545 W 9 Mile, Ferndale, MI (248) 547-6699
The Blur Nile

Ethiopian Restaurant

Culinary Adventure

If the occasion is special, so should be the place.

Dining at the Blue Nile is an authentic taste of Ethiopia. Festive artwork decorates the walls and the glow of painted lights and intricate curtains accent the ambiance with touches of the exotic. The friendly staff considers your dining experience to be their top priority, treating their customers like royalty.

The Blue Nile in Ferndale is truly an unforgettable culinary experience. Significant in the Ethiopian culture is gursha- eating from the same plate and sharing the same bread (called injera). People who eat from the same plate and break bread together will create a bond of friendship and personal loyalty.

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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm


5:00 pm - 10:00 pm


5:00 pm - 10:00 pm


4:00 pm - 11:00 pm


4:00 pm - 11:00 pm


3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

(248) 547-6699

Menu Highlights

Dining at the Blue Nile is an authentic taste of Ethiopia. You will eat with your hands, share from a plate and create bonds with friends, colleagues or loved ones that go deeper than a meal.

Vegetarian Feast

Vegetarian Feast

A decadent array of vegetarian preparations spread on a large breaded plate served with injera.

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Ethiopian Feast

Ethiopian Feast

All of the delights of our Vegetarian feast served alongside your choice of 4 authentic Ethiopian meat selections.

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Honey Wine

Honey Wine

A truly unique wine that will touch your palate in new ways.

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Ethiopian Cooking Techniques

The diet of Ethiopia is based on removing excess fat from the food before cooking. Historically, the low-fat diet was not predicated on low cholesterol content or with good health in mind.


The Perfect Romantic Evening

Popular for first dates, blind dates, and re-igniting weary flames, The Blue Nile is the perfect place to break the ice.  While sharing a meal gursha style, barriers are broken and bonds are formed.  Top all this with the magical properties of our honey wine and romance will surely be in the air. Let our warm atmosphere and unique flavors bring you closer. 


What Clients Are Saying

This Resturant was amazing! The wonderful owner greeted us so warmly and was so sweet and even gave us a tour of the entire place and it is beautiful! Such amazing hospitality! I really recommend everyone who has never tired Ethiopian food to come here, it is so good and so fresh and flavorful. I took my best friend who has never had African style food and she loved it too and the food is authentic and the place is beautifully decorated so worth the visit! I'll definitely be back again and again :)

Jeana M. Dearborn, MI

So different, a "must" to just give it a try. There are no utensils, you eat by scooping up veggies and meat with a spongy flatbread. Kind of --I don't know-- sensual... The lamb and chicken are fall off the bone delicious. Rustic but fancy. Basic but dignified.

Michael Jankowski, Google

Excellent excellent service. The staff go out of their way to make you comfortable and educate you on the menu. Could eat the vegetarian plate all day. Do yourself a favor and try the spiced cinnamon tea, it is quite refreshing and relaxing.

Andy Benoit, Google

I'm so glad there's one in Ferndale! This place is amazing. Great atmosphere for dates, very chill and quieter than other restaurants. Nice place to have a conversation and slow dinner. Hands down the best vegan dining option in ferndale.

Tori H, Yelp

My husband and I decided to stop here and finally try Ethiopian food. Ezana was our waiter for the evening and he was amazing. There are only two dinner options here which made it easy to order( the vegetarian feast and the meat option feast). Ezana explained each dish to us and checked back with us several times to make sure we were enjoying our meal. As long as you are adventurous you should not leave hungry because the vegetable options are unlimited amounts. We really enjoyed our evening and will return soon.

Joanna S, TripAdvisor

Blue Nile News & Events

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DINING OUT: The Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant is an out-of-the-box culinary experience

The aromas of Ethiopian coffee, tea and a hint of spices fill the air.

As dinnertime nears, guests of the Blue Nile are offered steaming washcloths to cleanse their hands.