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Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

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9400 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77063-3930
+1 713-782-6882
11:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 23:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Just like I'm used to back home - which is Melbourne Australia!! But seriously this is a fair dinkum traditional Ethiopian restaurant with Ethiopian beer to boot!

Thank grugoir
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful deck and music... You can smell the authentic spices as soon as you walk in. By far the best Ethiopian restaurant in Houston!

Thank KayMarie3918
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

We had dinner in Blue Nile restaurant on Oct 29 2016 , and thoroughly enjoyed the Ethiopian Cuisine . To start with , the style of eating is ' with fingers' which is very natural style for us . We were served in a big platter . So big that it just fits into the table! We were served three... More 

Thank Mussooriewala
Liverpool, Texas
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Excellent food--we had Doro Wot (chicken), Yebeg Key Wot (spicy lamb), and Yessiga Wot (beef) as our main courses. Each was excellent. The injera (bread made with teff) was tangy enough to satisfy. The service was excellent as well. The outside is unprepossessing, but inside is very nicely done.

Thank dam0rt
Houston, Texas
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

If you like Ethiopian food the Blue Nile should definitely be on your list. It is housed in a pretty dumpy strip center but do not let that deter you. The injera bread (a pancake type bread made with teff) is as good as I have had anywhere. I had the Doro Wot which is chicken cooked in berbere (Ethiopian... More 

Thank Seldom_at_Home
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

It was a new experience for me, eating lunch sans flatware, but it was all worthwhile. We ordered a beef dish and a lamb dish. It was accompanied by a green salad, cooked cabbage, and stewed lentils. Everything arrives on a large platter to accommodate sharing. The food was delicious and the portions were more than adequate. An Ethiopian type... More 

Thank Riccardo P
Houston, Texas
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231 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has traditional Ethiopian food that you eat with their wonderful tefa grain bread. A family platter with a lazy-Suzy rotation allows sampling of a variety of foods and flavors. Plan on using your hands (but not required) to scoop the food with the bread. The coffee is thick and traditional. It is a fun experience!

Thank jswflights
Naples, Florida
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I have eaten Ethiopian a few times and this place is absolutely the best. Great place for a first timer, they are really nice so don't get turned off by the outside or the mall it is in, the food is great.

Thank brxconx
Houston, Texas
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

We explored a new restaurant to us that has a lovely exterior that invites people in. When we opened the door, we were greeted to a feast for our senses. The aroma of spices hit me first, then seeing the spacious restaurant decorated in vibrant colors of red, apricot and river blue highlighted with Ethiopian artwork everywhere to see. There... More 

Thank Nancy W
Houston, Texas
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

This is one of mt favorites. I have been there so many times because the food is so good and authentic. I don't live in Houston any more, so don't have the chance to go. Any other Ethiopian restaurant I have ever visited falls short.

Thank millos71

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9400 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77063-3930
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: +1 713-782-6882

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?