Kaffa Ethiopian Cuisine

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    ( 16 reviews )
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2987 Sacramento St, Berkeley, California, USA, 94702

Vegan and mostly gluten free Ethiopian cuisine restaurant, opened in early-2015. The injera is gluten free. Offers one combo platter in 3 portion sizes. Open Tue-Sun 9:00am-2:00pm, Tue-Thu 5:00pm-8:00pm, Fri-Sat 4:00pm-9:00pm, Sun 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Take-out, African, Ethiopian

16 Reviews

First Review by MTrofin

Great food - Edit

The food was really great, better than other Ethiopian food I have tried before. However, the ambiance is lacking, with fluorescent lighting, and no server, just the cook, going back and forth taking care of everything, so that means the service could be slow.

Pros: Great food

Cons: ambiance lacking, slow service, not great neighborhood

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Amazing place - Edit

Cozy little eatout. Courteous host and fresh food. The lentil curry and the spicy mushroom were mind-blowing. Kids loved the Injera. The host gave us refills for Injera. For a family of 2 adults and 2 kids under 8, a large plate, 2 sambusas and spicy mushroom were enough. We will definitely come back.

Pros: 💯 percent vegan, child friendly

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Big love for Kaffa - Edit

This is the perfect Ethiopian eatery. The lady who runs its, I ALWAYS forget her name, even though I ask her every time, is absolutely lovely, such a sweetheart, and got so excited when I first told her I was vegan. Once, I went four times within a week, I love it that much. The medium portion size is perfect for me ( I eat a lot) and your lovely hostess always makes sure you never run out of injera. I would do anything to be back in Berkeley again just for a plate of her food!

Pros: Delicious, Amazing service, Vegan everything

Cons: Absolutely nothing

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first time - Edit

This was my first time trying Ethiopian cuisine and I'm so glad I decided to go to this spot. Not only was the food amazing, like others have said it's run by one lady who is extremely nice and it really does feel like she is cooking dinner just for you. I got the large platter which comes with medium spicy red lentils, yellow split peas, gommen kale, mixed veggies and of course teff injera. Will definitely be coming back again soon.

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Hidden Gem in Berkeley - Edit

If you have never tried Ethiopian food, or if you're a seasoned fan, this tiny storefront restaurant is the place for you! It's a one-person operation by a very talented and sweet-hearted woman ("Shahtia") who will make you want to come back again and again. There was just one other diner when we were there so she had time to chat with us, and she gives off such a warm and welcoming vibe. There's a set menu of super fresh, incredibly spiced, and healthy all vegan fare, so choosing is easy! Almost everything is gluten free too.

Pros: very reasonably priced, easy parking, amazing tastes!

Cons: simple decor but that's not what this is about

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100% Vegan Ethiopian food - Edit

This 100% vegan place is run by a lovely lady.
A good stop for trying Ethiopian food.

Pros: Parking easy to find, 100% vegan

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Super good food and friendly owners - Edit

My fiancé and I stopped by right before they opened up for dinner, and the owner noticed us outside and opened a little early just to seat us! We got a really nice dinner for two outside of their usual hours, and had a really great time. The food was absolutely delicious (seriously, try the red lentils), and the lady running it was absolutely hilarious. We traded jokes for a bit before heading out -- absolutely one of my best dining.m experiences. 5/5, will return.

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fine choice - Edit

Kaffa is a fine choice for Ethiopian food. We enjoyed our dinner here, especially with the gluten free injera.

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great lunch spot - Edit

The owner is super sweet and you really get the feel that you're at her house and she's making you dinner. The food was very good but I wish there were more options!

Pros: well priced, healthy

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Unique flavors - Edit

We've eaten at many Ethiopian restaurants and this one was a bit different in the flavor profile, with a mix of spicy and mild dishes. We really enjoyed the meal and the injera may be the best we've ever had.

Pros: Delicious injera, Great food, Quick service

Cons: Modest decor, Only 3 tables

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straightforward and yummy! - Edit

I can only echo everyone else here: food is simple, great, awesome. Place is tiny: only three tables! Proprietor is super friendly. We will be making this a regular stop.

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Friendly, fresh & delicious - Edit

I definitely recommend this place. I love Ethiopian food, and they do it well. Service is VERY friendly, also. Felt like being greeted by family.

Pros: All vegan, Friendly, Delicious

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Delicious, simple and great value - Edit

Kaffa is delicious, well-made Ethiopian food in a really friendly environment. Went for dinner on the way home from work and was greeted warmly and seated immediately. We ordered the large plate ($12) that included four different items including spicy red lentils, sautéed kale and onions, and mixed stewed vegetables and we added on one each of the day's samosas ($2 each). The samosas had a perfectly flaky exterior and well-seasoned fillings and the red lentils were so good we said we'd ask for a whole plate of them on our next visit.

The location is a short walk from the Ashby BART station. Worth a visit!

Pros: Excellent Food, Friendly Staff, Great Value

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Fantastic ALL VEGAN Ethiopian! - Edit

Delicious food in a cozy location! Everything vegan, and everything is great!

Pros: All vegan!, Reasonable prices

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cute place lots of food - Edit

Delicious vegan food in an unexpected neighborhood. You should support them!

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Small place, great food, friendly service! - Edit

Food is good and well-proportioned. The dishes are personal, you share the injera only, which worked well for my wife and I (I'm horrible at sharing).

There were three dishes - small, medium, large - each with additional kinds of servings.

Overall, a great meal in a casual setting! We'll make sure we'll go there again!

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