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Gojo Little Africa Ethiopian Cafe

2838 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N4C6
Tel: (604) 708-5394
Fax: (604) 708-5394
Neighbourhood: East Side
  • Cuisine: Ethiopian
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Delivery
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Wifi
  • Hours: Mon: Closed, Tue - Fri: 4PM - 10PM, Sat - Sun: 12PM - 10PM
  • Serving the best Ethiopian meat and veggie dishes in the city as well as fresh, homemade dessert.
    Proudly serving authentic Ethiopian Coffee ceremony.

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love it
By gregzaid07 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 7:18am [Dine in]

i love this place, the owners are all so nice and polite with you. i love the food too, its goes along with the prices they have, i would definitely go again with my friends and family, its a social quite place for a quiet meal with your people, like it a lot

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Still thinking about the yummy food
By LK of Commercial Drive Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

A bunch of us went here about two weeks ago for a birthday get together - birthday boy's choice. I've eaten ethiopeian food before and liked it, but the food at Gojo was better tan any ethioepan I have had before. I ordered the ethopian tea and the owner made it nice and strong for me - red rose tea with ginger - superb! I think I'm addicted now! All te food we ordered was really good including fish, lentils, cabbage, chicken, beef and lamb dishes. The best (my favorite anyway) was a dish with spinach and beef called gomen be siga. I will be going back for that too.

The restaurant is small and a bit hard to see from the street. It's easy to miss. But the inside is cute with really interesting decor. The staff - owner and another server, were great. They answered all our questions (a few of our group had not had ethiopeian before so there were alot of questions) and the food came pretty fast even though we ordered alot.

I was really surprised at the good prices. There were six of us and we ordered a ton of food and drinks and the bill was still under $100 including a generous tip - I think it was $86 for the whole thing, actually.

Gojo is only two blocks from the Broadway skytrain station, located just past 12th on Commercial. I was surprised that the place wasn't busier on a Saturday night. Honestly, now that I've eaten there, I can't understand why the place didn't have a long lineup out the door with people waiting for a table. Great value and terrific food you will be remembering for a long time. That's all I can say.

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Yummy + Healthy (wheat free options)+ Friendly = Gojos
By aerynish of East Van (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

Gojo's is by far my favorite restaurant in the whole city. It is 2 blocks from the skytrain and b-line but still it seems to be the hidden gem. I would be surprised that they are still open after five years given how little store front or advertising they do, if it weren't for the great food, I swear the food must have some addictive property (maybe the love from the kitchen?) because I crave it. The ambiance is intimate but friendly and casual at the same time. The food is really good (especially the chicken and veggie platters) and njara is just fun to eat (you use your hands). Also, most of their dishes are gluten free and to top it all off, it is very reasonably priced and you get a real meal when you order one. See you there!

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treat
By magixr of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 1:09am [Dine in]

Traditional food served without cutlery, which i found adventuresome.
The ambiance created with the lovely music and decorations contributes well to a very enjoyable meal.
Have had a couple of meals there with my palette quite satisfied on both occasions.
We shared a vegetation brunch the first time and I had the beef Bifto ( i think ) for a late dinner and was quite pleased with the flavour of the dishes on both visits.

The server accommodated my milder taste in food and even provided cheese to help counter the spiciness.

For a unique dining experience, consider this friendly restaurant.

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Best Ethiopian In the City
By Pam_Dim of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch in the late afternoon. The lunch specials we're already done, but the server let my wife order a special anyways. The server was friendly, service was snappy, and they didn't hover around us asking us a million times if everything was okay (sometimes too much service can be quite annoying).
The food was incredible. Flavorful and fresh. I've had Ethiopian food on the drive before, and the service was horrible (not going to name names) and the food mediocre. But Gojo is by far the best! I will definately be going back :)

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Best Ethiopian food in Vancouver, fresh food with vibrant flavour!
By kwight of [email protected] (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

I love this restaurant. The owners are incredibly warm, and the food is well priced and simply delicious. The vegetarian platter is a colourful and flavourful sampling. The meat dishes are all appropriately spiced with lots of complex flavours. This is a social eating experience - highly recommended for friends, family or date night!

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Best Ethopian restaurant in the city!
By Gass of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Since our discovery of this restaurant, me and my wife have regularly visited the place and occasionally with friends who visited us from outside the town. The food has a great rich flavour and there are many great veggie choices as well as meat stews to go on top of the traditional bread. It has an unsual style of eating; the use of your hands, which is just great and enjoyable. If you want to drink mango juice, please pass-by and have a taste.

Food service is very fast, friendly and the ambiance is just great with beautiful paints of Ethopian cultures and traditions. It is a place that you can eat much and pay less because the price is very reasonable in comparison to the quality and quantity of the food you have.

I would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone who wants to have the best Ethopian food with great price.

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Our Favourite Restaurant in the City!
By Flowering Lotus of Commercial broadway (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

We live in the neighbourhood of this terrific little restaurant, with other really good restaurants in close proximity to this one. Of all the wonderful choices we have in the neighbourhood, this restaurant is BY FAR our favourite for both the outstanding food and for the excellent customer service. We regularly take friends and out of town guests to this restaurant, and everyone is always impressed.

For people who haven't tried Ethiopian food before, the cuisine is made up of rich and flavourful stews which are served on a large piece of bread, called injera, with extra rolls of this bread on the side that you start with. You just need to rip a piece of the bread and then scoop some of the stew with your hand. If you think you aren't used to eating with your hands, consider how you eat a sandwich or nachos!

Ethiopian food is very special, much like how Italian food has a special elevated quality to it. We have investigated this city thoroughly for good Ethiopian eats, and we keep coming back to Gojo Cafe because it is simply has the very best food and the prices are extremely reasonable.

Also, if you enjoy mango juice, you are in luck. Gojo Cafe serves it!

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Fantastic service, intensely flavoured food, overall a memorable experience
By Ranchero of east Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

Tonight was my first time having Ethiopian and I am a born lover. This awesome little restaurant has a friendly vibe and beautiful, comforting decor. Our server was very helpful in offering suggestions for the virgin in me.

We ordered a lamb, beef, and vegetarian dish and everything so was intensly flavoured. I am not a huge fan of lamb but after that dish tonight, can not wait until my next visit to stick my face in it and just inhale the juicy morsels in. The portions were perfect and between the three of us, had enough to bring home as a treat for lunch the next day.

This little place isn't hopping with business although, like a previous reviewer stated, it really ought to be. I highly recommend this restaurant to adventurous folks wanting to try something different, or for the veterans who are looking for a new Ethiopian hangout.

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Lovely little place!
By christieL of Port Coquitlam (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

Am a repeat customer and come here whenever am wanting Ethiopian food in Vancouver. Everyone here is super friendly and comes to check up on you regularly. It's a lovely little place that is never too busy (but should be!)

The food tastes great and they make their own injera fresh (bread). Good selection and options, for sure. Their portions are always more than enough - two people can share a "one serving" and be stuffed AND split the cost which makes the value of their food amazing.

Not the easiest place to spot on commercial, but it definitely is a gem.

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