Ethiopian, Eritrean

Serves meat, vegan options available. Traditional Ethiopian food. A separate section of the menu is dedicated to vegetarian/vegan dishes. Food is served family style, and there is a sampler plate that consists of 8 or so small dishes for 2 people to share. Open Mon 11:00am-10:00pm, Wed-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

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42 Reviews

First Review by amandassage


Points +140

31 Aug 2023

Amazing Ethiopian food!!

A really great amount of vegan options. The staff were all so kind and welcoming & the atmosphere of the place was wonderful too



Points +911

23 Apr 2023


Love this place. Clearly marked vegan options, and everything tastes amazing. I always get the mix veggie option.


Points +1073

29 Mar 2023

flavorful and incredible

not a single negative thing to say about my experience!
the lentil samosa appetizer came out fresh and hot! the filling was flavorful and perfectly spiced.
i ordered the selam veggie special to sample all of the vegan dishes, and i was enamored by the beautiful presentation! i really enjoyed how all the different dishes were laid out. additionally, i believe this injera is probably some the best i’ve ever had, and it soaked up the flavors quite nicely! every dish was distinctly and expertly flavored with varying degrees of spice, although i will say that none of them were extremely spicy.
also, good place to eat with meat-eating friends! it’s very easy to order your own veg dishes if others are ordering meat. this restaurant is honestly a must-try if you’re in orlando, and i could not recommend them enough!

Pros: solid veg menu!, delicious! expertly seasoned , made with love


Points +122

11 Mar 2023

Our fave place to eat in Orlando!

We come here every trip to Orlando. The owners Abraham and his wife Sarah are wonderfully kind and thoughtful people. They welcome you like a beloved guest. Best Ethiopian food in Florida and we have tried them all. Get the platter so you can try everything- but order extra mushroom tibs - they are AMAZING! Dog friendly outdoor seating available.

Pros: Food is fresh and delicious, Many options for vegans, Options are very clearly marked on menu


Points +91

18 Nov 2022

Excellent Ethiopian vegan options

Vegan special for two is the best

Pros: Delicious vegan options , Friendly staff, knowledgeable about vegan , Nice atmosphere for eating in.


Points +1019

20 Sep 2022


The veggie platter that comes with inerja is really tasty. Would return


Points +105

10 Sep 2022

Amazing food and big selection of vegan/ vegetarian dishes!

I loved the variety and flavors~ I don’t think they could improve on this- it’s perfect the way it is.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Outstanding food! , Warm hospitality


Points +105

14 Aug 2022

Excellent All Around

Excellent all around! It was nice to be able to go to Selam with a non-vegan and leave with both of us were fully satisfied. Great way to start our Orlando vacation.

Updated from previous review on 2022-08-14

Pros: Tasty and plentiful vegan choices, Great atmosphere and decorum

Cons: No vegan dessert on the menu


Points +16

02 Jun 2022

Excellent Food and Service

If you are a gluten free vegan, you will love this place. We shared a veggie platter and it was the best Ethiopian food we have ever eaten. The service was so warm and friendly. It was a great dining experience.

Pros: Delicious food and lots of vegan options , Excellent service, Great selection of Ethiopian beers

Cons: None


Points +82

01 Jun 2022

Delicious Ethiopian food

I love Ethiopian food and this place did not disappoint !!

Pros: Separate vegan section with lots of options

Cons: The portion sizes could be large for the price


Points +28

01 May 2022

All of the positive reviews ARE 100% accurate!

This restaurant is amazing. Everyone was so warm and friendly and knowledgeable. The food was amazing and wonderful vegan options. I highly highly recommend!


Points +124

07 Apr 2022

Very good

I frequent this restaurant and the food is great! I always get the veggie platter and lentil samosas for appetizer both of which are very flavorful, with authentic herbs and spices. I always leave full and satisfied.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Large portions , Friendly staff

Cons: Somewhat pricey, Not open every day


Points +25

22 Nov 2021

Orlando Trip

Lovely culture when walking in. Has great indoor and outdoor seating. Food is amazing and portions are great for sharing. Has labeled vegan section and staff is very informed. Are also very friendly too.

Pros: Many vegans options plus taste great


Points +80

24 Oct 2021

This deserves 5 stars!

Vegetarian platter for two. The experience was amazing, our server Abraham was very knowledgeable on the traditional Ethiopian dishes. We also enjoyed most delicious Ethiopian wine (for me) and beer (for hubby). A true cultural experience and the food was Devine! Using fingers to eat was a new experience and the food was very light! Loved it!!!!!

Pros: Excellent food, Economical, Service was great!

Cons: None


Points +617

06 Mar 2021

Excellent Vegan Options

The food was delicious & healthy. The restaurant was clean. Their was nice ambiance. The service was friendly. They were very welcoming. Their were many vegan options. In a good area of town. There was plenty of parking.

Pros: All was good; service, food & atmosphere.

Cons: There were no cons.


Points +20

05 Mar 2021

So happy I tried this!!!

I found Salem on happy cow. I never tried Ethiopian food before this so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. If you’re in the same boat— I HIGHLY recommend coming here. The food is AMAZING!! It has actually become my favorite type of food. The customer service is great, the food is consistently delicious, and it’s very vegan- friendly. Im a big eater so when the reviewers said the veggie special would last 2-3 servings I was doubtful. It absolutely does last 2-3 servings as the portions are bigg!

Pros: Consistently great food , Amazing customer service , Great vegan options


Points +50

02 Mar 2021


I love this food!!!! It’s pretty much one of my favorites ever. Prettty much run by all very kind and helpful f*gs. Excellent! 😊 The food was delicious and the water was cold. We also didn’t get robbed, which is ALWAYS a plus 👍🏻

Pros: Delicious, Cold water, Didn’t get robbed


Points +205

06 Oct 2020

Delicious and so filling!!

I absolutely love Ethiopian food. This place is wonderful and our waiter was so lovely. He was just so polite. The food was super flavorful and it just had so many different textures (a good thing). My husband got the lentil samosas and enjoyed them (they are pretty tiny though). I can't wait to go again. Now I know what my favorites are! P.S The veggie special could feed 3 ppl. It's so much food!!

Pros: A lot of nutritious vegan options

Cons: I dont think they have vegan dessert


Points +205

09 Sep 2020

Loved the experience

Great staff; friendly and informative. Such a unique eating experience, eating with our hands (we didn’t get silverware until dessert!). It was a really cool experience. Will be back for the coffee ceremony!


Points +18

27 Aug 2020

Great service, delicious and plentiful vegan options

As a vegan, it isn't always easy to find options that are delicious or unique. That is not an issue with Selam Ethiopian; I had Selam's veggie special, which included a ton of incredible dishes. It was plenty for 2 people, and we went home with leftover fit fit to eat the next day! Aside from absolutely perfect food and cost-effectiveness, we had probably the best dining service we have had in a long time. A special thanks to Abraham, our courteous server, for making our experience special! They spoke with us about how this is a family owned business, and they went above and beyond to make us feel like a part of their family. I got to meet and talk with pretty much everyone that worked there, included Selam herself! From the coffee ceremony, to the knowledgeable conversation I had with the gentlemen that served us (we learned a lot about making injera and the teff grain!) I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. You will not be disappointed with the food, service, or experience!

Pros: Plenty of vegan and meat options for everyone, Family owned, incredible service


Points +24

24 Aug 2020

Delicious and Great Atmosphere!

For FL strip mall places, this place has a nice authentic feel. Easy to order vegan food here and the waiter was vegan savvy! Everything was delicious including the iced tea. Highly recommended!


Points +290

20 Jun 2020

Something different

Happy to finally try Ethiopian food. It was very different from anything I tried before. A little bit similar to Indian food, but special “bread” they use is very unique. Very friendly owners and cozy atmosphere inside. Would recommend for anyone who is looking for new flavors.

Pros: Great vegan options, Friendly owners, Cozy interior


Points +33

07 Mar 2020

Amazing, great for the whole food plant based crowd

The 2 vegan special sampler is huge even for 2 proud members of the clean plate club.

Pros: Whole food plant based , Delicious and different , Messy finger eating

Cons: Messy finger eating


Points +169

06 Feb 2020

Very good! Totally worth it😄

It was very nice meeting the owner. She is very friendly and happy to tell you all about Ethiopian culture! A must go definitely😄

Pros: Many vegan options , Portions are big , The owner is a very nice lady


Points +132

Mostly Veg
31 Dec 2019

Delicious Food, but triple check order!

Glad to find this gem among the Orlando theme park madness. Excited for the vegan options, the Salam veggie special was flavorful and the bread was warm and moist. I also ordered the Shiro (pureed split peas) and it was very yummy if you like split pea. The gentleman was very attentive, even showed me how to properly eat the dishes :)

Only disappointment is that I ordered 2 orders of the lentils (vegan) somosas but got the ones with meat...😒I must've said "the lentils one, ok?" 3 times but I guess they misunderstood. It was a takeout order so I didn't find out until after I got to the hotel to eat... So disappointed there, but hopefully will get to try the lentils one next time.


Points +66

18 Dec 2019

come hungry!!

the food is authentic and traditional - no silverware so be prepared to use your hands. the portions are large, the food is very tasty without being too spicy, the service fast and friendly. will be back again!

Pros: lots of options , extreme tastiness

Cons: huge portions


Points +156

08 Aug 2019

Amazing food.

Great vegan options one of the best Ethiopian food I have had. Best thing in Orlando.

Pros: Lot of Vegan option , Parking lot , Really affordable

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