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AKADIPDX, Portland, OR

AKADIPDX

4.5
4.5
92 Reviews
$30 and under
West African
Akadi is back May 8th! Low-key eatery serving traditional African grub such as samusas, attiéké, fried fish & plantains. Please visit akadipdx.com for more information.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    West African

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (503) 477-7138

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 92 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  1. JA

    JANICEB

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outside of building isn't much to look at, but very nice inside with lots of plants hanging from ceiling. Service was attentive and food was delicious. Will definitely want to go back when on Portland again.
  2. AD

    AvidDiner

    Dallas

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When you walk into this place, it feels 'happy.' The staff is helping each other out, the host is engaging with those who are waiting. The food is incredible and the wines were great.
  3. d

    davidk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best damn food in portland, best. I’m vegan and it’s just so damn good.
  4. P

    Perris62

    Portland

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at Akadi was delight and a treat. The food was excellent, the service was warm, and the ambiance was fantastic, I highly recommend you visit!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The food is absolutely fantastic. Would go again any time. The service is not the best but is better (I think) than the other reviews make it sound, and is simply a question of wait staff per table IMO, so it could be resolved at any time. They had three servers for about 75 patrons, and each had to jump between that and the host stand. Our waiter was thoughtful and brought out a sampler of all their hot sauces for us when we asked about it, to test dip with. With the labor shortage where it is I’m happy with it, particularly because as I said the food is just, absolutely freaking incredible. Had peanut stew with beef, both types of samosas, and a tomato stew.
  6. SB

    SteveB

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great staff and excellent food. They also had live music the night we were there. They were also super busy and the drinks / appetizers took a long time. But the food is really good and different and the wait staff excellent. We had 6 people in our group and everyone agreed we would be back for the amazing food.
  7. LH

    LnHz

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was visiting Portland and I knew I had to try Akadi. I’ve only had west African food once before and couldn’t wait to experience it again. Akadi surpassed my expectations. The stews we ordered (the peanut and the spinach stew) were so rich and delicious. The fufu is soft and fresh, it basically melts in your mouth. The restaurant itself is beautiful. Plants hand everywhere. If I could eat here everyday I would.
  8. AC

    AricC

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The wings are a particular highlight, but everything was excellent. The Jollof, the fish, the goat stew, the peanut stew... all worth your time. What a treat.
  9. AS

    AmbrosiaS

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and staff! The lentil samosas are TO DIE FOR. The spinach stew with lamb and fufu was top notch. We really enjoyed our meal.
  10. ER

    EricaR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Service sucked from beginning to end. We made a reservation and when we arrived we were told to give them a minute to find an open table. Took them about 15 minutes to do so. Bartender told me she forgot to strain my cocktail so I had to ask her to strain it. No water refills. No one came to check on us to see if we needed anything. Food was decent but nothing to write home about. Came on a Thursday night where there was a dance class being taught. People kept bumping into our table and the noise level was ridiculously loud. I’ve heard great things about this place but I unfortunately won’t be back after this experience. Extremely disappointed.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time to Akadi and it was a great experience. Everyone was attentive and helpful! Will definitely be going back.
  12. LW

    LilyW

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible and so was the atmosphere.
  13. RK

    RhondaK

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great experience. The service was spot on and friendly. The food was tasty as well and the presentation was beautiful. My partner and I will definitely be back to try other items on the menu.
  14. j

    jjjj

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    The food here was fantastic, however there were a lot of issues that dampened the experience. There was an excellent live music act the night we went, however 15 minutes into the performance, the manager walked around and cranked all the speakers up to deafening levels that made it completely impossible for my friends and I to talk to each other. This completely killed the vibe of our dinner, and even though the ambience was decent before the volume increase, we were ready to run for the hills afterwards. The service overall wasn't great, either. Staff was nice enough, but they seemed stressed out and too busy to help us make selections from the menu and were rarely available. All five of us rushed through our meal just so we could get out of there as quickly as possible, but it took more than 20 minutes to get the check after asking for it (and two additional times asking for it). Staff never apologized for, explained, or even acknowledged the ridiculous wait time. The food here was REALLY great, so it's a shame that the rest of the experience left so much to be desired. I would really love to eat here again in the future if they can improve the front-of-the-house management and respect that guests want to be able to have a conversation over dinner.
  15. MV

    MadalynV

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. I’ve been back twice now and cannot wait to take my fiancé !!
  16. Z

    Zedoe

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a wonderful time a Akadi. The waiter had to move us to another table and was gracious enough to offer us a free appetizer. We chose the fried sweet plantains, which were truly divine. For the entree, I got the vegan Shosho, which was truly one of the best meals I have ever had in my life. My friend ordered the Chicken Peanut Stew and she also kept saying that it was delicious. There was a live band playing jazz standards, which was a lovely surprise. I will absolutely come back to Akadi, and I will recommend it to anyone who will listen!
  17. m

    mjbpdx

    Portland

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    excellent introduction for West African food, friendly good service
  18. AL

    AlexanderL

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    the appetizers came after the entrees, that shouldn’t happen..
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience3
    The food was amazing I noticed they are a little short on staff so it can take a while to revive items I suggest ordering a appetizer before food
  20. JM

    JacobM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most amazing Afro vegan food from west Africa. You will not be disappointed. The food was amazing the atmosphere was perfect and service was on point. A perfect 10/10! I will be going back very often.
  21. WA

    WAndersonJ

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food is unbelievably good. I didn’t know food could taste that way.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance. Reservation was at 9 and you could tell they were pretty busy, did not get seated until about 9:30pm. Our waitress was swift with getting water and taking our orders. It took a little while for food to come out but everything was hot and fresh. Overall everyone’s food was pretty decent, great portions, only underlying notation is the food is a tad salty and needed more spice. Absolutely loved our appetizers, the Suya Wings and Alloco (fried sweet plantains). They’re soo delicious. At 10pm, Salsa Night started and the lights were dimmed and music was blasting. It was nice to hear the music, but as we were still eating, it was hard to see our food and could barely converse because the music was too loud. Would definitely come back at a earlier time where it isn’t as busy.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is unlike anything I’ve had in Portland. It’s amazing to see a West African restaurant thriving in the city and the people appreciating the flavorful foods and culture from the region. Kudos to the chef and staff for making for a great overall experience.
  24. I

    Isaac

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food at Akadi is incredible, so flavorful and very authentic. Reminds me of growing up in west Africa. The new location is beautifully decorated and I love the addition of music in the evenings.
  25. GM

    GabieM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely LOVED it here! We will be coming back :)
  26. HM

    HannahM

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    The food was amazing and staff are so kind. Vibes were great and the setting was perfect. Our table was just neglected either due to disorganization or maybe being down staff. Will continue to order food but may just do pickup in the future.
  27. y

    yemif

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, ambience, and service. Definitely a place to visit more than once
  28. MC

    MichelleC

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Akadi is always a great experience. Their Suya wings and peanut butter stew are delicious! Akadi is already a great vibe, but we love coming here on Thursday nights to hear the jazz band.
  29. B

    Brooke

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, amazing food, cute little spot. Overall was a great experience
  30. FI

    FranciscoI

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing (food, beer, service, etc) and the wings were one of our favorite things! Definitely getting an order (or two) to-go next time.
  31. BO

    BrentO

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was great. We got the Tomato Stew with beef. It was absolutely delicious and like no Tomato Stew I have ever eaten. The Samosas were also great I would recommmend both types in that they are equally delicous and very different. .
  32. KE

    KwameE

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Best spot for west African food in portland.
  33. RM

    RyanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved the whole experience. The Food was wonderful and so was the service. I will definitely be going again.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was just ok. Good portion size and great music.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Loved the food and space. The service was a little sporadic and took a while to get food and check. Everyone was kind and we will be back to try more dishes!
  36. D

    Darius

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner, service, live music was absolutely amazing! We look forward to our return.
  37. D

    Dpdx

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Will be back for the live music.
  38. SS

    SSpitzSaMo

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Let's get to the most important fact first: The food is fantastic. The space is nice to look at, and surprisingly not as noisy/echo-ey as such high ceilings might portend, and the ambiance is pleasant. We did have to ask to have the music turned down and moved our table away from the main speakers. But the food is fantastic. I had the chicken jollof and the portion was immense. I can see that this would be a great shared-plate meal (as were some of the others we ordered), but I hungrily and happily devoured mine, such moist chicken and delicious rice. However service-wise, they need to get their act together. From uncleared tables to an unattended host station, to long and slow waits to get to a table then to receive menus and drinks, they need to teach the servers and hosts more about how to make this experience better. NOT being from Portland, maybe this is just a Portland thing; people more likely to be less concerned with getting you seated, getting you water and taking your drink order as soon as possible. It's that "laid back, we're chill" attitude. There seemed to be a great deal of confusion at the host desk, with various people saying different things about the availability of tables that were already empty but needed to be cleared. Meanwhile, all the laudatory reviews from food writers are absolutely right as far as the food is concerned.
  39. OE

    OgEz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can’t go wrong with the jollof and stewed meat. Great option for non-vegans. There are also select options for vegans.
  40. R

    Renee

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to your old location, that was the only hiccup that threw me for a loop. Oh… um, I didn’t like sitting in a corner looking at the wall. That felt a little weird. The food was delicious, ambiance wonderful and I enjoyed dancing to the DJ’s music. Thank you George for going beyond expectation and help me get a ride for the night.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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AKADIPDX is rated 4.5 stars by 92 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Southeast Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    West African

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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