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Cafe lalibela

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91 Irving St, Footscray, Maribyrnong, Victoria, Australia
11:00 - 22:00
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

5 dishes between 4 of us was way too much. Every dish had its own flavour and it was just incredible.

Thank Christopher S
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12 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I had lunch today and had the lamb Tibs served on Injera. The service was quick as l was the first in. The meal itself was fine perhaps a little strong with the lemon juice. The bread was fresh and the beer cold so overall for 20.00 including beer and tip l would say this is a great place for... More 

Thank Nic B
Melbourne, Australia
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128 reviews
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

I've never had the urge to travel to Ethiopia for other than the ancient architecture... and now a little more urged following my few visits to this restaurant... A good selection of authentic food... don't come if you are in a rush... this is not fast food, but traditional food cooked and served authentically. I love the share plate of... More 

Thank mangkurat
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Cafe Lalibela is a real find. The service is always friendly and the food is consistently good. If you haven't tried Ethiopian food before, why not try the Beyenetu - a taster of several different dishes.

Thank 631lorraine
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3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 7 April 2016

We had a very warm welcome into this simple,clean and unpretentious cafe. The food was really authentic to its origin and it was surprising to find 3 Ethiopian beers and a red wine, which suited the spicy blends in the five dishes we chose. We really enjoyed eating from one common plate of food placed in the centre of the... More 

Thank CriticSydney
Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews
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Reviewed 17 March 2016

nice casual clean, short menu, need more living music of Ethiopia, more variety of Ethiopian food, nice casual clean, short menu, need more living music of Ethiopia, more variety of Ethiopian food,

Thank ashraf s
Victoria, Australia
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90 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2016

We have been going here for many years. There are a lot of Ethiopian Restaurants in this area, but I find Lalibela simple, but very enjoyable. So cheap and the owner recognizes and acknowledges me every time. If you haven't tried then it's a must for a foodie. BYO wine etc, except beer, but try the Ethiopian beer as it... More 

Thank Vicki R
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3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 17 December 2015 via mobile

Cafe lalibela is one my favorite restaurant..i am not local,I am American tourist but cafe lalibela, and ras dashen restaurant cured my home sick,Footscray is 5km from Melbourne CBD yet its so different that you will think u just landed American city,very diverse...

Thank moaaden112
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Reviewed 5 December 2015 via mobile

Compulsory dining for the Footscray gourmet! Love this place. Incredible good and wonderful hospitality. Leave the car at home and try the Ethiopian beers. I love this place.

1 Thank Emma L
Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 12 August 2015

Typical Ethiopian fare (curries served on ingera flat-bread, eat with your hands) nicely prepared. No pressure here - the staff wait behind the bar unless you want something. Three Ethiopean beers of slightly different strengths. Our third time there, and happy each time.

1 Thank Simon C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 91 Irving St, Footscray, Maribyrnong, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Maribyrnong  >  Footscray

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?