Dahlak Eritrean Cuisine (Beacon Hill)

2007 S State St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 860-0400

Hours: Daily Mon-Sun 11 am–2 am.
Categories: Restaurant

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Great food and service

Recently, I took mu mom and sister and had a dinner at dahlak, food was hot/fresh and great. will be back with more of my family soon.

Posted by aron121 on May 5, 2012 at 7:47 PM · Report this

Outstanding food.

Ethiopian food has really declined in the SF Bay Area so we were doubly pleased by the outstanding food here. To say they were startled by two Japanese-Americans stumbling in at 10p for dinner was putting it mildly, but they were very happy we did; the owner came out to talk to us and ask how we found them. The injera defines Ethiopean/Eritrean food, and it is perfect here. Order the collard greens even if you add in a meat entree; they are absolutely amazing, the best I've ever had.

Posted by Jean K/Oakland, CA on December 2, 2008 at 10:59 AM · Report this

The best food in Seattle

October 17, 2008 - Dahlak is one of my top favorite restaurant in Seattle they have the best veggie dish and for people that enjoy meats like my self lamb stew and the best green chicken which is made of spinach and chicken meat so my suggestion to you is go stop by they will welcoming you with beautiful smile and with excellent customer service!Aynalem
Posted by Ayanlem on November 12, 2008 at 4:10 PM · Report this


I love this place. For a broke vegetarian who loves flavorful food, this place is paradise. The veggie combo (a mere $10) is served beautifully and piping hot. The staff is friendly and make a point of recognizing you on subsequent trips. They will offer you Ethiopian coffee if they are in the middle of the coffee ceremony. The owner will stop by the table a few times to make sure you are enjoying it all. This is an excellent place to bring anyone who likes flavorful food that will stuff you delightfully and leave your wallet intact.
Posted by katethed on August 3, 2008 at 9:20 PM · Report this

The taste you will never avoid.

I have seen lots of review about Dahlak and decided to visit. We ordered vege combo and shiro. My god, it was so tasty. Since than that is the only place I got to eat Eritrean/Ethiopian food. I have been to many Ethiopian restaurants but this is the best food I have found. The service was great. If you visit during diner time, you will have a chance to taste Erirean coffee. Visit this restaurant and you will be glad you did.
Posted by George on July 18, 2008 at 2:04 PM · Report this


I remember as a child, we used to go for Ethiopian food a fair amount. Mostly this sticks in my head beause it was the only time we were not yelled at for eating with our fingers (which I'm pretty sure we did, regardless of cuisine). so when my roommate demanded I try this Eritrean place, I embraced the opportunity to use the one utensil that makes all food taste better-the hands. Despite been hidden behind the Oh Boy Oberto factory store on Rainier Avenue, we found the little hideaway fairly easily and were seated immediatly in the small room. A full bar was stocked hehind us and the TV was showing Eritrean televion (which included Soccer and pasta-making, as I recall). We ordered a vegetairan platter and Kitfo. the vegetarian platter was similar to what I remember from previous East African food experiences, only larger. The huge platter made of Injera, the spongy buckwheat bread, was dotted with a variety of vegetable preparation, often stew like and involving lentils. The Kitfo, which my roomate ordered for us may be the closest food has ever come to sex for me. It is raw ground beef with hot butter and berebere ( a spicy spice mix)poured over it. It is served with a soft, buttery, whipped cheese. The service was very good. The food was great.
Posted by Al on May 30, 2008 at 10:11 AM · Report this

Iron Chef Seattle: Kifto

When I first discovered kitfo, an Ethiopian dish involving raw ground beef, I thought I had hit food heaven. I have since been scouring the city in search of the best kitfo in Seattle, and have narrowed it down to the final two. Because dinner is not kitfo on its own, I rated each restaurant on multiple basis. Entrant 1: Dahlak is actually an Eritrean restaurant (Eritrea being a small nation which suceeded from Ethiopia in 1993 and thus shares culinary tradition), and is located on Rainier, just south of the Oh Boy Oberto factory. Enrant 2: Meskel is right in the heart of Seattle’s Ethiopian restaurant district at the corner of 26th and Cherry–less than 100ft from at least two other previously eliminated restaurants. While Meskel’s ambience is quite nice, the individuality of Dahlak’s is quite noticible. Meskel is a pleasant room in what appears to be an old house, with a bar downstairs and Dahlak, on the other hand is built in an old strip club and retains a dull mustiness in the air from years of windows never being open. The air smells of the incense used in traditional coffee ceremonies. The TV constantly blares Eritrean television, which varies from pasta making to what has to have been the Horn’s version of the Telenovela. Winner here, based on originality and oddity is Dahlak.
Posted by Sea_Melissa on May 30, 2008 at 9:24 AM · Report this

Great Food

This place has the best Eritrean/Ethiopian food in Seattle. I have eaten at other African restaurants and the food in Dahlak is by far the best. The price is also great!!! I highly recommend it. Simon Hatzey
Posted by Simon Hatzey on May 23, 2008 at 11:18 AM · Report this

Awesome awesome awesome.

Best Ethiopian I've had. The vege combo is a thing of beauty. The people are friendly. They bring you a wetnap when you're done. Just go.
Posted by violet_dagrinder on April 8, 2008 at 8:08 AM · Report this

Best Eritrean restaurant in Seattle

"Best Eritrean restaurant in Seattle" by Alem Shukor (1 review) February 29, 2008 - I love Dahlak restaurant it has everything to offer from excellent customer services to great live entertainment. It's one of the place that makes you feel at home. When it come to the food at Dahlak a bad dish is unheard of. I know for a fact if you try their food you'll love it so......... much I won't be suprised to see you lick the the plate. (just kidding) but it is that good. well I got to go I just made myself hungry.
Posted by Alem Shukor on February 29, 2008 at 4:08 PM · Report this

Berbere good.

I found it interesting that when I asked Neguse Girmai, owner of Dahlak Eritrean Restaurant, what the restaurant's specialty was, he told me freshness. "We cook every day, You can, in fact, taste that freshness in Dahlak's vegetarian combo, mounds of stewed vegetables arranged around a salad on a round enamel tray. The vegetables are so vividly colored they look like a painter's palette; in them, you can taste the full range of flavors the cooks have mastered. There's the bright emerald and clean, grassy taste of braised mustard greens, and blanched green beans the same color, untarnished by days in the fridge. The scent of fresh ginger glimmers in the mild turmeric-tinted split peas and brings out the sweetness of carrots and cabbage. Okra is stewed with berbere until the pods' slimi-ness melts away, and the red lentils are imbued with even more of the ruddy spice mixture. Enough spice, in fact, to make you reach for your beer. The vivid spicing and bright flavors of Dahlak's food–which rival the quality at my existing favorite, Meskel, on Capitol Hill–came as somewhat of a surprise given how long it took me to work up the nerve to try Girmai's two-and-a-half-year-old restaurant. Even by my lax standards, it's a sketchy-looking place, located on a run-down stretch of Rainier Avenue just south of I-90.
Posted by kauffman on February 26, 2008 at 2:36 PM · Report this

Dahlak Eritrean Cuisine

Comments For example: If it weren't for your diligence, I never would have discovered the delights of Dahlak and known especially to separately order the shiro (usually am happy with simply "the combo") thank you! It is better than most of the Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurants around.
Posted by Char on February 26, 2008 at 2:25 PM · Report this

Dahlak Eritrean Cuisine

There are so many reasons to bring a secret lover to Dahlak. Once a strip club, the restaurant has no windows, so if you both park a block away, no one will ever guess you’re inside. The perfumed room, often hazy with the smell of frankincense burned during the traditional Eritrean coffee ceremony, is awash in spice. So are dishes like zegni beghie, lamb stewed with berbere, a brick-colored blend of chiles and spices that smolders and flares in the mouth. Or the kitfo, ground raw beef stirred together with sumptuous amounts of spiced butter and peppers. Or even the prismatically hued vegetable platter, with its fresh-cooked greens, gingery cabbage and carrots, and creamy red lentils. Even more sensual than the spicing is the pleasure of eating with your hands. As you tear off pieces of spongy, sour injera bread and reach for morsels of food, you and your date’s arms may brush each other, oh so accidentally, or you may find your butter-shined fingertips meeting over the sautéed beef. If you find your passion buzzing as much as your senses will be, the rituals of Ethiopian-Eritrean cuisine permit—in fact, encourage—you to feed your guest with your hands. Don’t gross out the staff by making out, though. Get a room. JONATHAN KAUFFMAN
Posted by janathan Kauffman on January 17, 2008 at 7:55 AM · Report this

The food that taste so fresh.

This is Eritrean/Ethiopian restuarant located at Rainier Ave and State St. (Next to Oh Boy oboreto). I found the food to be very freshly cooked with natural taste. The vegetrian food was excellent. I recommend this restaurant for everyone. The service was very good and the restuarant has lots of free parking places. Pros: Free parking and great food.
Posted by Mike on December 20, 2007 at 10:47 AM · Report this

According to Mayguialtities

Location Location Location,,, Close to I-5, I-90, Rainier Ave, also nice friendly service and warm welcome from all the people that work there, and all the people that visit there as well.
Posted by Wedi-May-Guila on December 10, 2007 at 4:35 PM · Report this

The Hidden Jade in Dahlak

The first thing you notice in this small restaurant is the coziness of the atmospher, friendly people and great service. This is the best Tibs I found oustide my mom's kitchen, cooked from mild to hot with Dahlak own exotic spices with the right tenderness of the meat. It realy makes you ask for more. They also have score of delicious veggie dishes in town, such as Shiro wet, kik ( lentels), Alicha ( steemed cabage) made of h their hoem made spices. My favorite dish is Godin Tibs, comes sizzling fire served right in front of you. Beside the friendly staff, thier price is very reasonable. I always recommended to my African and American friends.
Posted by Emanuel Yehdego on December 10, 2007 at 3:05 PM · Report this

Dahlak Eritrean Cuisine

I love this place. It's part restaurant, bar and night club. Mainly used by the local Eritrean community it oozes authenticity and the heavy scent of incense. The food is cheap, and wonderfully flavored. My favorite is the Vegetarian entree served up in a multi-armed chafer. The staff is super friendly and helpful. Go for a casual lunch, but plan some extra time because all the food is made from scratch! Can be kid friendly, but the restaruant portion is situated adjacent to the Bar. And although it's a casual place, it's not a loud-talking place.
Posted by Marc on August 22, 2007 at 6:54 AM · Report this
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Dahlak Eritrean Cuisine

The food is just like ethiopean food except that they have pasta items on the menu. We didn't try those but the food was so good. The atmosphere not as great as the food, seeing that it was once a strip club and they haven't changed the scene very much but everyone was really friendly and the service was good. We had the meat combination and the vegetable combination and both were great with plenty of leftovers
Posted by Traci on August 7, 2007 at 1:11 PM · Report this

The largest platter ever placed in front of two people.

Review Title of this review aside, quantity doesn’t go very far in my book. It’s an unavoidable first impression when presented with the combo sampler, though, at over 2 feet in diameter. Start with Ethiopian and Eritrean “standards,” add a few unexpected positive touches (incredible bone-in lamb), then make it all fresher and more distinctive than anywhere I’ve tried in Seattle. Dahlak delivers on quality, not just quantity; the flavors really pop. Full bar plus beer and wine, and they could handle a 10 person crowd. Take someone there today. My Quick Bites Shiro Served with a burner, fondue style, perfect for dipping with injera or serving over the sampler. Almost too perfect, in fact.. Meat & vegetable sampler combo The best of east Africa, delivered to your table in about 20 minutes.
Posted by Troy on June 1, 2007 at 2:40 PM · Report this

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