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Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant

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6125 Saint Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103-1627
+1 216-391-9400
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17:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
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Sandusky, Ohio
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I read the reviews and ordered the mushroom dish with gluten free injera. The dish tasted very good! The injera was very difficult for any of us to use as we had no experience with it. For those would have never eaten at, you should know that it comes cold, is very sponge like, but falls apart when you try... More 

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Thank Florence M
Virginia
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119 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is pleasantly decorated and provides good service from a friendly staff. Three of us shared a dish called Segawat (which closely resembled Kay Wat in other Ethiopian restaurants) and the combination vegetable platter. This was plenty of food for the three of us, and it was all very good. The Segawat and the lentils were spicy, the rest... More 

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Thank brian_va
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere is as authentic as the food. Make sure you reserve for the traditional dinner - food is served on a tray of injera (bread) and you eat with your hands. (Hot,cleansing hand towels are provided before the meal) Appetizers are terrific and the menu has a strong selection of dishes. Order the Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony after dinner... More 

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Thank poppawags
1 review
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

As soon as you walk in the door, the spices used in cooking provide a refreshing welcome to the restaurant. We ate traditional Ethiopian (with our hands) using injira (bread) to scoop up our food. Dorowat (spicy chicken), Sega tibs (beef tips) along with lentils, yellow split peas and cabbage, carrots and potatoes were my choice and they were DELICIOUS!... More 

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Thank John W
Minnesota
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Went with my wife and inlaws. Very much enjoyed it. Service was a bit on the slower side but it was a nice atmosphere so we didn't mind. Food was excellent. A bit exotic so know what you're getting into before you go, but we all loved it and will definitely be back.

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Thank haled12
Anniston, Alabama
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254 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

There are not many choices in Cleveland and I wanted the coffee experience and was not disappointed. Very causal place where they make everyone feel at home. Food omg the fridge beef samusa so good with a sweet spicy chili sauce, collard greens and then cheese for appetizers so yummy. We has the veg plate and meat - the beats... More 

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Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Apparently the restaurant had been quite busy before we arrived - at least that was the explanation given for the very hot room. The food is delicious. Our orders were served on one platter which took up almost the entire table. This is a perfect way to share because even though you eat with your fingers, they are very clean... More 

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Thank 1stMags
Ohio
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93 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

The vegetarian selection is excellent. I highly recommend the beet salad. They have gluten free injera but you have to call ahead. The appetizers we got on this trip were ok not great. And I certainly had enough carbs for the month. We got the vegetarian sampler for dinner. I did not care for the collard greens but everything else... More 

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Thank Nomi M
Chesterland, Ohio
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729 reviews
334 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 477 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Want a fun change of pace? Consider this. Empress Taytu is an Ethiopian restaurant operating in Cleveland for a decade or more. It's actually in the old Slovenian neighborhood on St. Clair Avenue near E. 62nd street. Parking is extremely convenient. We were able to park about 10 feet from the door in an enclosed parking lot. Once you step... More 

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Thank ElaineAndGreg
Wooster, Ohio
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 May 2016

Delicious Ethiopian food. Lots of variety. Soft and addicting injera. My friends and I fight over the leftover once we got back home. Yum yum yum! Service is world-class. Owners are very friendly. I felt like I was served food by my long-lost aunt and uncle, they welcomed us like we were family! We were a large group (12 people?),... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 27
Cuisine
Healthy, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6125 Saint Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103-1627
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: +1 216-391-9400
Description
Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant offers a unique and flavorful dining experience. The traditions here are authentic, and all around you is the scenery, music, people, aromas, food, art, history, and culture of this ancient civilization. Optional traditional basket tables (mesobs) are in the huts (gojo bet) to fully experience Ethiopian cuisine and culture. Utensils are absent (unless otherwise requested), because in Ethiopia you eat with your hands by picking up your food with pieces of injera. Injera is the teff grain and wheat combination flatbread that will hold the various spiced meat and/or vegetable presentations known as 'wat's. There is a base layer of injera on which the 'wat' sits in your platter. More than half of our menu is vegan, and all of our entrées are gluten free (including a majority of the appetizers). Just remember to request the gluten free injera, which is made from 100% teff. The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony is another experience we offer that makes Empress Taytu both unique and authentic. During this ceremony, we roast coffee beans from scratch and bring them out for you to see and smell. Then we grind the beans and brew your coffee the traditional Ethiopian way and serve your coffee in a handmade Ethiopian coffee pot (jebena) while burning frankincense. This is typically served after your meal to help cleanse your palate.

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