Since 1980, Africana Restaurant has been a destination for authentic Ethiopian food in the Denver Metro area. Our menu features a wide variety of unique flavorful dishes, including many vegetarian options.
We have a full bar with a daily Happy Hour specials with plenty of local drinks and imports of Ethiopian drinks. Check our Events page often to find out when your favorite local band or DJ is going to be featured on our stage. Feel free to move check us out daily should the mood strike.
Just here for the delicious food? Our restaurant is one of the top picks for authentic Ethiopian dishes; so you can enjoy a peaceful meal.
About The Food
Ethiopian food is served on centerpiece platters over injera, accompanied by plates of more injera, rolled up like so many dish towels. To eat, you simply tear off pieces of injera and scoop up bites of food. Our traditional menu incorporates beef, lamb and chicken. And due to the Orthodox Church’s fasting seasons vegetrian dishes come in abundance and variety of flavors.
The flavorings are usually cooked slowly in Ethiopian butter (kibe), a clarified butter with Ethiopia-grown chili peppers combining with ginger, garlic, onions, spices, basil and a host of less familiar flavorings like bishop’s weed, which resembles thyme, and banana tree like plant (enset) powder.
Berberie : A popular Ethiopian seasoning prepared from Ethiopian red chilli peppers, garlic, & other spice. Berbere is sun-dried then mixed with more spices & used in wetts.
Kibe : Another Ethiopian basic, Kibe is pure clarified butter seasoned with several condiments and used in traditional sauteing.
Wot : A lively sauce prepared with berbere, nitir kibe & meat, fish or legumes.
Alecha : A delicately mild sauce made from meat, legumes or beans with garlic, ginger and Curry Powder (Ird).
Mitmita : Bird’s eye red pepper spiced with cardamom & salt, usually served with Kitfo.
Our Location & Parking
Africana Restaurant & Cafe is located minutes from downtown Denver on the corner of E Colfax Fairfax st. On-street parking is free of charge infant of the building. There is plenty of parking on the west side of Africana building in the parking lot.