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Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant

6125 Saint Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103-1627
+1 216-391-9400
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Overview
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good39%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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“injera” (7 reviews)
“veggie combo” (2 reviews)
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CUISINES
African, Healthy, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
6125 Saint Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103-1627
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1 - 10 of 38 reviews

Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

I went here for a spur of the moment dinner with a friend one cold night. Having never had Ethiopian food (or more importantly, coffee) I didn't know what to expect. She arranged for the traditional seating, and we ordered. I was pleasantly surprised by...More

Thank John Z
Reviewed 27 April 2017

A fabulous restaurant where you would never expect to find one! Empress Taytu is a hidden gem, nothing fancy, but more like you would find in Ethiopia, with incredible authentic food, expertly prepared. For those who have never tried this cuisine, it is an adventurous...More

Thank William W
Reviewed 9 April 2017

I read the reviews and ordered the mushroom dish with gluten free injera. The dish tasted very good! The injera was very difficult for any of us to use as we had no experience with it. For those would have never eaten at, you should...More

Thank Florence M
Reviewed 31 March 2017

This restaurant is pleasantly decorated and provides good service from a friendly staff. Three of us shared a dish called Segawat (which closely resembled Kay Wat in other Ethiopian restaurants) and the combination vegetable platter. This was plenty of food for the three of us,...More

Thank brian_va
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere is as authentic as the food. Make sure you reserve for the traditional dinner - food is served on a tray of injera (bread) and you eat with your hands. (Hot,cleansing hand towels are provided before the meal) Appetizers are terrific and the...More

Thank poppawags
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

As soon as you walk in the door, the spices used in cooking provide a refreshing welcome to the restaurant. We ate traditional Ethiopian (with our hands) using injira (bread) to scoop up our food. Dorowat (spicy chicken), Sega tibs (beef tips) along with lentils,...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Went with my wife and inlaws. Very much enjoyed it. Service was a bit on the slower side but it was a nice atmosphere so we didn't mind. Food was excellent. A bit exotic so know what you're getting into before you go, but we...More

Thank haled12
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

There are not many choices in Cleveland and I wanted the coffee experience and was not disappointed. Very causal place where they make everyone feel at home. Food omg the fridge beef samusa so good with a sweet spicy chili sauce, collard greens and then...More

2  Thank ALTravel_everywhere
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Apparently the restaurant had been quite busy before we arrived - at least that was the explanation given for the very hot room. The food is delicious. Our orders were served on one platter which took up almost the entire table. This is a perfect...More

Thank 1stMags
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

The vegetarian selection is excellent. I highly recommend the beet salad. They have gluten free injera but you have to call ahead. The appetizers we got on this trip were ok not great. And I certainly had enough carbs for the month. We got the...More

Thank Nomi M
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$4 - US$27
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6125 Saint Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103-1627
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: +1 216-391-9400
Description
Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant offers a unique and flavorful dining experience. The traditions here are authentic, and all around you is the scenery, music, people, aromas, food, art, history, and culture of this ancient civilization. Optional traditional basket tables (mesobs) are in the huts (gojo bet) to fully experience Ethiopian cuisine and culture. Utensils are absent (unless otherwise requested), because in Ethiopia you eat with your hands by picking up your food with pieces of injera. Injera is the teff grain and wheat combination flatbread that will hold the various spiced meat and/or vegetable presentations known as 'wat's. There is a base layer of injera on which the 'wat' sits in your platter. More than half of our menu is vegan, and all of our entrées are gluten free (including a majority of the appetizers). Just remember to request the gluten free injera, which is made from 100% teff. The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony is another experience we offer that makes Empress Taytu both unique and authentic. During this ceremony, we roast coffee beans from scratch and bring them out for you to see and smell. Then we grind the beans and brew your coffee the traditional Ethiopian way and serve your coffee in a handmade Ethiopian coffee pot (jebena) while burning frankincense. This is typically served after your meal to help cleanse your palate.
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