• Alem Ethiopian Village

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers an all-vegan lunch buffet Tue-Fri 11am-2pm. The vegetarian section on the dinner menu is all vegan and well labeled. The interior is bright and clean, Ethiopian music is on the sound system. Open Mon-Sat 4:00pm-8:00pm.

17 Reviews

First Review by tauberl


Points +121

30 Aug 2022

This is a Five Star Restaurant for Vegans

If you like Indian food, you will love this restaurant! I was skeptical about trying Ethiopian food, never having had it before I didn't know if it was too "weird" for me - but thank the gods I have good friends who showed me the light! I love Indian food and this was similar. I tried about every dish on the vegan buffet and I swear - it was all delicious! I came back for dinner a week later with a group and we ordered the family style platters and absolutely every single thing on them was heavenly! The service was friendly and efficient (although we were told we were going to get individual plates to scoop the food from the platters onto, but they never came. Who cares! Eating out of the big family platter was just fine!) Eating with your hands, tearing off the bread and pinching just the right bite-sized portion into the bread, pop it into your mouth - new experience for me and it was wonderful. Everyone loved the food, no one said they didn't like this or that. I can't wait to go back. And the fact that the lunch buffet was all vegan garners my highest rating - Five Stars!



Points +10220

18 Feb 2022


I wasn’t impressed. I’m guessing things may be “off” due to COVID. The worker did say that one dish (fasolia) was only available for dine-in, but the restaurant was carryout only, so… Plus, she had an attitude about me even asking.

The vegetable plate I got only came with gomen, tikkil gomen, misir wot and alitcha. It was ok, but nothing memorable. There was more injera than there was food, which is a far cry from the hefty portions you get at other Ethiopian restaurants. I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit again.


Points +84

16 Oct 2020


Happy Cow has some pretty garbage rules about how stars work. This is a 5 star place.

Pros: Tons of vegan options, Made with love

Cons: Nothing


Points +91

16 Jan 2020

Amazing Vegan Lunch Buffet

This restaurant is incredible! Their vegan lunch buffet is diverse and flavorful. Staff are warm and welcoming. Place deserves five stars.

Pros: $9 Vegan Lunch Buffet, Flavorful selections , Great staff


Points +194

29 Nov 2019

Favorite in MKE

I go here almost every time I am in town. I get the collard greens and the vegan chickpea dumplings (cooked like fish stew) most of the time. Everything is delicious and I end up eating until I can’t walk straight. The vegan buffet has a lot of the normal dishes but with potatoes subbed in for chickpeas and lentils, but I still try to catch it when I can. Staff is always very nice.

Pros: Lots of vegan options with no substitutions neede, All dishes super flavorful and satisfying, Option to eat with your hands


Points +151

30 Sep 2019

Go get the lunch

Really great vegan buffet lunch. Deserves 5 stars


Points +57

25 Sep 2019

Amazing Vegan Options

Three of us went to dinner all of us either vegan or vegetarian and had a wonderful meal - sampled all of the vegetarian options which happen to be vegan 🥰

Pros: Lots of vegan choices, Lunch buffet completely vegan, Reasonably priced

Cons: Can be a bit oily


Points +269

29 Mar 2019

a Milwaukee classic

All-vegan lunch buffet for $9 - what more could you ask for? Choose from 8 or so dishes of spicy or mild vegetables, grab a scoop of fluffy white rice or a few rolls of tangy homemade injera, and visit the cooler table to build your own vegetable or fruit salad. For dinner, try the shimbra asa - delicious little chickpea flour fritters stewed in a sea of their delightfully spicy, berbere-heavy red sauce. Service is great, prices are great, food is truly amazing every time. Not to be missed!

Pros: super affordable, easy to find via public transit (streetcar or bus), vegan buffet 4 days a week!

Cons: street parking is tough


Points +652

07 Nov 2018

great experience

Excellent versions of Ethiopian classics, big portions, good value, quick service, interesting African beers, centrally located right downtown near hotels.

Pros: delicious, fair prices, location


Points +20

01 Jun 2018

Is it between 11am & 2pm, stop reading go here now!!!

All vegan lunch buffet!!! How could you pass up healthy and delicious? You will have no regrets, except parking...parking is rough. Still worth it!

Pros: Excellent food, friendly staff

Cons: parking


Points +237

18 May 2018

great vegan lunch buffet

The vegan lunch buffet is incredible and highly recommended. It is also very reasonably priced. I've also had the veggie sampler which was delicious as well. Really nice location and staff.

Pros: vegan lunch buffet, lots of vegan options

Cons: serves meat


Points +34

10 Dec 2017

One of my Faves!

I love Alem's. The food is absolutely delicious and the base of each dish is basically vegan, with optional meat. The buffet is the best because every single thing on it is vegan and tasty.

Pros: Flavorful, Large variety of vegan options, Friendly staff

Cons: Can be hard to find parking


Points +259

12 Nov 2017

Fast, friendly, filling

The vegan options here are SO GOOD! I usually just get the vegetarian sampler. The staff is friendly and happy to explain what each item is.


Points +32

10 Nov 2017

Delicious and great atmosphere

Very clean and welcoming atmosphere. Great music, friendly staff. My server was terrific and took great care of me. He taught me how to eat with the Injera (Ethiopian flatbread) and explained what I was eating. I enjoyed reading about the owners. Also, it was fun to eat with my hands.

Pros: Clean. extremely reasonable prices. Very delicious

Ken Liao

Points +33

23 Oct 2017

delicious vegan combo

The vegetarian combo is vegan and really delicious. It's all very flavorful and very filling.


Points +28

17 May 2016

great lunch buffet

Not the most amazing Ethiopian food I've ever had... But it was very good! My husband, who is a burger kind of guy even enjoyed the lentils and the collards. We went at lunch time and I had the buffet. They almost had to roll me out, I was so stuffed! But the buffet is all vegan, so no guilt! The waitress was pleasant, and politely explained to my husband why she didn't bring him silverware. (I was too busy stuffing my face to try to teach him.) The atmosphere is pretty casual, all tables in an open room.

Pros: lots of vegan options... entire buffet is vegan


Points +458

12 Jan 2014

Best vegan lunch buffet

The lunch buffet is all vegan, extremely reasonably priced, and soooooo delicious. This is one of my favorite places to eat in the city - if we're there for dinner my husband and I share the vegetarian sampler, and if I'm going for lunch I always get the buffet. The staff is also super friendly and very knowledgeable about veganism, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Pros: Delicious food, Large veg selection, Amazing buffett

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