Emanu East African Restaurant Cincinnati is well-known for its embodiment of a simple concept: take the family kitchen and open it to the public. We hope you enjoy our food and dining experience as much as we enjoy serving you.

About the Owners

Emanu, the restaurant’s namesake, was born in the countryside of Eritrea. Emanu learned to cook in school when she was 18 years old and has loved cooking ever since. She and her husband, Yhdego, moved to the U.S. in 1992. She never dreamed of opening her own restaurant, but while working at a Middle Eastern Restaurant in Pleasant Ridge, an opportunity came up for her to take over. After thinking about it for a couple months, she decided to give it a try. The name changed to East African Restaurant in 2001 and Emanu became the Chef. For the next six years, East African Restaurant developed a following of customers who love Emanu’s cooking and warm, friendly service. She is co-owner of the restaurant along with Yhdego Beyene and Samuel Yhdego.

Ethiopian Dining Experience

Dining in Ethiopia is characterized by the ritual of breaking "injera" and sharing food on a common plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty and friendship. Injera is a flat bread made of teff, a fine grain unique to Ethiopia. The traditional way of eating is with your hands. Injera is placed on a common plate and topped with a variety of meat and vegetable dishes. A small portion of injera is torn off and wrapped around a mouthful of the selected dish.

Savor the taste of East Africa at Emanu — located in the heart of the Pleasant Ridge business district at the corner of Losantiville Avenue and Montgomery Road.


6063 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45213