Addis Ababa Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Addis Ababa

December 7, 2017 Darleen Reid

Sometimes referred to as the capital of Africa, Addis Ababa is a buzzing hub of economic, social and political activity and home to such notable offices as the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The diversity of its people is reflected in the many churches, mosques and museums, including the Ethiopian National Museum which houses the fossilized skeleton of Dinkinesh, or Lucy, the Australopithecine discovered in the area in the 1970s.
Things to do in Addis Ababa

Bole Road | 2nd Floor Mega Building, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Italian, European, International, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +251 11 552 6848
Excellent
32%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 175 reviews

Makush Gallery

Reviewed By africanaddict - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

We tried lunch for our first meal at Makush. It was a 50-50 experience. My husband really liked his beef filet in whiskey sauce with pasta carbonara. I had the beef cutlet with pasta putanesca. His was very good. Mine not quite as good. My deep fried beef cutlet was very overdone, and the putanesca sauce was way overpowered by chilis (listed as green peppers in the menu - I should have remembered that it meant chilis and not green capsicum). Menu also promised capers ... not a one. I pretty much had to leave all the pasta - just too hot to eat.
The wine pours were extremely generous, and the macchiatos were terrific. We'll probably give it another go for a meal, but so far, I'm preferring Gusto Restaurant for my Italian cravings.

2. Aladdin Restaurant

Africa Avenue | Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch +251 11 661 4109
Excellent
31%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 162 reviews

Aladdin Restaurant

Reviewed By Martin Z - Switzerland

A basic but really lovely restaurant with terrific staff, so polite and welcoming. The middle eastern meals are tasty. The hummus with flatbred mouth watering, and the shish tahouk combined with the Ethiopian "hellish-spicy" cream is just superb.

3. Yod Abyssinia Traditional Food

Bole Medhaniyalem Area, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$235 +251 11 661 2985
Excellent
48%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Yod Abyssinia Traditional Food

Reviewed By chrisrod1 - Beira, Mozambique

It was my first time to eat Ethiopian food. This place came highly recommended so I ended up having lunch and dinner there. The food was excellent, the service good and the local honey wine blurred my senses. I can definitely recommend this place.
They have an interesting cultural dance show on every night. I enjoyed it.
If you go there for lunch there is no show. On the upside: You can actually talk to each other because it is not so noisy.

4. 2000 Habesha Cultural Restaurant

Bole, K 03/05, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +251 91 100 2938
Excellent
39%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 426 reviews

2000 Habesha Cultural Restaurant

Reviewed By Emma S

A perfect place to bring guests, or a perfect place to come as a tourist. May seem tacky, but absolutely isn’t. Brings to life the other cultures of Ethiopia with the music and dancing with awesome interactive dancers. The buffet is okay, but ordering a classic bayonet is the way to go.

5. Lucy Lounge & Restaurant

St George St | Arada Sub City, Next to National Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +251 91 114 6646
Excellent
24%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 355 reviews

Lucy Lounge & Restaurant

Just north of the National Museum, on the same side of St George, north of Arat Kilo Square

Reviewed By Ploy I - Bangkok, Thailand

The food could take a while to serve even though we were the only table there. The food was nice and they come in large portion. We thought it would be expensive but turned out to be cheaper than we thought it would be.

6. La Mandoline

Turn Right After Atlas Hotel Continue on This Road | After Yeshy Buna You See the La Mandoline Sign Pointing Left Into a Narrow Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +251 11 662 9482
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 307 reviews

La Mandoline

Note that there are no street addresses in Ethiopia! I've done my best to describe its location as would be done by one person living in Ethiopia to another. I lived in Ethiopia for 2 years, and I assure you this place exists. A map to this establishment can be found in the American Embassy publication at: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/ethiopia/427391/PDF%20files/The%20Lion%20June%209.pdf

Reviewed By Mariola P - Chicago, Illinois

We had two meals at La Mandoline. Both times all the dishes we ate were fresh and very well prepared. In addition to offering truly tasty food, the prices are reasonable and the friendly owner is available for a chat.

7. Bait Al Mandi

Opposit Yoli Building | Opposite Yolly Building, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch +251 92 092 9292
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

Bait Al Mandi

We Serve Traditional Arabic food: Rice, Lamb, Bedu rice with lamb. Superior Lamb broth Appetizers: Hummus, Hummus with Meat, Mutabal, Salads, Juices: Lemonade,Mintade, various fruit Juices House Complimentary: Arabic Spiced Tea

Reviewed By Andreas B

For those who have never tried Yemeni cusine before, Yemeni food is to me where north africa meets the middle east. Our tasting experience has been wonderful, and together with their hundred fold hospitality, we can all agree to say that all our visits have been extra ordirnary. Through our visits here, we have had a veriaty of different dishes. To metion a few; seltah, a type of lamb stew served in a hot iron pot, and the traditional lamb dish, mandi, where the meat was so tender that it fell of the bone by just looking at it, and hence melted on the tongue. The taboleh and hummus plates are delightful together with the complimentary fresh bread that repetitively comes to the table. The food is exquisite! Furthermore, the staff is lead by an increadibly caring and friendly owner who takes his time to come and assure that his guests choose a menu that would be to their utmost satisfaction. So, if you are tired of the poor customer service you usually get at the most restaurants around addis, this is definitively the place to go! To top it all, the portions are abundant, and the price is abosolute affordable. Thank you for a wonderful experience! Bait al mandi gets full score on the die. Congratulations!

8. Sishu

Sar Beyt and Kerra | Worke's Promise Building Complex, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +251 92 006 1063
Excellent
52%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 288 reviews

Sishu

Reviewed By Zaheer F - Pretoria, South Africa

From the time you enter the restaurant you transported to another world not comparable to anything you have experienced before. Excellent uncomplicated gourmet burgers and sandwiches that gives you the feeling that its emerged from a home kitchen. The ambience of the venue is a delicate merging of industrial chic, nordic minimalism and african ingenuity all seamless put together to create "Sishu Style"

9. Sichuan Restaurant

Kassanchis, Oda Bldg. 3rd Floor, In Fron of Zemen Bankt | Kassanchis, Oda Building 3rd Floor, In Front of Zemen Bank, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Validated Parking Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$196 +251 91 160 3926
Excellent
62%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Sichuan Restaurant

For a fresh take on Chinese cuisine, look no further than Sichuan Restaurant. Located on the 3rd floor of the ODA building, infront of Zemen Bank in Kasanchis which the restaurant offers splendid view of the flourishing city, as well as a cozy dining atmosphere. Owner Nebiyu Ermias is an Ethiopian chef who worked his way up from washing dishes at China Bar and Restaurant working in the kitchens of some of Addis Ababa's leading restaurants. He opened Sichuan Restaurant eight years ago and takes pride in the restaurant's standards of service. The friendly staff are quick to accommodate but not overbearing. Nebiyu is not satisfied unless the customer is happy. He is constantly changing and improving the restaurant in response to customer feedback. His desire for a "Chinese Bistrol" feel is apparent in the way he personally greets his diners after every meal, ensuring their satisfaction with the dinning experience. The entire staff is highly trained to make each guest feel welcome. Nebiyu explains, "It is about enjoyment when you come to the restaurant. You need to feel at home."But it is not just the service or the relaxing atmosphere that sets the Sichuan Restaurant apart. The food is always fresh and made to order. As head chef and owner, Nebiyu concentrates on the highest quality in ingredient preparation; nothing leaves the kitchen unless it passes his personal inspection.The dishes are prepared with a Hong Kong influence, so they are light and fresh. The steamed beef dumplings are hearty and flavorful, as are the long homemade egg noodles. The tasty spring rolls were crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, not greasy. Other popular dishes include sizzling steak, tangy sweet and sour pork, the smooth hot and sour soup, and golden fried dumplings. A perfect final course is toffee fried bananas, a harmonious blend of smooth flavor and crunchy texture. Encompassing spicy dishes from the South region of China and light dishes from the North, Sichuan has a flavor for everyone. "Cooking is my passion ... I want the guests to feel the texture and the freshness of the food," Nebiyu notes. And it is hard not to. Dinning at Sichuan is like being a personal guest in someone's home. The warm atmosphere, friendliness of the staff, and good food make this a place to come back to again and again.

Reviewed By africanaddict - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

We'd been craving some Chinese good, and friends referred us to Sichuan. What a great place. It took us a bit to find it - look up to third floor when on the street to see their signs. Go through the Oda Building lobby to the back of the building and walk up to 3rd floor. Once you're inside the restaurant, very nice and casual setting.
We shared the steamed pork dumplings (8 to an order) for a starter, and they were great! Good flavor, and perfect soy-based sauce to accompany.
We tried the orange chicken and sizzling beef for our mains - both were very tasty and fresh. Rice is an extra that must be ordered, but one order is sufficient for 2 people.
Attentive service, great food, good prices. We'll definitely be back!

10. Grani di Pepe Restaurant

28th Roundabout Abuare, Addis Ababa 01, Ethiopia Buffet, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, European Lunch, Dinner +251 93 370 6647
Excellent
53%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 155 reviews

Grani di Pepe Restaurant

Our resturant is located in an old Villa around &apos;900 century. Very charmy with a big and green garden, where is possible to have lunch during the good season. Our food is typical italian with some recipe from Liguria my region. Our food are prepared when we get the order, only the tomatoes sauce and bolognese sauce are ready (takes tiome to prepare them) soups, lasagna bolognese , brasato (roasted meat) and the meat that we use to prepare "Vitello tonnato". the sauces, fillets, escaloppes, salti in bocca. We are pround of the fresheness and the top quality of our product. <our restaurant is open every day from Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner, on Saturday and Sanday we are open from the lunch time up to dinner from 12 o&apos;clock up to 9,30 pm

Reviewed By Dantes25 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

When my true Italian friends who were in town for a visit and tired of the local food, I took them to Grani D' P.
From the entrance they liked the trees and farmed and the old building setting...DESTA the elegant and sharp Head Waiter sat us at the center and we order three different dished and salad to really taste my guest buds, to the Italian food versed waitress.( the chef a she was not around)
And the sea food spaghetti and the steak were the best authentic flavored , the lasagna was 'potable' according the experts.
When we paid the price was so reasonable and they tipped well.
Grazzie Grani...

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