Portland >Food & Dining > Queen Of Sheba Intl Foods
2413 NE M L King Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721245.540256 -122.661767
Neighborhoods: Eliot, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Terrible service coming from a seasoned Ethiopian patron – Used to go to Queen of Sheba all the time as a kid and grew up in an Ethiopian family. Recently I took some friends who had never tried this kind of cuisine to Queen of Sheba and was shocked to find that the experience I had as a child would now only be a nostalgic one. When we arrived we were not greeted, I wasn't sure if we were to seat ourselves or wait. I sought out a worker and found one on the computer in a back room whom seemed agitated that I had disrupted her. She gave us the menus and rudely told us to find a table. The place was pretty empty with the exception of a large group near the bar. We were the only brown people there and saw little service compared to the mostly white patrons. This was appalling to me as an Ethiopian because the culture on a general level is very hospitable and welcoming. The food was good but it came out way too quick to be fresh; with the exception of the chicken tibs that only needs to be spiced and sauteed, the veggie dishes take much longer to prepare. About a minute after our food arrived, we were given the bill. This made me feel unwelcome because I had asked them to leave a menu so we could order more food, wine, and coffee after the meal. They had little regard for us as customers and hurried us out even though the place was empty and we had over 45min till closing. It wasn't until I broke out some Amharic that I got a smile but it was too late because my friends and I felt jaded and prejudged.
Our Favorite – Can't say enough good things about this restaurant! The food is incredible and the service is friendly and personable. Often smaller restaurants have a difficult time accommodating large group, but was have had a group of 20 and received the same great service. I have been to other Ethiopian restaurants, but always come back to Queen of Sheba. I will say that it took us a couple visits to Queen of Sheba before we truly understood what to order and what our favorites are. I highly recommend the spicy lamb.
Totally over rated- and definitely not cheap eats!!! – We went there as a big group for a birthday gathering. Since the table they gave us only fit comfortably for 5 people, we asked if we can have another table combined to accomodate 9 people, but they flat out say no. They are not even busy at the time we asked for this and they have extra large room in the back that definitely can accomodate larger group and more guests coming.
We're not sure if they just gave us bad service or what, because it seems they are a lot nicer to otherguests who majority that day are caucasians. We definitely found that it wasn't a friendly service. We asked for water and while the waitress saw us and seems walking toward our table they went to the table after us and gave the water to them, then when we waived again for water they keep saying hold on.
The total bill for 4 orders turn out to be $88 with not much meat on the dishes (majority are lentils/beans, potato and vegetables).
In summary, we won't come back to this place and not recommend it even for those who thought just doing it as a food adventure. Go somewhere else!!
We crave this food like crazy!!! – My husband and I absolutely love Queen of Sheba. The food is always delicious. We have brought many friends here over the last year and even the skeptical ones end up loving this place. Meals are served family style. Just tear off some of the injera bread and scoop up what you like. You can wash your hands before and after, so no reason to fret. We love the decor and ambiance because it just feels genuine and good. It's not fancy and "upscale"... just fabulous food in a relaxed atmosphere. T-shirts and shorts are perfect attire. The Ethiopian Iced Tea has just the right sweetness and spice. Good selection of beers. The lentils, mustard greens, and spicy lamb are our absolute favorites. Yum. Yum.
Amazing food, great family-run restaurant! – The atmosphere is a bit trite, but if you can stand that, get ready for some of the best food ever! I would recommend anything on the menu, just be careful that many are very spicy! I would also recommend the Ethiopian beer, very good!
The way they serve the food family style (for larger groups) in a huge plate with their specialty tortilla type thing is very fun and very good! Don't expect to use silverware!
Novel dining experience – I found this place by visiting citysearch and honestly was most intrigued to try it with the cat food review. I mean I wanted to see if it really looked and tasted like cat food. Well, I will say out of the 6 dishes that the group of us ordered there was definitely one that looked very similar to a can of cat food. But, it sure didn't taste like cat food (although I have never eaten cat food). It was very good. No, it didn't LOOK all that appetizing. It did taste really good.
I have had African cuisine many times. This is my first that was served in this manner. No utensils. I liked it; it was fun for a group. The food was good. But, I wouldn't go out of my way for it. It is great that they have such a large vegan/vegetarian menu. I will go back, but it won't be most likely for groups that want a unique/different experience.
horrible service, was i served cat food??!!! – we were refused the seat that we wanted and shoved in a corner that smelled like cat urine.
the rest of the food was great, but i swear one of the things we were served was canned cat food. disgusting.
table service? sucked.
i'll never go back - and i'm spreading the word. i've joined city search just to create this review.
i was so disappointed!
Best Ethiopian – I have been to all of the Ethiopian restaurants in Portland and Queen of Sheba is by far the best. They have a great menu where you can pick several different items to try on one plate. This is not for those who don't like to eat with their hands and can get very messy with kids.
Outstanding! – I could eat here every day. I've had just about everything on the menu and would reccommend each item. The ginger tea (either hot or iced) is amazing. Yes, the place is full of hippies, but its Portland! The service is consistent because its the same people night in and night out. Hats off to Gigi, the talented chef! Mulu, the waitress is the sweetest person, and the owner, Alam is friendly and interesting to talk to. They're not kidding when they say the food is spicy, so if you want it toned down just ask.
Poor service, fragrant clientele – Honestly - we didn't even make it to the food. We waited for about 20 minutes for someone to take our order (any order, even drinks), and the place reeked overwhelmigly of incense and patchouli. To be fair, I'm not sure if that was the restaurant or the clientele that smelled so strongly, but it was so overpowering I could taste it in my mouth. The wait combined with the smell on top of the room being pretty cold was was just too much - we left and went to an Indian place a few miles away. Definitely not recommended.
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