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Sematat Street 48, Asmara, Eritrea
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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2015

I had dinner at the restaurant one evening and ordered one of the traditional shiro dishes and an Asmara beer. The food and service were good. I was there fairly early in the evening, so business was slow but other visitors and expatriates who I met spoke very highly of the restaurant.

Thank Steven K
Arusha, Tanzania
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2015

Found the best restaurant for lunch in particular the service is excellent. Local and continental menu special Italian are available for lunch and dinner.

Thank dudi_13
Milan, Italy
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2014

One of my favourite choice, for traditional food. For sure best "gored gored" dish, but you can try shirò, zighini, and all other dishes. Good also for pizza and italian cuisine. Fair price, good service.

3 Thank GianMarco_AfroNine
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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138 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2014 via mobile

This was some decent traditional food. Though the hygyine maybe a bit suspect. And the dim lights dont help. The roast goat and beef were acceptable meals. Service as always in Eritrea was slow.

Thank Rupaks
Magadino, Switzerland
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Was there several times and always had excellent local food. The place is usually busy so better to be there in advance or make a reservation. All dishes are spectacular.

Thank GianlucaGuidotti
Falls Church, Virginia
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264 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2014

When you are in Asmara this is an excellent choice for Eritrean national dishes such as Spriss, Zigni, of Shiro with Injera or Italian classics such as lasagne or various pasta dishes. The service is quick, friendly, and responsive and the wait staff speak English. The restaurant is unassuming from the outside but the food is quite good and one... More 

1 Thank skink
Dundee, United Kingdom
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268 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2014

Friendly, decent value and palatable food make for an experience that is better than average but not very good. Service is on African time but not bad. I had steak & chips which was good...sure my onion soup may have been a packet doctored with caramelised onions, but it was tasty. Seemed popular with locals and lots eating enjerra with... More 

2 Thank Gruthan
Arnold, Maryland
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39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2013

We had a great dinner at the Blue Bird. We had traditional Eritrean food, served communal style on injera bread. The chicken was excellent and the service friendly. As an English speaking group, we were surprised and pleased that most of the staff spoke excellent English.

2 Thank nicoletraveler
Austin, Texas
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2013

Five of us dined at the Blue Bird for lunch. The food was excellent--tasty, well prepared, and nicely presented (see photo). Because of that positive experience, we returned for dinner, but regretted the decision. That night, the three of us who'd eaten tibs zigny—and no one else—suffered a 24-hour bout of nausea and vomiting. Zigny is a stew which is... More 

1 Thank hr60
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2012

After living in Asmara for 2 years this was still my favourite restaurant. Their traditional food is the best in town and the service is not too bad. Becoming a little pricey, but worth every cent! Order the mixed meat plate.

1 Thank travelgeo1988

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sematat Street 48, Asmara, Eritrea
  • Location: Africa  >  Eritrea  >  Maekel Region  >  Asmara
  • Phone Number: 117965

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?