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beth h.

16 August 2019

The food is so great and I've loved everything I've had. They've expanded the menu since my last visit - all the more reason to go back!

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Taylor K.

13 August 2019

Such good food! The fufu was AMAZING. We had the "goat" although there was no goat so I replaced it with beef but the sauce was PERFECT. My Husband had shosho with beef added. DEFINITELY will be back. More...

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Kathleen Fajardo

5 August 2019

Excellent food & wonderful staff!

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Meghan P.

4 August 2019

My partner and I eat here at least twice a month. We'd never had Western African cuisine. Now we're obsessed. Our typical order is predictable and flavorful: the plantains, the sumusas, and the mafe stew with fufu. The house made dipping sauce for the plantains and sumusas is hands-down my favorite hot sauce. I would put it on everything if I could. If you love peanut butter, the mafe is scrumptious and filling. Lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options here, too. Wash it all down with a ginger lemonade. It's divine. More...

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Marie H.

31 July 2019

This place serves the best west African food,also it's the only west African restaurant in Portland,there jollof rice  is a must try,I alway tell me people if they are trying a new African restaurant for the first time to start with rise forward dish and Akadi wouldn't disappoint

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Jimmy Jose

30 July 2019

Nice little restaurant that delivers in some delicious and quality food. Requested for a spicy sauce and man was that spicy �. Their green lentil samosas are pretty awesome. Goes well with their spicy ginger lemonade... Been there twice already and will visit soon More...

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Tall C.

23 July 2019

If you haven't tried this establishment yet, you are trippin! I've instantly voted this my favorite restaurant, out of all the African & Carribean eateries in the city, with Dalo's (Ethiopian) coming in 2nd.The Suya Chicken plate, the Samusa, the Veggies Yassa w/brown rice, of course the Plantain (Alloco), The Lamb and Goat Jolof plates, their rice and peas, the grilled fish dishes....pretty much the whole damn menu is epic and I didn't even get to the drink menu!Ethnic foods with REAL flavor has started a upward trend in this town over the past 3 years and Akadi is leading the way. More...

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Robyn Ford

22 July 2019

Great music, fun staff and awesome food!

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Maya H.

21 July 2019

What a wonderful experience! If you've never had west African food, this is the place to try it! We had such a great time here between the food, music and service, it's just a lovely place.The restaurant is casual and decorated with an African theme (mural, paintings and colorful tables). The music is super fun and really makes the vibe in my opinion.I've never had west african food so I was really curious about the flavors. The chef is from Ivory Coast and cooks family recipes. We ordered the fried plantain which are an absolute must! So soft and sweet, and come with a flavorful red sauce. This sauce had dairy in it, but if you opt for the spicy sauce it's completely vegan. We tried a few dishes but the star of the meal for me was the spicy okra and spinach stew which was so hearty and delicious! It comes with fufu which is made from yam and is kind of doughy almost, it pairs so well with a stew. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the dishes- everything seemed to be slow cooked and authentic (but what do I know), and the service was top notch. Our server George was great and took the time to explain to us about the different ingredients and made suggestions. Such great vibes at this place, we will definitely be back soon to try more dishes! More...

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Andrea Jarzombek

12 July 2019

A laid back atmosphere and fantastic food!

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Lynn L.

6 July 2019

great customer service! delicious food! +++ live music

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Nik I.

6 July 2019

I would go back for the food any day. Who knew that there would be an awesome Ivorian place here The flavors were amazing and I'm heavily considering stopping back to buy some of their homemade sauces. Sort of a hole in the wall and the bathroom could be kept up more nicely, but the overall experience for the food made it well worth it. More...

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D L.

3 July 2019

I had the attieke polute braise (chicken marinated in homemade sauce, fermented cassava couscous, with tomato and onions, and a sauce on the side) -absolutely delicious !! Friend had the same, but with fish-whole fish-also wonderful!! And the skewed beef appetizer was fabulous. Highly recommend-delicious meal. More...

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Serenity Smith

29 June 2019

Good food! Awesome service

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Munes F.

21 June 2019

This is the best African food I have ever had!! You won't go wrong with the Okra stew!! Lots of Vegan options. The server was amazing and very knowledgeable!! The place is also super authentic, that came from my Nigerian friend who was with me!! I would come again for sureee!! More...

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Charles A.

14 June 2019

My absolute favorite African restaurant. From the pepper sauce, cassava leaf and rice, fried fish. I just absolutely love it, the cook is amazing.

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Julie Crossmeifym

9 June 2019

Amazing food and amazing service

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Tony A.

2 June 2019

Absolutely marvelous, memorable food from Western Africa.During our last visit we had the green lentil samosas (maybe the most delicious we've eaten in Portland) accompanied by Akadi's spicy homemade sauce and a pair of delightful entrees -- alloca poisson braise (a whole fried tilapia bathed in a tangy mustard sauce and served with sweet plantains and a side of salad, along with more of Akadi's sauce), and the beef suya (marinated grilled beef covered in kankankan spice and served with sweet plantains). The fish was tasty and delectable, and the beef suya was rich and pleasantly chewy, like a softer version of jerky. We were impressed by everything, particularly the plantains and the distinctive homemade sauce. Everything we were served was cooked to perfection.The restaurant is warm and inviting, and the service was extremely cordial. This is a restaurant with an exciting menu, one that warrants repeat visits. I can't recommend Akadi PDX more highly. More...

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Kerry S.

29 May 2019

Absolutely delicious!  As soon as I finished eating the delicious chicken, plantains, rice and pastries I wanted to come back again.  A very warm and inviting space, bright color walls and murals and the fooooood.  So so so good! More...

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Brittany O.

25 May 2019

A wonderful first experience with African food! I love cassava fries they're one of my fave foods, so I got the meal with them, and I ended up liking the chicken stew that came with it more than the fry! Very friendly staff, cute restaurant. More...

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J A.

24 May 2019

Wow place is a hidden gem. My mouth waters upon writing this. The roasted chicken and the fried tilapia were perfectly seasoned. The couscous that comes with the dish was perfect. I ordered a side of white rice and it was perfectly cooked, and that's something coming from a se asian guy where rice is a staple. I wasn't a fan of the peanut stew though. I'm giving 4 stars because when I order lentil samosas, it was kinda burnt. But overall, this is a great spot. Can't wait to be back! More...

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Nathan W.

24 May 2019

I have no basis for comparison to other Ivoirian cuisine but to an American palette this is pretty sensational."The Goat" is justifiably revered but on your second time here be sure to branch out, the menu has plenty of gems.Some dishes can be quite spicy, some not at all, so worth asking if that's a concern (there is no Thai-restaurant-style spice meter). More...

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Valan P.

15 May 2019

The food at Akadi is mind blowing. African cuisine at its finest. Great service and attentive owners. I'll definitely be coming back for more.

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Charles G.

11 May 2019

Wow wow wow. I must admit, I had no idea what kind of food I'd be eating when I heard that Akadi was catering an event I was attending. I'm from Detroit and had never heard of Akadi. The catered meal was excellent - the chicken stew, Gofu, yassa were all so flavorful and the rice was a perfect side. I went back for seconds and piled my plate higher than my first pass. Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of my mix up of entrees, but the other photos on here tell the story. I'm a big fan of West African food now! Who knew? More...

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Amanda Rodda

6 May 2019

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful experience! Great food, great service.

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Chi A.

19 April 2019

This is may now be my default favorite restaurant in Portland.Tried 4 dishes:food- very flavorful, west African size generous large portions Food tasted like the real deal!Food came out in a reasonable amount of time Great service Prices reasonable A new African gem in Portland! More...

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Ryan C.

15 April 2019

Amazing food, great service, very affordable pricing. Sampled a lot of the menu and everything was incredible. I would highly recommend this place!

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Cassian Franchetti

11 April 2019

Had a wonderful experience as always! We love the food, Music and atmosphere!!! Definitely would recommend a visit to Akadi !!

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Alia Dina

3 April 2019

delicious food, it reminded me of being in Senegal. I love the atmosphere too.

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Jeff S.

26 March 2019

Fantastic food.  My daughter and I shared green lentil samusas, which were perfectly fried with great taste and texture inside.  Then we split two entrees.  The menu is not posted, so I don't remember the names of the two, but one was a chicken in creamy peanut sauce dish (we added vegetables for $1.00 more) over rice, and the other was a spicy beef dish with fries.  Both came out quickly and were absolutely delicious.  Food was hot, perfectly seasoned and unlike anything I've had before.  Staff was friendly.  Highly recommended! More...

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Michelle C.

26 March 2019

I came to Portland from the Bay Area and had a bunch of restaurants I was recommended to try, but my brother and I decided to drive around and try something new. I've never had West African food before and am so glad I tried Akadi.We had three dishes: chicken samosas (appetizer), spinach stew with fish/shrimp and fufu, and beef suya with fried plantains. All the dishes came out hot and fresh, and were so unique and delicious. I really can't choose a favorite dish as each was amazing in itself. Samosas were crispy. Spinach stew is a must if you like seafood. I've never had fufu (similar to a milder mashed potato flavor), and the flavor of the stew paired well with the fufu. Beef suya was chewy (which I like) and flavorful, and came with two dipping sauces. Fried plantains were out of the world, sweet and crispy and hot.We also got a malt drink and hibiscus lemonade. The malt is like a sweet and milder Guinness while the lemonade was not too tart, sweet, or floral but a good balance of all three.Cherry on top was the extremely friendly and helpful staff.There are many places in Portland with thousands of reviews and 4-5 stars, but I highly recommend ditching the lines and giving this place a try. More...

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Roman S.

23 March 2019

Dope find. Portland is lucky to have some good Western African food.Stews, variety of proteins, variety of sides.Apps are delicious here with their homemade sauce. The fritters are a good start.I tried their peanut butter stew, their jolof rice, their fish, as well as their goat. All were super good. Fufu is interesting, give it a try.Friendly staff, great food. Hopefully it's here to stay More...

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Basi S.

10 March 2019

I really liked this place. The food was very tasty and everything was fresh. Their sweet drinks are excellent! The lemonade is on the spicy side but it's so good you just gotta have it. And maybe ask them to add a bit of the hibiscus if you'd like it slightly more mellow.Although I do feel they were a bit understaffed when the restaurant was full, the service is very friendly.I'd recommend. More...

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Amber Lea Schwartzkopf

4 March 2019

First visit. By the end of the dinner I felt I didn't want to leave. We had beef and fish dishes and each was just delicious. I LOVE plantain and theirs was served with a very tasty sauce I couldn't get enough of. Can't wait to go back for the goat stew! More...

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Awmber M.

3 March 2019

Fufu is delicious here. They were out of The Goat, but the beef stew was tasty and the experience was authentic. And people were very friendly.

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EK M.

28 February 2019

Akadi is incredible. It is one of the most unique dining experiences available in Portland. The restaurant is quite small and provides a really homey and welcoming atmosphere. The food is truly delicious and it is definitely a must try if you are in the Portland area. If I could give it more stars I would. More...

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Nihmen T.

19 February 2019

Very delicious West African food! The food is fresh and very authentic. I spoke briefly with the chef and she is a beautiful, amazing person!

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Zach S.

16 February 2019

Simply delicious. Would highly recommend you stop in and give I a try. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming and the food matched. Friendly staff and amazing service. Couldn't recommend this place highly enough. More...

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Dash Carlyle

16 February 2019

Loved it. Food and service were great!!!❤️

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Maurice Evans

15 February 2019

The atmosphere was great. The staff pleasant and attending the food authentic African Dishes excellent entertainment!

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Nkechi Cherice Izuchukwu

31 January 2019

The Chicken Samosas are so delicious especially with the house sauce and they come for a decent price!!

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Sarah Nicotero Axness

27 January 2019

Delicious West African food and hospitality!

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Gwen Montoya

26 January 2019

Absolutely wonderful lunch. Everything was delicious and already planning what we’ll have next time.

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Stephanie Dünx

21 January 2019

I’m literally obsessed. I would eat here everyday if I could afford it.

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Matthew Griffin

19 January 2019

The food! The food! The food!

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Miles D.

13 January 2019

A gem of a discovery for us in NE Portland on MLK Blvd. had the grilled fish and plantain and it was delicious. The Samosas with chicken were a great starter. We will definitely come back here again. More...

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Rowdy E.

13 January 2019

So glad I found this place! They have a great selection of vegetarian west African dishes. The veggie pepper soup really hot the spot with fufu and plantains. The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was nice and welcoming. More...

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Audrey B.

11 January 2019

Wonderful meal! I had the vegan cassava leaves with kidney beans (I subbed tofu for the beans) and lentil samosas. So hearty and wonderful flavors. I adore the fufu. Looking forward to coming back to try more. Friendly service. Highly recommend. More...

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J. C.

22 December 2018

Stunning food and the owners are so lovely and treat their guests with great kindness. I truly love this place!

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Alicia A.

20 December 2018

I am Ghanaian and was excited to find authentic West African home cooking. Akadi did not disappoint! We tried several dishes including the fried fish, which comes with a pickled tomato relish and fried plantains, and the jollof rice with goat. My very favorite was the goat stew over rice - the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender (maybe the most tender goat I've ever had), and the stew was so flavorful. Unlike many Ghanaian/Nigerian dishes it was not spicy at all, which would make it accessible to people who love good flavor but are afraid of the heat factor. Another highlight is the ginger basil lemonade (that does have a good kick to it) - very unique and I have not had a drink like that before - ask your waiter for a sample! My only flaw is I would give the jollof rice only 4 stars for being on the plain side for jollof, but it was still just fine.Other notes - the service was fantastic! Our waiter was attentive and courteous, had an above and beyond attitude.This is real home cooking. I was proud to bring my American partner there to try West African food and he also loved it! We will be going back soon. More...

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Kellen Cache

16 December 2018

Great food and customer service.

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Kellen C.

15 December 2018

Great customer service and delicious food. Various W. African dishes from at least 4 different countries cooked to perfection.  Kenyan beer is a shock and nice.

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Elizabeth Schroeder

8 December 2018

Deliciously-spiced food, goat stew, plantains, amazing! So good.

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Donna S.

5 December 2018

I'm still thinking about my wonderful lunch.  I ordered chicken Suya which was grilled pieces of chicken with peanut dipping sauce and sweet plantains. The chicken was perfectly spicy and there was plenty of everything. My friend also had chicken - the Jolof Meal in a light tomato sauce with rice and plantains. We couldn't choose which was better. There was an intriguing list of stews which I'd like to go back to try. And quite a selection of vegetarian options. Our neighbor got a beautifully served spinach stew with a tall column of rice atop the bowl. The service was friendly and accommodating. The small dining room is attractive and they are making plans to have live music in their patio. See you there. More...

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Leah B.

2 December 2018

This place was fucktabulous!!!!!! I travel all over for work and I'm proud to say this place was scrumptious!! The flavors were abundant and each forkful made my mouth water all over again.... great service, friendly staff, authentic home flavors and great prices!!! More...

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Leah Baker

2 December 2018

This was place amazing!!! Authentic and full of scrumptious flavors!! My mouth watered as the fork approached my mouth with anticipation of each bite! Clean environment, friendly staff, and I certainly will be back More...

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Moh Papson Kanté

26 November 2018

Great place to eat all your favorite African foods.

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MShelley Como

22 November 2018

The food is authentic. I enjoyed the flavors and fish dishes.

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Mark Giordono

18 November 2018

Palm oil and cassava for the win! Awesomely authentic food and ambiance.

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Gayleen G.

12 November 2018

First visit to this establishment with a group of ladies. The host was gracious, patient (separate checks) and welcoming. I had the Spinach Stew with Fufu. I was a little disappointed that they were out of shrimp, but the meal was great nonetheless, and very filling. I'm looking forward to visiting again in the future once the concert/party room is complete. More...

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Brian B.

1 November 2018

An outstanding and delicious experience. I spent time in West Africa and it is such a treat to enjoy some of the same dishes I had there. Especially recommend the alloco (fried plantain) appetizer and the grilled fish with attieke as a main course. You won't leave hungry. More...

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Rita J.

28 October 2018

This is a unique food experience & worth a visit. From the sunny yellow dining area, friendly service & delicious food, you get to experience a bit of West Africa in Portland. I highly recommend the akkra appetizer, fried vegetarian bean fritters that melt in your mouth. We ordered goat with fufu & peanut chicken mafe. Both abundant platters were delicious. The long menu has many options & we look forward to trying them & returning for live music in November. More...

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Daryush G.

26 October 2018

I really enjoyed everything we ate. The grilled fish and chicken were outstanding. The flavors are great!

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Dezi S.

19 October 2018

I come here every Friday. This place is my favorite to sip on wine and order the cassava leaves. I love the food and they give big portions. I only have great things to say about this place. More...

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Heather Rebecca

13 October 2018

Wonderful place! The food, the atmosphere, everything! I’m only sad we didn’t discover sooner. Can’t wait to come back.

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Jenna H.

9 October 2018

I randomly found this spot online and was so pleasantly surprised. Me and 3 other friends split 4 main dishes: Peanut butter stew, sho sho, gofu, and cassava leaves with kidney beans. We got both fufu and rice with it and all was great. My favorite was sho sho but we all loved each one of them. The plantains and beignets (had to get them since they were vegan even though I was so full) were so good. We all split a bottle of wine which was very reasonably priced. They were friendly and it was pretty quick. I am definitely going back and highly recommend. More...

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Leif B.

26 September 2018

Amazing!I had a friend recommend Akadi to me, and when I finally made it in I found it to be beyond my expectations. Nice little restaurant and a cool outdoor back patio area. Very nice waitstaff.We order family style, a number of apps and entrees. I highly reckoned ordering like this as you are going to want to try EVERYTHING!the goat stew and the Somosa's especially are things I highhhhhhly recommend. Also, the peanut dipping sauce that comes with many apps and dishes are amazing!!!! I want to drink it. Literally, I sat eating it out of the small dipping bowl it came in even after the samosas were gone.I highly recommend! Do not hesitate to go here, amazing well seasoned dishes crafted with love! I will 100% go back and eat again. More...

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Sue Halvorson Lee

23 September 2018

This was an excellent restaurant all around. Great staff, great food, great atmosphere. We loved it and will be back. Thank you!!

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Ahn-dreen MI-chel

22 September 2018

The samosas at life. Make sure you have the sauce with them. It’s incredible.

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Megan Phillips

22 September 2018

Akadi is phenomenal, the new foodie gem of Portland!!. I had some of their food at the Pan-African festival in August (very tasty), and last night I had their spinach stew. It made me cry because it brought me back to the home-cooked food my host mom made when I studied in Cameroon. I love that it’s run by a woman chef. The food was completely delicious and fresh. The flavors are vibrant and amazing.Several of my west African friends are really excited to eat there too. I highly recommend it! More...

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Genevieve M.

19 September 2018

Excellent food and service. Will come back for the penut stew. The fufu was delicious.

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Carl R.

18 September 2018

Had a great meal here, service was friendly with a smile and accommodating.  Food was perfectly seasoned and good portions.  Left full and happy!

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Qing Z.

16 September 2018

Fatou Ouattara is a saint. One of my favorite restaurants in Portland, Akâdi is distinctive, flavorful, and filling, and the owner does all the cooking for the entire restaurant! For ~$13, I generally leave with leftovers that I greatly anticipate eating the next day.Both my parents are from Sichuan, China, so I grew up eating and cooking myriad spicy dishes. I'm normally disappointed by the low spice level of non-Sichuan restaurants, but Fatou's spicy housemade sauce blew me away... Very unique flavor with curry notes. Careful if you have GERD or heartburn issues!! I've already coaxed my husband and friends into coming here for additional visits, and can't wait to try the other options on the menu. They have numerous vegetarian/vegan alternatives to meat entrees, as well.The only downside is the food takes a bit to arrive (sometimes upwards of 30 minutes). But with a single chef, you can't be surprised/upset. More...

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Michael A.

14 September 2018

Echoing the other great reviews, this tiny spot is a great addition to Portland's global food choices. Being completely unfamiliar with west African cuisine but knowing  that we wanted vegetarian and not spicy we just let the very helpful waiter bring us three dishes he would recommend. Wow we were pleasantly surprised with the variety of flavors (veggies Yassa) with a light but rich Dijon sauce, the peanut butter Mafe (similar Veges in thick brown peanut butter based sauce) and the Gofu (tofu and Veges in a tomato sauce). The descriptions (mine anyway) really don't do the food justice. It is rich and flavorful and completely unique. Also the plantains (often boring) were caramelized and delicious. Highly recommend this holeIn the wall.Bring a few friends so you can try a variety of dishes to share. More...

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Lauren R W.

2 September 2018

Highly recommended! I would be here weekly if I could. The peanut chicken stew was fantastic.

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Stacy Ford

30 August 2018

I just went to Akadi for the first time today and I will definitely be back! I got one order of the pastels and oh man! I wish I had gotten more. They were so delicious and the homemade sauce was to die for. Thank you! More...

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Adam Carpinelli

25 August 2018

And Massamba Diop on September 30th :)

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Trinity Steiner

18 August 2018

The food here is incredible. I highly recommend the goat and the okra stew. The fried plantains were sweet and savory. I can't wait to go back.

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Princesse Likayi

13 August 2018

The best restaurant in town. Do not argue with me .

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Tim Cowley

13 August 2018

This food was amazing and I loved the friendly couple who run the joint!

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Outchay Ole

13 August 2018

Best West African Restaurant I had been in United States. Great food and my God was the ginger drink amazing.

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Fatima Adoum

13 August 2018

I must confess, I've really enjoyed my lunch and the ginger drink the other day and thanks for the customized soup for my client ;)

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Ronald Djpiz Smith

13 August 2018

I had the fish, plantain and chicken. It was great!! Great atmosphere and very friendly service. Go check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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Benja Farber

13 August 2018

Best food I’ve had in Portland hands down! I’m telling everyone to support ya!

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Bendu Roberts

13 August 2018

I can't wait to visit to experience Cuisine d'Afrik.

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Burhan Ayanle

13 August 2018

Good food � , open mind they show you what you looking. I will old way looking yo'l open place welcome to and look out the good music � they will oldway have it

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Natasha Kotey

13 August 2018

Portland needed a good West African restaurant. Y'all nearly had me in tears the food was so good.

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Noelle Balandi

13 August 2018

I have always been discouraged to try African cuisines in Portland because the food from my Africa is not there. I have finally found a restaurant that features food I grew up eating. This is so so exciting for me as I can now enjoy what I like to eat like suya, tchiep, grilled fish or meat with plantain, garba (attieke), and so much much more!!!! More...

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ZaDora Williams

13 August 2018

The food was absolutely delightful, the goat was so tender, and spicy. Chef Fatou was a pleasure to work with and helped bring my vision to life. My guest we're satifisfied and they are a tough crowd to please. They really enjoyed the mint ginger lemonade beverage. I look forward to continuing patronizing this business. Thanks so much!! More...

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Paige Walker

13 August 2018

Fantastic Food. Chef Fatou I can't stop thinking about the wonderful spice blends and bold flavors you have created. I have enjoyed several items on your menu and my all-time favorite is tender and delectable "The Goat ".

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Annette Moody-Majekodunmi

13 August 2018

The food and service was excellent. For the first time I tried Yassa. My protein was shrimp. And it did not disappoint. Flavorful and just the right amount of heat. Others in my party had Jollof rice, Cassava and Poulet Brochette. Everyone was pleased with their meal. Presentation of the food was spot on! If I could go back today I would. Also reasonable prices. �� More...

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Walton B.

8 August 2018

Yum! Do yourself a favor and check this place out =^)Great patio, great food, and great staff made a memorable meal!

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Rachel Y.

8 August 2018

This place is great! We had fried yucca for an app, and beef suya with fried plantains for our entree. All the food was amazing, especially the spices and the dipping sauces. The waiter was very nice and gave us our space! More...

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shannon d.

27 July 2018

So deliciously satisfying! I tried the fried fish, oh dear, it was so goooood! My partner had the spicy goat soup, it was too spicy for me to taste, but he said it was delicious. We got to-go jollof rice with goat. That was good, too, only half of it made it home cuz we kept eating it even though we were so full from our meals. Service was great, ambience was fun and friendly, would be fun to have the whole family there, hopefully next time! More...

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David M.

22 July 2018

Delicious grilled fish and plantains! Ginger lemonade! Great find next to the cat cafe!

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Steph Tunelli

22 July 2018

The food is amazing! I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Akadi yesterday at the VegOut food festival. It was so good that we're thinking about driving the family up from Eugene soon just to experience the full menu.

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Marcelitte G.

13 July 2018

Wonderful food! It makes you dance in your seat from the fabulous flavors. Brought some friends in today and they all agreed. Today I had the Spinach and Goat stew-- Fantastic -Usually I will have the Marinated quarter Chicken, Plantains and onion salad with  sauces other times her great Okra Stew --Enjoy!!! More...

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Ezi Moonshine

9 July 2018

You won’t regret going here ! Good food, very nice people and service, very clean , and good prices!

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Scott Jones

7 July 2018

Excellent food, my first time eating West African Cuisine and I must say I enjoyed it immensely. I highly recommend the chicken Samosa appetizer and the Goat Stew with Fufu. A great place to eat on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Portland. More...

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Keith M.

1 July 2018

Everything was on point- the samosas had a great texture and flavor, their homemade ginger beer was excellent, fish and rice were perfectly cooked and seasoned. Our server was very warm and friendly and it felt like he genuinely wanted us to have a great meal. Will definitely return. More...

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Steff Annie

29 June 2018

Cute, clean, nice atmosphere, welcoming staff and an excellent offering of West African dishes (traditional meat) BUT also vegan and vegetarian ones too! Found my new favorite place!

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28 June 2018

Edited- The owner and chef Fatou emailed me privately to apologize and tell me she's glad I'm okay. Really classy and sweet, so I added a star :) Plus she let me know that the reason they were "out" of so many items is because the menu is changing! Original review below:This should be 3.5 stars. The food was incredible tasting- everything we had was absolutely delicious and perfectly seasoned. Took away a half star because they were out of a ton of items (the ginger beer, the chapati, multiple entrees, half the desserts, etc).Took away another star because the server, though lovely and very sweet, was not familiar with the menu at all. I told her I had a peanut allergy and I asked if a sauce on a friend's plate contained any, she said no but failed to mention his beef was coated in a spice mix primarily composed of peanut powder. I tasted it immediately when I tried a piece of the beef but when I asked her if it contained peanut she had no idea. I needed to ask her to confirm with the kitchen (she should've rushed to do so immediately) and she was gone so long I just had to excuse myself to the bathroom. The menu, of course, did not indicate anywhere that the dish contained peanuts. The spice mix is called kankankan. When we asked about the different types of fufu she said "I don't like it or eat it" which is really not something a server should ever say. Figure out what most people tend to like and recommend that! Lastly one of my friends was really ill (not due to Akadi's food, she started feeling sick before we even got our appetizers) and could barely eat a bite. We waited patiently for our server to return and offer a box but she was chatting so long with a gentleman waiting on his to go order that my sick friend couldn't wait any longer and had to leave her meal. I say all of this as a former server- allergies especially are hugely important and though my reaction last night was mild, another person's could be life ending. More...

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Ann M.

17 June 2018

The food and service was excellent.  For the first time I tried Yassa.  My protein was shrimp. And it did not disappoint.  Flavorful and just the right amount of heat.  Others in my party had Jollof rice, Cassava and Poulet Brochette.  Everyone was pleased with their meal.  Presentation of the food was spot on!  If I could go back today I would.  Also reasonable prices. More...

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Jenni Zupfer

17 June 2018

Friendly and warm staff from the moment we walked inside. The space is quaint. It was well worth the wait time for the freshly prepared meals. The food tasted fantastic, and was authentic west African cuisine. The sauce with the plantains was exceptional. More...

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Harmony G.

16 June 2018

I have eaten here several  times and also at the food cart the chef, Fatou used to operate. Never a disappointment! The flavors are complex and interesting. There are several drink options, home made and delicious. Everything I have tried has really hit the spot.The restaurant is newly remodeled and has a huge outdoor space in the back. Head on over and give it a try! More...

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Kira C.

11 June 2018

The server was so nice and food was very flavorful. The fish pastels were delicious and my okra stew was lovely!

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Nam N.

10 June 2018

Great flavorful stews and proteins to eat as well as a kind staff.  Look forward to eating there again soon.

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Ruby Joy White

7 June 2018

AMAZING food, service, and catering!

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Angela A.

25 May 2018

So so so good!! This is not fast food! It's made to order and it's delicious! The hibiscus tea is to die for and the okra stew will keep me coming back as often as possible!

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Shar D.

25 May 2018

OMG. this restaurant is AHHH-MAZINGGGGG!!! I got the cassava leaves dish and was very surprised. It had so much flavor and it was made fresh (which i really appreciate)!! Go try this place for yourself. You will NOT be disappointed. The staff were friendly as well! More...

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Cris W.

22 May 2018

They have indeed added many more vegetarian dishes. I had kidney beans with cassava leaves and corn fufu which was very spicy and immensely flavorful. Their online menu doesn't yet reflect all of these changes. Just go and try it- you won't be disappointed! More...

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Jared L.

20 May 2018

Great food. Great staff. Try the chicken samosas and ginger lemonade / ginger beer. The chef is great. Also get the spicy sauce if you like spicy food

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Dione P.

19 May 2018

We visited for the first time tonight and really enjoyed our meals. My favorite was the E2 (don't remember the actual name); grilled, insanely flavorful chicken and plantains. My husband said, "this is the kind of dish you crave". Friendly staff, delicious food. We will be back! More...

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Yafette Otieno

15 May 2018

I had some good food there. The owners are my bro and sis. Love them and they do a great job. Love u guys! I was there for the Re-GRAND OPENING with friends and they are surely comin back. It was my birthday too. So we had a great one. More...

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Ryan Gallagher

1 May 2018

Can’t wait for the re-grand opening! One of my favorite restaurants in Portland.

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David P.

17 March 2018

I have been to Akadi twice and had delicious food both times, the first time being an excellent vegetarian dish plus chicken filled samosas, the second time their goat dish. The sauces used in both dishes were outstanding. The chicken samosa was the best I have ever had, including many in India and Nepal. The service is prompt. Host and co-owner George is an engaging pleasant man  His wife  and co-owner is the cook. She bases her menu on her mom's Sierra Leone recipes. So the food and service are 5 star. I gave it 4 stars because the dining room and table and chairs are modest, not that comfortable or attractive. But that is very understandable for a family start-up with limited capital. More...

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Jacob L.

1 March 2018

Very warm and friendly service. Delicious food. I had the Tilapia and Banku (?) and fried plantains. It was lovely to chat with George, will definitely be going back soon!

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J V.

18 February 2018

Friendly attentive service. Incredibly flavorful dishes. A real treat. The lentil samosas and veggie dish were winners for sure.

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Josh B.

17 February 2018

So we went here right after watching Black Panther, which seemed like the perfect time.  We liked Akadi a lot, and look forward to Ms. Ouattara's improvements to the restaurant as it matures.The cuisine is flavorful and unusual. Heavily spiced, with peanuts, tomatoes, onions, and palm oil, it will remind you a little of Ethiopian and North African food, while still being distinctly different.  Some things you might not think to try but definitely should: the "ginger lemonade" (a serious kick-in-the-teeth ginger tonic), the "puff-puff" (African begnets), the Attieke (fermeted cassava flour), and the black-eyed peas.  Akadi will treat you to foods you cannot, as far as I know, find elsewhere in Portland.Do note that the chef is still building out this restaurant, so (as of Feb 2018) ambiance is still a work in progress, and not all the items in the online menu are available (yet).  The restaurant still does more takeout/catering than table service, so things can be "traditionally" slow.  Use the time to relax and listen to the beautiful accents of the owner's family, who run the clothing store next door. More...

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Paige W.

16 February 2018

Amazing food. I am so excited to return to this wonderful restaurant for the second time this month. I have tried several things on the menu and loved them all, but  I can't stop thinking about their dish The Goat. On my way back today to get some.

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maria J.

16 February 2018

Delicious! I wanted to try something new in the neighborhood. I went with the waiter's recommendation as I'm unfamiliar with west African food. Rich and delicious stews! Great flavors. I'll be back. More...

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BlueMoon B.

4 February 2018

Another Returned Peace Corps Volunteer thrilled with the addition of this restaurant in Portland. We had a beautiful evening there. We ordered the Okra/Goat/seafood stew with fufu and it brought me back to eating dinner with my host family. We also had the Suku chicken and it reminded me a little of the smoky, dry-rubbed guinea fowl you could order from street vendors in Togo. We also got the lentil Samusa and both bissap and ginger lemonade. Both were great, but they are very concentrated so next time we'll just order one and some water. The atmosphere is a little bright with the fluorescent lighting, but the mural is beautiful and service is attentive and comfortable. Can't wait to go back for the peanut stew and lots of other dishes! More...

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Rocio C.

4 February 2018

First time having West African food. Very delicious. I ordered the black bean dish, plantains, and the beignets.  Everything was great. The black bean dish is rich with flavor, and the perfect amount of spice. The plantains are good flavor and great textures. And of course, the beignets are great. I'll be returning to try more dishes. More...

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Justin J.

27 January 2018

I was a former Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and was pleased to find that there was finally a West African restaurant in Portland.   The foufou and gumbo was the real deal and the puff puffs brought back many great memories.  The owners were delightful and we will definitely be back again.  If you are interested in exploring West African cuisine, check this place out! More...

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Forrace Garcia

19 January 2018

Absolutely amazing! � can you sign up for Uber eats? � that’d be the best

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Ryan G.

15 December 2017

An authentic West African restaurant in our neighborhood. Couldn't be happier. So good. This is going to quickly become our go-to favorite. Brings back happy memories from our time in the Peace Corps :) More...

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Gee C.

12 December 2017

First time ever trying African food. Oh let me tell you, the food here is so so delicious!!!!!!! I will keep coming back here again. Clean place and great service. Highly recommended. More...

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Bill L.

30 November 2017

My wife and I spent 7 months studying French in Senegal and were bummed that there was no west African food in Portland when we got back. We were really excited to recently find this place! We've been twice with other friends who have lived in other parts of Africa. They have a lot of food common to East and South Africa also. The thieboujen was just how I remembered in Senegal. The beef mafé was perfect also. Just the right amount of spice! We've also had the somosas, fried plantains, fried casava, and they're excellent. Our friends had the goat and rice dishes. It's all good. You won't be disappointed. You don't even have to be that adventurous. Maybe expand your cultural understanding a little. Just great food, great owners, great atmosphere. Best of luck with the marriage, George and Fatu! Bill and Ashley More...

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Sharon H.

26 November 2017

We enjoyed a fabulous meal and Fatou & George made certain the evening was memorable. The food was plentiful & perfectly seasoned & prepared. We felt like we had been welcomed into their home. Please try this wonderful restaurant. You will feel satisfied, happy and treated to the best meal! A great experience! More...

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Sherry R.

11 November 2017

Friendly staff helped us navigate the menu.  My son loes fufu so when we left and packed up wuaht we hadn't finished yet, including ordering a second round of the spicy beef to go, they gave him extra fufu.  Love this food!!

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Stephanie B.

3 November 2017

Ordered from grubhub. Amazing! Chicken samusa, Attieke Poisson Ou Poulet Braise (chicken), Tchieboudienne. All were excellent and everyone loved them. Looking forward to order again, not many places deliver to Hayden Island, this place is conveniently located in North Portland. :) PS to the owners, hopefully it wasn't too inconveniently far to deliver to... More...

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David G.

2 November 2017

Don't be intimidated by all the unfamiliar things on the menu. Adventurous eaters will definitely be rewarded here. I had the attieke fish. More filling than I expected and brimming  with flavor. Don't pass up this hidden gem. More...