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Great Date Places: Cafe Colucci


I have to confess that I don’t know a whole lot about Ethiopian food, except that I like it.  My first Ethiopian dining experience was during a trip out to San Francisco in 2000.  My friend SM took me to a cozy little place in her neighborhood of Lower Haight.  What I remember was that it was cheap ($10 for both of us, not including tip and drinks), fun, and delicious.

Fast forward a few years.  I’m in the Bay Area again, but now I live here.  I’ve still only had Ethiopian food a handful of times, which accounts for my lame ordering.  I have no idea what anything is, so I typically order the veggie combination, a meat dish, and a glass of honey wine.

Last month, the boytoy and I had hot Saturday night date planned.  He had never eaten Ethiopian food before, so I was excited to share this experience with him.  Being the creature of habit that I am, we went to Cafe Colucci in Oakland, which is the better of the two Ethiopian restaurants at which I’ve dined. (I’m open to trying new places, people… so let me know where your favorite Ethiopian food is served!)

Honey Wine, on top of the glass table filled with various Ethiopian grains

Honey wine, on top of the glass table filled with various Ethiopian grains

Here are the reasons why I think Cafe Colucci is a great date place:
– Romantic, cozy atmosphere.  Good lighting.
– Eat with hands.  Could be messy but fun/relaxed.
– Sharing food.  Sharing IS caring.
– Exotic.  You can test how adventurous your date is, food-wise.  (Other testing should be performed elsewhere.)

The veggie and meat combinations

The veggie and meat combinations

Yummy rolls of spongy injera bread

Yummy rolls of spongy injera bread

Author: Jen

Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

4 thoughts on “Great Date Places: Cafe Colucci

  1. Injera bread. Mmmm.


  2. Injera bread is pretty magical, and so is honeywine. I haven’t been in ages, in fact I’ve only been a handful of times, but I was far more chicken then and bet I’d be much more brave now. I am pretty sure that it was The Blue Nile on Telegraph (no longer there).

  3. @SBJ: Funny, I was going to put in a sentence about how every other Ethiopian place was called “Blue Nile.” It’s about as original as Hunan Garden or Schezuan Palace.

  4. This place has great atmosphere. Get the Messer Wat (at least I think that’s what it’s called), or one of the combos.

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