smara Restaurant was established in 1986. For many years, Asmara has hosted several Bostonians, New Englanders, and Foreigner with Eritrean Food. Manypeople enjoy the Eritrean custom of eating with there fingers with our bread called Injera. Asmara Restaurant provides two kinds of Injera’s. One is made out of rice flour and the other is made out of Teff. Teff is a high grain packed with a considerable amount of protein, calcium, and fiber in each colorful seed. If you are allergic to wheat please call the manager to speak about what your options are.  Asmara offers traditional tables called Mesob. They are woven baskets, which diner’s sit around the Mesob and the plate of food is placed in the center of the basket. Asmara Restaurant offers a variety of food to cater to the spicy, mild, vegetarian, carnivore, or vegan diners. The restaurant is filled with Eritrean artifacts, a variety of traditional items and several paintings done by an Eritrean Artist of his personal visions of Eritrea. Once you walk into Asmara Restaurant, we want you to experience something very different and satisfying with our flavorful food and our colorful culture.

Asmara
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4.4 out of 5 stars

Liz H
Liz H

4 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Our group shared a platter of both the meat and non-meat combos. Some dishes were VERY spicy. Taking off one star as the server was not amenable to putting the two combos on separate platters, despite our saying we had a vegetarian in the group, plus she downright refused to give us forks when we asked as we didn’t really want to eat with our fingers. What happened to ‘the customer is always right’? Good food at a reasonable price, but I’m not sure I’d go again with that attitude.

Hantoa Tenwhij
Hantoa Tenwhij

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 days ago

Authentic Ethiopian restaurant. Try a new way to consume your food. Best if in group of 3 or 4. Ask for recommendations based on spice tolerance. Excellent service and atmosphere. Not crowded or suffocating. Not expensive either.

Court Ney
Court Ney

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 weeks ago

Currently craving this restaurant’s amazing bread and offerings! I had the salmon and the chickpeas last time I was in and each dish was an explosion of spices that evoked comfort and finesse! Will be bringing some friends there so I can return soon!

Kate Estrop
Kate Estrop

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

There is nothing to dislike about Eritrean food. You get to eat flavorful dishes with an edible utensil on an edible plate, while sipping honey wine or spiced tea loaded with cinnamon and clove. It's even better having this delightful culinary experience in a cozy spot with delightful staff while watching Eritrean music videos. The bloopers at the end are also fantastic. I can see why my friend Carolyn eats here every week. Thanks, Asmara!

Frederique Black
Frederique Black

4 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Very flavorful food (shared the vegetarian combination platter with a friend, nice variety of veggies and spices) in a simple cozy atmosphere. Not too spicy, different, fun... you will have to use your fingers to gather the food on the injera (Ethiopian flat bread) although I imagine they would provide silverware if requested. Very friendly staff. Would definitely go again to try other specialties.

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739 Massachusetts Ave,Cambridge, MA 02139

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Opening Hours

Monday

11:30 am - 3:00 pm 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Tuesday

11:30 am - 3:00 pm 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Wednesday

11:30 am - 3:00 pm 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Thursday

11:30 am - 3:00 pm 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Friday

11:30 am - 3:00 pm 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Saturday

11:30 am - 11:30 pm

Sunday

5:00 pm - 10:30 pm