Selam Ethiopian Kitchen

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12 Reviews
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$30 and under
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With every communal platter, we bring that elusive Ethiopian flavor using locally sourced, organic ingredients to create moments of togetherness and happiness.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(773) 271-4300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Selamawit "Selam" Abebe
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At Selam, we are loyal not only to the Ethiopian, all-organic flavor but also our acclaimed tradition of hospitality. We will go above and beyond to ensure that the food we cater is of the finest and the healthiest from our kitchen to your table.
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Cross street
N Broadway St
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Parking details
We have a parking lot that can accommodate over 30 cars. Parking is available on the southeast corner of N Broadway St and W Wilson Ave.
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Public transit
Wilson redline station is the stop, and Selam is on the southeastern block of N Broadway St and W Wilson Ave.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here was excellent! The staff was very nice and helpful in assisting us with our selections. We have had Ethiopian food many times and can truly attest that this restaurant is a winner.

1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 1

The food and service were fine. But another customer lit incense while were eating and the scent was irritating to your sensed.

New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Specializing in meat, this Ethiopian gem delivers delicious great food and friendly service. The kitfo comes with three kinds of ayib, and the gored gored was very tasty. Portions were very generous and the injera was terrific. Would definitely recommend.

1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Food was average, not at all as good as many other Ethiopian restaurants. The place is gloomy and the decor is perfunctory. It seemed like it mainly serves as a hangout for Ethiopian men to get together to drink. We asked for one vegan platter and one meat sampler, and to the chagrin of the vegan in the group, both meat and vegetable dishes were served together on the same platter. It never occurred to the waiter to even ask. Then, when we tried to split the check three ways, with two paying cash and a third paying with a card, the waiter "lost" my friend's credit card. When he eventually found it, he had conveniently overcharged my friend by adding more for the tip than intended.

1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service, rude server, incompetent bartender.

17 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was empty which is really surprising given the excellent quality of the food! We came here based on the recommendation of a friend and the food lived up to our high expectations. We will definitely come back and bring others with us.

37 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wow! Took a chance on this place as we were in adventurous mood. Had wanted to try Ethiopian cuisine. We knew little except that you eat without utensils. Tried vegan platter and assorted meat platter plus samosa-like appetizer filled with ground chicken. Every dish was amazing. Lots of interesting spices and textures. All eaten scooped up with spongy soft thick crepe-like bread. Very delicious and chili heat in some dishes not overpowering. Very filling. We ended up with lots to take home. So venture out of your comfort zone and give this place a try. Not fancy but service is good and food is outstanding. Side note: You will eat everything with your hands so make sure they are clean. Ask for extra napkins. Maybe bring wet wipes? It gets messy.

1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food - fresh and expertly prepared. Better value than at some of the better known Ethiopian restaurants in the city (i.e. lamb for $17.99 rather than $26.99). Hidden gem.

1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was horrible! I drove an hour to find that the restaurant was closed with nobody inside! I had to call around to find another restaurant and was not able to eat anywhere since everywhere was filled with reservations... my night was horrible!

1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great.

2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food itself was very tasty. Our issue was with the service. We ordered our food at 5:05 pm and didn't get our food till 5:45 pm.

3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We went here and were the only people in the restaurant besides one guy who we figured out later was an owner. The food was okay, but portions were crazy small for the price. Service was very pleasant, but not enough to make up for the concerning ghost town vibe and overpriced menu.

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