Abay Ethiopian Cuisine

★★★★☆
  • 130 S Highland Ave

    Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    Cross street: Highway 380

    Map & Directions
  • 412-661-9736

About Abay Ethiopian Cuisine

Hours
Tue-Thurs 5pm-10pm Fri 5pm-11pm Sat 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm Sun 11:00am-3:00pm, 5pm-10pm
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We recently moved to Pittsburgh from the west coast, where they are many Ethiopian restaurants to choose from, which was lucky for us since Ethiopian is one of our favrotie cuisines. Unfortunately, Abay did not serve much that resembles true Ethiopian cuisine. None of the dishes were bad, but not were particularly good either. The greens tasted as if they had been prepared with Mexican chili powder. Most of the flavors were flat, and lacked the vibrance found with berbere. Portions were at best half the size of portions found at other Ethiopian restaurants. (One injera for a table fo four). A disservice to Pittsburgh..

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★★☆☆☆

We recently moved to Pittsburgh from the west coast, where they are many Ethiopian restaurants to choose from, which was lucky for us since Ethiopian is one of our favrotie cuisines. Unfortunately, Abay did not serve much that resembles true Ethiopian cuisine. None of the dishes were bad, but not were particularly good either. The greens tasted as if they had been prepared with Mexican chili powder. Most of the flavors were flat, and lacked the vibrance found with berbere. Portions were at best half the size of portions found at other Ethiopian restaurants. (One injera for a table fo four). A disservice to Pittsburgh..

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Not authentic Ethiopian food, portion size

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Abay was our family's first introduction to Ethiopian food and we are now hooked! Our favorites are the spicy chicken and spicy bean dishes...but honestly, I'm not sure you could go wrong here. All dishes are served with traditional ethiopian bread (like a pancake), which is delicious. Just roll up your food in the pancake and enjoy--no utensils required! The food is spicy so be careful if you're sensitive to that but I'm sure they can adjust accordingly. It's great to eat it or take out--we love Abay!

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★★★★★

Abay was our family's first introduction to Ethiopian food and we are now hooked! Our favorites are the spicy chicken and spicy bean dishes...but honestly, I'm not sure you could go wrong here. All dishes are served with traditional ethiopian bread (like a pancake), which is delicious. Just roll up your food in the pancake and enjoy--no utensils required! The food is spicy so be careful if you're sensitive to that but I'm sure they can adjust accordingly. It's great to eat it or take out--we love Abay!

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Looking for a great place to eat with friends? Try Abay! They have traditional ethiopian eating style as well as the American style(meaning plates and silverwar). So whatever fits your taste, they have you covered.

I thought the place was great. I went with some friends and had a blast eating off of a common plate. The food was superb. They had an excellent vegetarian/vegan menu as well as some good picks for meat eaters :)

It was a bit pricy (65-70$ for dinner) but split among 5-6 people, and considering how amazing the food was, I say it was well deserved.

If you have never tried Ethiopian food and are looking for a good intro or if your a regular patron of Ethiopian dishes, you should try Abay.

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★★★★☆

Looking for a great place to eat with friends? Try Abay! They have traditional ethiopian eating style as well as the American style(meaning plates and silverwar). So whatever fits your taste, they have you covered.

I thought the place was great. I went with some friends and had a blast eating off of a common plate. The food was superb. They had an excellent vegetarian/vegan menu as well as some good picks for meat eaters :)

It was a bit pricy (65-70$ for dinner) but split among 5-6 people, and considering how amazing the food was, I say it was well deserved.

If you have never tried Ethiopian food and are looking for a good intro or if your a regular patron of Ethiopian dishes, you should try Abay.

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Abay reminds me of my great-grandmother's cooking. I love it so much. This town has a real treasure to have Abay.

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★★★★★

Abay reminds me of my great-grandmother's cooking. I love it so much. This town has a real treasure to have Abay.

Pros: cozey, friendly delicious

Cons: none

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Okay, first I need to say that I live in the D.C. metropolitan area where there are so many Ethiopian restaurants you could eat at a different place daily and not get to them all in a month. The previous diner that went to Abay must not know Ethiopian cuisine like he or she thinks. The food at Abay is delicious. The atmosphere is very calming and you want to just sit there and hangout and eat all night. The various spices that they use in their food make you feel like you are back in the "Ethiopian Motherland". Even though I live in the D.C. area, I would rate Abay #1 in my book for Ethiopian restaurants . The food, cool atmosphere, and outstanding servers make the experience superb. I will continue to drive 5 hours one way almost every other month to get my Ethiopian cravings met at Abay. I have also tried Tana and it can't compare in authenticity, taste, and service like you get at Abay!

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★★★★★

Okay, first I need to say that I live in the D.C. metropolitan area where there are so many Ethiopian restaurants you could eat at a different place daily and not get to them all in a month. The previous diner that went to Abay must not know Ethiopian cuisine like he or she thinks. The food at Abay is delicious. The atmosphere is very calming and you want to just sit there and hangout and eat all night. The various spices that they use in their food make you feel like you are back in the "Ethiopian Motherland". Even though I live in the D.C. area, I would rate Abay #1 in my book for Ethiopian restaurants . The food, cool atmosphere, and outstanding servers make the experience superb. I will continue to drive 5 hours one way almost every other month to get my Ethiopian cravings met at Abay. I have also tried Tana and it can't compare in authenticity, taste, and service like you get at Abay!

Pros: Portion Size

Cons: None

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Why do these reviewers perpetuate false raves of authenticity in Abay? Being a lover of Ethiopian food, i was disappointed to find Abay lacking in taste, portions, price, service, and authenticity in general. I went there because Pittsburghers raved about the food (which just proves they don't know better). I can honestly say that i gave it a shot, after dining there 3 times. After doing my research, i found that the place WAS authentic when they first opened but the cooks have traded hands since. Abay is not bad food, rather, a disappointment if you know Ethiopian cuisine. FORTUNATELY.... Tana comes as a second Ethiopian restaurant to the burgh, and this is not Abay's little sister folks. TANA is the real mamma. The address is 5929 Baum Blvd and it comes recommended from true Ethiopian food enthusiasts. if you like Abay, you'll love Tana.

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★★★☆☆

Why do these reviewers perpetuate false raves of authenticity in Abay? Being a lover of Ethiopian food, i was disappointed to find Abay lacking in taste, portions, price, service, and authenticity in general. I went there because Pittsburghers raved about the food (which just proves they don't know better). I can honestly say that i gave it a shot, after dining there 3 times. After doing my research, i found that the place WAS authentic when they first opened but the cooks have traded hands since. Abay is not bad food, rather, a disappointment if you know Ethiopian cuisine. FORTUNATELY.... Tana comes as a second Ethiopian restaurant to the burgh, and this is not Abay's little sister folks. TANA is the real mamma. The address is 5929 Baum Blvd and it comes recommended from true Ethiopian food enthusiasts. if you like Abay, you'll love Tana.

Pros: BYOB (but a 3-4$ corking fee, per state laws)

Cons: overrated by Pittsburghers

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The two other cities where I have had Ethiopian food are New York and San Francisco. I am glad that we in Pittsburgh also have an Ethiopian restaurant and I am even happier that it is within 2 miles of my primary residence in the Highland Park area. I was here for a date in January of 2007 and I would give it two thumbs up.
Food: great; sufficient portions; the platters make it easy to select a number of entrees. My friend and I ended up having a platter for two in which we could choose 4 different dishes and we ended up choosing two chicken preparations and two vegetarian preparations. All of them were very well prepared and none were excessively spicy.
Service: Good. Could have been better but the restaurant was also extremely busy that Sunday evening and I can understand why it was less than exceptional. The one thing which I missed (especially compared to my previous experiences of having Ethiopian food) is that in both those instances the food was served by people who looked Ethiopian enhancing to the atmosphere and ambiance. That was not the case with Abay.
Overall a great value for money. I would also suspect that consuming Ethiopian food is a great experiential thing which everyone should consider giving a shot.

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★★★★★

The two other cities where I have had Ethiopian food are New York and San Francisco. I am glad that we in Pittsburgh also have an Ethiopian restaurant and I am even happier that it is within 2 miles of my primary residence in the Highland Park area. I was here for a date in January of 2007 and I would give it two thumbs up.
Food: great; sufficient portions; the platters make it easy to select a number of entrees. My friend and I ended up having a platter for two in which we could choose 4 different dishes and we ended up choosing two chicken preparations and two vegetarian preparations. All of them were very well prepared and none were excessively spicy.
Service: Good. Could have been better but the restaurant was also extremely busy that Sunday evening and I can understand why it was less than exceptional. The one thing which I missed (especially compared to my previous experiences of having Ethiopian food) is that in both those instances the food was served by people who looked Ethiopian enhancing to the atmosphere and ambiance. That was not the case with Abay.
Overall a great value for money. I would also suspect that consuming Ethiopian food is a great experiential thing which everyone should consider giving a shot.

Pros: Awesome food; out of the ordinary

Cons: None really

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I live in Chicago where there are tons of Ethiopian places but we heard good things about this one so we decided to try it when we were in Pittsburgh. It was fantastic! BYOB is always great and on top of it the food was so delicious! We sat at one of the small tables on stools and the experience was fun! I would highly recommend this place... get a combination plate!

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★★★★☆

I live in Chicago where there are tons of Ethiopian places but we heard good things about this one so we decided to try it when we were in Pittsburgh. It was fantastic! BYOB is always great and on top of it the food was so delicious! We sat at one of the small tables on stools and the experience was fun! I would highly recommend this place... get a combination plate!

Pros: Good food, BYOB, great service!

Cons: No reservations and there was a long wait when we walked in

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I've never had ethiopian food before and was pleasantly surprised with its simplicity. Essentiall each dish is served with flat bread (no utensils here!). The best way to go for dinner is to get the combo meal, where you can choose 4 different dishes (meat or veggie). These dishes come out with the flat bread, nice and spicy! We had Doro tibs, Shrimp Tibs, Zilzil, and a Lentil-based dish which I forget the name of. These were very tasty, each with a different set of spices and textures. Dessert was fantastic! The pumpkin sambusso was great with brown sugar and cinnamon ice cream....BYOB!

2
★★★★★

I've never had ethiopian food before and was pleasantly surprised with its simplicity. Essentiall each dish is served with flat bread (no utensils here!). The best way to go for dinner is to get the combo meal, where you can choose 4 different dishes (meat or veggie). These dishes come out with the flat bread, nice and spicy! We had Doro tibs, Shrimp Tibs, Zilzil, and a Lentil-based dish which I forget the name of. These were very tasty, each with a different set of spices and textures. Dessert was fantastic! The pumpkin sambusso was great with brown sugar and cinnamon ice cream....BYOB!

Pros: Great value ($25 for the combo for 2)

Cons: Parking can be tricky and Friday Nights are busy

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Abay has good Ethiopian food and great service helpful service. Pleasant bright decor. It is very clean and is a great place for a group of people to share family style. I would say great Ethiopian food, but I was spoiled in DC.

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★★★★☆

Abay has good Ethiopian food and great service helpful service. Pleasant bright decor. It is very clean and is a great place for a group of people to share family style. I would say great Ethiopian food, but I was spoiled in DC.

Pros: value, ethnic experiance, service

Cons: none

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There are very few Ethiopian restaurants in Pittsburgh, and this is notable for its consistent quality. The food is very good, accented by a warm decor and pleasant service. All of the dishes were prepared well, with fresh ingredients, and extremely affordable.

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★★★★☆

There are very few Ethiopian restaurants in Pittsburgh, and this is notable for its consistent quality. The food is very good, accented by a warm decor and pleasant service. All of the dishes were prepared well, with fresh ingredients, and extremely affordable.

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Words are not enough to describe this cuisine so go try it out for yourself!You wont be dissappointed!!

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★★★★★

Words are not enough to describe this cuisine so go try it out for yourself!You wont be dissappointed!!

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Nice to have an Ethiopian restaurant in town finally. Too bad it couldn't be Meskerem.

Still, everyone in town should give it a try at least once. Eating Ethiopian is a different experience, from the flavors to the service way food is eaten. On the food - the injira's OK. The rest seems uneven somehow, either it's right or it's too spiced or not spiced enough compared to Ethiopian eateries in DC or NYC. Hard to explain the details since there isn't anything to compare it to. Just try whatever choice on the menu gives you the most different tastes.

Need to point out that there are meat/chicken options. Possibly the worst thing any reviewer could do to a relatively new place is pigeonhole it as vegan - that will be sure to keep the crowds away. Don't worry. There are plenty of options and different tastes.

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★★★★☆

Nice to have an Ethiopian restaurant in town finally. Too bad it couldn't be Meskerem.

Still, everyone in town should give it a try at least once. Eating Ethiopian is a different experience, from the flavors to the service way food is eaten. On the food - the injira's OK. The rest seems uneven somehow, either it's right or it's too spiced or not spiced enough compared to Ethiopian eateries in DC or NYC. Hard to explain the details since there isn't anything to compare it to. Just try whatever choice on the menu gives you the most different tastes.

Need to point out that there are meat/chicken options. Possibly the worst thing any reviewer could do to a relatively new place is pigeonhole it as vegan - that will be sure to keep the crowds away. Don't worry. There are plenty of options and different tastes.

Pros: It's Ethiopian. In Pittsburgh.

Cons: It's not as good as the better Ethiopian places in DC.

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I really love this place. They have 11 vegetarian entrees and all but one of them are vegan. And best of all the food is very good and being the only ethiopian restaurant in town it is different than the same old things that the other restaurants are serving.

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★★★★★

I really love this place. They have 11 vegetarian entrees and all but one of them are vegan. And best of all the food is very good and being the only ethiopian restaurant in town it is different than the same old things that the other restaurants are serving.

 

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