• Nile Ethiopian

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Ethiopian cuisine with some vegetarian dishes which are vegan suitable. Re-opened here 2016 after move from 309 N Laurel St. Open Thu-Sun 3:00pm-8:00pm.

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15 Reviews

First Review by Tinavegan


Points +260

18 Aug 2023

Small is Powerful!

My wife and I were visiting Richmond, Virginia after attending a Nutrition In Medicine conference in Washington DC. I found this listing for an Ethiopian restaurant, and the pictures were attractive.
Nile is a family run residentially located small and warm little restaurant. One of the three brothers working this day made suggestions. We ordered a sample platter with 6 of their numerous plant based dishes. Pictured here are Yellow Beans, Pea Flower Spread, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Potato in Tomato Sauce, and Lentils. The dishes are served on, and with, Etiopan Teff Bread.
The food was wonderful!
This is one of the most memorable culinary experiences I have had on my Plant-Powered journey. They deserve our patronage. Dr John

Pros: Outstanding Ethiopian Food and wonderful family., Warm Little place in a residential area., 100% Teff Flower Bread



Points +248

30 Dec 2022

Really cute spot! Love the employees/owners/chefs!!!

They were making the injera and shiro as I ordered. There was a little mix up but they fixed it promptly. They also were so happy when my daughter was enjoying her cabbage dish and made her a cute plate when she ordered more twice. Thanks for the great service! Dining room is small but cozy and music is great!

Pros: All vegan veg dishes, Awesome friendly chefs, Clearly marked menu


Points +93

14 Apr 2022

Excellent vegetarian and vegan option

Always delicious. Multiple vegetarian options, including a 5-item mixed platter. Indoor and outdoor dining options.

Pros: Delicious, Veggie options


Points +558

19 Nov 2019

Wonderful Ethiopian food

All of the veg food on their menu is vegan. Very sweet chef will make special items to omit the spicy ingredients. We had the pick 5 veg samplers. Mine had a salad he made for me without spicy stuff. The shiro, kik alicha, and fasolia are all delicious! He uses dark teff flour only in the injera, so it is also naturally gluten free. Tiny place, but the food more than compensates. Go, you will be glad you did.

Pros: Wonderful vegan food, Nice staff, Good prices

Cons: None


Points +88

17 Feb 2018

Awsome food and Service

The food was very good and very authentic. The service was superior.

Small Resturant with friendly atmosphere.


Points +72

10 Dec 2017

Some of the Best Ethiopian I’ve had.

My girlfriend and I went into this little spot on a snow day. It’s a small one room restaurant with and open kitchen. I love the open kitchen as it shows transparency and usually has really quick meal turnover. The seating is limited to about 5-6 two chair tables. We freaking loved it. Cosy friendly environment. The guys working there were so nice. We shared the Vegan appetizer duo and split the choose 5 Veg sampler. The appetizer was the a burrito style injera wrap with a crispy sautéed texture. It was one of those close your eyes and moan type of good. I gobbled myn up in about 3 bites. The choose 5 did not disappoint. Everything was flavorful to the max. For $23 we were stuffed and so happy to spend our money there. This will be a regular spot for us.

Pros: Fast meals. great value for dollars spent. , Super flavorful , really nice staff

Cons: street parking (downtown Richmond duh.), limited seating


Points +606

05 May 2017

First time, won't be my last!

I had never eaten Ethiopian food before. I am very impressed. The aroma of garlic welcomes you in when you open the door, and all the vegetarian dishes are actually vegan, you have lots of choices. Eating without utensils was new to me, the injera is a terrific food delivery system. Spicy, but not enough to be painful, just warms your belly. Give this place a try!

Pros: Aromas, Spicy food


Points +137

02 May 2017


Get the veg combo platter. So good!

Cons: small dining area


Points +132

22 Nov 2013

Vegetarian platter FTW

I come here on a regular basis, both on dates and with friends. Meat eaters can get meat, but if you're vegetarian or vegan, they have multiple options for you, and they're all vegan. On certain days they have chickpea cakes, but it's rare. Usually I get the vegetarian combination platter, which gives you a sampling of 5 dishes. I've been to several Ethiopian places in DC, and this place is totally on the level. The food is absolutely delicious. The service is always, always friendly, no matter who it is - they always look genuinely happy to see you.

As an extra bonus, they sometimes have Afro-beat dance parties here, which are absolutely awesome. People bring drums to play, and you can dance barefoot if you want.
Updated from previous review on Friday November 22, 2013

Pros: Delicious, Communal feeling, Friendly service

Cons: Have to keep asking for injera


Points +104

08 Apr 2012

Delicious food!

I went there the first time with a big group of people who were willing to order all vegetarian food even though they weren't vegetarian. I think that all of the veg food is also vegan.
We ordered several items and it all came on a large platter with extras. Everything was amazing! If you like Ethiopian food then you will definitely like it here. Be careful not to over order because the food is really filling when you combine it with the injera.
The restaurant is small but decorated nicely with things from Ethiopia. The bathroom is very small, but panted brightly with the sink is outside of the restroom.

Pros: Delicious, Vegan friendly, Exotic

Cons: Slow to get food


Points +10

Non Veg
14 Jan 2012

Awesome selections for vegetarians or non,

Your first time, get one of the sampler platters (I think the veggie one is $1-2 less expensive) which come with 5 choices on a large platter. They will expand the sizes depending on how many people order the platter, so it will all come on one platter for everyone to share. Don't bring stick in the mud people who need to use a fork and knife and don't like getting their fingers dirty. The wat and berbere dishes are terrific for those who like barbecue style meat/veggies (beans).

I love it and get a craving for it about once every 2 months. It doesn't look like a whole lot when it gets to the table, but the injera will help fill you up.

If you're over 250 lbs. good luck getting into the men's bathroom!

Pros: Taste, Variety, No utensils

Cons: A little pricey.


Points +32

09 Aug 2010

Yummy Food, Great Staff, Dirty washroom

The food here was awesome....the best bread i've ever had at an ethiopian restaurant...

The staff was wonderful and very very friendly...would love to eat here again

washroom needs repair and cleaning

Pros: excellent food, amazing staff


Points +13

22 Feb 2010

Vegetarian Paradise

Went with friends and ordered samplers so that we shared 10 different vegetarian dishes. Where else can a veggetarian find so many choices? Good food and healthy.

Pros: variety, healthy cuinse, good food


Points +6

Non Veg
26 Mar 2009

Excellent choice in Richmond!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I ate at the Nile and was extremely pleased. I ordered the combination, which is a blend of various authentic Ethiopian dishes. Service and food were excellent.

Pros: Service, Authentic Food, Clean

Cons: older restaurant


Points +32

16 Jan 2008

If you're vegan...

get the sampler platter. Some of the lentils tasted like barbecue! Others tasted like mashed potatoes & gravy. Eating with no silverware is a blast!! Gotta love this place!

Pros: friendly servers, good hot tea

Cons: maybe more drink selection

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