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Great Ethiopian food, live music and full bar!

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The Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant opened in 1989 near the corner of Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis, and was the first Ethiopian restaurant in the Twin Cities. Today, we are the longest running African restaurant in Minnesota and the only one to represent the Oromo people, and we have remained an independent, family-owned establishment.We moved to our current location in the Seward neighborhood in 1996 to become the Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge, with two levels for music of all kinds, and a full bar featuring fine wine, an array of unique cocktails, and an acclaimed beer list, with local brews, and classics from around the world. Welcome to the Blue Nile, where a world of experience awaits you!
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AWFUL Terrible

This place should be ZERO star. Don't waste your money and energy at this place. AWFUL TERRIBLE experience.

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Good Ethiopian food

We had a good experience at BN. The food was the best Ethiopian food we've had. We chose the variety of vegetarian options, and most were tasty. There was one or two that we thought was a bit weird tasting, but overall liked it. The staff seem happy to instruct you how to eat the food without utensils and make it less intimidating. It was also reasonably priced.

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Best Place to Try Something New

This was the first Ethiopian restaurant I ever went to. The waiter was very kind and explained what everything was on the menu. I have only have the vegetarian sampler platter, which is big enough for two. Large bar area and I believe they also have concerts downstairs. This is the ultimate spot to bring your friends to try something new. Just a couple blocks from the light rail on Franklin. I have always had great f... view more

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Definately an adventure

My friends and I were looking to try Ethiopian food for the first time. We had all heard of the Blue Nile before, so we decided to give it a try. We were a bit confused by one of our dishes, but the food was great none-the-less. It had a distinct flavor, and the experience was an adventure. The service was friendly, and the ambience was great.

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Good food and beer!

A friend from out of town and I went to the Blue Nile for a late dinner--I appreciate that they are open until 10 on a Wednesday! This was my first time at this restaurant. They have some very good tap beers available featuring several Surly and Bell beers. My friend is Vegan and was pleased to see that there were 8 vegetarian items on the menu, and our server verified with the kitchen that 6 could be prepared Vegan.... view more

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Get your grub on!!

This restaurant is definitely a place you should visit at least once. This isn't a place for picky eaters, but if you're willing to try something new, this is for you! The bread pudding is one of the best items on the menu, but it depends on what day you get it (Friday is the best day to order this item)

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shama lama ding dong

Holy crap. I cant get enough of gosa gosa c platter. This restaraunt is the greatist and we should feel very lucky to have it here.

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An adventure for the adventurous palate.

Although the service is dreadfully slow and the background music a little loud, the food is well worth the wait and loudness. The hummus starter is the best hummus I've ever had. I suggest getting the HUGE sampler, which has some of each of the meat and vegetable dishes they offer - well worth the price. I've only been there once but am craving a return visit! I just wish the glasses of water were a little bit bigger... view more

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2027 E Franklin AveMinneapolisMN 55404

(612) 392-9666

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