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#1,044 of 2,926 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Commercial Drive
As featured in Best Food in Vancouver
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2149 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5N 4B3, Canada
+1 604-216-1060
12:00 - 23:00
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Fri - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Surrey, Canada
Level Contributor
18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came to Harambe for our date dinner. My hubby and I love Traditional Ethiopian food and have been to many Ethiopian restaurants as well as had home made Ethiopian food. We ordered veggies and doro watt. When it was served to us it tasted terrible. Doro watt was very watery and onion (which supposedly being cooked for a long... More 

Thank guest-reviewer2016
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love sharing when I find a good Ethiopian restaurant! I got take out but they prepared it so well and so generously. The food was delicious.The waitress was so professional and encouraged me to come back and experience a dine in evening. I will certainly do! Apparently the chefs are from Ethiopia and have been at this restaurant a... More 

Thank IslandLife97
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
162 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

So yeah, it's an ethiopian restaurant. You know the drill - "combo plate" + injera + beers. That said, the place is *comfortable* - it's the kind of place where can chill/hang-out for a while pre-and-post meal, and they're quite ok with it. The service is definitely on the slow side, but that's also ok - as long as you're... More 

Thank dieswaytoofast
Level Contributor
62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

中午行經Harambe Ethiopian,正因爲十分肚餓,未具清楚是什麼菜式,二話不說入餐廳坐下,了解後知道是從未嚐過的非洲菜式,幸好waitress介紹,點了Harambie salad & Chef 's choice combination,salad 有醋汁混辣汁,主要是菜,沒有其他配料,味道一般,Chef's choice combination 包含4件injera bread(用grain蒸製),碟上有9款不同小堆的食物,有些是咖哩雞、咖哩牛肉、煑豆、菜等等,食物底有一大片injera bread,已經吸收咖哩汁及香料味,可一同吃,好好味,尤為喜歡injera bread不油不飽滯。

Thank Zara1314
1 review
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Two things special about Ethiopian restaurants. 1 injera is gluten free. 2. The best coffee. I ordered cofee and veg platter. She insisted the coffee came after the meal, and then asked if I would like it at the end Follwed propmtly that the cofee was no longer available... the injera is not gluten free by default, the option is... More 

Thank Erin C
Level Contributor
43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We had a vegetarian platter. Portions food seemed a bit chintzy and most of the platter items were not memorable. The honey wine had a weird after taste, so I drank only a couple of sips. Service was mediocre. I had to ask staff to refill our water because after having an empty glass for over 20 minutes, I gave... More 

Thank A M
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

We had dinner here (2 friends and I) to try something new. I had never been to an African/Ethiopian restaurant before but always wanted to try. I did some research and found mostly positive reviews for Harambe and I am now part of that group! I was really surprised (because I didn't know what to expect). We shared a large... More 

Thank Steven K
Merritt, Canada
Level Contributor
24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

We love Ethiopian food. On our last trip to Whistler we stopped in Vancouver for dinner. The platter portions were good and the food tasted delicious. We left satisfied, ready to begin our holiday. Unfortunately, that night I awoke with terrible stomach pains and spent the next 24 hours vomiting. The sickness stayed with me for several days. My wife... More 

Thank Nik V
Level Contributor
8 reviews
Reviewed 23 April 2016

Of the many Ethiopian restaurants in this area, our neighbourhood, this is our favorite. Ask for their honey wine and chef's recommendations for sharing plate. On a recent visit they recommended that we try the fish stew along with our shared variety and it was all delicious. We are celiac and will notice if the gluten free food is truely... More 

Thank DamaraK
Level Contributor
84 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2016

This was a pleasant surprise! 20 of us ladies went in our limo bus to surprise a girlfriend for her 70th, and we all dressed somewhat in animal prints. Reservations are recommended, especially for a group our size. I've never been to an African/Ethiopian themed restaurant, but when my friends and I went here, we tried various items on the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2149 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5N 4B3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Commercial Drive
  • Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
  • Phone Number: +1 604-216-1060

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

Staying in Commercial Drive

Neighbourhood Profile
Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy counter-culture. Straddling the line between sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups, and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit of self-aware graffiti, Commercial Drive has resisted gentrification in favor of continuing to build a thriving den of affordable multiculturalism. Once known as Vancouver's "Little Italy," it has also been the immigration point for Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Portuguese to the city. The resulting hodgepodge makes for poetry readings in espresso cafes, social debates in early-open bakeries, and eco-activism posters pinned up in the many multi-ethnic markets in the area. Commercial Drive is where you go to feel like a local, and if you have them, bring the kids – The Drive has a number of bookshops, toy stores, and attractions to get them involved too.
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