Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 2109 Avent Ferry Rd Ste 150

    Raleigh, NC 27606

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  • 919-664-8151

About Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant

Hours
Mon. - Fri. 5pm - 10pm;Sat. 12am - 10pm;Sun. 1pm - 10pm
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I accidentally found this restaurant while my son was at soccer practice. I was initially excited to even find an Ethiopian restaurant in this area. I ended up ordering take out just to try it. I ordered a chicken dish (Doro Wat) and a

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★★★★★

I accidentally found this restaurant while my son was at soccer practice. I was initially excited to even find an Ethiopian restaurant in this area. I ended up ordering take out just to try it. I ordered a chicken dish (Doro Wat) and a

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Oh how I wish I had believed the bad reviews on this site- this place was the most aggravating experience ever. The prior reviewer says to not go if you are in a rush!! OH SO RIGHT, the service is atrocious- took 30 mins to get 2 cups of

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★★★★★

Oh how I wish I had believed the bad reviews on this site- this place was the most aggravating experience ever. The prior reviewer says to not go if you are in a rush!! OH SO RIGHT, the service is atrocious- took 30 mins to get 2 cups of

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I understand where some of the reviews are coming from, but honestly, this is still my husband and I's favorite place to eat. Definitely don't go there if you're in a rush. We go there when we want yummy food that isn't overbearing. We

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★★★★★

I understand where some of the reviews are coming from, but honestly, this is still my husband and I's favorite place to eat. Definitely don't go there if you're in a rush. We go there when we want yummy food that isn't overbearing. We

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Friends of mine ate here months ago and told me how delicious it was. I tried it for the first time tonight, and I was pleasantly surprised by the different flavors! The dishes we had (chicken and beef and an appetizer that was a large piece of flat bread with a spicy paste inside it) were all excellent. The woman who seated and served us helped us along and explained to us what we were ordering and how to eat our meal, etc. She was also very friendly and kind (and patient, too!).

We finished the meal with hot coffee and tea. The coffee had a lot of flavour - a mixture of spices and coffee that presented a truly unique flavor that I can't compare to anything else. The tea was good, too!

Please don't be put off by the sparseness of the decor in the restaurant. The decor is very unassuming, but it works for the restaurant. Don't judge the place until you've had a chance to try the food - I will definitely be going back there in the future!

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★★★★★

Friends of mine ate here months ago and told me how delicious it was. I tried it for the first time tonight, and I was pleasantly surprised by the different flavors! The dishes we had (chicken and beef and an appetizer that was a large piece of flat bread with a spicy paste inside it) were all excellent. The woman who seated and served us helped us along and explained to us what we were ordering and how to eat our meal, etc. She was also very friendly and kind (and patient, too!).

We finished the meal with hot coffee and tea. The coffee had a lot of flavour - a mixture of spices and coffee that presented a truly unique flavor that I can't compare to anything else. The tea was good, too!

Please don't be put off by the sparseness of the decor in the restaurant. The decor is very unassuming, but it works for the restaurant. Don't judge the place until you've had a chance to try the food - I will definitely be going back there in the future!

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excellent service and fast. Keep the Cultural style!

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★★★★★

excellent service and fast. Keep the Cultural style!

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The food is good and its a very nice , i definitely loved the concept, people share food on the same plate. The base is like a DOSA (indian cuisine) and the curry are very good and spicy too. Has good options for vegetarians and mango juice is very nice, i would highly recommend you to taste the Ethiopian coffee, truly great

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★★★★☆

The food is good and its a very nice , i definitely loved the concept, people share food on the same plate. The base is like a DOSA (indian cuisine) and the curry are very good and spicy too. Has good options for vegetarians and mango juice is very nice, i would highly recommend you to taste the Ethiopian coffee, truly great

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Located in mission valley. Food is OK. Slow service even with few customers. Can go if you want to try different variety of food and hang out for a longer time.

3
★★★☆☆

Located in mission valley. Food is OK. Slow service even with few customers. Can go if you want to try different variety of food and hang out for a longer time.

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Vegetarian options are pretty good here, lot more options in non-veg.... the food is OK.. prices are reasonable... Its a good place to go to once in a while.

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★★★★☆

Vegetarian options are pretty good here, lot more options in non-veg.... the food is OK.. prices are reasonable... Its a good place to go to once in a while.

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I have been to this restaurant 2-3 times. I am a vegetarian and there are decent number of Vegetarian options and they are tasty too. The guava juice is something you should definitely try. My friends also liked the lamb and chicken dishes out there.

However the service is very slow. The place is not crowded, but they take considerable amount of time to serve the orders.

But I would definitely recommend it for the food!

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★★★☆☆

I have been to this restaurant 2-3 times. I am a vegetarian and there are decent number of Vegetarian options and they are tasty too. The guava juice is something you should definitely try. My friends also liked the lamb and chicken dishes out there.

However the service is very slow. The place is not crowded, but they take considerable amount of time to serve the orders.

But I would definitely recommend it for the food!

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Ambience, NO! Good food, NO! Good service, NO! Friendly service, OK! No sound of pots, pan and cooking utensil being used. They pulled the leftover food from the fridge and the warmed it up and served it. Save your money and time and go to Cook Out down the street...cheap, clean, and Fresh!

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★☆☆☆☆

Ambience, NO! Good food, NO! Good service, NO! Friendly service, OK! No sound of pots, pan and cooking utensil being used. They pulled the leftover food from the fridge and the warmed it up and served it. Save your money and time and go to Cook Out down the street...cheap, clean, and Fresh!

Pros: Location

Cons: All else

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This is not good Ethiopian Food. I think it may be the best in the triangle because there isn't any competition here. I can deal with the complete lack of ambience and service if the food is amazing, but the food wasn't even very good. Rather than being a nice blend of different spices and flavors that almost dance in your mouth (which is good ethiopian food), this was attacking my palate. If you have had good ethiopian before then don't even bother coming here because you will be very disappointed. If you have never had it and decide to ignore my advice and try it anyway then remember-- this is not a good representation of Ethiopian food and if you have the chance to eat it in NYC, DC, etc try it there! The service also was so bad that the only thing that kept me from walking out after 20 minutes of waiting for our drinks was the thought of the amazing reviews this place received. The staff sat around talking to their friends in the restaurant and watching tv at the bar rather than waiting on the few patrons in there on prime time saturday night. The seating was horrible... more like a chinese or pizza take out joint that doesn't really invite people to sit and stay. Again, annoyances I would endure for good food and inexpensive food, but this food was not good nor inexpensive.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is not good Ethiopian Food. I think it may be the best in the triangle because there isn't any competition here. I can deal with the complete lack of ambience and service if the food is amazing, but the food wasn't even very good. Rather than being a nice blend of different spices and flavors that almost dance in your mouth (which is good ethiopian food), this was attacking my palate. If you have had good ethiopian before then don't even bother coming here because you will be very disappointed. If you have never had it and decide to ignore my advice and try it anyway then remember-- this is not a good representation of Ethiopian food and if you have the chance to eat it in NYC, DC, etc try it there! The service also was so bad that the only thing that kept me from walking out after 20 minutes of waiting for our drinks was the thought of the amazing reviews this place received. The staff sat around talking to their friends in the restaurant and watching tv at the bar rather than waiting on the few patrons in there on prime time saturday night. The seating was horrible... more like a chinese or pizza take out joint that doesn't really invite people to sit and stay. Again, annoyances I would endure for good food and inexpensive food, but this food was not good nor inexpensive.

Pros: none

Cons: food, service & ambience

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Best Ethiopian in the Triangle!!! I've been to each of them including the much revered Queen of Sheba which serves a watered down version of the originals. Obviously because of the surroundings so I do not blame them. However, I love Abbysinian, anyone that loves Ethiopian food will agree, it's very similar to the place we used to frequent in the northeast, and I love the service. Know ahead of time that the food is made to order and it will take some time. It's NEVER a fast meal, because it isn't supposed to be. And I yes, there really isn't any ambiance but who cares when you're eating the best african cuisine available in the Triangle. We've taken several friends of ours and it's not everyone's cup of tea but then again what is? You can't please everyone, be prepared for a taste adventure!

It's a little known fact for the "newbies" but you'll have the best experience if you order a meat combo and a veggie combo. If you do this you'll have the best of everything and you'll have PLENTY of food. And order the Ethiopian spiced tea, also very delicious and makes for a more authentic meal.

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★★★★★

Best Ethiopian in the Triangle!!! I've been to each of them including the much revered Queen of Sheba which serves a watered down version of the originals. Obviously because of the surroundings so I do not blame them. However, I love Abbysinian, anyone that loves Ethiopian food will agree, it's very similar to the place we used to frequent in the northeast, and I love the service. Know ahead of time that the food is made to order and it will take some time. It's NEVER a fast meal, because it isn't supposed to be. And I yes, there really isn't any ambiance but who cares when you're eating the best african cuisine available in the Triangle. We've taken several friends of ours and it's not everyone's cup of tea but then again what is? You can't please everyone, be prepared for a taste adventure!

It's a little known fact for the "newbies" but you'll have the best experience if you order a meat combo and a veggie combo. If you do this you'll have the best of everything and you'll have PLENTY of food. And order the Ethiopian spiced tea, also very delicious and makes for a more authentic meal.

Pros: Food!! Friendly Service

Cons: Ambiance

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This past Sat. night, my husband and I and another couple went to Abyssinia. It was our first experience with Ethiopian food and it was not a good one. First, the place is dingy and drab and the bathrooms are a little scary, like what you see at a gas station rest stop on the highway. We ordered our food a little after 6:30, and by 7:40, it still had not arrived. We had to be at a hockey game at 8:30, so it was getting to the point where we were afraid we would have to leave. When ordering, we were informed that we would be charged $3.99 because we were only ordering 3 dishes for 4 people, even though the food is meant to be shared. When the food finally arrived (after my husband had to go ask for it), it was beyond disappointing. We ordered a beef dish, which consisted of a very small pile of beef with some onion and peppers ($13.50), a lentil dish ($12.50), which was three small piles, and by far the worst, a chicken dish, which for $11.99 came with (I'm not kidding here) one tiny chicken leg in a thick sauce. There was also supposed to be a side served with every meal (so we should have gotten three). What we got was three small piles of salad and one small pile of collards. The food was tasty, but not enough to justify the price and to charge a plate charge for such skimpy servings. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone unless you enjoy spending lots of money for little food and poor service. You can buy some lentils for 50 cents a pound and find a recipe on the internet and make the same stuff at home much cheaper!!

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★☆☆☆☆

This past Sat. night, my husband and I and another couple went to Abyssinia. It was our first experience with Ethiopian food and it was not a good one. First, the place is dingy and drab and the bathrooms are a little scary, like what you see at a gas station rest stop on the highway. We ordered our food a little after 6:30, and by 7:40, it still had not arrived. We had to be at a hockey game at 8:30, so it was getting to the point where we were afraid we would have to leave. When ordering, we were informed that we would be charged $3.99 because we were only ordering 3 dishes for 4 people, even though the food is meant to be shared. When the food finally arrived (after my husband had to go ask for it), it was beyond disappointing. We ordered a beef dish, which consisted of a very small pile of beef with some onion and peppers ($13.50), a lentil dish ($12.50), which was three small piles, and by far the worst, a chicken dish, which for $11.99 came with (I'm not kidding here) one tiny chicken leg in a thick sauce. There was also supposed to be a side served with every meal (so we should have gotten three). What we got was three small piles of salad and one small pile of collards. The food was tasty, but not enough to justify the price and to charge a plate charge for such skimpy servings. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone unless you enjoy spending lots of money for little food and poor service. You can buy some lentils for 50 cents a pound and find a recipe on the internet and make the same stuff at home much cheaper!!

Pros: None

Cons: Poor service, Small portions, Overpriced for what you get

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For a vegetarian like myself this was an excellent food experience. The ambiance could use some improvement, and I was a little surprised at the notice on the menu that there is a surcharge if you split an entree, but besides that I recommend it!

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★★★★★

For a vegetarian like myself this was an excellent food experience. The ambiance could use some improvement, and I was a little surprised at the notice on the menu that there is a surcharge if you split an entree, but besides that I recommend it!

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AMAZING FOOD....I've been a regular for years and am very fond of the place. It's never very crowded and always very friendly service. However, the meals they serve are time consuming to make- be sure to have enough time for a leisurely dinner- honestly the wait really isn't all that bad but its not a place to go if your in a hurry.

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★★★★★

AMAZING FOOD....I've been a regular for years and am very fond of the place. It's never very crowded and always very friendly service. However, the meals they serve are time consuming to make- be sure to have enough time for a leisurely dinner- honestly the wait really isn't all that bad but its not a place to go if your in a hurry.

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It took 30 minutes for the waitress to take our orders. Took another 45 minutes for food and beverage to arrive. No checking up on drinks or anything what so every. You are out of luck, if you need more beverage, etc. Once done, it took another 45 minutes to process the check. Food is OK but portion was very small for the high price. We have been to several Ethiopian restaurants (small upscale) all over the country. This is by far the worst Ethiopian restaurant. I would not recommend, unless you want to waste your time and money.

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★☆☆☆☆

It took 30 minutes for the waitress to take our orders. Took another 45 minutes for food and beverage to arrive. No checking up on drinks or anything what so every. You are out of luck, if you need more beverage, etc. Once done, it took another 45 minutes to process the check. Food is OK but portion was very small for the high price. We have been to several Ethiopian restaurants (small upscale) all over the country. This is by far the worst Ethiopian restaurant. I would not recommend, unless you want to waste your time and money.

Pros: None

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I've been to Abyssinia several times since the time the place has opened. I feel that the speed of the service has progressively slowed down (and the prices have gone up!) Still, I do enjoy the food there. If you go, make sure you have plenty of time because you don't know how long it'll take for you to get your food. (Could be an hour at worst). They definitely need to improve their service quality, but as I said before the food is excellent and very fresh.

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★★★★☆

I've been to Abyssinia several times since the time the place has opened. I feel that the speed of the service has progressively slowed down (and the prices have gone up!) Still, I do enjoy the food there. If you go, make sure you have plenty of time because you don't know how long it'll take for you to get your food. (Could be an hour at worst). They definitely need to improve their service quality, but as I said before the food is excellent and very fresh.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Slow service

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This is traditional Ethiopian. Eat with your fingers in a very casual environment. It's not the best Ethiopian I have ever eaten, but Since there are only 2 such places in the Triangle it's hard to beat. My wife and I love exotic foods. Indian is our favorite. If you like Indian you will like Ethiopian. It is all spiced with hot red peppers. Everything is served with a sauce form. The restaurant is a bar/nightclub/meeting place for the Ethiopian community. The service is one very nice waitress. This looks like a small family run business. We really enjoyed the spiced Ethiopian tea. If your a "foodie" you will enjoy the place. I wouldn't recommend it for a date place. Unless you have been together for awhile.:)

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★★★★☆

This is traditional Ethiopian. Eat with your fingers in a very casual environment. It's not the best Ethiopian I have ever eaten, but Since there are only 2 such places in the Triangle it's hard to beat. My wife and I love exotic foods. Indian is our favorite. If you like Indian you will like Ethiopian. It is all spiced with hot red peppers. Everything is served with a sauce form. The restaurant is a bar/nightclub/meeting place for the Ethiopian community. The service is one very nice waitress. This looks like a small family run business. We really enjoyed the spiced Ethiopian tea. If your a "foodie" you will enjoy the place. I wouldn't recommend it for a date place. Unless you have been together for awhile.:)

Pros: Spicey food, Cheap Prices, Tea, yum yum

Cons: atmosphere, slow service

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Slow, overpriced. Took 1 hour from time food was ordered for arrival of first morsel. Salad (about 2 pieces of lettuce) & main dishes (3 little piles of what looked like Dinty Moore stew) came together on one platter. Spongy bread reminded me of carpet padding. All dishes tasted the same. $25 for one platter of about 6 oz. of meat & 3 oz of sauce. Tasted like Indian food, only not as much of it. Decor was dreary. Only one waitress & one cook working on Saturday night for entire dining room. Worst dining experience in past 10 years in Raleigh.

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★☆☆☆☆

Slow, overpriced. Took 1 hour from time food was ordered for arrival of first morsel. Salad (about 2 pieces of lettuce) & main dishes (3 little piles of what looked like Dinty Moore stew) came together on one platter. Spongy bread reminded me of carpet padding. All dishes tasted the same. $25 for one platter of about 6 oz. of meat & 3 oz of sauce. Tasted like Indian food, only not as much of it. Decor was dreary. Only one waitress & one cook working on Saturday night for entire dining room. Worst dining experience in past 10 years in Raleigh.

Pros: Not crowded, No utensils, Simple menu

Cons: Extremely slow, Overpriced, Depressing meal

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Abyssinia is, by far, the best Ethiopian food in the area. The whole experience was great, including the ambience and the service. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves ethnic food.

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★★★★★

Abyssinia is, by far, the best Ethiopian food in the area. The whole experience was great, including the ambience and the service. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves ethnic food.

Pros: Food, Service, Location

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It is the one exotic home away from home restaurant. When it comes ethnic cuisine, Abyssinia rates one of the best in North America.

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★★★★★

It is the one exotic home away from home restaurant. When it comes ethnic cuisine, Abyssinia rates one of the best in North America.

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Simple decor and dim lighting greet diners at this Ethiopian restaurant, but what the restaurant lacks in ambiance it makes up for in exotic flavor. Guests share large platters of chicken doro wat and yebeg alicha (lamb…

 

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