What

What

Where

Where

EthiopianGood for groups

Semai

Average price €20
9.2/10
249 reviews

Free serviceInstant reservation

Restaurant menu

Average price €20 Special request

Dietary options

Gluten free, Vegetarian dishes

Ratings & Reviews

Excellent
9.2/10
based on 249 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a reservation on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :9.2/10
Service :9.4/10
Setting :9/10
  1. Diego M.
    Diego M.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    This restaurant is simply amazing. Don't worry about the entrance, at the first point of view you could think to be in the wrong place, but when you go upstairs you immediately realize to be in the right place, in the middle of the Ethiopian culture. Staff and Food were both amazing.

  2. Maarten R.
    Maarten R.
    • 46 reviews
    9/10

    This is the best Ethiopian food I had in a long time! It’s maybe not the best location or the best looking restaurant, but the food is the main reason to go here. I am definitely coming back.

  3. Alexandra S.
    Alexandra S.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Gluten free injera available! We had a platter of 4 dishes to share and it was beautiful food. The quality was great and the service was helpful and very friendly. I can only recommend this place.

  4. Stardust M.
    Stardust M.
    • one review
    6/10

    nice staff and cool location but i found the food bland, lacking the adventurous spices i am used to with etheopian food. plus there was a super loud birthday of 35 people next to us which became impossible to enjoy our time there and hear my friend anymore. the party should have been moved to their own party room.

  5. Gea L.
    Gea L.
    • one review
    10/10

    echt ethiopisch

  6. YOHANNES B.
    YOHANNES B.
    • one review
    10/10

    Super, je voel dat je in Eritrea of Ethiopia bent!!

  7. Laura S.
    Laura S.
    • one review
    10/10

    Great food, friendly attentive service in a nice ambience. Overall good value - a real gem in a surprising place. Will definitely come again

  8. Thsden B.
    Thsden B.
    • 10 reviews
    9/10

    The inside looks much better than the outside - you just don't expect a nice restaurant in this building! Once you are first floor, you'll find a nicely equipped large room, and a very friendly owner, and a menu with rather small prices. Everything is delicious, you can have vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Beware - no forks and knives. Rather they serve enjera, which you use instead. Absolutely recommendable!

  9. CJ G.
    CJ G.
    • 10 reviews
    10/10

    First time African food for me. Expectations were low, but WOW. This meal completely blew me away. The Injerra had a sour, but fresh citrusy taste to it. And we ordered the “wedding chicken” which was a little bit spicy and packed full with flavour. The combination with the injerra gave the dish a complete and balanced flavour. Would also recommend to try the Ethiopian coffee. Strong flavour and a perfect finish to the meal. Service was super friendly too! Located on what seems to be a small industrial strip. Just walk inside and let the smells and ambiance to you to Africa. 10/10 for me!

  10. Jurijs Š.
    Jurijs Š.
    • one review
    9/10

    Excellent food in a very informal setting

  11. Becky G.
    Becky G.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    Good

  12. Ellen G.
    Ellen G.
    • 13 reviews
    10/10

    Alles super!!!!!!

  13. Arno v.
    Arno v.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    authentiek!

  14. Marijke G.
    Marijke G.
    • 11 reviews
    6/10

    Aardige bediening, eten matig, desert onvoldoende, vies toilet.

  15. Juda G.
    Juda G.
    • one review
    10/10

    Another little food gem in the North! Great food, friendly people, can recommend this place!

  16. Joyce K.
    Joyce K.
    • 4 reviews
    9/10

    Super eten en aardige bediening

  17. Wiebe T.
    Wiebe T.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    Great vegetarian options, super nice staff.

  18. Jayne B.
    Jayne B.
    • 4 reviews
    8/10

    First time with this type of food. Isnt to our taste but was good to try something new. Do not regret trying it.

  19. Sophie F.
    Sophie F.
    • 2 reviews
    8/10

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  20. Linda P.
    Linda P.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    A totally wonderful experience. The staff was very friendly and alert, the food was brilliant, the ambiance colourful, the price more than right. We will definitely come back! Thank you everyone at Semai! We are proud and glad to have you in Amsterdam-Noord.

More information

How to get to the restaurant

Papaverhoek 35, 1032 JZ, Amsterdam, Netherlands

About the restaurant

Restaurant Semai is met zijn Oost-Afrikaanse keuken een uniek restaurant in Amsterdam. De sfeer van het restaurant is warm en echt Afrikaans. De focus ligt op Eritrese en Ethiopische gerechten, op traditionele wijze geserveerd op een enjera.

In de Eritrese taal en in een Ethiopische taal betekent Semai letterlijk 'hemel'. En als je de gerechten van Semai proeft, waan je je inderdaad even in de hemel. Ze hebben er namelijk heerlijke vleesgerechten, maar vegetariërs zitten hier ook goed. De speciale kruiden die ze gebruiken bij Semai geven een extra lekkere smaak aan de gerechten.

Ben jij benieuwd geworden naar de smaak van de Oost-Afrikaanse keuken? Reserveer dan een plekje bij restaurant Semai in Amsterdam!

Services

You can reserve the restaurant for a private event (Max. 60 people)

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