Fassica Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 10401 Washington Blvd

    Culver City, CA 90232

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  • 310-815-8463

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This is one of my favorite restaurants-- I like to go there for lunch or a date (last time my boyfriend was in town, he requested to go there twice in one weekend). The best way to get your money's worth is to share a combination plate (small samples of several dishes) between two to four people. I really like the iced tea and the wine as a good compliment to the meals.

My little brother loves the chicken and egg.. they're not really a fave for me, but there is seemingly something for everyone whether they are vegetarian or not.

2
★★★★★

This is one of my favorite restaurants-- I like to go there for lunch or a date (last time my boyfriend was in town, he requested to go there twice in one weekend). The best way to get your money's worth is to share a combination plate (small samples of several dishes) between two to four people. I really like the iced tea and the wine as a good compliment to the meals.

My little brother loves the chicken and egg.. they're not really a fave for me, but there is seemingly something for everyone whether they are vegetarian or not.

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This easy-to-miss hole in the wall is just fabulous. They serve generous portions of tasty Ethiopian food the traditional way -- with injera (Ethiopian flat bread) instead of utensils to scoop up the food. Both the meat and vegetarian dishes we've tried have been delicious. My favorite dish is the awaze tibs (a seasoned beef dish). Although the food is great, the service can be kind of slow and on Sundays, the restaurant fills up with Ethiopian people dressed as if they just came from church.

2
★★★★★

This easy-to-miss hole in the wall is just fabulous. They serve generous portions of tasty Ethiopian food the traditional way -- with injera (Ethiopian flat bread) instead of utensils to scoop up the food. Both the meat and vegetarian dishes we've tried have been delicious. My favorite dish is the awaze tibs (a seasoned beef dish). Although the food is great, the service can be kind of slow and on Sundays, the restaurant fills up with Ethiopian people dressed as if they just came from church.

Pros: Delicious food

Cons: parking, slow-ish service

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This past Friday I went to Fassica with my fiance and we started with the sambussa appetizer. They came fresh and hot and worth every bite. Then we ordered a round of stout Ethiopian beer. If you have never tried it, it is a must. The owner recommened the Fassica Special and I am really happy we went with his suggestion because it was incredible. It was very romantic to share such a traditional dinner and I loved eating everything wrapped in the injera. I can't wait to go back!

2
★★★★★

This past Friday I went to Fassica with my fiance and we started with the sambussa appetizer. They came fresh and hot and worth every bite. Then we ordered a round of stout Ethiopian beer. If you have never tried it, it is a must. The owner recommened the Fassica Special and I am really happy we went with his suggestion because it was incredible. It was very romantic to share such a traditional dinner and I loved eating everything wrapped in the injera. I can't wait to go back!

Pros: Easy Parking

Cons: None

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My husband and I have been to Fassica a bunch of times since it?s in our neighborhood. We?ve been going since it first opened and had no decorations on the walls and cheaper menu prices. It has since grown, with a great atmosphere, wonderful service, and a bit pricier menu (entrees are $10-15). Still it is very affordable. The beautiful woman on the cover of the menu is one of owners. Both of them are so nice and friendly. They?ve given us extra little desserts to try just because they want to share their culture and food with us. The food is great. Most of the dishes I?ve found to be better than or just as good as any of those that we had in the restaurants in Little Ethiopia. We usually get a veggie combo and then one main entree. I don?t think we?ve had one that we didn?t like yet. We also like to show this place off to out-of-town guests to demonstrate the kind of good ethnic food that is available so easily here in Los Angeles. Overall, I highly recommend this place for both the food and the service.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I have been to Fassica a bunch of times since it?s in our neighborhood. We?ve been going since it first opened and had no decorations on the walls and cheaper menu prices. It has since grown, with a great atmosphere, wonderful service, and a bit pricier menu (entrees are $10-15). Still it is very affordable. The beautiful woman on the cover of the menu is one of owners. Both of them are so nice and friendly. They?ve given us extra little desserts to try just because they want to share their culture and food with us. The food is great. Most of the dishes I?ve found to be better than or just as good as any of those that we had in the restaurants in Little Ethiopia. We usually get a veggie combo and then one main entree. I don?t think we?ve had one that we didn?t like yet. We also like to show this place off to out-of-town guests to demonstrate the kind of good ethnic food that is available so easily here in Los Angeles. Overall, I highly recommend this place for both the food and the service.

Pros: Great food. Great service. Very friendly and kind owners.

Cons: Parking limited.

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Words can't truly express how disappointed I was in this restaurant. While the owners were very nice and service was good, I couldn't help feeling like I had been "taken". I ordered the Alicha Fitfit (lamb stew mixed with injera) (approx. $12.95) and it was tasty, except that I only found about three very small pieces of lamb hidden in a lot of injera. I also ordered the chicken stew (approx. $12.95) and again it was very tasty, but admist a lot of sauce, there was only one chicken leg and one other small piece of chicken. The side order of Yemisir Kik Wot (split lentil stew) was approx. $8 for a small mound. And the part that upset me the most was that I ordered a glass of Tej (honey wine) and it was watered down so much that it tasted like water mixed with sweet rubbing alcohol. I had to order another beverage. What should have been a $25-$30 meal according to the menu provided on Citysearch was approx. $50. I'll never go there again.

1
★★☆☆☆

Words can't truly express how disappointed I was in this restaurant. While the owners were very nice and service was good, I couldn't help feeling like I had been "taken". I ordered the Alicha Fitfit (lamb stew mixed with injera) (approx. $12.95) and it was tasty, except that I only found about three very small pieces of lamb hidden in a lot of injera. I also ordered the chicken stew (approx. $12.95) and again it was very tasty, but admist a lot of sauce, there was only one chicken leg and one other small piece of chicken. The side order of Yemisir Kik Wot (split lentil stew) was approx. $8 for a small mound. And the part that upset me the most was that I ordered a glass of Tej (honey wine) and it was watered down so much that it tasted like water mixed with sweet rubbing alcohol. I had to order another beverage. What should have been a $25-$30 meal according to the menu provided on Citysearch was approx. $50. I'll never go there again.

Pros: Chicken Stew, Yemisir Kik Wot (split lentil stew), Owners were very pleasant

Cons: Too expensive for the meager portions of meat given and the watered-down drinks

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Although I have enjoyed other Ethiopian restaurants more than Fassica (i.e. on Fairfax in LA and in San Francisco), their "Shiro FitFit" dish here is incredible! It's: Injera tossed in powdered roasted chickpeas sauce, seasoned with onions, jalapeno and spices. Great flavor!! So if you're in the area, try this dish....it's worth it.

2
★★★★☆

Although I have enjoyed other Ethiopian restaurants more than Fassica (i.e. on Fairfax in LA and in San Francisco), their "Shiro FitFit" dish here is incredible! It's: Injera tossed in powdered roasted chickpeas sauce, seasoned with onions, jalapeno and spices. Great flavor!! So if you're in the area, try this dish....it's worth it.

Pros: Tasty Shiro FitFit, Inexpensive, Nice staff

Cons: Not impressed with other dishes, slow service, not much atmosphere

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I have to admit I've only tried one place in Little Ethiopia, but it's because I've had no reason to. Fassica's food is excellent. I've yet to have anything here I didn't love. The injera is the best I've had, which is important since it's the centerpiece of the meal. Because it's a small family-owned place, don't expect the fastest service you've ever had, but the meal is well worth it.

2
★★★★★

I have to admit I've only tried one place in Little Ethiopia, but it's because I've had no reason to. Fassica's food is excellent. I've yet to have anything here I didn't love. The injera is the best I've had, which is important since it's the centerpiece of the meal. Because it's a small family-owned place, don't expect the fastest service you've ever had, but the meal is well worth it.

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I have been searching for a good ethiopian restaurant in LA for 3 years, no kidding. I used to go to one up in Berkeley, which has since closed. Fassica is my favorite ethiopian restaurant in LA, hands down. I've tried a few of the "Little Ethiopia" places and was really disappointed. The owners are very welcoming and the food is to die for! Their injera is perfect. Try their Fassica special, which is a little bit of everything your first time. My favorites were the beef tibs, chicken tibs, and lentils.
If anything, I would not recomment the tej wine here.

2
★★★★★

I have been searching for a good ethiopian restaurant in LA for 3 years, no kidding. I used to go to one up in Berkeley, which has since closed. Fassica is my favorite ethiopian restaurant in LA, hands down. I've tried a few of the "Little Ethiopia" places and was really disappointed. The owners are very welcoming and the food is to die for! Their injera is perfect. Try their Fassica special, which is a little bit of everything your first time. My favorites were the beef tibs, chicken tibs, and lentils.
If anything, I would not recomment the tej wine here.

Pros: Taste, Price, Service

Cons: Ambience, Tej Wine

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Fassica is a great, cute little hidden treasure. It's a nice option for Ethiopian off the main drag on Fairfax.
The decor and atmosphere inside the restaurant couldn't be more welcoming and down-to-earth, and the service was fantastic. The husband and wife that own and run the restaurant are very attentive and friendly; they checked on us at least 3 times.
We ordered the Fassica Special, which is a combo plate of about 10 different items, including chicken, lamb, beef, chick peas, lentils, collards, cheese, and salad. It was good, except that the beef was tough and overcooked. We also had Ethiopian honey wine and red wine.
It was a great experience with good, affordable food. I would definitely recommend it for a casual dinner in Culver City.

2
★★★★☆

Fassica is a great, cute little hidden treasure. It's a nice option for Ethiopian off the main drag on Fairfax.
The decor and atmosphere inside the restaurant couldn't be more welcoming and down-to-earth, and the service was fantastic. The husband and wife that own and run the restaurant are very attentive and friendly; they checked on us at least 3 times.
We ordered the Fassica Special, which is a combo plate of about 10 different items, including chicken, lamb, beef, chick peas, lentils, collards, cheese, and salad. It was good, except that the beef was tough and overcooked. We also had Ethiopian honey wine and red wine.
It was a great experience with good, affordable food. I would definitely recommend it for a casual dinner in Culver City.

Pros: Friendly, casual atmosphere; Off the beaten path

Cons: Slightly overcooked beef

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If you're tired of the Fairfax crowd for Ethiopian food, go here. We tried this place after getting tired of waiting hours for a table and food in our usual place (Messob) on Fairfax. Overall, we enjoyed the great (quick) service and the casual atmosphere. It's more of a cafe environment - very relaxed. When we entered, we were immediately greeted by the owner and shown to our tables. The husband and wife that own the place couldn't be nicer. They brought our drinks and appetizers quickly. We ordered and shared the "Fassica Special," which includes meats and veggie choices. They were willing to substitute, so we chose not to have the lamb and added more vegetables. I had ice tea and my wife had Ethiopian tea. A little word of warning - if you choose the spicy food, I wouldn't recommend the Ethiopian hot tea since it has spices in it and makes the burning even worse.
The food was average. The beef was rare and had to be taken back for more cooking, even though we told the owners we wanted it done medium well. The other items were your normal Ethiopian choices. It's hard to go wrong with salad and injera. Our bill, including tax, 2 appetizers, the special, and 2 drinks came to about $43. Not bad for all the food you get, but a little pricey for the quality of food.
As we were leaving, the owner was making true Ethiopian coffee. We didn't have any, but I recommend trying it if you go - it looked good.
In summary - the service is excellent and you receive your food quickly. However, the food really isn't the best. It's a trade-off.
Happy eating.

2
★★★★☆

If you're tired of the Fairfax crowd for Ethiopian food, go here. We tried this place after getting tired of waiting hours for a table and food in our usual place (Messob) on Fairfax. Overall, we enjoyed the great (quick) service and the casual atmosphere. It's more of a cafe environment - very relaxed. When we entered, we were immediately greeted by the owner and shown to our tables. The husband and wife that own the place couldn't be nicer. They brought our drinks and appetizers quickly. We ordered and shared the "Fassica Special," which includes meats and veggie choices. They were willing to substitute, so we chose not to have the lamb and added more vegetables. I had ice tea and my wife had Ethiopian tea. A little word of warning - if you choose the spicy food, I wouldn't recommend the Ethiopian hot tea since it has spices in it and makes the burning even worse.
The food was average. The beef was rare and had to be taken back for more cooking, even though we told the owners we wanted it done medium well. The other items were your normal Ethiopian choices. It's hard to go wrong with salad and injera. Our bill, including tax, 2 appetizers, the special, and 2 drinks came to about $43. Not bad for all the food you get, but a little pricey for the quality of food.
As we were leaving, the owner was making true Ethiopian coffee. We didn't have any, but I recommend trying it if you go - it looked good.
In summary - the service is excellent and you receive your food quickly. However, the food really isn't the best. It's a trade-off.
Happy eating.

Pros: Friendly and fast service

Cons: Food quality

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What Fassica lacks in snooty ambience, it makes up for in value and taste. They are clearly not going for a fancy eating experince, and for lunch, who needs it? The portions are big, the injera spongy, and the flavors rich and satisfying. The kitfo is some of the best I've had, and the berbere sauce is complex with a slight sweetness. They also offer vegetarian meals. Not dirt cheap, but not overly expensive, it is just right.

2
★★★★★

What Fassica lacks in snooty ambience, it makes up for in value and taste. They are clearly not going for a fancy eating experince, and for lunch, who needs it? The portions are big, the injera spongy, and the flavors rich and satisfying. The kitfo is some of the best I've had, and the berbere sauce is complex with a slight sweetness. They also offer vegetarian meals. Not dirt cheap, but not overly expensive, it is just right.

Pros: Quick, Friendly, Flavorful

Cons: Ambience

 

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