We had an incredible meal at Radio Africa during a recent visit to San Francisco. The flavors were well developed and each item we had was nicely prepared and presented.
Our favorites were the heirloom tomato salad (the tomatoes were very fresh), the smoked trout, and the white corn soup. The soup stood out with its undertone of lime and a rich broth that is hard to describe.
The entrees were equally as good. I would highly recommend this restaurant - its a bit far from where we were staying, but we loved it none the less.
Radio Africa & Kitchen is a small, out of the way place. We went here for a small & intimate family dinner to celebrate two birthdays & were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of food. the atmosphere is very friendly & informal. Being a Wednesday , we had the place pretty much to ourselves. Our server was efficient & friendly. The food came out in sizeable portions & all of it was DELICIOUS! They were also very accommodating when we showed up with a bottle of reserve wine to share & decanted it for us when the cork seemed to be giving out. :) Overall, a great experience. I would go back.
Radio Africa Kitchen is that rare experience in SF - a restaurant run by an experienced and inventive chef who serves really tasty dishes in generous portions that are reasonably priced. The menu is all fresh and local and changes seasonally. The chef is a master with spices. We had the spring menu which included a smoked trout dish that was to die for. All of the appetizers (Mezze) are incredible, as are the main courses we chose - lamb and spiced meatballs. And the pear and chocolate dessert was perfect. Good wine list and great service, too.
Great, fresh ingredients. Tasted like just picked. Food I appreciated very much. What I might do if I owned a restaurant; fresh, simple and wholesome. Real Food!
The restaurant and service were excellent. I loved the food, especially the sample platter. Great place!
We had a very delicious dinner here. The Jambalaya is fantastic and the service was excellent. We will certainly be back.
The food and service was great, the only negative was that they were missing many items from their menu as they were transitioning from their winter menu to their spring menu. But the food we did have was delicious and the service couldn't have been better.
Radio Africa is a not to be missed restaurant in a neighborhood that you may be hesitant to go to. Overcome that hesitation now! If you don't, you're missing some of the most delectable array of tastes ever to hit your palate. Go all out for the Tasting Menu. This is the best way to experience Chef Eskinder Aseged's luscious food. Here you'll find a blend of spices and seasonings and styles from all over with an emphasis on the freshest seasonal ingredients from wild fish, shellfish and incredibly seasoned meats to the tastiest grains and vegetable combinations.
You may have tasted the food of Radio Africa at various popups and events including La Cocina's Street Food Festival. Now it really has a chance to shine in it's own home!
We were ever so fortunate to be served directly by Chef Eskinder who carefully explained every dish and answered our multitude of questions. So what did we love? Well we, shared everything and each of wasn't always willing to part with half, but we did try to be fair. So many of the dishes have such complex flavors that burst on your tongue and palate as they open up. Do not, I repeat, do not miss the Spiced chicken soup with pomegranate, cilantro & Japanese chilies, nor the grilled leg of lamb with kufta, couscous and chermoula, the seared salmon with beluga lentils, spinach & pistachio salsa & the roasted eggplant with goat cheese, garbanzo beans, spinach & sumac. Accompanying the meal for us was a lovely Israeli Sauvignon Blanc and a yummy hibiscus lemonade. Be sure to leave room for the dessert of chocolate decadence with honey poached pears & star anise.
Can't wait to go back for a Thursday evening of live jazz and more of this incredible food.
The menu was so overloaded with intriguing options that we had difficulty deciding what to order. We will go back again and again so we can keep exploring.
the food is absolutely scrumptious. second time i've been there and it was just as good as the first. only drawback is the neighborhood. just wish it was closer to my house. but i will be back again.
The restaurant was very quiet — only 4-5 other groups in the restaurant — but service was prompt and attentive, and the food was incredible: Generous portions, cooked perfectly, and amazingly affordable. The restaurant is a bit remote, but street parking (and Muni access) is easy; I'm looking forward to coming back.
I only wish they had more wine options — my server claimed only one was available when I went, and while the option was solid, I got the impression that this was because they didn't want to open new bottles.
We went here to celebrate a special occasion. Ask for the tasting menu, which wasn't printed on the menu when we were there. We had a delicious selection of foods, ranging from soup to fish to lamb to salad, topped off with a delicious chocolate cake for dessert. It's a bit pricy, but totally worth it for a special occasion!
The food was great. The service was slow. That's because there was only one server for the whole restaurant! And no busser or host or any other help at all. The server was charming and did a terrific job - but nothing could overcome the fact that he was alone. I recommend going there but, unless this was a fluke, go when you have a lot of time and don't have to be somewhere after dinner.
This place has amazing food and service. What a surprise! We had a sampler, and every item was excellent. Smoked trout starter, off the charts. The owner was very inviting and personable as was the server. Good pace, nicely decorated, and interesting history. Want to go back soon. Only caution, not in a great part of town, so be wise in where you park and walk. (disclaimer: from a non-city persons perspective!)
Excellent tasting menu with a variety of spices and well-prepared dishes. Friendly service. A real gem in this neighborhood.
The food was unique and delicious, good portion size, reasonably priced. The lamb was the best any of us had ever eaten! We can hardly wait to return.
We were greeted by the chef/owner. When we let him know one of us is a vegetarian, he amped the tasting menu for two by creating a veggie complement to the meat item that was supposed to be shared. It is always a delicious dining experience, but this kindness made it even better.
Fresh, quality ingredients and amazing spices. Really low key tucked away in Bayview and totally worth the trip. The tasting menu is a steal for the quality.
We didn't know how much food to expect from the tasting menu, which made it challenging to pace ourselves, calorie-wise. Few customers made for a quiet environment, starting at 6pm, which is always welcome. Very attentive and caring service.
Had the 5 course dinner and as always a treat. Everything was delicious. I love the freshness of the food specially the arugula, pomegranate, persimmon, avocado salad. The lamb and fish were excellent. The waiter was very attentive and pleasant.
We enjoyed the five course tasting meal. Each course was bursting with complex flavors, yet frsh and healthy. This restaurant is right across fro. A major metro T stop and well worth a visit.
We met friends here for dinner & had an excellent experience!! This was the best meal I'd had in a while--incredible flavors & variety, and very reasonably priced. Every dish we ordered was PHENOMENAL, and there are lots of vegetarian options (as well as non-vegetarian options). The service was great & the atmosphere is wonderful. Only slightly off-putting thing is that this is a "foodie" restaurant plopped into the middle of the Bayview & I wish that the restaurant owners would make some effort to bring the Bayview community in--either through employment or special neighborhood deals or something. Still...I highly recommend this restaurant & will definitely be back.
I had a great dinner at Radio Africa. The food was a unique combination of flavors and everything I had was delicious. The ambiance was ok and could use some improvements. I did enjoy the live guitar playing, but I felt the dining area was a bit too open and exposed to Third street activity. I would come back to try a different menu.
I took my daughter to this hidden gem - we ordered the tasting menu (not listed, but they had offered one on a previous visit). Every bite of every dish was delicious, unique and beautifully plated. This restaurant is a treasure! The service was warm and friendly without being intrusive (I can't stand wait staff who seem determined to become your new best friend). Each course came right as we were ready (it's a small place, seats maybe 50, but it's quite spacious, and they keep an eagle eye out for the needs of each customer). I have lived and dined in both Europe and Asia, and in New York City. I eat out a lot and have very eclectic tastes, and I have to say that Radio Africa Kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants on the planet.
This off the beaten path restaurant seems very out of place in the Bayview. The food was not quite as impressive on this second visit as I remembered it being from my first visit. The flavors in the meat dishes were unique and well balanced, though the meat was not as tender as it could have been. The fish, barramundi, was nice and light but could have benefited from a little more character. The trout and crab appetizer didn't taste particularly fresh and was overwhelmed by the flavor of smoked trout. Also the bread it was served with was passable. Very limited beer and wine list. Service was friendly, helpful and accommodating.
Great find! Very tasty dishes with flavorful greens. I would definitely come back.
The appetizers are incredible. Well thought out, generous, attractive and tasty. There is an otion that includes all the nights appetizers, I may shoot for that next time.
I have had the pleasure to dine at Radio Africa 5 times this year and it is always an amazing culinary experience!
The chef has done a great job using different spices and fresh foods. The combinations were interesting and they worked well. The only negative side to the restaurant was the area in which it was located. Not the best part of town but we had no problems. It is worth it for the food.
We've been here many times and we keep going back because the food and entire dining experience is so great. Several reviews mentioned service issues, which is puzzling because this has never been a problem for us. The addition of live music on Thursday nights was a nice treat: not too loud. As for food: as many times as we've had it, the edamame hummus appetizer is always wonderful. The short rib tagine on the summer menu is great.
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
Our first time to this really pretty restaurant, open kitchen and hardworking chef. Best of all the food was beautifully and carefully prepared and tasted really good. We especially liked the appetizer dishes. The soup with garlic oil was out of this world good as well as the poached fruit dessert. Highly recommended to make the trek out to try this restaurant.
The tasting menu is a delightful treat for the eyes and the palate, from the corn and leek soup to the chocolate cake and cream. Each course is artfully presented and invites you to taste it. We loved the crab and trout spread, the mushroom crostini, and the lamb, which was grilled exactly as I like it. The chef is a culinary artist!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.