Hell of a great place
Will be looking forward to going back to this place. Want to try some of the other dishes.
Delicious! 5 people came in for 5 different meals and they were all delicious. At first we were nervous because there's only one guy working here. So naturally we thought we'd be sitting here for hours. Nope. Food came fast and hot and favorful. More...
A foodies delight this is! Situated in the Bayview/Hunters point area of SF on 3rd St., this clean and unpretentious little gem of a restaurant, serves lunch and dinner from an elegant and uncomplicated menu. The decor is casual yet invites you to stay awhile and relax and the food is fantastic! The menu is limited but changes regularly and I still had a hard time choosing because everything looked so good. We ended up ordering a spinach, beet and feta salad that we shared, which was perfect because it was a generous portion. My wife ordered the Chicken Jambalaya with Kale and Berbere and I chose the Saffron Prawns with Green Beans, Almonds and Couscous. The flavors and pairings were sublime! An excellent IPA and we were content and yet the meal continues to linger in our memory. We can't wait to go back and I hope the Leg of Lamb with Fennel, Couscous, Pilaf, and Chermoula is still on the menu. The Chef is clearly a gourmet! Prices are very reasonable. Street parking is ample and lots are nearby. More...
Stumbled in here with a hungry friend looking for food. It is a lovely African restaurant with a menu that has options for everyone (vegan, vegetarian, meat lover) and I encourage everyone to go try it if you're in the area! Our server was very kind and friendly and since he knew we were staaarving, he brought us some samples of their soup to hold us off while our meals were being prepared (a true hero!). I had the Chicken Jambalaya and NO it's not the jambalaya you ate with your cousins in Houston but it also won't give you indigestion and high blood pressure. It's a very refreshing, healthy, and light (but filling) version of the dish with African/Ethiopian twists and (gasp) kale! Do try it, you won't be disappointed and they also include a hearty amount of chicken and shrimp! Can't wait to be back soon! More...
Wonderful food and excellent service!
Just had lunch & latte here. The food and drink are so good. The lamb spinach & couscous was flavorful, well seasoned and filled with tender chunks of lamb. I was t even hungry but still ate the entire dish (generous portion) because it tasted so good. The latte was deep & smokey, also generously portioned. The dining room was inviting and clean. Clean bathroom, thank you. Server was friendly and helpful, he might have been the owner. More...
The food was good. Had Salmon dish and it was delicious. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Loved the Hibiscus tea.
This place is a hidden gem! I've had two of their vegan lentil dishes and they were both great. Lots of fresh vegetables and excellent flavours. This hibiscus tea is also amazing! Prices are pretty decent too. This place is a hidden gem and definitely one of my favourite places in the city! More...
The food is so good. Good variety. I am a pescatarian and they have awesome tasting salmon and couple of vegetarian dishes. I ordered 7 vegetable tags e. It was very good. The place is very clean. Nice and big. Food is more than 5 stars. More...
Great food. Flavorful and healthy. Will definitely be going there again.
Great authentic African food - Really good!
Delicious food. Good ambiance.
The food is delicious. Came in for lunch as my office is around the corner. I split a shrimp and a meatball dish with a friend. Both dishes came with a flavorful, spiced couscous and stewed kale. The food is fresh and balanced and the service is impeccable. I wish that the owner would publish a cookbook. Until then I will come back as often asI can!! More...
The food is marvelous. The owner uses lots of vegetables in his dishes. All the dishes carry complex flavor while it is light. We enjoyed every dish that he prepared for us. If we come to SF, we will definitely come back again. I hope the chef will publish his own cookbook in the future. More...
Lamb Couscous w Greens Very good dish that I would try again. Not overwhelm with the sauce Lamb wasn't too gamey Hibiscus Lemonade Not overwhelm on the hibiscus, the way I like it Nor was it too tart
Please come here and support. Its one of the best restaurants I have ever been to! Amazing options for both my omnivore, pescaterian, and vegetarian family
I checked out this place on my birthday after reading the fantastic reviews, and was not in the least disappointed! The owner was so friendly, the atmosphere lovely, and the food was absolutely delicious! I will definitely be back.
Annie M H.
First tasted his cuisine years ago when he operated out of a shared space in the Mission. Just rediscovered Radio Africa Kitchen today. As uniquely flavorful as ever! Great interior too. Y'all got to come! More...
This place is a gem! The atmosphere in the restaurant is so bright and fun. The owner is very friendly and nice. The food was unique and absolutely delicious. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a cool, fun place with great food and a reasonable price. More...
Radio Africa is my new favorite place in the Bay View. Beautiful Restraunt T oak dale and 3rd. The restaurant is very clean, modern, and nicely decorated. The owner is an incredible chef. Each meal taste incredibly fresh, full of flavor, and complex. the vegan dishes are amazing, no hidden ingredients, says the owner. Highly recommend, I will be back! More...
The wild salmon is amazing! My friend and I got it, and she doesn't like seafood, and she loved this! My friend got the cauliflower and leek soup and it was delicious. I give this 5 stars for sure.
Unbelievably tasty food. We had the shrimp couscous and jambalaya. Both were phenomenal. The price is also very good as well, both were 12 bucks. The decor and environment of the restaurant is perfect. Fast and friendly service. This is a hidden gem of a restaurant that everyone should visit. More...
Don't miss out on this hidden gem in the heart of the Bayview. The food is awesome and the service is great. I can't wait to go back.
Kathy Qianqian Jin
It was an interesting discovery! Yummy food. Their hibiscus lemonade is ON POINT
This is a nice place in the neighborhood, with good food. Give it a try!
I've heard a lot of good things about the food in this restaurant. So glad I finally got to go there! All the raves is on point! Delicious food from start to finish. Tasted new flavors and different twists to old time faves. The portions are unbelievable. Recommending this plac e for sure! More...
This is my first time visiting San Francisco and luckily I'm a fan of dinners dine ins and dives and that's where I saw this gem of a place. Luckily Eskender was there and got the chance to meet him one and gotta say he was so down to earth! ordered the same dish guy fieri ate and it was bomb I recommend it to anybody who likes a peaceful environment and delicious grub ( ps. got to try the baklava) More...
Popped in for a quick lunch. Nice atmosphere. Clean, bright, plenty of seating, books and plants. Jambalaya and lentil plate were both excellent. Good strong coffee.
Definitely recommend the jambalaya and the prawns with the couscous. The jambalaya was seasoned just right and I wanted more! The prawns were delicious along with the couscous, red sauce, and greens. Nice restaurant and would definitely come back but during the day time as the neighborhood is kind of sketchy. More...
Just saw you guys on Drivers, Drive In and Dives on Food Network tonight. I visit SF twice a year, definitely on my list!
Don't eat out often but I was lucky to be invited to this restaurant. It's been a few years but I remember the food being really good.
So. SO GOOD. I need to come in person.My office holds events, and we've ordered from Radio Africa Kitchen more than a few times. They come by, set everything up, and everything is so delicious. Their menu changes pretty frequently, so it's hard to say if there's anything specific because by the time you read this review, it'll probably change.Their lentil dish I had at the time was vegetarian and so delicious. Really nicely seasoned, and though I'm a carnivore, I went back to fill up on this. We had a chicken dish, jambalaya style, which was also really good. They sometimes have black eyed peas, and if they have it on the menu, just order it. Trust me. They do it so well!The only thing I've had that I enjoyed less was the baklava, but I think that's because it was way too sweet for me. For baklava, it's pretty good. More...
I wanted to take pictures of the soup and lentil main dish I ordered but I ate it too fast!Delicious balanced and fresh flavors, light filled dining room, and very nice service. Highly recommend for lunch!
Great fresh food. Unique dishes. Very reasonable. Nice atmosphere. You order at the counter, good is delivered to table.
Great food and setting. Really enjoy eating here and one of the best deals for great food in the city price wise.
The food was wonderful ..
Such a nice proprietor, and delicious food with tasty local beer on tap to accompany!
We came for Community Dinner on a Tuesday evening. Choice of carrot ginger soup or beet salad with tomatoes and feta for appetizer; several entrees to choose from: lamb, salmon, beef meatball, chicken jambalaya, etc. It was $10 for the appetizer and entree. Everything was delicious and was a very good sized portion. We very much appreciate Eskender for providing us this wonderful opportunity to have a lovely, affordable dinner out for our family. We'll be back soon! More...
Quite a solid venue for African-inspired fare located along the further reaches of the T-Third line. It's a clean, sleek, modern, and bright place that occupies an entire street corner and has lots of seating inside. Service is somewhat casual as you order at a counter, but the folks here are super friendly and they'll bring your order to your table. The menu is fairly compact and rotates frequently, but when I stopped by, I found a meaty couscous dish (couldn't remember if it was lamb or beef) amazingly delicious, surprisingly large, and a fantastic deal, especially by West Bay standards, at $15, if I remember correctly.They also have a compact selection of drinks, but one of these was a totally delicious Evening Vespers Belgian-style dubbel from Laughing Monk Brewing just a few blocks away. It paired oh so well with my meatu couscous plate. Simply an excellent, affordable find. I'll be back! More...
The setting is pleasant, wonderful service every visit. My first visit I tried the wild salmon, mixed green (kale, chard and spinach) and cous cous as well as black eyed peas with greens. If you like a kick of spuce be sure to ask for the hot sauce.......DELIGHTFUL More...
Absolutely amazing, fresh food and top ingredients. We really enjoyed our meal, and will definitely be making this place a frequent stop.
Had a delicious meal here today. The lamb and couscous and greens were so good. Nice atmosphere- great value for the price. We even bought additional food to take home. The owner/chef helped us choose what to order since it was our first time there. You will feel right at home.Will definitely be back to try other items. More...
Delicious fresh food, light and flavorful and kale and quinoa in their dishes. We ordered the shrimp quinoa, catfish quinoa and chicken jambalaya all cooked fresh and light. So good
I was SO excited to try the food here! Authentic African cuisine, beautiful restaurant that smelt amazing when we walked in! We were greeted with the biggest smile and HELLO by Rashida who was so nice and took the time to explain the menu to us! The chicken was so moust and flavorful, the salad was light and refreshing, the prawns were perfect and tender and the hibiscus tea was the perfect topper to it all!! Definitely coming back!! Give Rashida a shout out from me! More...
Great quality food using seasonal ingredients for a reasonable price. The food here is really made with love!
Radio Africa kitchen is an underrated restaurant, which serves terrific food. I guess the location of the restaurant stops customers go there. In addition, the restaurant closes quite early, properly because of the neighborhood. If you were in Dogpatch area, it definitely worth the visit. More...
We've only been living in SF for two months, but this is our favorite place. The food is flavorful and very reasonable priced (under $15 for a plate with a protein, a carb, and a green; though their menu changes a little bit). It has sort of a North African to Middle Eastern flavor, which in my experience has been fairly similar across their dishes. I'm not big on giving points for "vibe," but it's a charming place inside with large communal tables and the local news paper. It's not a gentrified neighborhood, but everyone I've interacted with had been respectful and helpful. The worst part is that we rarely get to go here due to their hours: mainly that is not open on the weekends. More...
The lamb and couscous was delicious and the beet salad absolutely exceeded my expectations. I will definitely be back.
Very interesting food!
Will be returning! Great spot, good food, lovely staff!
Great lunch spot. Healthy and delious! Try the Hibiscus lemonade, so good!
The food and service is excellent.
Great people serving delicious food at reasonable prices.
Best food I've had in a long time
Food good nice staff
Great food and service. Parking can be tricky but extremely convenient to public transportation.
Wonderful, Wonderful, and more Wonderful!!!!!
Delicious reasonable food in a friebdly colorful environment.
Good fresh food
Great food & service.
Probably the best value for money place in SF. Highest quality tasty food at extremely low prices!
Delicious food. Great addition to the community.
Loved the beet salad and the chicken jambalaya. Will be going back soon
We had a meal catered by Radio Africa Kitchen, and boy was it Y-U-M-M-Y! I ate...- Pomegranate chicken- Vegetable tagine- CouscousThis is a quick and easy review. In one line: the food was really great!I can't say what the actual restaurant is like, but my mouth and stomach were happy - as was everyone else's. The flavours were wonderful, meat was good quality, and everything played together nicely. It reminded me of all the delicious meals I had in Marrakesh! More...
Went to their Juneteenth lunch service yesterday and the food was so good! Perfect blend of Ethiopian and California flavors with just the right kick for me. I definitely plan to go back for their Community Tuesday dinner service. More...
The lamb and couscous was delicious and the beet salad absolutely exceeded my expectations. I will definitely be back.
I found this from the Detour walking tour app. It's as fresh as it claims to be. I had the beet salad and the baklava. Both were perfect! The owner was very friendly and the devout was beautiful. More...
This place is a true hidden gem of San Francisco. The food is par excellence. The chef Eskinder is a genius. The quality of food is amazing and it's cheap as hell. I love everything on the menu. But if I had to pick a few favorites, I would pick the shrimp with rice and the meatballs. Yummy. I highly recommend this place. More...
You know when the police roll in it's great food! Hahahahah I can't wait to come back with my family!
Radio Africa Kitchen is one of our go to restaurants. We've been happily eating here for the last five years. I can honestly say that even if they weren't in our neighborhood, we would still drive to visit them. Eskender creates truly delicious, unique dishes that you can't get anywhere else in the city. The restaurant is beautiful, and we love the feeling of community Eskender has created through Tuesday community nights. Some of the highlights are the salmon, the meatballs, and the lamb, but everything we've tried has been delicious! More...
What a delicious African cuisine. It's exquisite for its meals and the guy at the front is very friendly and helpful. I would definitely come back again.
Let's start with the ambiance from the moment you walk in, it was as if I was in a modern safari excursion. The moment I walked in I was greeted with a smile, the owner himself (which I consider a honor seeing that most owners aren't in the restaurant or actually visible) took our order and delivered everything to our table. He explained what everything was in full detail and made sure we were well taken care of. Now let's get into this food!!!!!! The flavors in EVERY. SINGLE. DISH. were amazing. You could taste the distinction within every dish but also taste how they complimented each other I highly recommend it. I myself happen to be vegan and once I told him he made sure to make me feel as though my needs were met just as much as my diary and meat loving friends. I cannot wait to go back. More...
Company catered lunch here twice through Chewse. Food arrived on time and the vegetarian options were great. North African Butternut Squash & French Lentils - butternut squash and lentils were cooked perfect - needed a bit more salt but overall tasty with light flavorsChermoula Couscous - great airy texture and consistency - the spinach and currants mixed in the grains added a nice dimension. Roasted Carrots - I'm not a huge fan of carrots but these were pretty good - lightly oiled and roasted - it went well with the couscous and squash. The pomegranate chicken looked moist - it was cubed, sautéed with spices and i think spinach. More...
Love their food and their community mindset. Go on their price fixed nights. You won't be disappointed.
Hands down my favorite restaurant of the Bayview. I come here at least once a week for dinner or lunch. Eskender the owner does not joke with quality. Everything is fresh, tasty and for a fair price. The menu used to be longer but static. Now it is shorter with changing specials. Great if you are a regular and want variation in the menu. This restaurant is the example how you can combine great quality and a neighborhood atmosphere and still be affordable in an overpriced city. More...
The service was good, food was good, and environment:... ehhh you decide lolBut overall pretty good given that it's "African" food! That's exactly what caught my attention at first More...
Great atmosphere, and the food was so good! We had the beet salad and green lentils. I will be back!
One of the best unknown restaurants in SF. Amazing quality, good selection, fair price. Just wish it wasn't so out there.
What a beautiful little African cuisine. It's exquisite for its meals and the guy at the front is very charming and helpful. I would definately come back again. More...
The food was incredible. Really speaks for itself. You have to stop in and try it.
yum! always support black owned business!
first time i've tried north african food. exceed my expectations. the short ribs and carrots are so tender.
Great Food and nice staff.
Go out to the Bayview for a completely satisfying and memorable dining experience here. Everything has a fresh taste to it, and the hearty portions make it a great value.
Great food and great people make a great experience!We have asked Radio Africa to cater several events, and they always do a great job within our budget. We always get rave reviews for their food.I also go there for lunch frequently, and always enjoy chatting with Eskender and his staff. The food is always fresh, unadulterated, and very tasty. Hop on the T trains and make the trip to the Bayview. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Radio Africa -- you won't be disappointed! More...
Beautiful food, people and environment. An oasis. Seek it out.
A superb local restaurant. The beet salad is flawless as is every entree. Try the white sangria and thank me later. I totally heart this place. I can't say enough great things about it More...
I had the chicken and shrimp jambalaya with basmati and kale. Simply AMAZING! The wife had Atlantic salmon with quinoa and kale. Simply another incredible meal. You guys rock! More...
Had lunch catered at our office and it was AMAZING. Everything was so fresh and delicious. Had to have seconds! :) Highly recommend their food.
This place has amazing food! The owner and chef is also really cool with all kind of local events happening here from time to time.
Came here for lunch the other day. I've been wanting to swing by since seeing it on diners, drive ins and dives, but I"m not in the city too often. We came right when it opened in the middle of the week, so it was pretty empty; 2 other parties there. Simple menu, but difficult to decide because everything looked so good! Ended up having the arugula & beet salad with goat cheese, the lentils and a hibiscus lemonaid. My friend had the salmon. It was all so delicious! Big portions, too! The other thing that I thought was cool is that the head chef, didn't get his name, noticed that I was VERY pregnant and came out to make sure that the goat cheese was ok for me to have on my salad. I thought that was cool. I'll prob be back to this cool spot. More...
This place is a must for lunch or dinner. It is worth a trip to the Bayview if you are not nearby. A small menu that changes monthly that is fresh and familiar with an Ethiopian twist to each dish. Yummy Yummy Yummy!! I had the Leek Soup and Arugula Salad which sounds simple and plain but it was anything but! More...
Man oh man. This was so fantastic. Such a great flavor profile. I ordered the saffron shrimp jambalaya and my husband got the lamb special. Both dishes were so unique and so delicious. The arugula goat cheese salad was out of this world. We also had the pleasure to talk with the owner and he was so friendly and kind. I'd come here again next time we are in town. More...
They've had an unexpected setback with a burglary. Even with that having happened the hours have increased and there's been no Decrease in quality or service. And the prices are same as always affordable. Wait time is very good as you will be having quality fresh food not sitting in a questionable temperature steam table or being nuked in a microwave. More...
Amazing. So glad we tried this place. So close to home, and so remarkable! Edamame hummus is so good. Love this new found neighborhood gem.
Best meal I've had in my life every single time I visit!I have so many reasons to love this place: The food is amazing, menu is original, they always play cool music, service is outstanding, it's in the Bayview, and the owner, chef Skender, truly cares about the community. They're always involved with community events and host a community night on Tuesdays.Radio Afrika is a great example of how a business can promote diversity and impact the area it serves. They manage to shine despite the issues that 3rd unfortunately still struggles with.I never got disappointed with an order, but if you're into meat go for the ribs and couscous. It's just WOW! More...
wow. really inexpensive impressively good food in a nice low key atmosphere. my sister is willing to drive an hour after work on a weeknight to meet me here. weeknights are the only choice because the owner is revolutionary and wants to have a life so Radio Africa Kitchen is closed on weekends!!! go him. go everyone else too, but go on a weeknight and you'll be really very happy. More...
Wow. Eating the chicken jambalaya and potato leek soup. Both excellent. And really pleasant space too. First time here. I expect I'll be back a lot.
Their food is delicious. Wish they stay open later but I understand the decision due to the sketchy neighborhood.
Sometime since I was last here, the restaurant has changed its format. We used to sit down and a waiter would come to is with a menu. Now we go up to a counter to order off a menu of about 4-6 items or so. This is a much smaller menu than before, but the quality is excellent. I've come here a couple times with friends, and have effectively tried most of the menu items. The menu items vary slightly, maybe by week. On Tuesday, they have a "community meal", and it's $10 for a small side + an entree. I love the food and general ambiance. It's casual, but also has a classy feel to it at the same time More...
I've been here 3 or 4 times now, starting when the setup was more formal. The place has a generally pleasant and cool ambience. And Chef Eskander and the rest of the staff are very friendly and easy to talk to, especially if you need suggestions. But you may not even need suggestions: everything I've gotten here has been very delicious and well-flavored. More...
So I saw Radio Africa & Kitchen on Triple D and decided that the next time I went to the West Coast I had to try it. We walked in at about 2pm in the afternoon and the place was empty, besides Eskender the owner, and the cook. I was a little skeptical to say the least. I ordered the Chicken Jambalaya and the wife ordered a lamb dish. Both were absolutely amazing! The herbs and spices were so vibrant in taste and smell. The dishes were fresh and filling. I definitely go back. Eskender was very kind and hospitable. We had our 13 year old with us who opted not to eat. Maybe some time in the near future they'll add options for kids with less mature palates. Otherwise, a great place for good, fresh and tasty food. More...
Eskender and Radio Africa Kitchen recently catered our wedding and we couldn't be happier! To begin, we are vegan and wanted a vegan menu for our wedding. We contacted Eskender and he offered to have us to his restaurant for a private tasting during off hours. He prepared a multi-course meal for us, from appetizers to dessert, all vegan. He was excited by the challenge, which made us happy. The reviews from our guests were all positive, some not even aware the whole meal had no animal products in it. His catering staff was equally spectacular during the wedding going above and beyond what one would expect. We highly recommend Radio Africa Kitchen for catering(as well as regular eats). The icing on the cake was that-without getting into specifics-it was incredibly well priced. One guest mistakenly estimated we paid 3 times as much per person as we actually did! Thanks Eskender! More...
I've been here maybe 10 times and always had a great experience. While the selections are limited (usually 3-4 entrees, 2-3 appetizers and 2 desserts to choose from) there is always something that I want. The Jambalaya and the Salmon are both excellent. Even my 14 year old son, who can be pretty picky, loves this food. Although the owner is Ethiopian, it's not typical Ethiopian food. The spices are hard to identify, but wonderful and not overwhelming. The food is fresh. Nice selection of beers and wines. Try it out on a Tuesday for the community dinner - two courses for $10. It can't be beat and you'll meet some interesting local folks too. More...
Thought it was great. Went on "Community Tuesday's", limited (maybe 3 different entrees) menu on a chalk board - 2 courses for $10. , might be the cheapest sit down dinner I've had for a very long time. Had very flavorful meat balls / couscous / veggies w/ a cup of potato soup. My sweetie had the chicken jambalaya w/ (I forgot!) which was very tasty. Order at the counter, get a number on a stick, find a place to sit, enjoy. Itsa challenging ' hood, so beware. Surrounding business' attract a clientele that only is also seen on 6th Street. I liked it. I'd go back. More...
Seasonal delicious African inspired food. so worth going!
Peter den Hartog
I love this place. Selective, but very tasty menu. Great people from the neighborhood. A gem in the Bayview.
Who doesn't love good food
A unique blend of North African and contemporary cuisine. A place for community and an excellent value.
We were 3 french people looking for something healthy to eat. We discovered this beautifulrestaurant where food is not expensive and really tasty! We recommend it!
This Place is Underrawttttted. Seriously, And I think it's because of the questionable location of the establishment. The place is quite delightful and draws your attention with the organic feel as soon as you step in. You are Surrounded and you have to surrender to the smells, decorations, and various books that make this place a great place to enjoy an amazing dinner or lunch. The Menu I am told changes on a constant basis. But I will tell you what I had...by adding this, I really need to start taking pictures about the things I eat. The place is a newer twist to Moroccan, and Ethiopian food. I will add this this place is Gluten free and can be at times Vegan friendly, and it's definitely dog friendly and people friendly.You get the idea of organic vegetables, greens, grains,and wonderfully prepare foods that are unique and original yet, true to it's heritage. But this is what I had:- The potato soup with leaks, flavorful potatoes, leeks, broth, and heavy cream light saucy with pepper and various spices. Enough to lick your spoon a bunch of times.-Lamb and Couscous, The couscous had a unique flavor almost minted but with delicious saffron and the Lamb was mouth watering, it had this wonderful ability to simmer still in your mouth, yet it was spicy enough to keep you entertained with every bite.- Hibiscus lemonade was by far one of my favorite things to drink period.I can't say your experience will be the same as mine, but with sheer confidence I can say you are going to be eating some amazing delicious and memorable food! More...
If you're giving this place anything but 4 or 5 stars, then you don't know fine African cuisine. This place, simply put, is f-ing delicious. Every single dish I have ever tried from the lamb to the jambalaya is bursting with a medley of spices that dance on your tongue with every bite. The ambiance is fitting for a small, intimate restaurant and the owner, Chef Eskander is delightful and sweet. I love coming here. It is so under rated. One of the best restaurants I have been to in San Francisco. Don't let the fact that it is in the Bayview deter you from the delightful experience you will having while dining here. More...
Wei Ming D.
Came here for a delicious lunch with my neighbor--it's her favorite restaurant and I can see why. The space is open and inviting with huge windows letting in great natural light. The white wine sangria flavored with herbs and flowers is fabulous. Best of all is the owner, Eskander, who sat and chatted with us at the slow end of lunch service (and didn't make us feel rushed though we stayed late). He shared his vision for creating an open space to intersect his passions of Food, Art, and Science. He wants his restaurant to be a place where people come to share and learn. There is a beautiful chess set and we offered to donate a Scrabble game. He said, "Yes, because it is educational." Let's educate people to appreciate good, healthy food, he told us. And his food is all those things-- a feast for the eyes as well! More...
There's no better combination that an informal atmosphere and great food, very reasonable price and great food, family-style community tables and great food. Radio Africa is now open for lunch. It is great. More...
Tried once and fell in love with their jambalaya. Tried several times after, but they we're closed. The food is great, but their business hours are very unreliable. Wish they could commit to the hours. More...
Oh my lord. SO delicious. I wish I could eat here every day. Three of us went here for lunch, and shared all our dishes. They were phenomenal. Delicious lamb, eggplant terrine, and white bean tagine (so light and lemony - amazing). Also a lovely space, and the owner came over to chat and was so friendly. Sounds like he's trying to make this a space that engages and supports the local community (library of cookbooks, community nights on Tuesdays, etc.). I have never left a review on Yelp before - I logged on today specifically to write a review. More...
Went here with my cousin yesterday! Good music amazing food dessert and portions right on! Go here
Tuesday Community Nights are amazing - especially the last Tues of each month for comedy night
Super friendly folks and the food is really wonderful and very healthy at the same time! I will be back. I also love how they had a local brewery beer on tap!
Located in Bayview, off of 3rd street. It's a rapidly developing area that's still in the making. Radio Africa & Kitchen is probably the best ethic counter service I've ever experienced. The guy who took my order was friendly, the food was delicious (I've never had Ethiopian food before), and the ambience was hip but very comfortable. Orange walls, cool music, pretty sure I heard Seu Jorge's new album on the speakers. Long dining tables for multiple parties to share take up the center of the room, while tables of two to four line the walls. Self service silverware, napkins, and pitchers of water are to the right of the register. I was really happy with my dish. Ordered mango cheesecake for dessert! Mmm. The menu and hours have changed significantly and are more limited to keep the doors open, and Tuesday nights are set special for locals of the neighborhood. It's all amazing and highly recommended. Support this Bayview neighborhood restaurant! It's crazy good. More...
Amazing food, healthy and lean. Very rich flavors and the owner is an absolute delightful person. Highly recommended. Will be back, many times :)
I came to Radio Africa tonight for the first time, after TWO years of saying I was going to try it. All I can say is that after tonight's experience, I'm kicking myself for not eating here sooner. Chef Eskender has outdone himself with first-rate food in a homey and very clean space.Apparently, coming here on a "Community Tuesday" gets you a $10 prix-fixe meal. I ordered the arugula & beet salad, and salmon with quinoa. The salmon was cooked to perfection! Our male server was very nice and greeted us with a HUGE smile. Who could ask for anything more?I wish more of the Black neighbors would support this business, because Radio Africa is quietly uplifting and elevating a stretch of Third Street that has long been plagued with shuttered businesses, crime, violence, and hoodrats hanging on corners and going nowhere in life. I hope Radio Africa has a long and prosperous run in this location, and I will be coming at least once a month from here on out. More...
OK so, if you read my reviews you know I'm passionate about what I like especially if it's good. We'll with that said, if you see this place or are even considering this place and don't stop by to check it out. ..YOU ARE TRIPPING! This MAN and this KITCHEN are s&!+! The quality and flavor of each dish is amazing! The time he puts in so worth the wait. More...
This is probably the best restaurant in San Francisco, no exaggeration. If you haven't been yet come quick before they blow up in popularity and you are kicking yourself because there is a six month wait for a reservation. It really is that good.
My boyfriend and I went for dinner. This restaurant has Moroccan/Ethiopian/New American food with fresh vegetables. You order at the counter off the daily whiteboard and they'll bring the food to the table after it's thoughtfully prepared. The chef and hostess are friendly.I had an eggplant tartine with lentils and my boyfriend had the chicken jambalaya. To drink, I had hibiscus lemonade and my boyfriend had the saison on tap. Both were refreshing, and the sangria also looked tempting. The prices were very reasonable for delicious food. Our entrees were healthy and had so much flavor! The decor is cozy and romantic, and the greenery inside adds to the pleasant ambiance. Even the bathroom was pretty, with vanilla tea light candles. They're open daily from noon to 8pm so also a good lunch option. It's a little ways outside of the city but directly next to the 3rd street/oakdale/palou Muni stop. We can't wait to go back! More...
Fantastic food and friendly atmosphere. Renovation looks great. I only wish it was located closer to the city. I will definitely be back.
Came here for lunch during my volunteering at Family Mosaic Project down the street. A little history: this owner had a food truck and got grant from the city to open this restaurant! He cooks and runs the place himself with only two helpers - amazing!We came in and ordered at the counter. Utensils, plates, to-go boxes, cups and water are placed on a table along the wall for self-serving. Our orders get delivered to our seats by the chef/owner who was super warm and welcoming! He made all our food quick and even had the chance to speak to us all and truly cared about the volunteer work we were doing that day. I had the chicken jambalaya with kale and hot tea. The tea was in a large mug with a cute tea steeper. My plate was super generous for $12 AND with more chicken than rice! The flavor was soooo refreshing and tasty!!! I would definitely return for that jambalaya! Highly recommend and love the personal hospitality with the owner. More...
"Whoahhhh this is some flavor I've never had before" as I told my mother during our good bye dinner. She and her husband are NOT adventurous esters by any means and somehow I dragged them out to an African restaurant in a part of our neighborhood they've never been before. They live in Shanghai for the majority of their time and rarely eat anything besides Italian or Chinese or American food. I love love love new places and had been dying to try this place out. It's not what I expected with their cafe style of ordering. You order at the counter and grab your own utensils and sauces. They have a house made hot sauce you have to try! Considering the prices, it's reasonable but very much priced as a sit down restaurant. There was only one other table the night we went although it feel like place should be more popular. Service is very nice and friendly. The cashier had just started and didn't know we could order wine by the bottle but the owner told her we could. They even have African wine! The shrimp dish was by far our favorite and you have to watch out for the tuna one because it really does taste like something you've never had! I ate all of it regardless. Will definitely come back. Love supporting my neighborhood! More...
This place is absolutely amazing, some of the best food I have had in the city! I have tried the short rib, salmon, smoked trout cakes and jambalaya, all were really really good, both, in terms of aesthetics and most importantly flavor. The key is that you are getting quite sophisticated dishes for a price of an Ikes sandwich(10-12$ per dish). To give you an example, just had the salmon and it was baked salmon, couscus, rice, fresh salad and 3-4 home made sauces with home made spices. I would have no idea how to prepare any one of these things with such quality, but at Radio Africa they are all perfect individually and mesh together really well. The portion size is also great, you get full but not stuffed.The chef is a really cool and friendly guy to talk to. You can see that there is no ulterior motive or pretension, he is in it because he likes experimenting with and cooking great food, which is quite refreshing in this city. Overall, I cannot recommend this place highly enough. More...
I had a delicious soup that I forgot the name of and the Chicken Jambalaya! It was very tasty!The staff is super friendly and helpful. The environment is clean and cozy.I will definitely be coming back! More...
Fabulous eatery !! Great food, relaxed and inviting surroundings, and truly wonderful (and attentive) staff !! The food is perfectly spiced and the flavors are amazing. This is a restaurant that's *almost* too good to share -- but well worth the trip. As a bonus, every Tuesday night is styled as "Community Tuesday", with a $10 prix fixe two-course menu that is just as good (and as plentiful) as their full-priced offerings. I will definitely be back for more! (P.S. -- not only is their food top-notch, but if their hibiscus lemonade is still on the menu when you go, its highly recommended!!) More...
Ok....so.... decor is a bit different from what I was previously posted but still bright, colorful and nice to look at.Menu is smaller than previous ones in the pictures . Strange thing...not your typical sit down...As soon as you order the food they make you pay for it right then and there... so I guess I'm not ordering dessert... which by the way I guess isn't even an option for tonight. The male server was nice. Big friendly smile!So I ordered the butternut squash soup and the lamb. The total came to just under 20 dollars. The important part....presentation and taste. Large white plates and colorful bowls. The soup has a nice kick to it. Lots of exotic seasonings but could use just a pinch of salt. The flavor of the butternut squash went great with the evoo. The lamb dish was seasoned well. Delish actually! The couscous was cooked perfectly. The meat wasn't too gamey but some pieces were a little chewy. Overall I'd come back! More...
The own/chef is amazing for very nice presentation. New life to Bayview thumb ups. Food is great but the fly's are a bit of an issue.
Fantastic food and a great neighborhood vibe. Went for one of the Community Tuesday events - $10 for a delicious 2-course meal, with a rotating calendar of community-based events. Great way to have a good meal and connect with other members of the community! More...
Absolutely wonderful! !! Great environment and the host and chef most hospitable! The food was excellent!!! Reasonably priced, great proportions and the flavor was so full and rich without being overwhelming. I will go back and highly reccomended this place for a great meal!!! More...
Flavorful food, inventive combinations, open dining space with tropical accents. Prices are very reasonable. Should get a lot more business than it does. Convenient parking or access from the T line. More...
This is my second Yelp review ever, but this place is worth writing about -- and enjoying! I had the potato-leek soup, jambalaya, and cake at a fixed-price community event. The staff was so warm, the space is beautiful, and the food was truly some of the most delicious I have had. I can't wait to go back! More...
The food here is really quite delicious. It's nice to have a variety of African country cuisine to choose from in one place. I've had several of their dishes and all of them were great.The neighborhood isn't one of the better known 'hoods in the city. It's also not one of the most affluent. I feel like this restaurant is a little out of place in that the price range probably prevents most of the people that actually live in the neighborhood to frequent it. More...
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. More...
I enter the resteraunt and the ambience and decor of this place is totally on point. Best decor in the area according to me. The kindest server with a kickass hairdo comes and greets me. You can kinda see the kitchen due to the way that the resteraunt is designed and there you will get to see the chef (who's also the one responsible for its inception btw) hard at work. First thing you notice that the menu doesn't have too many items on it (which is not a bad thing at all, it's about quality, not quantity). I got a take-out and decided upon the Chicken Jambalaya and boy was it good. Would definetly go here again. Full marks to the chef. I'll definetly recommend this place to everyone. You won't be dissapointed ! :) More...
A few family members & I celebrated two birthdays at this wonderful little restaurant last week. It being a Wednesday, we had the place pretty much to ourselves. Both the server & the chef were very friendly & accommodating. we brought a bottle of reserve wine with us, which they were able to open & even decant for us. All the appetizers (we ordered the hierloom tomato salad, the prawns & the corn soup) were sizable portions and very tasty indeed. The chicken jambalaya & the veggie tagine were also excellent.You won't find your run of the mill dishes here, especially since they change the menu often based on availability of local/fresh/seasonal ingredients. Overall a great experience, totally worth the drive up from the south bay. More...
Looking for a food adventure but tired of pricey, noisy, and crowded restaurants? Go to Radio Africa & Kitchen! We just celebrated a big birthday there and loved it. It's the anchor of a lively neighborhood in Bayview, just off 3rd street. Very attractive interior with really nice jazz playing the night we were there. Dishes were inventive, well seasoned, and delicious. All four of us decided it was worth a return trip. More...
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. More...
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. More...
Appetizers (saffron shrimp, trout) and entrees (jambalaya, flank steak, lamb) were all amazing!!!! Big portions of delicious and juicy meat and vegetables! Very filling as well as aesthetically pleasing. I will definitely be returning! Our waiter was helpful, nice, and humorous too. I CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN! More...
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!
Between the five of us we ordered nearly everything on the menu, and it was all fantastic. The bill came out to what we'd normally pay for two of us in other parts of the city, I'll be returning.
Very good food with high ingredient quality. Eating here feels like eating a delicious (yet healthy) meal at a friend's house (if your friend were a professional cook). The meals are spiced and seasoned with great balance and simplicity; none of the flavors will knock you over, but you will taste each ingredient. When I went, we got a nice arugula salad (which had just enough dressing to add flavor but not mask the peppery spiciness of the arugula), a trout terrine (where the flavor of the smoked trout was abundant, without tasting fishy), and the lamb (perfectly cooked and seasoned with some herbs). More...
Just went out with my friends on a Friday night. We ordered the smoked trout and mushroom crostini. Both appetizers were great. I order the jambalaya and my friends ordered the eggplant and salmon. All 3 dishes were AMAZING. It tasted like a home cooked meal. It fed our souls! Definitely coming back for more! What a treat in MY neighborhood (yes, born and raised in Hunters Point)! More...
The restaurant and service were excellent. I loved the food, especially the sample platter. Great place!
Everything is well done . . Great Flavors! We enjoyed dining Tapas style and wouldn't have it any other way as it was a great way to taste so many of their dishes.
We had The Duck Gumbo and the Lamb Shank with couscous. Both were cooked and seasoned superbly
I really cannot say enough nice things about this restaurant. To begin, the food was absolutely delicious. Stunningly tasty. Spiced remarkably. It was both comforting as well as surprising in flavor profile. We ordered the cauliflower soup, the duck with okra, and the flank steak. All of these items were incredible and unique. I loved the short menu, and am certain that every item was carefully imagined. The prices were fantastic for the quality (top-notch) and quantity (fair portions - neither huge nor small). Our entrees were $15, and with one appetizer (between 2 people) we left very satisfied. The restaurant is decorated very beautifully and makes for a very pleasant date atmosphere. This is not in a trendy neighborhood, which was actually great because we found parking easily. Our waiter was very kind, attentive, and helpful. I will certainly be bringing friends back and will be sure to try the taster menu. So far, this is, hands down, my favorite restaurant in SF. If you are looking for a reasonably priced, interesting and fun dinner date location, this is your place! More...
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. More...
I ate here last Wednesday night and it was truly one of the best meals I have ever eaten in my life, and as a hardcore grow-it-yourself foodie, I am used to nibbling on super fresh organic handmade delicious edibles. This is exactly the kind of experience you want at a restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxing but lively. The food is fresh and unique- you won't find any of these recipes anywhere else, but they are unpretentious and rooted in deep cultural traditions. I got the seafood dolmas and the cauliflower/celery root soup. Both were simple, fresh, and EXCELLENT.The food and drinks are reasonably priced and they have a killer wine selection.I will definitely be back with a date! More...
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. More...
Everything about this restaurant is perfect. Our only difficulty was choosing among the many options, since everything on the menu looked enticing. In the end we went with three appetizers and an entree for two people, which was plenty of food without being too outrageously much, and then we had the welcome shock of receiving a bill far lower than we had anticipated. The service was also kind, unrushed, and attentive but unobtrusive. Really a lovely spot for two or more people to enjoy delicious food in a well-appointed, comfortable and unpretentious setting. It also made an excellent Valentine's date.The impressive aspect of the food is that the technique meshes well with the complexity and novelty of the ingredients, which is to say that more complicated concoctions like the cauliflower and celery root soup get the rigorous treatment they require, while on more reliable crowd-pleasers like the leg of lamb over couscous, they source excellent ingredients and then get out of the way, letting the ingredients do the work. The result is that every dish is a home run. And while I'm not sure which items I'll reorder and which I'll forgo so I can explore more of the menu--attractive options abound--I intend to be back again and again. More...
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. More...
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.
Had my birthday dinner with 10 guests (including myself). It was great, they were flexible with seating. Food was delicious! Service was ok (the waiter kept taking out plates before we were done felt rushed). With drinks, shared desert and family style apps and main dishes (and the b-day girl not chipping in!) each person ended up only spending 30 bucks (including tip). Great place. Plan on coming back soon. More...
First experience with this type of food and it knocked my socks off!! Delicious. Tried several items and they were all top notch! I'll be back and I hope you give this hip little spot a try next time your in bay view or SF. We ordered our food to go which the yelp apps shows they don't offer this services but they do which was perfect for a night in. More...
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. More...
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! More...
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. More...
This is a hidden gem. Not in the best area, but once you walk in you are tested to some amazing, unique food. We had a sampler, an d there was not one dish u would not recommend. Do it!
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!) More...
This was my first time trying African food. I had the 5-course seasonal tasting menu, and very much enjoyed it. My favorite was the crostini with smoked trout dip. The chef is very kind and came to visit the diners at the end. Our waiter was very friendly and brought out all our courses in a timely manner. It's too bad this place is in Bayview... but the restaurant itself is really very nice and the food is tasty, so I would definitely recommend giving it a try if you're ever in the area! More...
AMAZING! My boyfriend and I came on a Thursday night because mom had sent me a groupon for a five course meal for two. My boyfriend was a little iffy on coming because of the neighborhood but whatever he got over it lol. The restaurant itself is pretty modern looking and there was only one waiter and one cook. We told him our groupon was expired but he reassured us that it will still be honored which was nice. As soon as we sat down the food kept coming out! It was nice but strange to us that after every course we were given new plates and utensils. We both had a hibiscus lemonade that was delicious, more hibiscus than lemonade. Our first course was two soups, celery root cauliflower, and a chicken with pomegranate. Both were really good, esp the pomegranate one, who would've guessed that pomegranate in chicken soup would be the perfect combination. Next we had prawns with green beans and smoked trout bacala with red cabbage, apples, and bread. Both were good, the bacala was kind of like a warm tuna salad. Our third course was mushroom crostinis and beets with fennel, mandarin oranges, and arugula. The mushroom crostinis were soooooo good! I'm not big on beets so I just ate the arugula, but the citrus was a nice touch to the salad. Our main course came with grilled leg of lamb with cous cous, salmon with quinoa, and butternut squash with Swiss chard. The lamb was seriously the best I've ever had in my entire life! I personally dislike lamb and would never order it but this lamb was so tasty and just melted in my mouth! I thought it was a filet mignon it was so tender and did not have they gamey taste AT ALL! For dessert we had honey roasted pears with mixed berries, chocolate, and citron cream. Amazing amazing amazing everything we had was amazing! We thought we'd still be hungry after but we indeed left full and satisfied. Excellent service and excellent food. Everything was made with super fresh ingredients and we felt like we ate a lot but didn't feel bad because of how healthy it was. If money wasn't an issue we would eat here everyday. No joke. More...
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. More...
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. More...
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.
One of my best surprise in 5 years of organizing dinner for my group of french women. We were 16 and it went all perfect ! - Reservation : the Chef Eskender Aseged was very helpful to help me organize this event perfectly.- Restaurant : We had lots of space for ourself, plenty of time, not to noisy, only 2 more tables were busy, this restaurant will one day win more popularity, go for it now ! The restaurant is well organized and classy, so different that what's going on on the sidewalks in this part of the city... Seriously, I took some risks to bring 16 women in Bayview, but I have no regret, this restaurant worth it.- Menu : We had the Testing menu for a reasonable price as we were 16, it's done with seasonal and organic vegetables, delicious shrimps, lamb and fish, a well balance desert for evenings, my favorite is dungeness crab baccala. The chief himself came to our table to meet us. He has a book of his cooking. I simply loved the experience !Excuse my typo, I'm french More...
Great dinner. Wonderful lamb, medium rare, just perfect. Couscous with tomato and cherry(?) and grape/young raisins. Dessert was so tasty, honey glazed pears and dark chocolate, clotted cream(? ) and berries. I regret I split dessert, next time I will have one of my own. Appetizer included savory shrimp dish and mushroom crostini. Parking was easy and close, but this is Tuesday. Nice chef, came out of kitchen to wave good-bye. Pleasant wait staff. More...
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. More...
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. More...
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. More...
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. More...
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. More...
This was an amazing experience, with absolutely delicious food, wonderful service, gorgeous space, and we cannot come up with a reason as to why it wasn't packed. The appetizers are just delightful, and the only problem is that we didn't have more people with us...and the lamb. Oh....pause and savor, as this was the most delicious lamb EVER. One of us got the vegetarian samosa, and she could not stop raving about how good it was. The wine selection is not large, but the choices are perfect, and we enjoyed a Chenin Blanc from South Africa that was just delish. A real find and we will be back. They do catering, as well (that's how we found out about this place...through a catered lunch).Just a memorable meal. More...
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.
A hidden gem in one of the lesser frequented parts of town. Empty on a Friday night, bad for the business owner but good for me. Friendly and attentive service. The food was spot on and reasonably priced. The highlight for me was definitely the lamb, the fish, and the mushroom crostini. Bonus: they have a groupon deal 60 bucks for 5 course tasting menu for two people. More...
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. More...
I rarely post a review, but for Radio Africa, they truly deserved this and most of all, it's really worth sharing this experience for other 'foodies' to explore this hidden gem. We got here out of a friend's gift certificate from Travel Zoo. We were so impressed with the quality of service and the flavors and selection of the chef's tasting menu. I cannot remember anything that we didn't like . It was a great dining experience we never expected! More...
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. More...
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 More...
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! More...
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. More...
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! More...
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. More...
Great service, great food with unique flavors, a chance to check out Bayview, all with a live classical guitarist serenading you - I've alwayTHE COST: $100 for a 4-person chef's tasting (TravelZoo deal). We had a 5th join us for dinner & they got added on for only $36 (normally $50) - there isn't really an option for one person to order things a la carte though. With drinks (at least 6 or 7), tax, & tip, the TOTAL came out to be about $250. A great deal!THE SERVICE: Although they lost my online reservation, we still got a table for 5 at 7:30pm on a Friday. When our two tasting menu entree plates came out, which should have the same thing, I noticed that one of them didn't have the little eggplant sandwich that should come with the lamb. I asked about that & the server immediately said she'd take care of it. The chef came out himself & served us a HUGE additional free platter of food, which was very awesome & unexpected of them!Our free platter: yelp.com/biz_photos/radi…MUST-HAVES: Appetizers: White corn soup, Sauteed prawns. Entrees: Grilled leg of lamb, Black lentil samosa.APPETIZERS (we got to sample all of them)* White corn & leek soup w/ green garlic ($7) - 4 starspic: yelp.com/biz_photos/radi…Subtly sweet, grainy thick texture, really nice!* Satueed prawns w/ okra, green beans & spice almonds ($9) - 4 starspic: yelp.com/biz_photos/radi…The prawns were super crunchy & fresh. The green peans had a good crisp, the okra seemed a little older though. The almonds added a good crunch.* Smoked trout & Dungeness crab w/ grilled jicama & pri pri ($9) - 3 starspic: yelp.com/biz_photos/radi…Having trout & crab together in a little savory cake form was interesting & worth trying, but not worth going out of your way to get. The jicama was definitely not grilled - just raw with some cilantro (it was tasty! Just not as advertised). Mushroom crostini + Heirloom tomato salad: yelp.com/biz_photos/radi…* Mushroom crostini w/ sugar snap peas & parmesan cheese ($8) - 3.5 starsA good filling & heavier app, crostini with a thick heavy topping. I don't remember there being sugar snap peas.* Heirloom tomato salad w/ arugula, sumac ricotta & cucumber vinaigrette ($9) - 3.5 starsTomatoes were very delicious & very fresh. Overall a very simple salad with few but quality ingredients that worked well together. I couldn't really taste the vinaigrette. Could use some sharper flavors. The ricotta could have been broken up into smaller chunks, & the tomato cut into smaller chunks (they were quartered).* Edamame hummus w/ chestnut tahini ($7) - I don't think we got this!MAIN (we got samplers of three of these)* Wild barramundi w/ pistachios & saffroned spinach ($17) - 3 starspic: yelp.com/biz_photos/radi…I found the texture of the fish to be a little too overcooked/hard. The spinach was cooked soft. All of this was a little lacking in flavor.* Grilled leg of lamb w/ Summer squash, eggplant & garbanzo bean ($16) - 4 starspic: yelp.com/biz_photos/radi…Very nice, & great flavor (some sort of pesto-like sauce on the lamb). The lamb was cooked a little hard to my liking, but that's just me being picky. The eggplant didn't have much flavor.* Black lentil samosa w/ goat cheese, shiso & red cabbage salad ($12) - 4.5 starspic: yelp.com/biz_photos/radi…The surprising favorite of the night! A soft taco shell with a black lentil filling. Very unique, interesting, & great textures/flavors inside. The red cabbage salad on the outside wasn't super memorable.DESSERT* Roasted lavendar honey apricots w/ blueberries, strawberries, dates & citron cream ($7) - 3.5 starspic: yelp.com/biz_photos/radi…Looks very delicious & promising. This was pretty good & felt pretty healthy for a dessert. The cream was dense yet light, & had a subtle sweetness to it. It also had a layer of dark, intense melted chocolate! But this was mostly a plate of mixed fruits & didn't satisfy my sweet tooth quite as much as I'd hoped. Menu: yelp.com/biz_photos/radi… More...
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. More...
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. More...
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. More...
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. More...
We bought a 5 course tasting menu deal on the internet. What a gem. This is a foodies dream come true. This is really more than 5 courses. The first is a soup, 2nd and 3rd are from the starters section of menu and include most everything on the list. The 4th course is a sampling of 4 different mains. And then a dessert. Each dish had a wonderful blend of flavors ...chef is from Ethiopa ...read about him on the internet. Gourmet African food! More...
This is a fantastic restaurant, I've been there on a few occasions. 3rd street doesn't offer many restaurants of this quality and I'm grateful for their success. It is well worth the trip to come check them out. More...
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Fantastic little joint! Menu was nice and simple. Some of the choices were even 'Paleo' for the grain conscience diner. I think the menu changes weekly but I would definitely give this place another visit.
The food and customer service was excellent. I will come back.
The food is creative and delicious! The service is amazing!
Went here with a friend to try their tasting menu. First time at this restaurant and it was a thoroughly wonderful experience. The female wait staff was very pleasant and the owner/cook(?) was hard at work in the kitchen. The restaurant is beautiful, kitchen area is open and nicely designed, great place to sit and spend time with friends over a meal, not loud so you can actually have nice conversations - good overall ambience. The food is fantastic. Had the best corn/garlic soup I've ever tasted and all the appetizers were nicely done with good flavors, appeared carefully prepared. Portion sizes were generous and the food quality looked very good. The last dish was dessert and was so good - soft chocolate cake with some fresh fruit, dates, and some poached(?) apricots that were absolutely delicious. I came here on a groupon but would gladly patronize this place and try their other dishes another time. This is one of the few places that I've tried on groupon that I can say would be worth return trips without the deal. More...
All I can say is WOW, what a good find in the Bayview!!! We came here with a Travelzoo deal and boy was it worth it. The deal was for a 5-course meal and with that came so many amazing flavors, fresh herbs and veggies, and well-cooked meets. I can't even recall anything bad that we ate. Every dish came with freshness and just enough flavor. I don't think you can go wrong with either choosing your own dishes or going with the chef's picks.The service was also impressive. I would come back here with or without an on-line deal and I often recommend this place to my friends either visiting the Bay Area or who are locals. Looking forward to going back for more goodness! More...
Wow! Soooooo goooood!!!! Shared the lamb and the jambalaya. We were stuffed and had leftovers. Service was friendly. Great space. Looking forward to trying other items on the menu. Yummmmm! More...
Got a groupon for this place and nit was totally worth it, didn'nt know what ro expect ut the food was just amazing.
Funky aesthetic but top notch food, refined & SMART. Neighborhood may challenge some folks but the prices are lower for comparable food due to location. Really swell!
We had a tasting menu and EVERY. SINGLE. DISH. WAS. INCREDIBLE. We were really impressed, and plus the service was wonderful! The chef was so nice; we said thanks afterwards and he said he was sorry he couldn't stop by our table since he ended up being quite busy, but we were touched he thought of it! We are definitely coming back! More...
Bayview is up and coming and Radio Africa is leading the pack. Amazing food for an incredibly good price.
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We recently had a lovely experience here. We stopped in early in the evening, having wandered by during a foray to the Bayview to check out the 3rd on Third programming. Because we had our two children in tow, and the place looked pretty classy (i.e. not a kid place), I had my doubts about whether it was the right spot for us, but it smelled delightful, we were hungry, and the host was friendly, so we asked for a table. My doubts were well-founded: our kids freaked out. There was spilled hibiscus juice on the white tablecloth and at least one temper tantrum. But despite the trouble, it was well worth the trip. The food was incredibly good. Fresh and unexpected flavors, and excellent, friendly, accommodating (considering) service. I enjoyed the red-lentil samosa appetizer, while the kids were all about the edamame hummus. We ordered two appetizers, two main meals, and several drinks (to help mama and daddy get through the evening...). Small but very serviceable wine list that paired so well with the fresh aesthetic of the food. My husband commented that the green beans, lightly braised with a hint of lemon juice and coconut ( ) oil were the best he'd ever had. And he's not usually a big fan of anything green, so that's saying quite a bit. One of the dishes we ordered included prawns and they were cooked like the beans...simply and perfectly. We'll definitely go back without children. The interior also deserves some mention. It's lovely. There's a beautiful open kitchen, walls of windows, one or two striking photographs, and the centerpiece of each table is a low wooden vessel full of colorful, seasonal fruits and vegetables. My sons were thrilled to be able to eat from the centerpiece, and even more thrilled when they tried the delicate miniature Saturn peaches, which were so sweet and fine. More...
Afri-Cali cuisine.I heard about this place and how good it was, but didn't try it until a friend took me. Service was awesome and the food was even better. Quick note: we went on a weekday (Thursday) to avoid the crowds. Fresh food and fish with a lot of care and design on how it is presented. Can't wait to go back because the menu changes frequently. More...
We had a tasting menu and EVERY. SINGLE. DISH. WAS. INCREDIBLE. We were really impressed, and plus the service was wonderful! The chef was so nice; we said thanks afterwards and he said he was sorry he couldn't stop by our table since he ended up being quite busy, but we were touched he thought of it! We are definitely coming back! More...
The epitome of modern California cuisine: fresh, flavorful and fusion-y. This is easily one of the top 3 meals I've ever had in the state. My friend and I (both newly non-meat-eating and obsessed with spices) were blown away by the incredible dishes, lovingly prepared with influences from all over the world (but mainly Africa). We got:Cauliflower soup with fenugreek and lomi omani: Hearty and delicious soup punctuated with the sweet, heavy, pungent aroma of fenugreekMushroom and gomen crostini with parmesan cheese and parsley: A great appetizer to whet the palate. Expect crunch, crunch and more crunch (also cheese)Jerusalem artichokes with beluga lentils, spinach and goat cheese: Despite the presence of goat cheese, this dish felt so light and healthy. The artichokes had a perfect crisp and it was nice to see them prepared in something other than lemonRoasted eggplant with rutabaga, rainbow chard and ricotta cheese: A beautiful, colorful dish matched by beautiful, colorful flavorsHoney poached pears, chocolates, dates and hibiscus: Our dessert for the night, and the perfect light, airy, natural touch to our mealThe decor is natural and minimal with a touch of industrial, and there's plenty of seating to accommodate any kind of party. Service was fantastic--really friendly and homey. Despite the out-of-the-way location, this restaurant is a must-return if I ever trek back to the Bay Area. More...
What a shame people don't know to drive down 3rd Street into Bayview to eat at Radio Africa & Kitchen. This is one of the city's gems, and the neighborhood isn't eve that scary any more. The chef, Eskander, escaped assassination in Ethiopia, made it to the US, and trained with Joyce Goldstein at Square One and David Humm at Campton Place. Then he takes his big time chops and adds Ethopian spices and sensibilities. It doesn't really get much better for one of the best meals in the city at a very affordable price.We got the meze sampler, which was wonderful, and then divided four entrees up between the four of us. Great! The menu changes very often so no point in going over our dinner in detail except to say, come eat here. You will be ver comfortable and very happy. More...
What a deal! while every new place near our home in the Mission District is more expensive than the last, Radio Africa is a steal. Four of us had a bottle of wine, appetizers, great entrees and shared two desserts for $101! The wine was a particularly good value.The setting is very nice, the live musician adds a great touch and the server (are those eyelashes real?!) was friendly, offered great advice, and seemed to sense every time we had a question or needed something, without hovering. I had the chicken & prawn jambalaya, which was my favorite of the 3 entrees I sampled, though everyone in the group raved about their own meal. There were two appealing vegetarian options and all the meals were very substantial. Definitely recommend it! More...
Loved it, we had an amazon local coupon for a five course tasting menu here. What a fantastic deal, we were able to try the full menu at a reasonable price. And what delicious cuisine, not your standard Ethiopian fan fare; but no one could complain! More...
This place is only open for dinner so this was our first time. We brought our kids with us as they are on spring break and we had made plans late. The live jazz was nice and it was special for our kids to experience. The wait staff were very friendly and treated our party of five (3 kids) well, not something you get in many bougie places in the City.We really loved the food. They made the jambalaya non-spicy and everyone loved the flank steak even though it was rare, not how they usually like it. It was seasoned wonderfully and was very memorable. Everything was very tasty and beautiful presented and they kept our waters topped off so I would say that they were very attentive. The place was not too busy, I'd say about 75% capacity. The one area for improvement, and I say this constructively because I want them to be successful and will be back soon, is that a more experienced hostess would have greeted and seated us sooner making this a perfect dinner out. However, as I said we will definitely be back and look forward to tasting their seasonal menu as it develops overtime. It was not too expensive as others have suggested, I feel that it was well worth the money and trip back to the Bayview after work. More...
This was definitely a treat! Very refreshing food and so full of flavor! My friend and I had the tasting menu for 2 voucher from TravelZoo and they give you such a variety and so much food its awesome! I love the Ethiopian spice gives some of the dishes a little kick that fades quick and doesn't linger. The neighborhood is Bayview and a little scary at night. This restaurant is a little gem. I really enjoyed the experience! More...
My husband and I enjoyed the tasting menu, which is comprised of each of the appetizers, and a sampling of all of the entrees, along with desert. We live in the neighborhood and are delighted that Radio Africa & Kitchen is nearby. Our wait staff was friendly and relaxed and each sampling platter was brought to our table in a timely manner. That evening, a Thursday night, Radio Africa hosted a live, jazz duo which added to the modern, yet casual ambiance. All of the food was prepared well, was very tasty and was delicately prepared. The only thing missing was Ethiopian flat bread, which has a unique and distinctive taste that I love. Otherwise, a very nice restaurant that we plan to revisit. More...
Really nice place, good food, neat ambience, very friendly. A real find.
I was really blown away by how good our experience was at Radio Africa. We bought the 5 course tasting menu groupon which turned out to be about 10 courses. Our initial greet time lagged greatly, but once the staff made it over, everything was fine from there on out. The roasted chestnut and edamame hummus was awesome, the soup was interesting, a little bitter but oddly craveable; the shrimp was average; the smoked trout crab dish was delectable; The lamb with harissa couscous was the table favorite but the lentils samosas were a close 2nd. Ended with a fruit crisp- light on crisp but heavy on fruit so who can complain. The guitar player didn't take a break once which kept the vibe flowing. Neighborhood is not great but that will not deter us from heading back. More...
The only downfall is the neighborhood is very scary af night. The food is fresh and amazing!
I came here for a business event and had a great time. The interior is very nice and it's a great setting for a date. The food is AMAZING! !! I love Ethiopian food and the dishes here have an interesting twist and added flare that you won't find at other Ethiopian restaurants in the city. I'll definitely be coming back. More...
I've been twice now. Once for a birthday and again for the Chef'sTable table. The food is so good. I highly recommend.
We had the 5-course tasting menu, it was great! A good variety of food, and it filled us up,
First time actually eating here. Food well prepared and seasoned well. Menu varitey suggest vegetarian mostly, but there are some meat dishes. I had the beef dish with spinach and sweet potatoes. Excellent, not spicy and meat was very tender. More than enough to keep you full. Dessert menu was awesome, althought did not order, too full!! Great neighborhood find, parking is limited mostly on the street. But accessible by the "T" streetcar. Stops right in front. Since I am familiar with the area, I would recommend to local San Franciscans and anyone in the neighborhood to support local entrepenurs. Not pricey. Affordable as well. Wine list is varied as well. Give it a try! More...
Service, food service and selection, minimalist zen like atmosphere (not in the Japanese style, just peaceful!) Each time I've gotten the tasting menu for two and been over the moon with delight. Note that the neighborhood is the Bayview, so prepare yourself for that by not leaving anything valuable in your car. Once inside, it's an oasis in the 'hood. More...
This place is delicious! My kind of food. My company hosted an event here the other night and I had no expectations. I'd actually never eaten Etheopean or Morroccon food and had no idea what I was missing. As a pescatarian who loves spicy food this is right up my alley.Unfortunately it is in a bit of a sketchy area but the place has so much character and the Chef has heart. I will definitely be returning. Yummy! More...
Basically, I would recommend this place. Good food, ambience and staff.
I had been meaning to check this place out after having read about its prior incarnation as a pop up restaurant. I arrived for my reservation and found the place was obviously overwhelmed by the deluge of people who had come for Valentine's day. The waitress who seated us apologized in advance after telling us the kitchen was way backed up. Despite this, the food seemed to come out at a welcome pace, allowing us to fully enjoy the tasting menu. The chef even came out to welcome customers and help the staff with turning over tables. I highly recommend this place. More...
I had the roasted lamb w/ couscous and kale. TONS of meat! Very tasty... get it.
Beautiful food presentation and wonderful ingredients.
We were thoroughly pleased from start to finish. We chose the tasting dinner!
We loved our tasting menu and the service was great. The service was attentive and our server explained things carefully and kindly.
Thank you, for your wonderful food and good presentation. I enjoyed the mouth watering lamb dish. I loved the spices and the healthy food served. Wonderful flavors and spices. I will see you again soon. My dinner party had a meeting and were able to here each other well over wonderful food and deserts. More...
This was perhaps the tenth time I've eatien here: the food is always amazingly interesting and wonderful. The service was attentive (not only the servers: the owner/chef came out to the tables to make sure the diners were enjoying their meals). The restaurant itself is great and the only downside to Radio Africa is the neighborhood. But, clearly, that is not enough to deter me: I really enjoy this place. More...
The ambience was great, our waitress was very friendly and attentive and explained each dish as they came out. The food was presetned well and tasted great. Would definitely recommend it!