35 Grand Ave. Oakland, CA 94612 510-844-4886


The word MELA expresses the ingenuity of nature and our ability to efficiently do things in love and harmony. This is exactly what Chef Adiam brings to the art of Ethiopian cooking.

Chef Adiam devotes her time innovating and creatively arranging potent and robust Ethiopian spices like a jazz player composing his next musical masterpiece. Her vision of Mela Ethiopian Bistro is rooted in providing a healthy eating experience for the larger Bay Area community.

Simply put, we lovingly create food with herbs collected from the bosom of the Ethiopian highlands. We invite you to visit our wholesome restaurant in the beautiful city of Oakland and experience our delightfully creative food and hospitality.

“Mela Bistro Is Forward-Looking Yet Respectful of Ethiopian Tradition.  The cabbage is purple rather than green, and teff makes its way into chocolate cake.”  Katherine Hamilton, EAST BAY EXPRESS