Addis Ababa Restaurants

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Best Rated Restaurants in Addis Ababa

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    MARINE CLUB CANAPE INTERNATIONAL: CLASSY WITH OUTDOOR DINNING

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    SADLY THIS GREAT RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED (DEC. 2008). IT IS NOW A PARKING AREA FOR TOUR BUSES.

    This is a nice Italian Restaurant near the Train Station and the Lion of Judea Monument. You can sit outside on the porch and watch CNN or dine inside. It always seems quiet here, yet the food is very good and well priced. Service is exclusively yours. I always seemed to be the only person there during lunch. Every dish and soup I have had has been good, my beer cold and the bill reasonable.

    THIS IS A DAO RECOMMENDED RESTAURANT

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    SWISS CAFÉ: WIRELESS INTERNET

    by DAO Updated Jul 13, 2008

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    The food is below average, the coffee is good and it just happens to be the only Wi-Fi Internet Café in Ethiopia. Don’t expect anything except very slow speeds, but it does work. Food always seems a little stale and is overpriced by local standards. Having said that, you only come here to use your laptop for free.

    Favorite Dish: Coffee

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    FAMILY RESTAURANT: OVERPRICED AND POOR FOOD

    by DAO Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    LOOKS GOOD - TASTES BAD
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    I really wanted this place to be good. A guidebook talked it up and I planned to go, even though I knew it was an Ex-pat hangout and expensive by Addis Ababa standards. It was not good. My starter was deep fried and tasteless. My main meal was a deep fried burrito and it tasted so bad I barely finished it. Beers are extremely expensive as well.

    It’s a shame as the décor was very nice. I should have known something was wrong when several taxi drivers in the Piazza area had never heard of it and when I walked in there were no other customers. Give this place a miss!

    Favorite Dish:
    Nothing

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    TOP VIEW RESTAURANT: CLEARLY ON TOP

    by DAO Updated Oct 17, 2011

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    TOP VIEW !!!
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    This is the most beautiful restaurant in Addis Ababa. It was originally a grand housed built by a minor royal, Dejazmach Wendirad Defabachew, who was a hero in the Battle of Adwa 1896. It is now a series of tasteful buildings, small gardens and ornate fountains overlooking all of Addis Ababa and the Entoto Mountains. Sitting on the terrace and enjoying a good meal outdoors is one of the best dinning experiences in the city. The food is good. Not fantastic, just good. Service is good, but in slow times you may need to peek your head inside and ask them to come. The only drawback of this place is that you almost exclusively need to take a small taxi to get here.

    Favorite Dish:
    I had the fantastic chicken salad (pictured), Nile perch and a few St. George’s beers. Combined with one of the best views of any restaurant in the world and you have a great meal!

    THIS IS A DAO RECOMMENDED RESTAURANT

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    Taitu hotel: Healthy vegan food in Addis' oldest hotel!

    by hannette Written Jan 28, 2013

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    In this oldest hotel of Addis you can eat vegan food.
    A whole buffet of salads is at your disposal every day 'till 3 pm.

    Itegue Taitu Hotel, which was built in 1898 (Ethiopian Calendar) in the middle of the city (Piazza), is the first hotel in Ethiopia. Taitu Betul (1851 – 1918), an Ethiopian Empress and the wife of Emperor Menelek II, established this hotel to provide guests a place to rest and dine.

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    HERMON INTERNET CAFE & RESTAURANT: TOP OF THE PIAZZA

    by DAO Updated Jul 13, 2008

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    Hermon is not a 3-star restaurant by any means, but it is a great place to meet. You walk up a lot of flight of stairs to get the most commanding views of the Piazza. You can take photos from here and also have a good lunch. I always get the club sandwich. Expect to wait, but it’s worth it. Give the burgers a miss. There are plenty of better restaurants for an evening meal, but good for lunch. You can have some really great juice drinks (pictured) or a cold beer if you wish. Always get a male waiter if you are here. They make sure the kitchen gets your order done quickly and their service is fantastic. Hermon also has a cheap internet café halfway down the stairs.

    Favorite Dish: Club Sandwich. Expect 30 minutes to make as its made fresh.

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  • Loti French Restaurant: The Best Restaurant in Addis, IMO

    by Mick1234 Updated Jun 17, 2006

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    Starting from the door:
    Attractive European layout and decor; clean; friendly, discretely attentive waitstaff; quiet music; nice aroma. Good view of the city from a few tables. Minus point: the chairs are low in relation to the table height, so your plate is too close to your face.
    Menu: in French and English; a wide selection from the appetizers to les Plats Principaux including with many pork (including German-style), beef selections, chicken, and fish. They actually had everything we asked for except Castel beer, and an outstanding dessert selection. Drink selection is good but if you want wine by the glass, you are limited to a couple of good South African wines probably from the box.
    The food: absolutely first rate in every regard with one small note. The presentation, the quality, the quantity, the flavor, everything was just right. I'd ordered the Pepper Steak well-done, and it came out medium. But it was excellent. We enjoyed a perfect small salad to start, with fresh bread, followed by generous and delicious soup appetizers; the main course was outstanding, and the dessert was the best I'd had yet, anywhere, with good coffee.
    The chef, Angelo Caminati, visited the tables briefly.
    The service was perfect. Every dish was delivered at the right time, not piled up together at once or spaced out by too long a wait.
    The price: low, considering the service and quality. Only a 5% service charge included so you have room to tip. The dinner total for two with one glass of wine, beer, appetizers, main course (most expensive beef selection), dessert and coffee, service and VAT: ETB 242.40.
    Ambiance: just right. Quiet, with music, a candle, directed lighting and no pretentiousness about anything.
    Finally, the restrooms. Nothing to brag about. They are in the outside hallway, shared with a nightclub. Not terrible, not nice.
    It was a wonderful dining experience and I will certainly be a repeat customer. A restaurant this good deserves good publicity.

    Favorite Dish: I highly recommend the pepper steak whiskey flambe. Dessert was great too, don't skip it. Nothing we had was less than remarkably good.

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    HABESHA TRADITIONAL RESTAURANT: GOOD SHOW AND GOOD FOOD

    by DAO Updated Nov 4, 2011

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    DANCING !
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    For some reason this place gets all the write-ups in guidebooks ahead of Fasika National Restaurant. I think this is second to Faiska, but still a great night out. It’s amazingly dark inside until the floor show starts. Traditional dances are performed by absolutely stunningly talents dancers and musicians. They change outfits throughout the show to represent some of the many tribes that make up Ethiopia. For the food and show, this place is scandalously cheap by European standards. If you are here for a week, make your way here. You may want to ring for reservations.

    Favorite Dish: Any Injera dish. It's all good!

    THIS IS A DAO RECOMMENDED RESTAURANT

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    BLUE TOPS RESTAURANT: TOP CLASS

    by DAO Updated Nov 5, 2011

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    Update: Several people report this restaurant no longer exists. Sad.
    Blue Tops is a first class Italian Restaurant contained within a privacy minded garden. The staff are professional, the food is divine and the atmosphere is great. They have 3 tables outside that I highly recommend sitting at. When you sit down they bring you a small platter of bread and toppings to kind of make your own bruschetta (pictured). Pasta dishes are made with the finest ingredients and the meat dishes are well seasoned and tasty. It’s a bit expensive by local standards, but a great place for a sumptuous lunch.

    Closed mondays.

    Favorite Dish:
    Pasta starter with a mixed meat grill and a nice bottle of Axumite wine.

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    Omar Khayam Restaurant: THE WORST RESTAURANT IN ETHIOPIA

    by DAO Updated Feb 3, 2008

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    CRAP!
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    For some reason this horrible place is listed in at least 2 respected guidebooks. It shouldn’t be. This place sucks. The last time I was there the toilets were as filthy as I had seen them 7 months before, the service is no service and the food is inedible. I watch the staff watching the TV and talking rather than serve a restaurant full of people. My one and only meal there was a diseased looking chicken that tasted the same. I had 2 local friends with me and they could not finish their food it was so bad. My soup tasted like pure starch. Even the portions were tiny.

    AVOID THIS PLACE!

    Favorite Dish:
    They do sell draft beer for 2 Birr (22 U.S. cents). Well you could always go for a drink here!

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    CASTELLI RESTAURANT: OVERPRICED AND RUDE

    by DAO Updated Oct 6, 2012

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    CASTELLI RESTAURANT - RUDE
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    I really wanted to eat here. This is a top Italian Restaurant right in the heart of Piazza. When I did go in, the owner looked down her nose at me. One of the staff had to practically beg her to let me come it and eat. I guess they don’t like t-shirts. It looked nice, but then I got the menu. I have never seen a menu priced in such a way to just rip customers off. All the prices were either 100 Birr, or 150 Birr.. All of them! Just long columns of the same price. I have never seen anything so blatant in my life. I got up and walked out on easily the MOST expensive restaurant in Ethiopia! You can get great Italian food in Addis Ababa for half the price or less easily.

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    BREEZES: 1st class lunch at a 5-star hotel

    by AR76 Updated Jun 13, 2006

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    While you are admiring the beauty and exclusiveness of the Sheraton Addis, why not have lunch here? The food is gorgeous, and even though prices are well above any food you eat anywhere else in this country, they are still 'doable'.

    The open-air restaurant is set at the poolside and has a casual atmosphere. Business people come here for work lunches, since it is a quiet spot, away from the daily bustle.

    Opening hours: 11.00 - 19.00 hrs daily.

    Favorite Dish: There is a varied choice of among others Mexican, American and Asian dishes.

    Try the Iced Coffees; the Iced Cappuccino is mouth-watering and a real treat on a hot, sunny day!

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    OROSCOPO: BEST BUDGET RESTAURANT IN ADDIS ABABA

    by DAO Updated Nov 5, 2011

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    MIXED STEAK
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    This restaurant is a little gem. It is run by a nice family and the décor is a confusion of a seafood theme and nice Ethiopian art prints. It is a great food treat for the budget traveller. They do a special cannelloni made in a metal pot on several nights. A real treat and they will bring you extra meat sauce no problem.

    Its a quiet little place and the menu is varied, but mostly Italian. I have eaten here many times and I have always loved every bite. Service with a smile, good food and it's cheap. You just can't beat that.

    Favorite Dish:
    Mixed steak (pictured). An absolute taste treat for meat lovers served with fresh injera. Its stewed beef with peppers, onions and spices. A real wow!

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    Al-Sultan Lebanese Restaurant: Eat Hummus & Taboola

    by Sami29 Written May 14, 2009

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    It is located on EU Road, near the Green View Pastry. The restaurant provides Lebanese food; shish kebab, lamb chops, chicken tikka and many more. It is popular with the French tourists and diplomats. Here, the Ethiopian waitresses even speak Arabic in Lebanese dialect. It is a very expensive restaurant in that area, for a simple chicken tikka with humus will cost you around 180-220 bir (15-20 dollars)

    Favorite Dish: Their Chicken Tikka is good. Order it with Hummus and some Lebanese pickles..yammy.

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    Sanaa Restaurant: Delicious Yemeni Cuisine

    by Sami29 Updated May 14, 2009

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    This is a Yemeni restaurant located on Meskel Flower Road and provides traditional Yemeni dish like Mandi (rice with chicken or lamb chops). It is very crowded with Moslem Ethiopians and is difficult to find a seat. A plate of mandi will be enough for two or three persons. It includes rice (large portion), lamb chops, curries in small bowls and a piece of bread. They donot serve drinks ( beer or wine).One meal will cost you around 85 bir (7 $ ).

    Favorite Dish: The rice with lamb chops is great. You must be hungry to finsih the whole plate.

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