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Asmara Restaurant

) #116 of 455 Restaurants in Portland ££ - £££ African, Ethiopian
51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
+1 207-253-5122
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Open Now
11:30 - 23:30All hours
African, Ethiopian
££ - £££
51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
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Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

This was a new culinary experience for both of us. The service was friendly and they seemed to genuinely enjoy helping us to learn the cuisine. The aromas make your mouth water immediately and the food does not disappoint. A great place to visit and...More

1  Thank Michele C
Reviewed 29 March 2014

Friendly smiley server and cook - simple decor - very authentic food perfectly spiced. The sweet african tea is lovely. Couple of tips - no cutlery you eat with your hands - but remember just your right hand never the left! All in all great...More

Thank Alan P
Reviewed 19 March 2014

I am from Maine but lived near Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles for fifteen years. When I decided to move back, one of the first things I did was to search for an Ethiopian restaurant in Portland. I was so pleased to find this one...More

Thank Katherine L
Reviewed 13 February 2014

I would have never eaten here if it were not for a friend I was shopping with that day. She was looking for ethnic food specifically, Ethiopian. We did a web search and found Asmara. One word would would be WOW! The food was great!...More

1  Thank Deb F
Reviewed 16 October 2013

When wanting a savory, satisfying, relaxed meal in Portland, we frequently head to Asmara. We typically get a variety of all vegetarian dishes, all of which have been delicious.

Thank maria_and_carrie
Reviewed 21 July 2013

No silverware here! Food is served on Injera, a sourdough type flat bread. You tear off that and pinch up your food or just eat with your hands. It was different and fun. The food was very flavorful. Friendly service. Cool little place, not "touristy."

Thank karebear70
Reviewed 3 June 2013

I was stationed in Asmara, Ethiopia back in the 60s but never ate the local food. This evening, I added and checked off eating Ethiopian food from by bucket list! The fact that there is no silverware on the table and that they bring out...More

Thank EZRower
Reviewed 13 May 2013

The only, only draw back to Asmara's when we last ate there was service that was a little bit slow, and not always accurate (tried to order coffee a few times ... never came, oh well). But all that is besides the point when you're...More

Thank secstate
Reviewed 16 March 2013

When I eat at Asmara, I feel like a guest in Asmeret Teklu's home I have been lucky enough to know about this restaraunt since it opened. It is my favorite place to eat. Anywhere. Ever. The food is amazingly delcious in ways that food...More

Thank Camilla F
Reviewed 14 March 2013

This restaurant was very different, the meals we tried were spicy and very tasty. Eating with your fingers takes you back at first but quickly you get the hang of it. The staff were friendly and helpful with explaining the meal details to us. We...More

Thank reece43
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Restaurant Details

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Lunch, Dinner
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Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-253-5122
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