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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.
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!
Get the platter and split it! Great global cuisine and what's more fun than eating with your hands?
Original, authentic and very tasty, especially if you like spicy food.
Africa food. The service is good, it was my first time eat Axum food and I like it. Just eat with your hands!
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.
Great value for great food.
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.
Amazing spicy cooking
huge fan of their veggie combo. healthy and delicious! 👌🏼
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
Loved the vegetarian combo and finished off the meal with a steamed milk and Kahlua, which was so tasty
Small and casual family restauraunt. Great food!
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.
Food is excellent!!! Spicy and yummy. The lady who served us is very very nice. Can't wait to go back.
It doesn't look like much but this has some of the best Ethiopian food you'll have.
We love the vegetarian platter. The food is delicious and healthy, the service is fast, the people are friendly, the prices are good!
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.
This place is so delicious. They've been closed for remodeling for a long time and I can't wait til they reopen
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 🤗
Was great before and the reboot is even better!
Excellent Food, amazing hosts
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.
Authentic and tasty food, nicest service I've ever had.
Great best Ethiopian food ever, excellent service
The ambiance was okay, and the food was so-so. For the price, I would have expected much better.
Haven't had Ethiopian food in years and was happy with the experience. Can't wait to try more and again. Attentive service!
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.
Best Etheopian in town. Service isn't super fast, but just sit back and take your time at this family run neighborhood gem.
Even better after the remodel. Great flavorful food , good prices , cozy neighborhood restaurant
Great staff and the best coffee in town (real coffee)
Excellent food, friendly people
Big fan of this place. Traditional Ethiopian food in a simple setting for a reasonable price.
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.
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!
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!
My favorite Ethiopian food in the city, especially the great Beef Tibsie and veggie dishes. Also one of the better values in SF dining, with great food and healthy portions for the price. Very friendly staff and beautifully redesigned space as well!
Surprisingly uncrowded on weekdays, makes a nice casual date restaurant.
Super fresh and delicious! Can't wait to get back here.
Good eithiopian food, very flavorful
It was good but nothing to write home about. Spicy which was good and the appetizers where very big.
Wonderful Ethiopian restaurant with delicious food, friendly waiters and a homey vibe. Lots of vegetarian options (we ordered the Veggie sampler), and the food is delicious and authentic. Portions are large. Also have beer and wine.
Bright cafe in the Haight. Food is flavorful, portions are plentiful and prices are fair (for SF). Can’t go wrong with the veggie combo, paired with a crisp Ethiopian lager.
Super good vegetarian combo. Add the shiro and you’ll be in heaven with leftovers to spare. ❤️❤️
Really nice veggie platter. Spicier than all the other Ethiopian places in SF and really good flavor. Friendly and very helpful service too.
Delicious! Got the veggie platter and it was so good. Will order again.
Incredible food and generous portions. My partner and I order about 3 main dishes and extra injera, and it’s enough to last us two full meals :) highly recommend the tibsie with any protein and kitfo. Lots of vegetarian options as well that are equally delicious. The staff is so friendly and they make it easy to support our local businesses.
I’ve only been able to order from them during shelter in place, and can’t wait to pay a proper visit once restaurants are re-opened.
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