Best African Restaurants in Calgary

Visit these restaurants for delicious Ethiopian, East African and Nigerian cuisine.

Flavours Cuisine & Catering. Photograph courtesy of Adebola Esan of Flavours Cuisine & Catering.

Winner – Flavours Cuisine & Catering

Adebola Esan is the culinary powerhouse behind Flavours Cuisine & Catering in Highwood. Over the years, her passion has turned Flavours into one of the city’s go-to spots for delicious and authentic Nigerian cuisine. Flavours offers a variety of West African signature meals on its menu, as well as dishes like jollof rice, pepper soup, grilled tilapia and suya (a sliced beef dish featuring Nigerian spices).

4129 4 St. N.W., 403-719-2770,, @flavoursrestaurant


2nd – Safari Grill

For over 15 years, Calgary has been lucky enough to have this authentic East African restaurant in its midst. From the food to the decor and even a curated beverage menu with drinks from East African brands, everything at Safari Grill gives customers a glimpse of a vibrant culture while enjoying exceptional dishes such as gengeni chicken or mchicha bhajiya (deep fried spinach fritters).

100, 255 28 St. S.E., 403-235-6655,, @safarigrill


3rd – Marathon Ethiopian Restaurant

This beloved Kensington institution blends exceptional food and top-notch service. The Ethiopian menu is very vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, which means most everyone in your friend group or family can dig into their own personal vegetarian or meat lovers combo platter with a handful of injera bread instead of cutlery.

130 10 St. N.W., 403-283-6796,, @marathonethiopian


More Best Restaurants 2021

This article appears in the March 2021 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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