Red Sea Restaurant: "Good East African Food" Oakland Restaurant Tip by pomarzu

Oakland Restaurants: 53 reviews and 49 photos

Tasty, hearty Eritrean food. Nice music, great staff and reasonable prices. (If you're looking for fast food, DON'T GO -- the dishes are made to order so it takes a 20 minutes or so for your main course.) The attached bar (in a separate storefront next door) is always full with folks from Eritrea, Kenya and other East African countries. A great place to watch a football match and drink a few beers and hear some Tigrinya or Swahili being spoken.

This is an African restaurant -- if you are the type who likes the waitstaff hovering over your table, you should pass on the experience; however, you will be missing great food and a wonderful, relaxing ambiance.

Favorite Dish: Any of the chicken or lamb dishes are favorites. I think their Injera is the best in the East Bay (and I've sampled every Eritrean and Ethiopian restaurant more than once). If I had any complaints, they hold back a little on the spices even if you order your dishes "hot" until they know you.
They also make good Sambusa (also called Samoza). Don't forget to try the honey wine. There are always several Eritrean or Ethiopian beers to choose from and on a good day, they have Tusker's Export (Kenyan).

Address: 5200 Claremont Avenue
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Just one block off Telegraph Avenue and 51st Street. (Near Children's Hospital.)
Phone: 510-655-3757
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 5
Theme: African

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 24, 2007
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