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Asmara Restaurant

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739 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139-3303
+1 617-864-7447
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17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 15:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:30
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
Fri 17:00 - 23:30
Sat 11:30 - 23:30
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A group of us went to Asmara expecting to have no problem with different diets, but had to really wrangle with the server to get vegetarian stuff separately. that being said, once the food arrived it was fantastic!

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Thank Jineffable
Massachusetts
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

My husband and I went to this restaurant based on Trip Advisor's favorable number of stars as well as the description of the tasty meals served. We saw the spicy lamb dish being served to another patron, and it looked delicious so I ordered the same. My husband ordered the beef. While service was pleasant , we were disappointed with... More 

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Thank Beckysmom31
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

I visited Asmara in December then returned for dinner in January. I love the traditional seating and the communal spirit of sharing food with your fingers around a cozy table. I also enjoyed the Eritrean spices and flavors. The spinach and ricotta appetizer is really delicious, I could make a meal out of it, and will come back just to... More 

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Thank RockWoman5
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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112 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We ordered both combo plates and were excited that the kids even tried the food! We are every bite and would go back for more. Definitely seemed like the real thing.

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Thank MissAnnieCat
Sebastian, Florida
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277 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 347 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Exotic, authentic and served by a polite host who tripled as the waitress and as the busser, I was impressed with Asmara. The location is humble. The hostess greeted me at the entrance and then escorted me to a solid wood 3-pronged table with an enormous grass-woven basket alongside the table. I had hot tea in under a minute and... More 

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Thank Floridabluemacau
Andover, Massachusetts
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177 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

We had never eaten Eritrean food before and thought we would give it a try. We took our friendly server's suggestion that we order a combination plate for a sampling of various dishes. The plate included beef, lamb, chicken, and vegetarian dishes, which were each like a stew, plus pureed lentils and a salad, all served on a bed on... More 

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Thank AndoverDan
Bolton, Massachusetts
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

No need for silverware - scoop up the luscious curries with the Eritrean flatbread that is served abundantly. We got a vegetarian sampler platter and a meat sampler platter, and everything was terrific. Fun way to try new foods and enjoy a group outing.

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Thank Lindaqvx195
Manvel, Texas
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

OK, so I am one to give people the benefit of doubt in most cases. However, there are occasions when it becomes entirely obvious that such grace is completely unwarranted. My wife, daughter and I stopped by Asmaridiculous today for dinner, as part of our dropping said daughter off at college. We were seated quickly, and a nice older lady... More 

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Thank WellTravelled G
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

I have eaten at this restaurant at least 15 times over the past 3 years-the food is always the same in the best way. I have never had a bad meal here, regardless of what I ordered. The staff are welcoming and helpful if you are new to the cuisine without being pretentious, which unfortunately is status quo in other... More 

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Thank Chiggypoo
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

My boyfriend and I decided to go to this place as we were walking by and saw how busy it was inside! The menu was a little pricey, but it was definitely worth it. Never having tried this type of cuisine before, the waitress was super friendly and explained a lot of things to us, all the way down to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
African, Ethiopian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:30
Monday
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 15:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 15:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 15:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 15:00
Friday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
Saturday
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 739 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139-3303
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-864-7447

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