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Habesha Restaurant

181 King St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
+61 2 4929 1876
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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Restaurant Hours
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
181 King St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

What a great little restaurant, smooth and speedy booking service, a pleasant follow up to check our booking, wonderful and unflappable staff (not a blinked eye when a table dropped their dinner plate on the floor). Habesha restaurant specializes in Ethiopian cuisine, probably not a...More

5  Thank Mr_rossduncan
Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

Nice food, good value, friendly staff and (for us) a new experience. Not much more you could ask for. We had an outside table which was interesting and warm enough in November. Recommended.

Thank BrettinNZ
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

I took the Mrs out here for dinner and we landed an outside table(bloody cold and nearly in the traffic!) That wasnt crash hot. Anyway, the food was hearty and quite enjoyable. I could'nt say the menu was exactly "a la carte" as there wasnt...More

1  Thank Legal_Fiction
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

This little gem of a restaurant was recommended by my a friend who happened to be vegetarian. Her partner is vegan so we had to be particular about the restaurant we chose. This restaurant is accommodating to those dietary requirements and able to adjust to...More

Thank davidnR3467CC
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Eating Ethiopian style was a great experience. The wait staff are warm and friendly. The food is tasty, but not top rate

Thank Cosmopolitan617650
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This was a really nice place to eat, good food, and a fairly good wine list as well, which was not horribly expensive - nice touch. They recently went from BYO to having alcohol service so this is a good way to start. The food...More

Thank SkottP64
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

If there is one dining experience that is worth trying in Newcastle it's Habesha. Delicious Ethiopian cuisine served traditionally and eaten without cutlery. You must book as they are always busy and there is a good reason for this. Try the Miser Wot, spicy red...More

Thank MJPlaydon
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Hands only dining, I recommend the red lentils and the siga wot after dining here twice these are my two favourites. Similar sauces, very rich and flavoursome. Sambsusas to start were delicious. The lamb dish is served with cuts of meat on the bone in...More

Thank bridgetanne89
Reviewed 20 September 2017

No cutlery required. Fantastic curry-like foods, large portions, great wine and friendly staff. Been here a few times and will definitely come back regularly.

Thank Gabby G
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Very cosy and welcoming vibe when entering the restaurant. Staff were pleasant and our waitress was very knowledgeable and very helpful explaining the menu and the ritual of hand washing prior to eating. We ordered three dishes lamb, chicken and a vegan dish, which was...More

Thank clob_16
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maria b
19 May 2018|
Response from Debra L | Reviewed this property |
Most of the foods served would be coeliac friendly (I used to run a restaurant so not guessing here), but naturally it is always worth checking. Worth a visit!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181 King St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Newcastle
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4929 1876
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