Amhara Region Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Amhara Region

August 11, 2017 Mikaela Didonna

Amhara (Amharic: አማራ) is one of the nine ethnic divisions (kililoch) of Ethiopia, containing the homeland of the Amhara people. Previously known as Region 3, its capital is Bahir Dar. Ethiopia's largest inland body of water, Lake Tana, which is the source of the Blue Nile river, is located within Amhara. The region also contains the Semien Mountains National Park, which includes Ras Dashan, the highest point in Ethiopia. Amhara is bordered by the state of Sudan to the west and northwest, and in other directions by other regions of Ethiopia: Tigray to the north, Afar to the east, Benishangul-Gumuz to the west and southwest, and Oromia to the south.
Things to do in Amhara Region

1. Goha Hotel

Gonder, Ethiopia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol African, Ethiopian Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch +251 58 111 0634
Excellent
30%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 94 reviews

Goha Hotel

Reviewed By Tanja S - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location, location, location. Great place to chill out after day tripping. Lovely views over Gondar city. Great sunset. Staff is very helpful, plentiful and attentive. We asked for a table on a lower Terrace and it materialized. We asked for a fire (it was quite windy the 2nd day and hence chilly) and the fire was lit!
We did not stay at the Goha this time, privileging a hotel down town this time, for sake of easy access. But we went for drinks (day 1 of our stay in Gondar) and for drinks and dinner on day 2 and we loved it. First time we stayed at the Goha was in 1993. It's still going strong. Congratulations to the management. Warmly recommended.
There'a a pool as well. And a nice bar and restaurant. And free WiFi. And a lovely water Fountain (very restful to hear the water splashing and gurgling) and very nice classical Ethiopian music. Had not hear for a long time. Very restful as well. Reception staff was quite attentive to our needs, informing us our driver had arrived.
And the hotel was packed. Well done!
Rooms are good as far as I know/overhearing other guests.

2. John Cafeteria & Lalibela Restaurant

Lalibela, Ethiopia Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, African, Ethiopian Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Excellent
57%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

John Cafeteria & Lalibela Restaurant

Reviewed By Moonbathing - San Francisco, California

The cafe and restaurant look great, but I was here for the souvenirs. This is the best place in town to find an interesting memento, with a great variety of arts and crafts from the surrounding areas. The owner is very hospitable and gracious. Next time I'll try the juices and food too!

3. Seven Olives Hotel Restaurant

Lalibela, Ethiopia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar African, European, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night +251 33 336 0020
Excellent
27%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 439 reviews

Seven Olives Hotel Restaurant

Reviewed By Holy_Innocent - Brampton, Canada

Very nice setting with very quaint setup, simple good food and relaxing environment. Good menu choices although every time we visited they ran out of chicken. Not expensive but excellent value.

4. Unique Restaurant

Lalibela, Ethiopia Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

Unique Restaurant

Reviewed By Pippa354 - Shaftesbury, United Kingdom

Cosy, intimate and run by a wonderful Ethiopian who is so friendly and delightful. She makes the place so homely that one does not want to leave it and it is fun to to just talk to her about Lalibela

5. Ben Abeba

Sekota Road, Lalibela, Ethiopia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi African, European, Ethiopian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$24 - HK$63 +251 33 336 0215
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Ben Abeba

This is a new restaurant which I visited several times on a recent visit to Lalibela. It is an amazing structure and serves excellent food as well as having wonderful loos.

Reviewed By martingomez2014 - San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

it is located in a top of a hill with a shape of a witch hat, with 360 views. good meal at a reasonable price, deserve to be the visit

6. The Four Sisters Restaurant

By The Soccer Field Behind the Public Library, Gonder, Ethiopia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +251 91 873 6510
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 674 reviews

The Four Sisters Restaurant

Reviewed By Brett M - Mansfield

This is an Oasis in Gondar, we had lunch here twice.
Great restaurant, friendly staff and lots of them, drinks cold,
prices reasonable, food really good and in a quiet leafy setting.
Sure it’s touristy but for a reason, it’s just a well run establishment, well done You four .

7. Lake Shore Restaurant

11o35'49.57" N 37o23'26. 80" E, Bahar Dar, Ethiopia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Ethiopian, African, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Excellent
30%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 162 reviews

Lake Shore Restaurant

Right on the shore of Lake Tana,From the back side of Amhara national regional state bureau,In front of Amhara Development association,next to Zagol Recreational place.

Reviewed By Robert937 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

A circular shaped restaurant on a small Island linked to the shore by a short dirt road. Expensive by local standards (almost double what you pay in town for similar or better food), but the location is very pleasant indeed. Cozy tables and chairs under shady trees with colorful birds and with a good view on Lake Tana.
Mosquitos often a problem in the evening.
Price indication 160 ETB average meal; 120 ETB meal with fish, 10 ETB coffee

8. Habesha Coffee

Piazza, Gonder, Ethiopia Seating, Waitstaff African, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
11%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 17 reviews

Habesha Coffee

Cafe

Reviewed By tweetyduck - Doncaster, United Kingdom

Excellent Burger and amazing burger for the location. We tried many restaurants and some had no food at all. The Burger is big enough to share !

9. Dashen Brewery

Road To Bahir Dar And Airport, Gonder, Ethiopia Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Seating American, Bar, Pub
Excellent
41%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Dashen Brewery

This is also the factory for Dashen Beer. There is a beautiful garden Seating area. It's on the way to Gonder from the Gonder airport or Bahir Dar.

Reviewed By Outoftheboat - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

This is a great, relaxed and clean beer garden set in AN ACTUAL GARDEN (rare for Ethiopia)....have fun relaxing with locals...great fresh beer and we ate some simple food as well (Spaghetti and Tibs) which was good.....we will go again....it's worth the short journey from "town"....

10. Mountain View Hotel Bar & Restaurant

North Wollo, Lalibela, Ethiopia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar Ethiopian, African, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch +251 33 336 0804
Excellent
23%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 132 reviews

Mountain View Hotel Bar & Restaurant

Reviewed By Hanie501 - Kigali, Rwanda

I don't know why this restaurant is so highly rate, we were very disappointed. We went for dinner, my salad was uninspiring and my friend was unable to finish her meal. And what view? The curtains were closed and it was dark, however peaking out all we could see were trees on the other side of the garden. There are definitely better restaurants in Lalibela.

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