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Almaz Cafe

$$ - $$$
City Center West
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140 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4434
+1 215-557-0108
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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119 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a pleasant late lunch after an afternoon at the Franklin Institute. Almaz looks small when you walk in, but there are additional tables and seating on the second level. They usually serve their dishes to an ‘american’ level of hot, but they are happy to adjust to your preferences. Having travelled in Ethiopia many years ago, we opted... More 

Thank mbotos
philadelphia area
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342 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

We went here on a snowy Saturday in April (??!) for lunch. No one in my family had ever had Ethiopian food before but I'm on a kick getting my kids (4, 7, 10, and 13) to eating authentic food from a different country every week. Well, my husband liked it but I only really cared for the Doro Tibs... More 

Thank elawson
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262 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

Had the firfir, which was served with several enjera. Lovely meal, complex garlicky flavors, filling. Really lovely. Also had cappucino which was well done. Food was served quickly and efficiently. The restaurant is tiny - only a few tables downstairs, and only a few tables upstairs. Only negative is the table cloth was clean but had substantial, noticeable oil stains.... More 

Thank poodledoop
Newport, NH
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015 via mobile

We took food to go, so maybe that added to the bland flavors. The owners were super nice. The coffee was the best we had in the city

Thank SethandAnn
Burlington, Vermont
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249 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Background: While looking for a restaurant near Rittenhouse Square that makes smoothies, we happened upon Almaz, an Ethiopian Restaurant (and more, they serve breakfast, etc). Being lovers of Ethiopian food, we gave it a try. Verdict: We've been to Almaz many times. Almaz which means "Diamond" in Ethiopian, is a favorite "Let's Go To" place! Ask Almaz, also the name... More 

Thank GlobalVillage
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

Some of us had eaten in an Ethiopian restaurant in Washington DC and thought that this was much less spicy, but that suited us fine. It is a tiny place with very limited seating. The Ethiopian food appeared to be authentic. We were offered as much injera as we wanted. All the pulse and vegetable preparations were artistically placed on... More 

Thank nandini n
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

This place is wonderful as always. The drink was fine and the food was fine. Great service too! Always a good bet!

Thank sean s
Victoria, Canada
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91 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015

We(2) ordered the chicken and the lamb special. It was served one one large plate with a large thin sourdough pancake (injera) as a juice-catcher. They gave us another 3 injera to pull apart and use as wraps for the meal. Everything was tasty, the service was attentive and the restaurant was pleasant. Nothing fancy or pretencious - just a... More 

Thank twp007
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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159 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015 via mobile

As one who enjoys Ethiopian cuisine, we decided to give Almaz Cafe a try. It is a tiny place with a handful of tables. the owner is friendly. Unfortunately, the food is only average. The vegetarian combination was fairly tasty, but the beef was somewhat tough. The ambience is not attractive. Overall, we won't be rushing back.

Thank Martin R
Fort Myers, Florida
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2015

Fantastic food, freshly prepared and attractively presented. Warm atmosphere. Injera bread exceptionally good. Reasonably priced, on top of it all.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
African, Ethiopian, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 140 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4434
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighbourhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-557-0108

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