Radio Africa Kitchen
Radio Africa Kitchen

Radio Africa Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.radioafricakitchen.com/
  • Phone: 4154202486x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: T-Sa 5:30pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Eskender Aseged
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We are available for all types of catering events from in home dinners to museum events & anything you could imagine. Please contact Megan Wiskind at radioafricak@yahoo.com with questions.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oakdale
  • Public Transit: Radio Africa & Kitchen is located off of the Muni T-line, Oakdale & Third Street stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Radio Africa Kitchen
When you dine with us, you will enjoy a seasonal, nutritionally well-balanced meal that always includes organic vegetables, greens, grains, nuts, wild fish, shellfish and fruit, accompanied by fine herbs and spices.

Radio Africa Kitchen specializes in customized catered events. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
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Radio Africa Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (19)special occasion (10)romantic (9)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (5)hot spot (4)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • great find
    heidiho
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    loved this place. food was delicious. had the 5 course tasting menu which was soooo good. the server was a delight also. will definitely be back...with or without a voucher. this restaurant is on the other side of the city from me but well worth the drive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating!
    Artsywfa
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a large group with different tastes and needs - all were satisfied. Even our vegan person was pleasantly surprised. Eskender, the chef/owner adapted an entree to be 100% vegan. The lamb and fish were fantastic and very flavorful! Definitely worth going!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a group
    Chiara
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Had dinner here before McCartney's farewell concert to Candlestick. They handled a group of 10 beautifully, without a single hitch. The flavors in every dish are bold and unique and the appetizer platter is perfect for large parties. We loved the bubbly and the red wine we ordered. Our server was charming and efficient. It was the perfect start to a very memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food. Bad location.
    OverratedVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The chef is talented and the food is very good. However the front house is poorly managed, service is spotty and uniformed, and the decor is tired. The location is not welcoming. Good luck parking and getting back to your car.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SFnative
    SFnative
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our experience at Radio Africa was absolutely delightful. The food was out of this world, service was attentive and personal (by the owner); my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our tasting menu and will go back to enjoy our favorites again. The restaurant is beautiful and the music set just the right mood. Parking can be tough and the neighborhood a little rough, but our experience made it worth the effort to get there. Very quiet on a Wed evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Returning again and again
    IntrepidDiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    But for the location, I would be coming here more often. As it is, I've been here five times already. The food is yummy. The service is attentive without being intrusive; Friendly without the "I'm too hip" attitude that you get in a lot of restaurants in the city. And the value is unbeatable. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood treasure
    Zorpho
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Warm, friendly wait staff; fresh, flavorful & filling food; wonderful to be able to have a real conversation without yelling over the noise; diners actually interacting and not glued to their digital distractions; open & airy ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprising find on 3rd
    Ravenous
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    If you think this place is a find, and you will, imagine finding it on 3rd Street at Oakdale -- formerly one of the iffier corners of Southeast, but now a pleasant rendezvous spot thanks to this restaurant. The decor is modern and spare to the point of being Scandinavian. The other surprise is the menu. The chef is Ethiopian (or is it Eritrean?) and I thought the food would be Ethiopian in flavors. There are some Ethiopian spices and ingredients but in the main it's all his own cuisine — interesting (and organic) ingredients in his own combinations, all of the dishes very fresh and very flavorful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing tasting menu
    TravelingSue
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We bought a 5 course tasting menu deal on the internet. What a gem. This is a foodies dream come true. This is really more than 5 courses. The first is a soup, 2nd and 3rd are from the starters section of menu and include most everything on the list. The 4th course is a sampling of 4 different mains. And then a dessert. Each dish had a wonderful blend of flavors ...chef is from Ethiopa ...read about him on the internet. Gourmet African food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • i love love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food is creative and delicious! The service is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Radio Africa Kitchen
    DebG
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food and customer service was excellent. I will come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not honor reservation
    Horrible
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I made a reservation for July 22 at 7pm. I then updated it at open table to 9pm and received confirmation. When I got there the chef was gone and the kitchen was closed, and had been for some time. They said the chef left because it was slow. I left a voice message at the restaurant and never heard back. This experience was extremely disappointing because I was visiting from out of town. I had to pay a taxi for 30-minutes to get there, it was for my fiance's birthday and we had to leave the next day. We were so upset we had to get back in a taxi and find something else to do for his birthday. He was so upset. Had they returned my call or called me at least with an apology I could respect that. Also, I prepaid for this bad experience.
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  • Dare to try it
    eufoodia
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Got a groupon for this place and nit was totally worth it, didn'nt know what ro expect ut the food was just amazing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • just a taste
    eatingwBeeks
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had the sampler for two. It was good..the service hurts the restaurant. Service is very slow and our server forgot our drink order only to find out they were out of most of the drinks - no tea - no san pellegrino. (they only had a few things on the menu to choose from)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    lucidbee
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Funky aesthetic but top notch food, refined & SMART. Neighborhood may challenge some folks but the prices are lower for comparable food due to location. Really swell!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Radio Africa is hot!
    Megalish
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Bayview is up and coming and Radio Africa is leading the pack. Amazing food for an incredibly good price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a tasting menu and EVERY. SINGLE. DISH. WAS. INCREDIBLE. We were really impressed, and plus the service was wonderful! The chef was so nice; we said thanks afterwards and he said he was sorry he couldn't stop by our table since he ended up being quite busy, but we were touched he thought of it! We are definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 81 reviews are from the Radio Africa Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Nontraditional Ethiopian restaurant
    chiguera
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Loved it, we had an amazon local coupon for a five course tasting menu here. What a fantastic deal, we were able to try the full menu at a reasonable price. And what delicious cuisine, not your standard Ethiopian fan fare; but no one could complain!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic Ethiopian
    Maryanne224
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed the tasting menu, which is comprised of each of the appetizers, and a sampling of all of the entrees, along with desert. We live in the neighborhood and are delighted that Radio Africa & Kitchen is nearby. Our wait staff was friendly and relaxed and each sampling platter was brought to our table in a timely manner. That evening, a Thursday night, Radio Africa hosted a live, jazz duo which added to the modern, yet casual ambiance. All of the food was prepared well, was very tasty and was delicately prepared. The only thing missing was Ethiopian flat bread, which has a unique and distinctive taste that I love. Otherwise, a very nice restaurant that we plan to revisit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really nice place, good food,
    AddieVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Really nice place, good food, neat ambience, very friendly. A real find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    Tiff
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    The only downfall is the neighborhood is very scary af night. The food is fresh and amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    MarvCleve12
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I've been twice now. Once for a birthday and again for the Chef'sTable table. The food is so good. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was delicious, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food was delicious, but the service was extremely slow.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    Lesh
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    We had the 5-course tasting menu, it was great! A good variety of food, and it filled us up,
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Radio Africa Kitchen
    Shiela
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    First time actually eating here. Food well prepared and seasoned well. Menu varitey suggest vegetarian mostly, but there are some meat dishes. I had the beef dish with spinach and sweet potatoes. Excellent, not spicy and meat was very tender. More than enough to keep you full. Dessert menu was awesome, althought did not order, too full!! Great neighborhood find, parking is limited mostly on the street. But accessible by the "T" streetcar. Stops right in front. Since I am familiar with the area, I would recommend to local San Franciscans and anyone in the neighborhood to support local entrepenurs. Not pricey. Affordable as well. Wine list is varied as well. Give it a try!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every time has been perfection
    KDinSF
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Service, food service and selection, minimalist zen like atmosphere (not in the Japanese style, just peaceful!) Each time I've gotten the tasting menu for two and been over the moon with delight. Note that the neighborhood is the Bayview, so prepare yourself for that by not leaving anything valuable in your car. Once inside, it's an oasis in the 'hood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and ambience
    Raphky
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Basically, I would recommend this place. Good food, ambience and staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't Honor Reservation Time
    DeeKevVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We made a reservation for 4 about 3 wks in advance for Valentine's Day. When we got there it was a first-come-first-served basis which was unacceptable. We realize that VD gets hectic, but any restaurant needs to manage their seating better. When we complained to the Manager instead of apologizing to us, he just kept blaming VD for the delays. I use Open Table exclusively for reservations & this is the first time we've been treated like this ever! The food was very good but not excellent as the reviews said - we believe that VD had something to do with it since we were expecting better. The service definitely needs to improve if they want to stay in business!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, live music too!
    travelntaste
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I had the roasted lamb w/ couscous and kale. TONS of meat! Very tasty... get it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food/humble helpful staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I had been meaning to check this place out after having read about its prior incarnation as a pop up restaurant. I arrived for my reservation and found the place was obviously overwhelmed by the deluge of people who had come for Valentine's day. The waitress who seated us apologized in advance after telling us the kitchen was way backed up. Despite this, the food seemed to come out at a welcome pace, allowing us to fully enjoy the tasting menu. The chef even came out to welcome customers and help the staff with turning over tables. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but service not up to par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I booked a table 2 weeks in advance for Valentine's day but still had to wait 40 minutes to be seated and another 20 minutes to even receive a menu. There were several other diners waiting for a long time to be seated. The food came out pretty quickly, but our wine order was forgotten, and simple things like getting a refill on water took a long time. They had obviously overbooked and overstretched themselves. The food was quite good -- particularly the lamb and eggplant dishes -- but it wasn't enough to make the waiting and overall poor service experience worth it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful food presentation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Beautiful food presentation and wonderful ingredients.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We were thoroughly pleased from start to finish. We chose the tasting dinner!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you, for your wonderful
    Faith
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Thank you, for your wonderful food and good presentation. I enjoyed the mouth watering lamb dish. I loved the spices and the healthy food served. Wonderful flavors and spices. I will see you again soon. My dinner party had a meeting and were able to here each other well over wonderful food and deserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Flavors in a Pleasant Setting
    Nerdychick
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We loved our tasting menu and the service was great. The service was attentive and our server explained things carefully and kindly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't dine there!
    Titiakbar
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    1- very expensive 2- food was good. They feed you a lot of small portions of appetizers and lots of bread at the beginning. 3- the main entrees were very small portions. Rip-off! 4- scary neighborhood - not worth your life 5- would not go back again
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As always, outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    This was perhaps the tenth time I've eatien here: the food is always amazingly interesting and wonderful. The service was attentive (not only the servers: the owner/chef came out to the tables to make sure the diners were enjoying their meals). The restaurant itself is great and the only downside to Radio Africa is the neighborhood. But, clearly, that is not enough to deter me: I really enjoy this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood gem!
    Scilla
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The ambience was great, our waitress was very friendly and attentive and explained each dish as they came out. The food was presetned well and tasted great. Would definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, very nice
    Farren
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Excellent food, very nice feeling, low key and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for a group of friends
    BB23
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    We celebrated a birthday of one of our co- workers. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was just right. The chef puts a lot of heart into his cooking and it comes through. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.