6125 Saint Clair Ave Cleveland OH 44103-1627 United States 

Reservations 216.391.9400 

Starting on Friday 6/5/20 -6/15/20 we are open for

Take Out and Carry Out ONLY

OPEN : Tues-Thu – 5:00-9:00 pm / Fri-Sat – 5:00-9:00 pm

Closed – Sunday and Monday

Free Parking 

Reservations strongly recommended, especially on weekends.

Make your reservation online or by calling us at 216.391.9400

If you would like to reserve for more than six people or have any difficulty with the online reservation system please call us directly. 

One check for groups of six or more

Cash only for MeetUp Groups

Setting charge (with no food order)  $5 per person

Extra serving of injera $2 

Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant Menu

  • Starters

  • Sambusa

    • Four (4) pastries $6.00

    4 crisp pastry triangles filled with choice of lentils or beef, includes a spicy dipping sauce

  • Ambasha

    • Ayib $7.00
    • Collard greens $6.00

    Traditional home-made skillet-baked bread served with your choice of  Home made cottage cheese, spiced (Ayib) or Collard greens 

  • Appetizer Combo

    • Two lentil and two beef $13.50

    Two lentil sambusas, two beef sambusas, Ayib, Gomen and ambasha bread, a flavorful treat. Sepcify if vegan or vegetarian.

  • Shorba (soup)

    • Cup $4.00
    • Bowl $7.00

    Homemade lentil and onion soup served with ambasha on the side. Gluten Free (without ambasha) and Vegan.

  • Foule

    • Mild $10.00

    Hearty broad bean dish spiced and garnished with fresh diced tomatoes green peppers and onions. Served with ambasha bread. Choice of olive oil or butter. Mild

  • Kai’sir (beets with potatoes)

    • One serving $6.00

    Cold salad of beets, potatoes, onions, fresh lemon, olive oil, house special vinaigrette.

  • House Salata

    • With vinaigrette dressing $7.00
    • With chicken or beef $12.00

    Spring mix garden salad with house vinaigrette dressing. With chicken or beef extra.

  • Timatim Salata

    • Bowl $8.00

    Fresh red tomatoes mixed with chopped onions, laced with jalapenos and house vinaigrette dressing. Vegan, Gluten Free.

  • Yetesenega Karya

    • Each $4.00

    Seasonal hot pepper split and stuffed with jalapeños, tomatoes and onions, hot pepper and spice sauce–peppers with peppers with peppers! Vegan, Gluten Free.

  • Avocado Salata

    • Bowl $10.00

    Avocado salad with tomatoes, jalapeños and onions. Vegan, Gluten Free.

  • Buticha

    • Combo $10.00

    Chick pea pâté with onions, jalapeño, garlic, and olive oil. Vegan, Gluten Free.

  • Che-chebsa

    • One serving $10.00

    Kita (thin bread) with berberé, flavored with spiced butter or olive                                                              

  • Combination Entrees

  • Vegetable Combination

    • Combo $15.00

    Combination of five vegetable dishes: kik (yellow split pea), misir (lentils), gomen (collards), tikil gomen,(cabbage), and kai’sir (beets & potatoes). Vegan, Gluten Free

  • Double Meat Combination

    • Combo $17.00

    Combination of two meat stews: Dorowat (chicken) and segawa (beef).

  • Meat and Veggie Combo

    • Combo $20.00

    Combination of two meat dishes –  dorowat and sega tibs – and three vegetables: kik-alicha, misir, and tikil gomen.

  • Vegan Entrees

    Includes injera and one side dish. Choose either misir, kik-alicha, tikil gomen, gomen, kai'sir or buticha

    Add side salad with house dressing  $4.00

  • Misir

    • Medium $ $14

    Red split lentils cooked in berberé sauce and fine herbs, and blended with chopped onions. Medium.

  • Tikil Gomen

    • Mild $$13

     Lightly spiced Ethiopian-style cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. Mild

  • Shiro

    • Medium $$16

    Mixed legumes prepared with ginger root, rue seed, bishop’s weed, and garlic cooked with berberé sauce. Medium-Spicy

  • Kik-alicha

    • Mild $$13

    Yellow split peas flavored with turmeric, green peppers, and various spices. Mild 

  • Gomen

    • Mild $10.50

    Chopped collard greens cooked with onions, garlic, ginger, lightly laced with jalapeños.Mild.

  • Timatim Fit-fit

    • Medium hot $$13

    Chopped tomatoes, jalapeno, lemon, Awaze sauce, olive oil, onion, and  pieces of injera. Mild or Spicy.

  • Meat Entrees

    Includes injera and your choice of either misir, kik-alicha, tikil gomen, gomen, kai'sir, or buticha

    Side salad with house dressing available for $4


  • Segawat

    • Spicy $$17.50

    Tender beef cubes, stewed with berbere sauce and flavored with onions, garlic, and ginger root. Spicy.

  • Fer-fer

    • Medium $$14

    Pieces of injera deliciously drowned in segawat (berberé beef wat) Medium. Please specify if gluten free or vegan, both options are available.

  • Bozena shiro

    • Medium $$17.50

    Mixed legumes with beef prepared with ginger root, rue seed, bishop’s weed, and  garlic cooked with berbere sauce. Medium

  • Dorowat (chicken) — house special

    • Spicy $$20

    Premier Ethiopian ceremonial dish fancy-cooked homestyle. A piece of chicken breast and drumstick marinated in lemon, sautéed in spiced butter, stewed in berbere sauce with onion, garlic, ginger root, and served with hard boiled egg, homemade cottage cheese, and collard greens. Spicy

  • Sega Tibs

    • Specify spicy, med or mild $$16

    Lean beef cubes sautéed in spiced butter, green peppers, onion, and rosemary. Specify spicy, medium or mild

  • Chicken Tibs

    • Specify hot or mild $16.00

    Cubes of chicken breast sautéed in spiced butter, green peppers, onions and rosemary. Specify spicy, medium, or mild.

  • Shrimp Tibs

    • Specify spicy, med or mild $$21

    Shrimp sautéed in spiced butter, green peppers, onions and rosemary. Specify spicy, medium, or mild

  • If You Dare

  • Kitfo

    • Specify: raw, slightly cooked, hot, med, mild $$20

    Ethiopian favorite, raw or slightly cooked diced lean beef spiced mitmita, cororima, and spiced Ethiopian butter, served with homemade cottage cheese on the side.

  • Gored-gored

    • Specify: raw, slightly cooked, hot, med, mild $$20

    Cubes of raw or slightly cooked lean beef spiced with mitmita, cororema, and spiced Ethiopian butter served with homemade cottage cheese on the side.

    Note: Specify: raw (teré)* or slightly cooked (leb-leb)*, and hot or mild

     Raw beef may be dangerous to your health.

  • Taytu Special Tibs Dinners

    Served with yetesegena karya (hot stuffed pepper)

  • Sega Tibs Dinner (beef)

    • Specify hot or mild. $$25

    Choice cubes of lean beef sautéed with homemade spiced Ethiopian butter or oil, tomatoes, onions, peppers, rosemary. Served sizzling in a clay charcoal-heated shekla. Served with a stuffed jalapeño on the side–substitutable for kai'sir, or tikil gomen. Please specify spicy, medium or mild.

  • Yebeg Tibs Dinner (lamb)

    • Specify hot or mild. $$28

    Choice cubes of lean lamb imported from Australia, sautéed with homemade spiced Ethiopian butter, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and rosemary. Served sizzling in a clay charcoal-heated shekla. Specify spicy, medium, or mild.

  • Inguday Tibs Dinner

    • Specify hot or mild $15.00

    Mushrooms sautéed with spiced butter, onions, garlic, ginger and berbere, served steaming in clay charcoal grill. Note: choice of butter or olive oil  Specify hot or mild   

  • Desserts

  • Missionary’s Delight

    • One serving $$6

    Vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup or mango juice.

  • Peanut-Butter Injera with Organic Honey

    • One serving $6.50

    Taytu original: rolls of injera with peanut  butter and sugar inside

  • Taytu Cake

    • Cake and ice cream $$7

    Homemade cupcake served warm with ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. Ask about cupcake flavors of the week.

  • Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

  • Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

    • For 1 or 2 $14.00
    • For each additional person $3.00

    Special after-dinner treat, a traditional, leisurely ceremony starting with the roasting of green coffee Ethiopian beans in the kitchen, the smoking pan of aromatic beans brought to your table. The coffee is served from a jebena (clay pot), poured into small traditional coffe cups, with incense burning on the side. Served with ambasha bread. (Decaf available).


    Historical note: coffee originated in the Ethiopian province known as Keffa where it grows wild.

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