Enter Makeda and you leave the world of the same-old, same-old behind.” (Asbury Park Press) Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant is located in the Theater District of New Brunswick, and has been adding “Culinary drama to New Brunswick’s theater scene” since 1996.” (Star-Ledger)

Makeda has the distinction of being New Jersey’s first Ethiopian restaurant offering the very best in Ethiopian Cuisine in beautifully decorated, sleek contemporary surroundings. Designed by architect Francis " Ayo " Assaf, Makeda’s boasts a gallery for private events and two dining rooms in the main restaurant. One with colorful basket-weaved tables called Messobs where patrons sit on handsome rosewood stools, share a communal plate and dine in traditional Ethiopian fashion. Makeda’s second and more formal dining area features linen covered tables and upholstered chairs. Here, patrons dine from individual plates while bathed in the glow of candlelight.

Undoubtedly, the most important aspect of Makeda is its cuisine. Rated “Excellent” by the New York Times (May 6, 2001) and one of New Jersey's top ten excellent restaurants (New York Times December 2002) it is highly recommended “for those who are desperately seeking food that is unusually excellent, and more exotic than everything else your likely to find in New Jersey.” Rated excellent by the prestigious restaurant guide Zagat. Makeda’s food is “complex revealing layers of aromatic spices and herbs.” The compelling aroma of unfamiliar spices stimulates the appetite and prepares the adventurous patrons for exotic dishes. Makeda is truly a unique dinning adventure, a true Safari to Africa.

In addition to its outstanding food, Makeda offers live entertainment from 10.00pm Friday and Saturday nights which features some of the best African, Reggae, Salsa, R&B and Calypso bands in the area. A wall length window runs between the restaurant and the adjoining gallery. The window affords diners a picturesque view of imported African art on display. Makeda’s exceptional, striking decor also features standing light fixtures that mimic delicate trees as well as appointments over the bar and stage that evoke thoughts of thatched roof homes found in African Villages. Critics have been raving for years about the “Beauty of Makeda” and its resplendent atmosphere, which remains intimate in spite of dramatically high ceilings and parquet floors.

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