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***** www.ahaduethiopianrestaurant.com is rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, based on 89 reviews!

  • *****

    Based on a sample set of seven other Ethiopian restaurants in the Seattle metro area I'm of the belief that Ahadu belongs at the top.

    The dishes are distinctly flavored, bright and full of life. The spices taste quite fresh and you can tell they take the presence of spice seriously. Cloves, cinnamon, etc. were all very much there, but by no means were they overwhelming. "Harmonious" is the appropriate descriptor.

    The green bean dish was off the charts. It makes use of roasted garlic and I could eat it daily without tiring of it.

    You can also tell they take the craft of beef-based cuisine seriously. I loved all the texture varieties I sampled in the various meat dishes.

    Ahadu is absolutely in the rotation now.

  • *****

    I've been on a hunt to find the best vegetarian combo in the area and Ahadu has won by a mile!

    The veggies taste so fresh here. The beets are uncommon and delicious and the green beans are perfection! Each of their lentil/pea dishes are spiced perfectly. Their injera is tangy, and your first portion of fresh cheese (ayeb) and other condiments is complementary. I keep coming back it's just too good

  • *****

    I just moved to the neighborhood and had been lamenting the fact that there was no Ethiopian restaurant where I came from...and now I have three! This was the first place I tried. The owner was really pleasant and welcoming. I got the key wat; it came with a side of a cabbage dish but she also added a lentil dish as well. It was all delicious. The lentil and cabbage dishes were a nice balance for the rich and buttery key wat. This food is very filling and I almost always leave Ethiopian restaurants with a doggie bag. This time I didn't, and it wasn't for lack of food...I just couldn't stop eating it! Actually I liked it so much that when I got home I told my housemates about it. They went down and had dinner there too, and liked it just as much as I did. I've heard a lot good about the place next door and I'll try it, but I feel like I've already found my place!

  • *****

    Traveling from Portland to Bellingham and hit a traffic jam, decided to look for an early dinner to wait it out.
    Fantastic, maybe even the best Ethiopian food I've had. We split the large veggie option between 4 of us and we are all stuffed. 22$
    The injera has just the right amount of sponge and tang.
    We will definitely remember this place!

  • *****

    Best Ethiopian food I've had in Seattle. There are three Ethiopian restaurants near here and neither Enat or the one right next to Ahadu can compare. I recommend the vegetarian platter and you can sub out and double up on various parts of it so you can really make it what you'd love. It's a fair amount of food so come hungry.

    They do mix cardemom in with the beef on several dishes so if that's not your thing (it isn't mine) you've gotta let them know ahead of time.

  • *****

    Great food, presented beautifully.

    We got the vegetarian combination plate. The reds of the lentils and the beets were next to the bright yellow and vivid green of the split peas and collard greens.

    Then the flavor was just scrumptious.

  • *****

    Overall, a pleasant experience.
    Pros:
    + staff was friendly and helpful
    + Food was delicious
    + Restaurant was warm and full of fragrant spices
    + music was nice and not overly loud
    +great excuse to eat with your hands.

    Best Ethiopian restaurant

  • *****

    I happened upon this place accidentally. I yelped restaurants near me at the Northgate Target and this restaurant came up. I was so excited as it had been years since I'd eaten Ethiopian. They were helpful and patient as I decided what to get over the phone. I ordered the meat combo and been fretting over adding a veggie dish. When I arrived to pick up my meal, they said they had added the cabbage and carrots to try free of charge! The kitfo was amazing, tender, and perfectly spiced. I loved the veggie dish I tried and will definitely order it next time.

    Not only was the food delicious, the service was impeccable. I was late in picking up my order because my battery died at Target and they kept my food warm until I got there. I will definitely be back!

  • *****

    This place amazing service and incredible food. The server helped guide us through the menu so we could order exactly what we wanted. We will definitely be back very soon!!!

  • *****

    My favorite Ethiopian place in Seattle, which is a hard choice as there are some very good ones especially up in this area. The food is always fresh and cooked perfectly, and their service is friendly and helpful. We've had most things on the menu at this point, and it's hard to pick a favorite, you really can't go wrong. And their prices are very reasonable on top of it all, I really can't recommend this place enough.

  • *****

    Excellent experience from walking in the door and getting by employees seated and drink order taken was maybe 3 minutes meal was served hot and excellent taste .server was very friendly and helpfully. I think this is the right place to eat best ethiopian food in Seattle area

  • *****

    First step in: mild aromas of fresh condiments,
    The sweet sound of background jazz,
    The pleasant kind lady that is very welcoming.
    The place has a cozy feel and orange walls and dim hanging lamps. You almost want to wait forever for the inevitable delicious taste of freshly cooked food.
    Nothing compares.

  • *****

    Good authentic Ethiopian food great service. Open early afternoon food fresh and comes quick. Price is good the place next door similar price which also is good food its a tie so far. The third place around the corner is ok and 3rd choice.

  • *****

    The freshest Ethiopian food in Northgate. I had the veggie sandwich, and it was bursting with flavor. On top of that, the owner, Rebecca, is extremely warm and gracious. The restaurant itself is clean, bright and welcoming. It was the perfect place to enjoy a tasty meal on a sunny, Seattle afternoon. Highly recommend.

  • *****

    Cannot recommend highly enough! Cute little restaurant with the nicest staff. Veggie combo was amazing!! Will definitely be back to try the meat from the fresh on-site butcher!

  • *****

    Absolutely fantastic. I always get the vegetable combination with all the veggies and it is simply phenomenal. Everything is so fresh and flavorful. My favorites are probably the red lentils, the beets, the spinach, or the green beans, really hard to decide. The owner is also incredibly friendly and makes every visit a pleasant experience. Would give more stars if I could!

  • *****

    A small cozy place to have delicious ethiopian food. The entire place felt like home. Everyone was so courteous and nice to us. The food was delivered in a reasonable amount of time and it was so tasty! Definitely a good place for vegetarians! Will visit again soon...

  • *****

    Great service, friendly. I got the Shiro with a side of Key Wet and it was pretty perfect. Yummy yummy

  • *****

    It was a cold winter night in northeast Seattle, and I was getting off work with hunger for Ethiopian food. I was familiar with the two Ethiopian restaurants in the Northgate area, Jebena and Enat, but I had not tried the restaurant Ahadu next door to Jebena. I decided to give it, and I was happy to have made that decision. I ordered the vegetarian combo #2, which lets you choose four dishes to top your injeera. I chose the Shiro, Miser Wet, Fossolia, and the Key Sir. The food was not only fresh, but the way the spices were utilized blew my mind! The Key Sir not only had the sweetness affiliated with beets, but it also had a nice spicy punch to balance out the flavour. I loved the taste of the Fossolia because the ingredients were well balanced for this simple dish, creating a festival of flavours in my mouth! I consider this on my top list of restaurants to eat at in North Seattle!

  • *****

    Delicious food and great service! Gluten free injera bread is delicious, and the staff is very accommodating and sweet. Check out their Seattle Magazine features!! The music in the restaurant was great as well, and we appreciated the atmosphere. Will be back soon!

  • *****

    Authentic ethiopian food with a very friendly atmosphere. I haven't had a dish that I don't like - and I've tried nearly everything on the menu! I highly recommend.

  • *****

    Great food and wonderful service! Very welcoming and accommodating. They answered all our questions about the dishes and gave us tips on which options to get together. We will definitely be coming back soon with friends and family.

  • *****

    I came to ahadu Ethiopian and we had tibs & kitfo it was best Ethiopian in Seattle Great service we will be back

  • *****

    This is probably one of the best Ethiopian restaurants in Seattle. Great service and family owned. Everyone is very welcoming and even explain what each dishes are. The staff provided great recommendations during my first time at this restaurant and also threw in some dishes for us to just try. Highly recommend!

  • *****

    Came with a group of Friends and family. One of the best Ethiopian food in the area! Staff is amazing and super friendly. TRY THE COFFE/LATTES

  • *****

    I stumbled upon this gem on a hungry Sunday evening. I was starving and had no idea what I wanted. Ethiopian food of course! I am so happy I found this place the owner is very nice and the food is so flavorful and delicious!! I ordered the veggie combo and do not regret it. It was so much food and between two people we were not able to finish it! My favorite of them all was the shiro wat. So so good will be back when in town. :)

  • *****

    I came to ahadu eithiopian restaurant and had vegi roll and tips. The food is real good and I will be back to try more stuff

  • *****

    I come to Ahadu 3-4 a week to eat the best Kurt,tips, vegi's and amazing coffee. I think everyone should try this food!

  • *****

    I was hungry and looked up on Yelp...
    I came in after the gym and decided on trying the kifto.
    My first time here so I inquired about the dish and the lady explained to me about kifto...its raw or can be cooked to your liking.
    So I ordered the kifto raw but when it came I couldn't tell if it was raw or cooked, because of the spices which made it looked cooked a lil bit.
    The kifto was flavorful and had a lil citrus taste. But the one that got me was the spice they served it with...forgot the name but it spiced it up a notch. She also gave me extra to go....it went well with my Corona too.
    She recommended the tibsy so I will be back for that.
    I liked it being my first experience to Ethiopian food.
    Thank you.

  • *****

    Absolutely delicious. I've tried Jebena, Enat, and Ahadu on several different weekends sometimes back to back.

    (My wife is obsessed with Ethiopian food.)

    Adadu is her favorite in terms of freshness and flavors. In house butcher in the back so it's very fresh.

    Jebena is the best service and the owners are sweet. Menu is more diverse.

    Enat...well they have TVs and a better sports bar style.

    Get the tibs, kitfo, fosolia, and beets. They're my favorites. I've tried a lot of the menu. The only thing was Kitkil seemed a little bland that's it.

    Ethiopian mustard is interesting too. Their awaze sauce is really good! I usually don't like the taste in other establishments but I like Ahadus awaze.

    Since they have an in house butcher, they do serve raw meat. Great stuff! A hidden cultural food gem in Seattle.

  • *****

    Wow .good food we are coming again

  • *****

    I love Ethiopian food and decided to give this place a try today. Got the smaller veggie combo. They were out of one of my choices on veggies but apologized and offered alternatives. This was fine with me because most places you don't get to choose the veggies in the combo. The food was ready quickly and was DELICIOUS and plentiful enough that I have enough leftovers for a meal tomorrow. Great food and friendly service. Highly recommend!!!

  • *****

    Came here with a friend who says it's his favorite spot in Seattle, which I think is a good sign since Seattle has so much good Ethiopian, and my friend grew up in Ethiopia. The beef tibs and kitfo were great and they had good coffee too. If it were closer I would totally go more often.

  • *****

    Ordered the meat combo and the vegetable combo1 for 2 adults and 2 picky eater kids.

    Food was great. Lots of leftovers. It's always a good sign when native speakers are dropping in to pick up their togo orders.

    Would definitely eat here again, or get to go orders myself.

  • *****

    The tibs is to die for! The kitfo roll a must try!
    This is by far my favorite Ethiopian restaurant in town!

  • *****

    This is an amazing hole in the wall gem! The food is delicious, fresh, and flavorful and the owner is kind and friendly. I love all the unique spices. The injera is gluten free and there are tons of vegan options if you have special dietary preferences. Check it out!

  • *****

    The best in Seattle ! Everything about this place is enjoyable and delicious.Love the food love the people ..........such an amazing restaurant ...

  • *****

    The kitfa special was completely amazing. Do yourself a favor and order it raw. My favorite Ethiopian dish ever. Others had the vegetarian which was beautiful and some cooked beef. Huge portions, so share a plate. Will definitely be back. Great service.

  • *****

    Wow I went to this restaurant yesterday with my husband we had meat combo and a veggie combo it was amazing highly recommended

  • *****

    I went to Ahadu after having read an article on Seattle Magazine about the restaurant and the owner of the restaurant. I wanted to try their vegetarian combination dish asses was suggested to me by a friend Who had been pleased by the experience. I must say, it may taste buds are bursting with newfound flavors and a variety of them. The food was delicious the experience was amazing and the service is one of a kind. I have found a unique place in the Pinehurst neighborhood to satisfy my newfound Ethiopian food cravings.

  • *****

    The food is wonderful, and the customer service is excellent.

  • *****

    Very testy food!!! Every day fresh meat tests wonderful??????????
    Customer services is A+!!!
    Especially when the owner serve you, wow she is the best+++??????????????????????????

  • *****

    It is a good food and excellent customer service

  • *****

    Good food good customer service highly recommended

  • *****

    This is one of my favorite Ethiopian restaurant

  • *****

    I love her food her service she makes you feel like you're at home. thank u so much 5*****

  • *****

    Wow .wonderful veggie combo The test is like Home

  • *****

    This one's the best. Injera is perfect. It's got a shabby-chic quality. Guaranteed impeccable, and delicious

  • *****

    From a flavor standpoint, I think this is the best Ethiopian food I've had. Three of us shared the meat combo and veggie combo and it was the right amount of food. (My husband was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more food since he's used to having Ethiopian food leftovers to take home.) What was pleasantly surprising was how good everything was: The beef tibs were a highlight and I enjoyed the other two meat dishes we had in our combo. Normally, a lot of the vegetarian dishes are bland, but Ahadu's had nice flavor from the lentils to the beets to the green beans. The beef tibs are worth ordering as a stand-alone. The only negative was the hot sauce we asked for - it seemed like a combo of tapatio and Chinese hot mustard. Overall though, I'm impressed with Ahadu and I think it was just over $40 for a great meal.

  • *****

    Came here with a friend who says it's his favorite spot in Seattle, which I think is a good sign since Seattle has so much good Ethiopian, and my friend grew up in Ethiopia. The beef tibs and kurdo were great and they had good coffee too. If it were closer I would totally go more often.

  • *****

    I love this place they got great customer service and also the best prices. There food is fantastic.

  • *****

    My new favorite Ethiopian restaurant. Flavors are much more interesting and subtle than most places I've tried. The vegetarian combo was enough to feed two of us. The proprietors are super friendly and helpful. The chef said that she brings her spices back from Ethiopia, which might explain why her flavors are a cut above average. Highly recommended!

  • *****

    We had a wonderful meal last night! The flavors are varied and subtle, truly a cut above other Ethiopian restaurants in Seattle. Super friendly and nice people.

  • *****

    love

  • *****

    My friend and I went to this restaurant, we find this place most utterly charming eatery imaginable, the food at Ahadu absolutely spectacular( we had two meals Kitfo and timbse, it's the best) and by the way they also sell organic beef. The place is tiny, just 20 seats at 5 tables, we'll definitely be back and highly recommended!

  • *****

    This is my favorite Ethiopian restaurant in the Seattle area hands down! I went in there tonight to enjoy dinner with a friend and was given the best service and most delicious array of vegetarian dishes. The times I have been here I have felt nothing but an atmosphere of pure happiness and love, which makes the meal that much better. I highly recommend trying any of the dishes as they are all seasoned to perfection and have the perfect kick to them.

  • *****

    This place is fantastic. The spot next door is more popular (and often crowded), but this one is tastier, so it's really a win-win. I get sad when i want kitfo on Tuesdays, or at 2am, or pretty much any time that they're closed.

    The staff is exceedingly friendly, and they apparently butcher their own cows, which, to me, makes them even more likeable.

    Did i mention the kitfo? It's a massive dollop of spiced, flavorful raw meat that you eat with injera. Get it. Share it. Don't leave any of it over, or the holy ghost of bovinity will haunt you for the rest of your days.

  • *****

    Do not be thrown off by the outside - this place is tasty with warm, friendly service. I was less impressed with the meat options my friends got than the veggie plate (that is such a good deal and really tasty), but, all in all, really great!

  • *****

    The best Ethiopian family restaurant with the best Ethiopian test with the hospitality.

  • *****

    We come out of our way here for their veggie combo and fosolia (green beans). Very flavorful and reasonably fast service. It's quiet without the usual loud TVs in other Ethiopian places. The woman who works there is really kind, even went to the next door convenience store to get us a beer she didn't stock!

  • *****

    Very nice

  • *****

    Ahadu Ethiopian restaurant serves the best authentic Ethiopian food, my favorites are "Key wot", Tibs and the Kitfo is amazing! Love, love there food

  • *****

    This Yelp post was for a mid-afternoon visit on Sunday 6/18/17. Ahadu Ethiopian Restaurant is an absolute hole in the wall in the Northgate/Pinehurst neighborhood. Only a few 2, 3, 4 top tables. It seems the kind proprietor wears many hats: hostess, cook, wait person, expeditor, and busser.

    Fortunately during our visit there was a 4 top of men, who ended up sharing injera, a meat entree, and salad. Lots of conversation and checking of their smart phones. And towards the end of our visit, a pair of females shared a veggie platter, a meat entree, salad, and injera. There was also some intermittent takeout and delivery orders.

    The celebrant ordered one each of the Veggie platter ($16.99) and Meat platter ($13.99) all arranged on a huge injera lined platter. Usually, that's plenty for up to two to four people, since portions are hardy.

    The Homie selected Merek ($13.99), beef soup with herbs, spices, and amped up with some berbere. The proprietor has three boys and gave The Homie a freebie Kitfo sandwich, normally $8.99. Big roll filked with seasoned, spicy meat. Usually, he avoids Ethiopian food. But this visit definitely changed his mind!

    I also ordered Merek....which I overindulged in berbere. Tender beef in a flavorful soup, just watch out for bone bits. Soon my eyes were watering, nose running, lips tingling, but tasty. I finished my bowl with injera and snagging bites from the other platter.

    Wish we had the full amount of injera and salad provided and copious chilled water, but like I mentioned this was a restaurant run by one woman.

    Total cost with tax and 20% tip came to under $70 which included leftovers.

  • *****

    Small hidden place near another Ethiopian restaurant that was our go-to. But now Ahadu will be our pick! Best Misir Wot in town. Seriously. We asked to serve 3 people so portions were supposed to be "large" (for a little higher cost) but seemed the same as the normal. In the end, they did give us extra when we asked.

  • *****

    The best Food in Seattle .

  • *****

    If you are looking for an authentic Ethiopia food you definitely need to check out this spot. If you are a meat eater you need to to go on Thursday and Saturday.

  • *****

    The flavors were Amazing! The hostess was very kind and we felt well taken care of. Surprisingly the restaurant was empty except for a few guys watching a football game. The decor is extremely simple. I am looking forward to returning.

  • *****

    OMG! Fresh and authentic! Need I say more? They also sell local farm raised beef organic on Thursday n Saturday's... people are lined up for this fresh and sweet beef! You won't be disappointed ;)

  • *****

    Nice

  • *****

    They have very nice ketfo

  • *****

    I like it

  • *****

    I have been to several Ethiopian restaurants in this area and I liked them all. I would have to say that for flavor and distinctiveness of spices, this is my favorite. The decor is quite simple and my dining partners were somewhat doubtful when we first walked in.
    The server was very helpful and knowledgable and guided us to menu choices when the first choice was not available. They were very satisfied with the food that was recommended. I vegetarian and predictably ordered the vegetarian combination. The variety was impressive and the portion was ample enough that my partners could share.
    The meat is Halal and extremely fresh since they are also a butcher shop.

  • *****

    This is a wonderful family owned restaurant! The owner is beautiful inside and out. I thoroughly enjoyed the food and the company. fresh, authentic food.

  • *****

    Amazing fresh tibs, and kurt!

  • *****

    4.5 star hole-in-the-wall, excellent food. Tried meat combo and veggie combo, spicy and nice variety. Easy in-and-out for take-out; thank you!

  • *****

    We love this place. The best Ethiopian restaurant in Seattle by far. The service is great. She can speak good English which is a big plus because we were able to try new items as she was able to describe it to us. We tried the meat combo and the veggie combo and both were exceptional. The kitfo was so good. It was more on the spicy side but very flavorful. I'm not a huge fan of shiro wat but it was the best I have ever tasted. The Derek is my son's favorite. We will be coming back very often.

  • *****

    Kitfo and Tibs are excellent.

  • *****

    Best Ethiopia food in town! The tibs and kitfo are to die for.

  • *****

    Great authentic Ethiopian food. Try the meat and veggie combo

  • *****

    The owner was very friendly, said she had a limited selection that night, so I said "just make me something with meat and vegetables." I was served a wonderful meal of Ethiopian beef stew (key way), collard greens (gomen way), and lentils (misr way). All served over 100% teff injera (many places serve injera made from teff & wheat...teff is gluten free fyi)! The meal was wonderful, and the atmosphere was warm and friendly "(felt like I had come over for dinner not gone out to a restaurant)". The owner said she gets fresh beef on Thursday which means you can get authentic fresh beef dishes like Kitfo (a delicious rare beef dish) throughout the weekend. I would highly recommend this place!

  • *****

    What a delightful little restaurant! The food was delicious and the spices were perfect in the vegetarian platter. Each portion was scrumptious. The restaurant was quiet allowing for good conversation and the server (Membrea?) was welcoming and hospitable. After eating in about six Ethiopian restaurants in Seattle, this one tops the list.

  • *****

    What's one thing Yelp doesn't tell you for ethnic foods in general? It doesn't tell you the difference between what is authentic versus what's great. I am sure everyone has their own way of gauging the authenticity of an ethnic food. For me the first thing I do is to check the demographic composition of the restaurant users. The next thing I do is to actually test the food and see how similar it's to the food I am used to eating back home in Ethiopia. As an Ethiopian this is as authentic as it ever gets outside of Ethiopia.

    I come to this place every Thursday and Saturday because they serve fresh meats on these two days. I highly recommend this place. The Tibs is amazing. If you're not vegan, you should definitely try it. I have also seen many people buy fresh raw meat from this place.
    Enjoy!!!

  • *****

    Great place, great service and has the best Ethiopian food around. They also have fresh meat products to take home.

  • *****

    Great authentic Ethiopian food. Personal favorite is the tibs. Lots of variety for low carb diets and also vegetarians.

  • *****

    Nice selection of true etheopian goods. the to go food menu is cost effective with a good selection. the staff were very friendly and helpful

  • *****

    An amazing family owned Ethiopian food served my really friendly and bubbly owner. Definitely need to check it out

  • *****

    This is a great little Ethiopian restaurant. The woman who owns it is incredibly friendly and accommodating, you can tell there's a real sense of community surrounding this place. The injera is on the thinner side, which I like, and the food is excellent. Got the veggie combo and they had some red lentils unlike I'd had at any similar place.

  • *****

    First time trying Ethiopian food, and it was awesome. I had the Awaze, and my girlfriend had the veggie combo. Injera was super sour and delicious and the lady working was really friendly and helpful.

  • *****

    WOW! A. M. A. Z. I. N. G!!! I am shocked I hadn't found this place before. Huge respect to the owner. My dish was a mix of many varieties, perfect for sharing with my best friend. We feel as though we went to heaven. After eating the owner recommended some really interesting dishes that I definitely have to try next time! I am so pleased I ate here. Even had some news going on the tv. Good atmosphere and seating. Convenient to get to, theres plenty of parking.

    Can't wait to come back!