1655 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411537.785036 -122.439988
Neighborhoods: Lower Pacific Heights, Central North, Lower Pacific Heights (Fillmore)
CLOSED FOR REMODELING – We rode over here for lunch and they were closed for remodeling. It looks like it's going to be a while until they're open again.
Western Addition destination for authentic Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine on the cheap. – In Short
Housed in a sunny storefront with dark wood tables, peach-hued walls and a casual vibe, this eatery caters to a laid-back crowd of alternative 20-somethings and transplants looking for familiar favorites. All dishes, such as curried garlic prawns, traditional Ethiopian stews and artistic salad creations topped with spiced meats, are served with porous Eritrean soft bread in lieu of forks. Vegetarian samosas (deep-fried snacks stuffed with vegetables) and other vegan options are also available.
best eritrean food! – sawa is the best ethiopian in SF. I haven't been to azmara in berkeley, which i've heard is good, but i've been to all of tseguy's restaurants here in the city--he used to own new eritrea on irving-- and his food is amazing. i love it! it's good to order in advance and take it to go.
Absolutely delicious – Delicious food, great price, and friendly service. The mushroom curry is fantastic. I'd fly out to San Francisco just to eat here. The atmosphere is casual and fun.
Food is served family style, so it's best to go with a group of 3 or more. You get a huge platter which injera (bread), entrees, salad, and yogurt. They make the food right there after you order, so it's fresh, but you may have to wait. Show up early for dinner if you don't want to wait.
Although it's in San Francisco, I've never had trouble parking within a few blocks.
Make the effort to go – Sawa has the finest Eritrean cuisine in the city - hands down. Every single item is prepared from scratch, meaning that you should not expect a quick bite. Rather, savor the experience and take your time with the succulent and absolutely delicious selection. The service is friendly, albeit relaxed. This is authentic Eritrean cuisine at its best - and the finest injera in the entire city.
Why was I there for 3 hours?! – Sawa is right across the street from my flat, and I was in the mood for something besides Popeye's Chicken, so we headed over to the green awning. The food was FANTASTIC, succulent spongy sour wrap bread, HUGE portions, spicy vegetable concoctions... ONE drawback- it took over forty minutes for our appetizers to arrive followed fifteen minutes later by my glass of wine, which was followed twenty-five minutes later by the entrees. eek!
Delicious and Cheap! – This place is very good. The yogurt that comes with the meal is an excellent plus.
Service is friendly and the food is very good.
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