Alem Ethiopian Village

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

4.3 / 6 votes

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Ethiopian food

Restaurant, Bar

A wonderful restaurant that serves traditional Ethiopian food. Forget the utensils, as Alem encourages patrons to dine in the traditional Ethiopian manner, using your hands. You use injera, a pancake like sourdough flat bread, to scoop up your food.

All vegetarian dishes, including: lentils, split peas, collard greens, potatoes, chick peas, potatoes, cabbage, and more, are vegan as well. Note that some of the wines contain honey, but the homemade Ethiopian tea does not. The staff is familiar with what vegan means and even has a "vegan-friendly food" sign in the window.

Alem features a full bar and is completely smoke-free. They have a few traditional Ethiopian low-standing basket-type tables but the dining room is mostly "regular" tables, which are covered with Ethiopian rugs and decorations.

Price ranges from $5.50-$8.50 for lunch and $5.50-$12.00 for dinner. They offer a small vegetarian combo platter including about 4-5 items, and a large vegetarian platter that features all 8 vegetarian items on the menu.

Added by Felisha.Anne on Sep 20 08 (last updated Dec 27 08)

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My husband and I had the vegan sampler (can't remember it's exact name, but it was vegan) and it was absolutely delightful. It's fun to figure out how to eat with the special sour dough flavored pancake abundantly served with it. Good news for people who need gluten free items, the bread/ pancake is gluten free! We couldn't finish it all, but we tried really hard. Highly recommended, we'll be there again soon!

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I went to Alem Ethiopian Village for dinner last night, and I have to say I thought it was quite good. My girlfriend and I got the vegetarian combo platter for 2, just to try a bunch of different things at once. I thought having such a combo on the menu was a great idea, as many people (including myself) aren't extremely familiar with Ethiopian food. Everything was delicious and very flavorful. Though I loved the chance to try many different items at one time, my favorite (as well as my girlfriend's) was the Yemiser Wot. When I return, I will probably just order this entree for my meal.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant to any vegan who is in the area, as the vegan options are many (they even mention this right on the front page of their web site), the prices are more than reasonable, and the food is delicious.

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#15 bus to Water Street, walk east a few blocks.


Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • MasterCard Visa


  • Ethiopian/Eritrean


  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Quiet


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11:30am - 9pm
11:30am - 10pm
4pm - 9pm

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