• Blue Nile Cafe

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers vegetarian options. Meals are served with injera bread. Call for hours. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-8:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 11:00am-3:00pm. Closed Mon.

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24 Reviews

First Review by a woods


Points +52

16 Jun 2023

Heavenly spiciness

All vegetarian dishes are vegan. The four I tried were all amazing. I wish I could give them 5 stars!

Pros: Spicy goodness!, Excellent prices



Points +75

10 Mar 2023

Great food

Every time I go to Kansas City I stop by this place. It's delicious. If you like Ethiopian food you need to check this place out.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Food taste delicious

Cons: None


Points +879

27 Aug 2022

I really enjoyed the vegetarian sampler plate. It was plenty of food for two.

The veg sampler plate was flavorful and interesting. The injera is not made of teff so that’s not usual.

Pros: Veg menu, Delicious

Cons: Injera is a little weird because it seems not to, Contain any teff.


Points +147

16 Aug 2022

Best place in town

I LOVE BLUE NILE!! I have family members that love to travel from KY to KC just for blue Nile if you haven’t tried Ethiopian, do not be scared. It is incredible!!!

Pros: Healthy , Lots to try


Points +257

03 Jun 2022

Love the ambiance of this place

Staff is nice and will recommend vegan options. Very knowledgeable about vegan food. I get the veggie sampler

Pros: Lots of vegan options


Points +36

22 Feb 2022

Great meal!

Lots of vegan options with a clearly labeled menu. Delicious!

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Gluten free options , Clear labeling


Points +80

06 Feb 2021

Pretty tasty!

This was my first experience having Ethiopian food and I quite enjoyed it. I tried almost all of their vegan options, and they’re all great choices.


Points +266

21 Sep 2020

Vegan Combo

I ordered a vegan combo with gluten free teff injera. The food was good, but not the best Ethiopian I have had. My injera was firm and cold. The potatoes in one of my dishes weren’t cooked all the way.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Gluten free marked on menu

Cons: Food wasn’t served at its best, Too much plastic


Points +123

07 Aug 2020

Awesome & Healthy

High vibration food. We got every vegan dish and they were all slamming. Many Ethiopian can be oily, this was not. The food is healthy and tasty. We loved the ginger juice as well.


Points +23

15 Feb 2020

Great vegan buffet

Discovered this place through a vegan Meetup and everything is amazing.


Points +44

12 Oct 2019

Excellent Vegan Food and Wonderful People

We dropped in here one night this week with a large group of people with no reservations. The staff was extremely accommodating, getting us in out of the cold, and getting us seated right away. Our waitress was patient with our party not all being there, and us ordering in shifts to get people done who needed to leave while waiting for others.
The menu is clearly marked to denote vegan items, and there are a lot of them!

I had a veggie sambusa (very tasty), and ordered the veggie combo. I asked for recommendations for which items to include. Our waitress recommended her favorites: Gomen, Fosolia, Inguday Watt, and Shimbera Watt. Everything was excellent, and I ended up with enough leftovers for lunch.

If you live in KC or you happen to be downtown for business, I recommend stopping in here, vegan or not. You can even hop on the street car to get there in inclement weather. I'll definitely be back next time I'm in the area.

Pros: Vegan friendly (clearly labelled, lots of options), Excellent food, Friendly staff


Points +53

25 Aug 2019

Great Buffet

This was my first time eating Ethiopian food. The hostess was very helpful, walking me up to the lunch buffet and telling what my choices were. The food was fantastic. I would definitely go again.

Pros: Many vegan options , Friendly staff


Points +215

03 Jul 2019


Go during buffet time!! Super good


Points +32

02 May 2019

Cheap Vegan buffet

High quality authentic experience, with a killer special on their lunch buffet. Seriously, more than one vegan option and the injera bread is worth the visit alone.

Pros: Quite a few vegan options , Good price, Authentic

Cons: Really humid inside! , Small-ish location


Points +16

19 Mar 2019


Great place for vegans & non-vegans to masticate together happily. The fried veggie pastry appetizers were delicious. I had the veggie sampler as an entree. The chickpeas & mushrooms were my favorite, although all of my vegan selections were great! Our waiter Zack was extremely friendly, helpful and informative. Be prepared to eat with your hands; wash them before you eat. It is similar to the traditional way of eating Indian cuisine. The bread is meant to be torn, then used to scoop up your food. Overall, an excellent experience for both myself and my carnivorous eating partner.

Pros: Delicious food, Excellent waiter Zack, Great for vegans & non-vegans to co-habitate


Points +234

12 Mar 2019

I love this place so much that my family is considering an intervention

They have a daily all-you-can-eat lunch buffet with 4-5 vegan entree options (only 2-3 non-vegan entree options, for comparison), rice and injera (bread) are both vegan. Kids under 5 get a free buffet. Friendly staff. DELICIOUS food. I eat too much here. Someone please stop me. Okay, don't.

Pros: Lots of vegan options

Cons: None


Points +76

09 Mar 2019

KC vegan visitors, this is your first stop

All the vegan options are clearly marked, buffet style so you get your food right away, it's inexpensive, delicious, friendly, excellent.

Pros: The food is delicious, clearly marked, and fast

Cons: No cons


Points +44

21 Feb 2019

Great food, great owners

Love this place. Buffet is always full of vegan options. Just ask if you aren’t sure.


Points +34

30 Jul 2018

Great place

The Saturday/Sunday lunch buffet was great. I travel a lot for work but I will definitely be back when I am in Kansas City again.


Points +362

08 Mar 2018

Great Ethiopian spot

So many vegan options and a really neat dining experience and flavor profile from the usual restaurants.

Pros: Lots of naturally vegan dishes, sample platters, cool experience


Points +88

05 Feb 2018


More vegan dishes than not. Misir Watt is amazing!

Justin K.

Points +230

03 Oct 2017

Delicious Ethiopian food in the River Market

I love going here, particularly for the lunch buffet (which is a great bargain!). The lunch buffet clearly lists all vegan items, and one of the two soups offered is usually (always?) vegan. If you can't make it for lunch, never fear, there are plenty of veg*n options!

Pros: excellent, delicious, authentic Ethiopian food, lunch buffet great value and intro to Ethiopian, inside and outside seating


Points +3865

02 Jul 2012

Great food, friendly staff

I love Ethiopian food, so a good Ethiopian restaurant won't struggle to get a positive review from me.

The drawbacks to this place are: finding street parking on weekends and the limited seating.

The perks: staff knows/understands veganism and all of the items in the 'for vegetarians' section on the menu are vegan. Items with cheese are not included in that section.

I don't drink, but they also have a good range of beers and wines from Ethiopia, if that's your thing.

Moderate prices.

Pros: Cosy, Friendly staff, Knowledgeable on veganism

Cons: Serves meat, Limited seating

a woods

Points +48

23 May 2012

ethiopian deliciousness

very fresh and delicious. space is small and not really esthetically hip but the food is so yummy it doesn't matter. plus you can buy ehtiopian spices to take home!

Pros: healthy, excellent taste, fresh

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