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About Blue Nile


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 .

73 Woolwich New Road
London, SE18 6ED
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Ethiopian, Italian

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm - 3pm - 6pm - 9pm
Friday: 12pm - 3pm - 6pm - 10pm
Saturday: 3pm - 10pm
Sunday: 3pm - 9pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 8855 0369

Website:
http://www.bluenilecafe.co.uk/

Parking Details:
Street parking is available on the evenings. The supermarket across the road also has 3 hours free parking at all times.

Public Transport:
Woolwich Arsenal DLR and mainline train station is a few minutes walk away.

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Takeout, Wine

Blue Nile Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.9

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (30)
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Good for a Date (23)
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Creative Cuisine (13)
Outstanding Value (13)
Healthy (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Spicy (11)
Child Friendly (10)
Fun (10)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Lunch (8)
Special Occasions (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Group Bookings (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Vegan (6)
Great Beer (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (London)·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 27 October 2017

Really delicious vegetarian option, attentive service,

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (London)·Dined on 21 October 2017

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

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·Dined on 13 October 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on 21 September 2017

Beautiful food, brilliant service. Highly recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on 17 September 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on 14 September 2017

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

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 (London)·Dined on 23 August 2017

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

Tags: Disabled Access, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Vegan, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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 (London)·Dined 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Tapas, Casual
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 (London)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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·Dined on 5 August 2017

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

Tags: Authentic
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 (Kent)·Dined 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on 27 July 2017

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

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 (London)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on 23 June 2017

It's one of the friendliest, cosiest restaurants I've been in London and such a a gem to find in Woolwich. I was taken there by a friend and I've taken my friends there ever since. The food is amazing and I've always been made feel so welcomed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on 16 June 2017

The food was fabulous, just as tasty as we hoped. It lived up to the good reviews we had read prior to the visit. We were really lucky and got a panatone for our birthday celebrations, the owner had put candles on the cake for us, which made it very special and personalised. The owner was also very attentive and asked us if we wanted more food at all the right points. The wine was a lovely Italian wine! In summary, its a great place, great food and great experience. I will be going back. I hope that people support this restaurant because it truly is a local gem.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on 8 June 2017

Great gem in Woolwich. Authentic, and nice atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Spicy, Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on 25 May 2017

Amazing vegan food, tasty and filling. Great service very friendly and accomodating. Excellent Eritrean tea to finish the meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Healthy, Fun
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 (London)·Dined on 14 May 2017

Don't let the outside fool you! I really enjoyed the food! Having spent some significant time in Africa, the inside really brought back memories! I think the decor and atmosphere was well done and the food was excellent. The service was good, speedy and our waitress provided food explanations and suggestions.

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly
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 (London)·Dined on 7 May 2017

We had a lovely meal at Blue Nile. The food was excellent and the service was brilliant. We were made to feel very welcome and will certainly be going back again soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups, Tapas, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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 (Kent)·Dined on 30 April 2017

A unique dining experience in a fab little restaurant. Anazing flavours and delicious tastes. The service/staff were attentive and friendly. The food was superb. We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (London)·Dined on 29 April 2017

Lovely conversion of a 1930's high street shop into a friendly and relaxed restaurant. Great value for money.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 9 April 2017

Easy to find and can park outside on a Sunday. Also free 3 hours parking in Tesco car park opposite Blue Nile. This was an old sausage shop and is decorated with plain white tiles. Modest in appearance but with some rather beautiful Eritrean woven baskets on display as well as photos and posters.

Great menu selection and staff very helpful in advising combinations and how to eat 'sans cutlery' using fingers and their wonderful Injera bread. We chose the mixed Bebiaynetu meat and vegetarian stews that consisted of a mix of 2 meat and 3 vegetarian dishes with an extra basket of rolled Injera pieces. Beautifully spiced, very tasty and rather filling. You can opt for the mild or spicy version - we chose 'mild'. For desert we shared a Tiramasu and Balaklava with Espresso coffees an the bill came to approx. £30 between us (including tip).

Would certainly recommend to friends and will return. We booked in advance for the Sunday lunch, but there were still plenty of spaces. However, we were informed that booking is essential for weekday evening dining when it gets very full.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on 5 April 2017

Amazing food and the service is excellent! The owner has such a caring style towards all her guests.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Healthy, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 1 April 2017

This place is Woolwich's hidden gem. The food is wonderful and authentic. The atmosphere is like an oasis of calm and peace. Beautiful place to go on a date. Cracking value too! I can't recommended the Blue Nile enough!

Thanks,

James

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on 18 March 2017

Absolutely wonderful and excellent, personal service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on 18 March 2017

Tasty and different food within a cool venue, friendly service

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Kent)·Dined on 10 March 2017

Absolutely brilliant. Couldn't recommend it enough!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on 10 March 2017

The food was what I expected of an Ethiopian restaurant and delicious at that. You get injera refills to accompany your meal and service is lovely and cosy. Would go back for more.

Tags: Quick Bite, Vegan
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 (London)·Dined on 5 March 2017

There isn't a restaurant I've been to yet, in London, which made me feel like I was being taken cared of, with love, warmth and genuine kindness, such as the Blue Nile did and has been doing, every time I visit it.

The owner is a beautiful lady from Eritrea with a lovely soul, that gives herself to you in the most respectful and true manner, channeling towards you this motherly treatment, in all aspects of the experience you'll undergo at her restaurant.

The food is of high quality, fresh, fantastically cooked as one would get in Eritrea. Every bite of injera with either one of the several vegetable stew options or the meat ones, makes you drift away through a journey of senses, comforting you every step of the way.

An excellent choice of restaurant for a date or for a small group. Go for the set menu and dig in without cutlery, going back to ancient roots where the connection with what you eat is laid bare.

I always go there as well to eat the most tasty and special tiramisu desert, made by the owner, which leaves you completely surrendered.

This review may seem a lot of propaganda from someone who was told to do it but it is not.
I'm a Portuguese individual, that got this place recommended by a friend of a friend and I would be remised if I didn't write what I truly have felt and tasted and experienced, every time I visited the Blue Nile.

You will not regret one bit.

My sincere thanks to the owner!!
Tiago aka the long haired guy :)

Tags: Romantic, Outstanding Value, Casual, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on 4 March 2017

always amazing food and service, consistent every time -we keep coming back. Really good value and lovely authentic Ethiopian food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on 25 February 2017

It's nice and cosy place for a dinner or a date. Good food and great services. I'm definitely going back.

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 (London)·Dined on 15 February 2017

Tasted like Indian food .very kind people .went out of their way to help me.made me feel welcome by having conversation with me.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (London)·Dined on 4 February 2017

Always welcoming. Great food choices, and accommodates requests. Recommended.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Outstanding Value
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 (London)·Dined on 21 January 2017

Always a pleasure! My boyfriend and I dine at Blue Nile once every two weeks without fail, and are always excited for our next meal even before we have finished! The Baklava is also FANTASTIC! We will definitely be back (in two weeks... or less!)

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 (London)·Dined on 11 January 2017

Fantastic food, excellent value and very friendly service. Food it's to find anywhere else, always a treat as well as a bargain.

Tags: Healthy, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on 6 January 2017

Loved the Blue Nile. Amazing food, hosting and decor.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Great Beer, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (London)·Dined on 6 January 2017

A local gem. We took our children who can be very fussy eaters, they loved it! The food was delicious. Our host was very warm friendly and accommodating. We were even surprised with a cake after they discovered it was mine and my husbands birthday. I'm looking for another opportunity to go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem
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