Blue Nile

4.8
174 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Ethiopian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual

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 .
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Ethiopian, Italian
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Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm - 3pm - 6pm - 9pm
Friday: 12pm - 3pm - 6pm - 10pm
Saturday: 3pm - 10pm
Sunday: 3pm - 9pm
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Phone number
020 8855 0369
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
Street parking is available on the evenings. The supermarket across the road also has 3 hours free parking at all times.
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Public Transit
Woolwich Arsenal DLR and mainline train station is a few minutes walk away.
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Takeout, Wine
What 174 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.7
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4.9
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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

First time at Blue Nile, food was fantastic & very authentic. Highly recommend... hidden gem in Woolwich.

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

We had a wonderful time at the blue Nile, we always do, great food, great service, so warm & friendly, also great because a lot of the food options are vegan, as well as meat. I highly reccomend!

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

It's our fav restaurant in London. The family who run it are incredibly nice and warm people, the food is just great - if you're into "unconventional" stuff, that is - and it's surprisingly cheap. Their wine list is quite short with only a few options, but they're all quality Italian wines from independent farmers and they're all great. The Injera they make is just unique and their meat & veg stews are something else. This is so enthusiastic that some people might think it's a fake comment, but honestly, it's in my top-5 worldwide list.

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

A great lrestaurant, lively laid back atmosphere. Exceeded our expectations - the food was interesting, freshly cooked and delicious. Service great and owners warm and friendly without being intrusive. Would definitely go again - even though it’s a distance from where we live! Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable Sunday lunch.

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

First visit to Blue Nile. Thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food & the wine. The various dishes were explained to us by the lovely man who seved us. Also we were told about the history of the cafe before Blue Nile. I would recommend to friends & will be back

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Delicious food, and very reasonable prices. We'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Our favourite restaurant. The food is delicious. It's always a real pleasure. Thank you for having us.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Delicious food and a warm welcome. You feel as if you’re welcomed into someone’s home but with a professional service.

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5.0Dined on 23 May 2018

Happened on this by chance while searching for something different in SE London. Excellent entertaining veggetarian meal. Interesting experience eating without cutlery. Great service with a good sense of humour. Endless supplies of bread. Excellent Amber beer. Defintely will be visiting again.

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5.0Dined on 23 May 2018

My wife and I were staying locally, so we like to find interesting places to eat that are not really mainstream.
Great value & flavour, we had the veg/meat sampler for two & a drink each for under £30.

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5.0Dined on 22 May 2018

Blue Nile has maintained it's absolutely top-notch standards I am pleased to see. The best value for money you can imagine, for the loveliest food. A warm welcome too, from the kindest restaurant owner in London (or anywhere!!).

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Delicious meal which left me with a warm glow! Wonderfully spices. Wish I knew how to cook these dishes.

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4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Never had an Eritrean meal so this was the chance its a limited menu two spicy meat dishes and three vegetable dishes accompanied by flatbread type of plate cover for the standard meal, limited wine and beer choice but nice, its set in an old sausage shop so full of white tiles and the meat rack up at high level.
Went with friends the food is cheap but you can rack up the price with wine and beer etc a good night but would have to live nearer it to go again its very popular and tables are limited overall a memorable experience

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Such a joy to be sharing this lovely food again. Totally recommended for dining with friends and family. If you haven't experienced Eritrean food before the staff will happily to guide you through the choices. An added bonus if you are gluten intolerant Injera is no problem. They also do takeaway. Oh and the Tiramisu is just gorgeous.

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4.0Dined on 2 May 2018

I've been to Blue Nile several times since moving into Woolwich and have enjoyed it on each occasion. Great food served with a friendly family vibe.

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5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

I love Blue Nile, the food is delicious, the service is always really chilled and friendly, and is generally a great place for a relaxed dining experience.

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5.0Dined on 25 January 2018

Beautiful food and wonderful service as always. This place is so special.

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Delicious food and great experience, it is a unique, and cultural experience not using utensils with a comfortable and lovely atmosphere. Service was great and the owner is very friendly. Highly recommend and would go back again.

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4.0Dined on 18 January 2018

Tasty, authentic, interesting food and a welcoming owner who really looks after you.

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5.0Dined on 17 January 2018

Blue Nile is my boyfriend's favourite restaurant in Woolwich. We booked a table for his birthday dinner and the owner surprised us with a cake. It a lovely no fuss place to eat as a couple or with friends.

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5.0Dined on 9 January 2018

Favourite restaurant in London. It's a little out of the way (being in Woolwich) but is well worth travelling for. The value is incredible, the spicy meat stews and injera are unbeatable, especially with the spiced tea, and the tiramisu is one of the best.

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5.0Dined on 10 December 2017

We were planning to take my husband's aunt out to this castle in the Shooter’s hill for some mulled cider, stunning views and.. Christmas carols, followed by the dinner in the neighbourhood for her birthday. But, of course, castle visit had to get cancelled (snow in London is super powerful!!) and when we thought that this day is just not going to turn out well.. we went out for that pre-planned dinner. To the Blue Nile. Where we met Shewa who we connected with over Polaroid photos and her life story as a refugee back then and the owner of Blue Nile now. We had tears in our eyes while listening to Shewa’s story, then were laughing out loud when being introduced to Eritrean alphabet and true happiness visited us when we were singing happy birthday to our beloved one - Indira Fay! Us 3 and Shewa. Shewa, thank you for making our day and evening - you a truly an inspiration and we are definitely coming back!!! Absolutely gorgeous interior, amazing food and the owner.. simply a legend!!!

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5.0Dined on 17 November 2017

Lovely food, lovely environment, lovely host, thank you!

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4.0Dined on 10 November 2017

My second time at the Blue Nile and another great meal. I suspect that I'll be coming back time and time again. As a bonus we were offered a doggy bag so I had a lovely meal two nights running.

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5.0Dined on 27 October 2017

Really delicious vegetarian option, attentive service,

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5.0Dined on 21 October 2017

Refined place! The besr restaurant in woolwich for sure
Food was amazing

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4.0Dined on 17 October 2017

Really good experience. Great value and so authentic. You can forget you're in London. The lady who runs the place is fantastic.

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5.0Dined on 13 October 2017

Awesome food with yummy flavours, friendly service and great value for money.

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5.0Dined on 5 October 2017

Astonishingly wonderful place!!

The Blue Nile has simply wonderful food: very authentic, healthy and tasty. The owner goes to considerable trouble to import Eritrean flour for the Injera and you can really tell.

The service and welcome is without equal anywhere, and the whole package is wrapped up in a superb value for money package.

I can’t recommed this highly enough.

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5.0Dined on 5 October 2017

This was a first for the three of us as we popped in to have dinner as the beginning of our night of celebrations for my NZ niece's 19th birthday. We loved the food, the service where we were made to feel welcome and shown how to eat the food in a traditional manner. Lovely time! Definitely coming again for sure!

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5.0Dined on 21 September 2017

Beautiful food, brilliant service. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 17 September 2017

A wonderful experience with a very helpful waitress who explained how to eat the delicious food.

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5.0Dined on 14 September 2017

This restaurant is AMAZING! Very lucky to have it in Woolwich

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5.0Dined on 23 August 2017

Great food, lovely ambience, original cuisine. And good value for money too! Really enjoyed the experience and will come back.

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5.0Dined on 17 August 2017

Amazing restaurant, tastiest food I have had in a while. Really simple menu but SOO deee-liiciousss.

Would recommend to anyone in the area, perfect local date night evening atmosphere or perfect place for a catch up with friends.

Amazing!

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5.0Dined on 11 August 2017

Amazing food, service and night as per usual! Would happily recommend to anyone in London - its mine and my partners favourite restaurant in London and I've lived here for nearly three years!

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2017

As usual the food and welcome did not dissapoint. The availability to share differents pots always appeals. Yummy.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2017

I love this place! I particularly like that the wonderful people who run it remember us - and remember our favourite wine.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2017

Love this plac. Authentic rustic and homely with great service by the lovely Shuwa

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2017

Fab meal at Blue Nile The hamli and the beef dish were great Lots of injera and free refills on the traditional tea kept us well fed and watered. The tastes were exquisite and the food had us talking about it all day the next day Its a must go destination!

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