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Savor the Eritrean and Ethiopian Essence at Seattle's Union N Bar and Restaurant

Updated: Dec 6, 2023


AI generated picture of the famous injera based Ethiopian / Eritrean main dish.
AI generated picture of the famous injera based Ethiopian / Eritrean main dish.

Seattle is renowned for its vibrant food scene, a mosaic of flavors from around the world. At the heart of this culinary diversity is Union N Bar and Restaurant, an establishment that celebrates the rich tapestry of Eritrean and Ethiopian heritage, brought to life by owner Issayas Serek, proud member of the Eritrean diaspora.


The Owner

Issayas Sereke at pictured at Union N Bar and Restaurant.
Issayas Sereke pictured at Union N Bar and Restaurant.

Issayas Sereke, a visionary entrepreneur of Eritrean descent, has been at the forefront of culinary innovation in Seattle, WA, through his establishment, Union N Bar and Restaurant. His journey, rooted in the rich traditions of Ethiopia and Eritrea, transforms into a unique dining experience that seamlessly blends culture and cuisine. Under Issayas's dynamic leadership, Union N has become a culinary beacon, offering an authentic and diverse taste of East African heritage.


Alongside Issayas, his wife Lula plays a pivotal role in the restaurant's success, contributing her insights and support in numerous ways. Their combined efforts, along with the dedication of their family and staff, form the backbone of the restaurant's thriving community presence. This family-run venture not only serves exceptional food but also fosters a sense of home and belonging, celebrating the vibrant diaspora culture within the heart of Seattle.


A Culinary Getaway to Eritrea and Ethiopian in the Heart of Seattle

Union N Bar and Restaurant offers a gastronomic journey into the heart of Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine. With a passionate commitment to authenticity, the restaurant serves up a feast for the senses with traditional dishes that tell a story of history, culture, and community.


Indulge in a Melange of Exotic Flavors

The menu at Union N Bar and Restaurant is a testament to the complexity and richness of Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine. Favorites like the Shekla, Kitfo, Gomen Besiga, and Gaslight offer patrons a chance to indulge in the aromatic blends of spices and herbs that are the hallmark of the region's cooking.

Shekla Tibs: dish consisting of stir-fried meat and vegetables. The dish can be served in a wide variety of manners – ranging from mild to hot and containing a small amount of vegetables, lots of vegetables, or no vegetables at all.
Shekla Tibs: dish consisting of stir-fried meat and vegetables. The dish can be served in a wide variety of manners – ranging from mild to hot and containing a small amount of vegetables, lots of vegetables, or no vegetables at all.

Coffee Ceremony

Immerse yourself in tradition and join us at Union N Bar and Restaurant for an authentic Eritrean and Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. Experience the rich aromas and intricate flavors of coffee as it’s prepared in a ritual that's as old as time. This ceremony is not just about sipping coffee—it's a cultural journey that weaves stories and friendships. Come, be a part of this timeless tradition and let the robust notes of Eritrean and Ethiopian coffee connect us in the spirit of community. Your seat awaits you in this cherished ritual.

The Eritrean and Ethiopian coffee ceremony involves three distinct brewing rounds, each with a unique name and meaning. The first round, called Abol, produces the strongest and most flavorful coffee. The second round, Tona, is milder, as the same coffee grounds are used for brewing. Picture is AI generated.
The Eritrean and Ethiopian coffee ceremony involves three distinct brewing rounds, each with a unique name and meaning. The first round, called Abol, produces the strongest and most flavorful coffee. The second round, Tona, is milder, as the same coffee grounds are used for brewing. Picture is AI generated.

Experience Eritrean and Ethiopian Hospitality

From the warm welcome at the door to the attentive service at your table, Union N Bar and Restaurant embodies the generous spirit of Eritrean and Ethiopian hospitality. The restaurant's ambiance, infused with elements of Eritrean and Ethiopian culture, sets the stage for an immersive dining experience.


Celebrate Life's Special Moments

Union N Bar and Restaurant is not just a place to eat; it's a venue where memories are made. Whether it's a wedding, a birthday, or any celebration, the restaurant offers elegant spaces and an experienced team dedicated to making your event truly unforgettable.


Visit for an Authentic Eritrean Meal

Located at 8824 Renton Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118, Union N Bar and Restaurant invites you to step away from the ordinary and step into the extraordinary. Reserve your table at 206-722-2011 or 206-372-1887 and join for an unforgettable culinary adventure.

Union N Bar and Restaurant
Union N Bar and Restaurant

Final Thoughts

At Union N Bar and Restaurant, every dish served is a chapter of Eritrean and Ethiopian culinary story, and every guest is treated like family. It's more than a meal; it's an experience of discovering the vibrant flavors and heartfelt traditions of Eritrea, right here in Seattle.

Join and become a part of their story as they continue to serve up the best of Eritrean and Ethiopian delights.

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