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#402 of 3,185 Restaurants in Amsterdam
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Marnixstraat 259, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 638 1634
16:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 16:00 - 22:00
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Rijeka, Croatia
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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My company and I enjoyed the meal. The chef briefly described what is in the 'plate' and we could see how much love he put in preparation of the dish.

Thank sinisa1990
Ghent, Belgium
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Opened from 4pm to 10pm, this Ethiopian restaurant is a charming place and offers delicious traditional food, including vegetarian options. Furthermore, we are very well welcomed and the waiting after ordering is quick. Don't forget to try a Mongozo beer or a coffee alongside your meal!

Thank Adel-Sf
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67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my husband really enjoyed our meal at Semhar. The food is tasty and well seasoned, a touch spicy just as I like it. My husband has been working as a chef at an Ethiopian restaurant and he said that the food was great, I suppose he knows what he is talking about. I also liked the laid back... More 

Thank Mirdza
The Netherlands
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93 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Almost everyone ordered the most famous "sharing dish" as far as was there that night. It consists of injera (a form of pancake) and several spicy stew and beans. The food is presented in a unique way. Ethiopian eats with their hands, what we did was tearing pieces of injera to pick up bites of entrées and side dishes. I... More 

Thank Chin Y
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

This place is a little gem and is a must, the food was different but amazingly taste, highly recommend here and the banana beer was to die for

Thank Stocksmeister
Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Great food, authentic, can drink banana beer from a coconut, typical Ethiopian food have been going back for nearly 15 years, food is amazing

Thank cavakaggy
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

The food is tasty, great service and restaurant is cosy. It does not have an extensive menu, however, you can try a big plate to share which includes a variety of the different choices (Some of them very spicy). Fruity beer served in a coconut shell totally recommendable. Enjoy !

Thank vicentdegascoine
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Through food and the interior, Semhar incite your senses, take you places — which is just what a good restaurant should do.

Thank jaapgrolleman
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the menu for 2: - nice waiters - nice food - nice beer The injera was good and it seemed that all the food is indeed hole made. The price is fair We will definitely come back.

Thank too_mass001
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

This was my first experience of Ethiopian food and boy did I enjoy it! The spice level was perfect and I really loved eating with my hands too. The waiter was really lovely & you can feel his passion for his food. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lovely restaurant!

Thank Annie500

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$22
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Marnixstraat 259, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Jordaan
  • Neighbourhood: Jordaan
  • Phone Number: +31 20 638 1634

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

Staying in Jordaan

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One of Amsterdam’s most preferred outdoor markets and some of the city’s favorite watering holes are but two of the many reasons to save ample time for a stroll through this especially convivial warren of narrow streets with its unfair share of quirky shops and quality galleries. Historically a haven for the working class and emigrants, these days the Jordaan is better known as an enclave for artists and designers. As popular as the Jordaan is as a destination for locals and out-of-towners alike, the area never feels particularly touristy or overrun with outsiders. A highlight even for long-time Jordaan residents, be sure to accept any invitation to step within one of the area’s beloved courtyards or to have a sneak peek inside one of its many working studios.
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