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Cafe Dareye

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 5 reviews )
Contact 510-817-4548
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2504 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, California, USA, 94612

Small Ethiopian cafe offering all-veggie combo meal with gluten-free injera. Also sells some spices, lentils, coffee, and dried goods. Since spring 2015. Open Mon 9:00am-8:00pm, Wed-Sat 9:00am-8:00pm, Sun 9:00am-6:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Take-out, Ethiopian, African

Reviews (5)

First Review by Gopala 108

Tasty & Healthy - Edit

Dareye is a revelation - the best Ethiopian in the city for sure. This tiny, Oakland cafe packs on good food and simplicity. I STRONGLY suggest the veggie combo platter for those who are unfamiliar and vegan, because there is nothing like getting a whole bowl of vegan tasty goodness. signed HAPPY CUSTOMER!!!!

Updated from previous review on 2016-11-03

Pros: gluten-free, Tasty, Healthy

Cons: none, none, none


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Lovely people & delicious vegan food! - Edit

I called ahead to make an order to pick up. When I got there 10 minutes later there was a large amount of healthy & yummy food waiting for me, $12. Enough for me to last 2 meals. The people working were very kind, smiles all around. Thank you! If you need quick take away, this is the place to stop!


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Love It - Edit

The staff was extremely helpful and patient with me. The lady at the counter seemed very motherly and welcoming and the food was delish. I will definitely go back to this place to bad hugs aren't on the menu. (I loved the energy of the mom) BEAUTIFUL VIBES

Pros: Vegan options, Worth The Cost


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Authentic Ethiopian, 100% vegan - Edit

Deliciously tasty authentic Ethiopian food, spiced just right, served on gluten-free Injera. Collard greens well done without being overlooked, lentils and split peas also well seasoned, cooked to perfection, finely textured injera, no after taste found in some breads, perfect for scooping up the meal. Moderately priced veggie platter available in two sizes, depending on how hungry you are. The larger size might even serve two with small appetites; those who delight in and enjoy good Ethiopian dining as much as I do will want the larger platter all to themselves. Lentil samosas, available on the side, were excellent; very well seasoned. Fair trade coffee available by the cup, or by the bag to take home. Drink case with various juices, waters, sodas to choose from. Very compact space, with variety of Ethiopian & middle eastern grocery items for sale, plus stacks of injera. Food is take out since no place to eat inside. 3 small tables with chairs on sidewalk outside store/restaurant. Right on Telegraph Ave, which tends to be busy street so can be noisy. On street parking.

Pros: Authentic, well seasoned, tasty Ethiopian food, 100% vegan, Affordable, ample portions

Cons: Very small space, Take-out only, no place to eat inside


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wonderful experience here - Edit

I went here recently & this place is a real find. The food comes piping hot, fresh, & feels home cooked. The staff are super friendly. I went for the full veggie combo for $9.99 as I have a hearty appetite & barely finished it. It came with a salad with dressing & a giant raw stuffed jalapeño filled with something like salsa. It came with all the standards you are used to at Ethiopian restaurants such as collards, curried lentils, curried, split peas & plenty of Injera.

If you don't have a hearty appetite you can always split it with your friend or beloved. It comes in a container where you can take home leftovers or even better for some is the half veggie combo for $5.99. Vegans, vegetarians, Rastas who love Ital cuisine, plant based food lovers, & those who love Ethiopian food should definitely swing by here.

The only caveat with Cafe Dareye is there is limited seating as it serves as a market inside so the only seating is outdoors with two tables & four chairs at each table. You will most likely share a table with someone or a few folks which isn't a bad thing as talking to strangers is a good & you might find the stranger more interesting than a celebrity even.

It's popular here at lunch time so get here early or be prepared to wait yet folks are friendly so you should be able to grab a seat without too much trouble!

Pros: home cooked style meals, all vegan meals, option for half portion

Cons: limited seating


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