Horrible service! Food was okay but not worth $20 per person. The ppund cake dessert was just a bunch of almonds with hardly any cake. This was disappointing. The only good thing was the chicken everything else tasted the same and the waitress never asked what we wanted next or was she helpful with explaining Ethiopian tradition and food selections!
Did not like those arrogant creatures that were serving food. Asked for advice about the platter that was brought to the table, and the waiter acted like I was bothering him, no doggie bags! They were not friendly and I will not recommend them to anybody I know.
Last nite was our first visit to Blue Nile. We made a reservation online being it was valentines day for 7:30. When we arrived it seemed as if the staff was in survival mode, clearly short handed and not bothering with checking reservations. We waited in the entrance with 5-6 other couples and after about 10 minutes our first contact with an employee was when they came to seat us and most of the other waiting guests.
once seated in a comfy booth we sank rite in and felt at home in the dimly lit and beautifully decorated dining area. the service was slow but forgivable given the pleasant waitstaff, being v-day and cool, smoke free atmosphere. it took 10-15 minutes to get a drink and menus but once we did things progressed fine. our waiter didn't speak much english but was as helpful as he could be and totally kind.
we ordered the all you can eat meat and salad for two and a bottle of honey wine. the meat and salads were spiced beautifully and served family style using a bubbly crepe type bread in place of utensils. yumm.
we didnt feel rushed at all while finishing the honey wine and forwent their limited dessert selections for some chocolate in royal oak.
all in all we fell in love with this charming neighborhood spot. it was our first experience with ethiopian food and it wasn't intimidating or difficult to order. i bet on an average nite the service is smooth and attentive. if they showed me that,i'd show them 5 stars!
Wow! What a surprise in my neighborhood. I had heard great things about the food, but finally a group of us went recently. All of us did not know what to expect, but were very pleasantly surprised. Reading the other reviews, they are all spot on. The Honey Wine was great, and the food was delicious, and the flavors terrific. The towels were a nice treat, and we had a great time. Take a first date there, only if you don't mind trying something new. We all will be back, bring more newbies to the Nile with us. Hopefully the service will be a bit more attentive, and it was slow. I guess we are just used to being in a hurry.
It is a true Ethiopian dining experience. If you sit at a traditional table; and there is the option, it is a woven straw table with a top that is placed upside down on the base when it is occupied and a table cloth is spread over it. Prior to eating, your server gives you a moist, fragrant hot finger towel to cleanse your hands as the meal is eaten with simply by scooping the selections up with the house bread. The food is excellent. The all you can eat vegetarian selection is what I recommend. It includes a mixed vinegarette salad; a cabbage, carrot, and potato mixture; green cool lentils; spicy red lentils; tasty brown lentils; and spicy cooked greens served on a traditional flat Ethiopian spongy bread. You may finish what you like and select more of only what you want until you can eat no more. The only complaint I have is there is no juice available to order. This is a staple for my three year old's meal. They will only provide juice with cocktails. If you get the right server though, you will be accommodated. There are soda beverages, teas, and coffee. I recommend the Ethipian tea, which is an aromatic blend of tea, spices, and natural flavors. The service is generally good; however, there have been a few times when the service is really slow in spite of the place not being too busy. The ambiance is dark and warm and a perfect place for a romantic dinner, though we usually go as a family. The meal is $18 per person for a vegetarian meal, $20 for the meat and fowl option.
Very good prices. Try everything on the menu by ordering the all you can eat for about $18 veg, or about $20 nonveg. The food is excellent, both in taste and presentation.
I would have given the restaurant 5 stars, but the server never came by to check if I wanted another drink (and I did) which was kind of a disappointment since it was a special night for my date and I. It bothers me when servers have time to stand around and joke with other staff, but don't take the time to check on their customers' drinks and things.
Still, it's a real treat to have an Ethiopean restaurant this close to home.
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