Massawa Restaurant

(415) 621-4129

1538 Haight St, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94117

37.770022 -122.447643

Open Hours

Monday To Sunday From 09:00 AM To 11:00 PM

 
Restaurants, Ethiopian, African  more

Payment Methods: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Central, Haight

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Massawa Restaurant
Menu
Meat Sambusa, Vegetable Sambusa, Salad, Alicha-beggee (lamb), Kelwa-derho (chicken), Kitfo (beef), Tsebhi-derho (chicken), Zigni (beef), Kelwa (beef), Kelwa-mix... more

Reviews for Massawa Restaurant

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Interesting cuisine on Haight – I love coming here because it really adds to the Haight-Asbury experience, and it's great to take any tourist-friends who are visiting. Get the meat and veggie combo to really get the most out of the food, and the flavor pops when eating it with ginger beer. Though there never seem to be very many people here, don't let that dismay you-- the food is terrific and it's the people that make the experience, right?

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

eat with your fingers!!! – wow, this was one of the biggest surprises ever!!! you order the food al a cart....lets say you order 4 dishes...its all served on a large nan like pancake/flatbread....you tear it and eat it!!! oh it was soooooo fun!!! this place has the largest vegetarian menu i have seen in a long time!! i am not a vegetarian by nature, but was so impressed, i didnt order any meat dishes. i love the location in the lower haight....who would have ever guessed that ethiopian food could be so good!!! great for kids too!!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Satisfying and Tasty – The food here is really good and decently priced. I particularly like the lamb and the greens (not sure what kind!). The service is really friendly too. Try the Hakim stout - I'm not much of a beer drinker but I love this beer - dark but not too heavy.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Reasonably good food – I loved Massawa food so much that I used to bring everyone visiting me here to get them hooked onto Ethiopian food. Even people who were kinda scared trying out ethiopian food ended up being huge fans of Massawa.

However, the last couple of times I've been there, the food standard seems to have gone down a bit though but was still reasonable. Its inexpensive and there's usually not much of a wait on weekend (been there usually for lunch). Its on Haight and so be prepared for a different experience especially if you've not been to Haight before. Parking is not too easy near Haight but you should be able to find something within 2-3 blocks off Haight. The restaurant is not very visible when you're walking on Haight, so make sure you take the address along.

Recommends
over a year ago

East African cuisine entices Lower Haight patrons to dig in with their fingers. – In Short
Meat and vegetarian dishes share the menu in an unassuming Eritrean joint. All dishes are served family style with injera, African bread, which doubles as a plate. Sambusas make crunchy appetizers and come stuffed with beef or vegetables. Shared entrees such as kitfo, a ground beef dish, provide an excuse to get a bit closer to dinner companions, and lack of knife and fork make eating fun and messy.

Recommends
4.5
over a year ago

Excellent Group Meal – I always make time to visit Massawa when going to SF. The setting is simple but intimate and the family style food is fun for a group meal. The dishes offer a wide variety of tastes from spice-lovers to the less-adventurous and the spongey bread is addictive! Especially the bread the lines the plate and soaks up all the great spices of the dishes! Service can be hit or miss but it's still HIGHLY recommended!

Recommends
4.5
over a year ago

Great food, good service – I thought the food here was great and the waiters were very friendly. Curtains hanging between the tables give you a feeling of privacy.

Recommends
4.5
over a year ago

Great food and service! – We ordered two beef dishes: KITFO (ground beef) and ZIGNI (chopped round steak). Both were delicious, well seasoned, and served with Injera (spongy bread). In case you're wondering how I remembered these terms, I got them off the website!

Both meals were good, but the ground beef dish was especially notable. The service was prompt, and the atmosphere was nice. There are 6-ft high straw walls between the tables, which provide just the right amount of privacy. The prices were also quite affordable.

Highly recommended.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

great food, speedy service – I've tried many East African style restaurants, and this one was by far the best. My complaint with this type of food is usually an excessive amount of grease, but their food wasn't greasy at all. It was delicious! The food was served quick and the waiter checked on us regularly.

Also, all of the tables are separated with partitions, which made the dining experience intimate and peaceful.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Poor service, small portions, mediocre – It took 15 minutes before a waiter showed up at our table. The honey wine was so-so, and the food was bland at best and surprisingly not much actually served - so though the prices look reasonable you really don't get much in the way of food. We were 4 people, ordered 4 entrees which were all served in one large platter as family style, but it was really only enough food for 2.

 

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