Blue Nile

4.7
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247 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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Eritrean

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Good Vegetarian Options
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The Blue Nile is a family run Eritrean - Italian café and restaurant, harking back to Eritrea’s colonial history.
Our menu has a mix of Italian and Eritrean classics, from Italian coffees, pasta and ice-creams to Eritrean ‘kemem’ tea (tea infused with cloves, cinnamon, star anise and ginger), warm ‘ful’, meat stews infused with cardamom and cinnamon and cooked in ‘tesmi’, a warm and comforting spiced butter and our delicious home made sweet cardamom flavoured bread called ‘himbasha’.
A lot of our recipes are gluten .
What 247 people are saying
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Bettina
London
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Blue Nile is a gem in the heart of Woolwich. The food is outstanding only to be outmatched by the fantastic service.

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SamiT
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the meat and vegetable bebiaynetu. The vegetarian dishes were really good. They made a special effort to make my mum's birthday meal a good one, with dessert and candles at the end. Very affordable, nice vibe and good customer service. Sad they had run out of tiramisu early on a Saturday night but otherwise everything was great. Woolwich might seem far but it's right next to the station and you can park at the big Tesco next door so it's worth coming to.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food for a great price. The service was wonderful, the couple running the restaurant are warm and generous. It was our second time and we will be back again!

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Blair
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Delicious food, great service always with a smile.

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vipKarinaS
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasure to visit, as always. Outstanding food and atmosphere. If you still haven’t been, you are missing out.

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KateE
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place! The food was excellent and service very friendly and welcoming. Can’t wait to go back!

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JohnG
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food shared with friends. At a very good price

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding experience!!!

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an incredible restaurant, not simply about the food, but also the whole experience!

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alwayshungry
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a treat to visit Blue Nile. The service was impeccable - we were treated and greeted like friends. The food is tasty, served with genuine warmth and the beers are cheap. What's not to love?
The restaurant is a former sausage shop if my memory serves me right? It has lots of reclaimed, original features. It's a cool, contemporary find that is much needed in Woolwich.

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AnnekeS
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a pleasure dining at Blue Nile. The food is amazing (and plentiful!) and the owners are super lovely.

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MONIKAM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding family restaurant. The owner of the place is the most amazing and kind women, is actually knitting baby clothes and blankets for her customer babies! (For free!), But the most importantly, the food is always fresh, authentic and fantastic. I don't think it is for everyone, it requires specific taste, but our family and friends absolutely love it.

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Winta
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Habesha food and amazing service.The owner is such a lovely lady. I’ll definitely go back And recommend them 100 💯 %

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KatyaP
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and the waitress was really helpful helping us choose the dishes and explaining what complimented what

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Heike
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem ! Lovely owners and staff too. If you haven't been: GO GO GO :-)

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vipBarratACham
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

A lovely little calm find, in a restored old sausage shop. An honest feel to it with very pleasant staff and interesting food. Great for the train station. amazed it wasn't busier.

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JulieC
County Durham
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. We were celebrating a birthday and they really made us welcome and brought out a cake for us. We love it here.

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Lina
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hidden spot in Woolwich Arsenal! Dishes and atmosphere were very amazing. Great relaxing evening with friends, trying out a new cuisine. Will definitely be back!

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CathyN
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Blue Nile .
I go there regularly for the amazing home cooked traditional Eritrean food .
The atmosphere is so beautiful , cool music,
interesting artefacts and paintings adorn the walls .
It’s great for small groups as well as larger gatherings.
Staff and so welcoming and helpful .

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vipKarinaS
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, every single time, in every way. A very special place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as per usual!!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. Highly recommend. Great for vegetarians and vegans, as well as meat eaters. Thanks once again for a great dining experience and see you soon :)

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KatieW
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and exceptional value - will definitely be coming back

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NickW
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BRILLIANT!! Highly recommended, best Eritrean food in London

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PeterO
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The food was quite nice but we had a very unpleasant experience as the staff shouted at my partner because she found a hair in her food. It was very uncomfortable and we were essentially kicked out. It was a shame as I had been looking forward to dining here due to the good reviews.

Blue Nile
Responded on August 7, 2019

The hair was about 6 inches long soft light brown -we kept it as evidence and we still have it. It does not match our staff African hair.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Blue Nile. Always have a fantastic experience. Delicious food and great customer service. Highly recommend. Already looking forward to our next visit :)

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OpenTable Diner
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was closed and we could not contact them

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BellaO
London
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious food, understated decor and fantastic service! Looking forward to going again.

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Kimbo
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly delicious food, great value and great ambience.

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PatriciaW
London
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Caters well for coeliacs and vegetarians.

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AndyG
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as allways, best restaurant in London by far.

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ColinH
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A delightful, quixotic venue, with food to match. Service was impecable and the unusual menu offering was thoughtfully explained together with the traditional way of eating the stew with fermented pancake. A highly memorable meal for all the right reasons. Plus the first time i have drank Eritraen beer, that had a slight 'malteser' flavour. Would recommend highly, a pleasant change to the run of a mill 'Indian' curry.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic, something a little different. The couple that run the place go out of their way to make sure you your enjoy your experience. They even cooked my young son some pasta when he didn’t like some of the more spicy stews. We have been several times and will definitely be back!

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CathyN
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Blue Nile .
It’s an Oasis in Woolwich offering a warm welcome , delicious food and such a charming atmosphere to eat , drink and catch up .
It’s my go to when I need to be nurtured and nourished .
Many thanks.

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JamieH
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely love this place a real Jem. Will definitely be going back

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vipBiteasytotryonceonly
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as per usual!!!

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PatriziaA
London
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The restaurant has an industrial feel to it very cool. Service was attentive. I booked the restaurant as was staying with a friend and wanted a change from our usual haunts. I also had read the Open Table article on the top London restaurants and Blue Nile is featured. We ordered a mixed platter of meat and vegetable dishes and it came with a traditional spongy bread. I thought the meat dishes were very good shame there wasn’t more of it. The vegetable dishes were ok but the bread was cold and so the dishes didn’t quite marry well together and I wasn’t a fan of the consistency it’s quite yeasty/spongy. The Ethiopian beer is recommended. I’m not sure if we ordered badly perhaps I would go back and go for the meat dishes.

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vipKarinaS
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently brilliant, every single time. Don’t hesitate to visit, esp. if vegan.

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AmyO
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’m so glad I finally got to try the food at Blue Nile. Although there are not many options, the food caters for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike. It was quiet and the owner explained how to eat the food traditionally and how they dishes were made. Bar the noise from people standing outside the shop (as it is in the middle of a busy street in Woolwich) the atmosphere was relaxed.

FAQs

Blue Nile offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8855 0369.

Blue Nile is rated 4.7 stars by 247 OpenTable diners.

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