continental United States, I've been going there for the past 18 years and the quality and service has only improved. Thank you for staying open and I can't wait to see you next year!

Becky C.

Stars_5

8/2/2016

this is my go to place for a quick and healthy dinner. I love their veggie combo (especially the chickpea dish). the portion is the perfect amount for one...read this and 369 more

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