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#832 of 2,880 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Commercial Drive
As featured in Best Food in Vancouver
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2149 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5N 4B3, Canada
+1 604-216-1060
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We had a vegetarian platter. Portions food seemed a bit chintzy and most of the platter items were not memorable. The honey wine had a weird after taste, so I drank only a couple of sips. Service was mediocre. I had to ask staff to refill our water because after having an empty glass for over 20 minutes, I gave... More 

Thank A M
Vancouver, Canada
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

We had dinner here (2 friends and I) to try something new. I had never been to an African/Ethiopian restaurant before but always wanted to try. I did some research and found mostly positive reviews for Harambe and I am now part of that group! I was really surprised (because I didn't know what to expect). We shared a large... More 

Thank Steven K
Merritt, Canada
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

We love Ethiopian food. On our last trip to Whistler we stopped in Vancouver for dinner. The platter portions were good and the food tasted delicious. We left satisfied, ready to begin our holiday. Unfortunately, that night I awoke with terrible stomach pains and spent the next 24 hours vomiting. The sickness stayed with me for several days. My wife... More 

Thank Nik V
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

Of the many Ethiopian restaurants in this area, our neighbourhood, this is our favorite. Ask for their honey wine and chef's recommendations for sharing plate. On a recent visit they recommended that we try the fish stew along with our shared variety and it was all delicious. We are celiac and will notice if the gluten free food is truely... More 

Thank DamaraK
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72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

This was a pleasant surprise! 20 of us ladies went in our limo bus to surprise a girlfriend for her 70th, and we all dressed somewhat in animal prints. Reservations are recommended, especially for a group our size. I've never been to an African/Ethiopian themed restaurant, but when my friends and I went here, we tried various items on the... More 

Thank PoppinsMagic
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111 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

This is a good place when with a group so you can try each other's dishes or get the combo plates. The decor is inviting as well as the location on Commercial Drive.

Thank BenefacTours
Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

We arrived with a reservation and it took them 20 minutes to come for the drinks order. After we ordered the food it took one hour and a half for it to show up; in the meantime the waitress would try to avoid making eye contact. The food was great and very tasty but they definitely need to hire additional... More 

Thank Salvador M
Calgary, Canada
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

We love Ethiopian food and have dined at many places in Canada. We arrived on a Saturday night about 6:00PM and we seated right away. Within in minutes the place was full and most of the guests had reservations. Our food was brought to.us in a timely manner and the meat was nice and hot. Very good food and atmosphere... More 

Thank Sidney V
Everett, Washington
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

Simple tasty and fresh food, spiced perfectly and a great setting, excellent experience for our first time trying Ethiopian food.

Thank Ballyholmebake
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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58 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

This was a pleasant surprise! I'm not one for very exotic food, but when my friends and I went here the first time, we tried the special combination with the meat and vegetables, it was sooo delicious! The combination of flavors was unbelievably delicious. I have since returned a few times, whenever I crave Ethiopian food. The combination with just... More 

Thank Kim T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2149 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5N 4B3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Commercial Drive
  • Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
  • Phone Number: +1 604-216-1060

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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Commercial Drive

Neighbourhood Profile
Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy counter-culture. Straddling the line between sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups, and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit of self-aware graffiti, Commercial Drive has resisted gentrification in favor of continuing to build a thriving den of affordable multiculturalism. Once known as Vancouver's "Little Italy," it has also been the immigration point for Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Portuguese to the city. The resulting hodgepodge makes for poetry readings in espresso cafes, social debates in early-open bakeries, and eco-activism posters pinned up in the many multi-ethnic markets in the area. Commercial Drive is where you go to feel like a local, and if you have them, bring the kids – The Drive has a number of bookshops, toy stores, and attractions to get them involved too.
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