Top 9 restaurants in Asmara, Eritrea

October 16, 2017 Randal Brittian

Asmara (Tigrinya: ኣስመራ) known locally as Asmera (meaning "They [feminine plural] made them unite" in Tigrinya), is the capital city and largest settlement in Eritrea. Home to a population of just over 800,000 inhabitants, it sits at an elevation of 2,325 metres (7,628 ft), the sixth highest capital in the world by altitude. The city is located at the tip of an escarpment that is both the northwestern edge of the Eritrean highlands and the Great Rift Valley in neighbouring Ethiopia. In 2017, the city was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Things to do in Asmara

1. Alba Bistro

Adi Hawesha St, Asmara, Eritrea Waitstaff 202421
Excellent
14%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
7%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 14 reviews

Alba Bistro

Reviewed By Cineasta - Mexico

clean looking place, popular with those who don't have to earn their money. Club Sandwich with SPAM paste and cole-slaw-esque filling, no tomato, no bacon, no ham, weird stone hard toast, but the authentic club Sandwich tooth pick Gimme a Break!
The glossy photo menu offers a Club for a whopping 127 Nakfa but the bill is for an extra whopping 185 Nakfa, since the Alba scam is to have food serial numbers with photos and then clandestine price lists in the back of the menu against which to run the "serial number" - what a silly way to go out of business - Eritrea suffers from lack of tourism and the few fools who make the expensive trip don;t need to be scammed by ALBA culeros.

2. Hidmona

Expo As | Tiravolo District, Asmara, Eritrea +291 7 111 999
Excellent
22%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Hidmona

Reviewed By skink - Falls Church, Virginia

Hidmona is a lively, fun venue to sample Eritrean cuisine and dance the night away to live Eritrean music. The food is traditional Eritrean with injera, and the portions are generous. The dancing gets going at around 10 pm and weekend nights are especially lively at the restaurant located on the Expo Grounds. The primarily Eritrean clientele are very gracious and welcoming to foreigners who try to dance to Eritean music. This is a one-stop-shop for Eritrean food and culture and is a must for all visitors to Asmara. Go on a weekend and stay late as the action starts around 10 pm.

3. Mask Place

Adi Hawesha St, Asmara, Eritrea 117530
Excellent
12%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Mask Place

Reviewed By skink - Falls Church, Virginia

This is a good choice for a casual meal in downtown Asmara. The Shawarma plate is certainly filling and they also serve a decent portion of pasta arrabiatta for the price. Service is fairly attentive and it's a nice place to meet local Eritreans who are very friendly and gracious people.

4. Spaghetti & Pizza House

Harnet Ave, Asmara, Eritrea Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating Pizza, Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner 122112
Excellent
25%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

Spaghetti & Pizza House

Reviewed By skink - Falls Church, Virginia

Asmara does not have a wide choice of restaurants but Spaghetti and Pizza House is surprisingly satisfying. Ingredients are hard to come by in Eritrea but this restaurant makes the best of what it can find. The pizzas are very good, probably the best in Asmara and their chili Red Snapper is another nice dish. They also prepare some decent mixed salads. It is conveniently located on the main street in town, Harnet Ave, across from the Eritel office.

5. Sweet Asmara Caffe

Harnet Ave, Asmara, Eritrea Wheelchair Accessible Cafe +291 1 120 020
Excellent
49%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Sweet Asmara Caffe

Reviewed By Sputnikboy - Trieste, Italy

Sweet Asmara Caffè is located in Harnet Avenue, right in front of the Catholic Cathedral. It is also right next door to the Tourist Office (where the travel permits are issued), another good reason for choosing this bar.
It's always crowded with young and older people, chatting and Reading the newspapers while sipping their espressos or cappuccinos.
I particularly appreciated their cappuccino, it's absolutely perfect, every bit as good as the italian ones. Pastries are also excellent, the one with wipped cream was my favourite. Prices are very cheap considered the quality.
Since the place is often full, don't mind if you get seated with locals, it only adds to the overall experience: eritreans are shy but very nice people.
In my opinion it's the best place in all Eritrea to start your day with an excellent breakfast before going out to explore Asmara.

6. Blue Bird

Sematat Street 48, Asmara, Eritrea Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff African, Ethiopian Lunch, Dinner 117965
Excellent
24%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Blue Bird

Reviewed By travelgeo1988 - Cornwall, United Kingdom

After living in Asmara for 2 years this was still my favourite restaurant. Their traditional food is the best in town and the service is not too bad. Becoming a little pricey, but worth every cent! Order the mixed meat plate.

7. Al Sicomoro Bar and Restaurant

189-6 Street, Asmara, Eritrea Dinner +291 1 202 826
Excellent
46%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Al Sicomoro Bar and Restaurant

Reviewed By Arben72 - Prishtina

Visited this place with colleagues. It is located on the second floor of a residential apartment block. At the very entrance guests are warned that this is a "slow food restaurant' so do expect that your food will be served promptly. The Chef is very good and all the food is prepared upon order.
The overall ambience of the restaurant was quite pleasant. The waiters were attentive and helpful. We ordered Italian food and must say that it was very tasteful and even came quite fast as we were braced to wait for longer.
Do not miss trying the spaghetti (with any kind of sauce) and lasagnas.
More importantly, also ask for tiramisu; I had the best home made tiramisu in years. It is made upon order and is super delicious and fresh.

Adi Hawesha Street 22, Asmara, Eritrea
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Vittoria

Reviewed By わたか - Tokyo, Japan

バーと名前にありますが、内装は完全に家族向けの甘味レストランという感じです。店員さんも若い女性が7~8人で店内でお世話をしてくれます。客層は家族連れが大半でした。少し甘いものが食べたくなったらこちらに来るといいかと思います。
ここは最安値でローカルビールが18ナクファでした。(他はだいたい20ナクファだったので)

9. M. T. Restaurant

Street 176-3 | A fianco di Eritrean Postal Service, Asmara, Eritrea 111908
Excellent
0%
Good
100%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 2 reviews

M. T. Restaurant

Reviewed By albertopiccardo - Genova, Italia

Questo locale è a fianco delle poste centrali di Asmara, facile da raggiungere dal centro. Ha due sale ed appare minimalista un poco decadente. Menù abbastanza ricco ma bisogna chiedere cosa c'è perché non tutto è presente quel giorno. Il menù del giorno abbina una zuppa ad un piatto forte ad un prezzo interessante. Buona la pasta al pomodoro, lasagne abbondanti ma scomposte, pietanze comunque abbondanti. Di pizze ce ne sono di migliori in città.

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