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Castelli Restaurant

Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good31%
  • Average20%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible8%
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“antipasti” (42 reviews)
“pasta” (73 reviews)
“cassata” (7 reviews)
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Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great atmosphere and wonderful food. A little pricey but worth it for a special occasion. Wee ordered several different pasta dishes and all were equally good. Service was very attentive.

Thank reynoldscd2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An authentic Italian menu. I had the vegetable soup and lasagna. Both were superb. Restaurant is also located in a vibrant part of Addis.

Thank Coleman21
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Castelli is one of the oldest restaurant in Addis, maybe the first restaurant in Addis, when the new city of Addis Ababa start developing itself. And Castelli restaurant was conceived by a professional trattoria owner from Piemonte, his region back in Italy. Mr Castelli build...More

Thank LNT07
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

I honestly don't know what's the fuss about this place since the food is borderline bad, the place looks like a classroom and the staff has less charm than a Komodo dragon. I guess if you ain't driving a diplomatic you better find some other...More

Thank bituon
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We were invited by my friend to the Castelli resturant, it's authentic and real Italian food run by Italian family. We ordered veggie soup, was delicious, spaghetti, yummy , and roasted lamb . Food was great and delicious

Thank Mohamed A
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

This is a fascinating place in old town of Addis Ababa. A truly excellent italian restaurant which is run by the daughter of the founders. Considered one of the best restaurants in Addis and I agree. Strongly recommended!

Thank Torgny K
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

By far, best Italian food in Ethiopia and better than most Italian restaurants in Italy. I have been going there for over 20 years and standard is very consistent. Food is delicious. Never disappointed! Need to book early or chances are you will not be...More

Thank Yewub
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Castelli has been around for ages and like aging wine is gets better with age! very good service, food taste was excellent and the price is well within the 140-400 range depending on what you order. As commenters have mentioned, book in advance. Their door...More

Thank Etsub Y
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Superb italian cuisine...very authentic and good quality food...however a prior bking for dinners is a must..lunch time can be a walk in...vegetarian variety is good too..however the owner (old man)is mad...so just eat,pay and leave... They will not accept their mistake and never replace the...More

Thank Anisha B
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Starting with the Parma ham, followed with honest Italian food, whichever you fancy, it gives you the food the way it should be: straight, simple but delicious as it has been for more than 30 years.

Thank George D
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Questions & Answers
Nihal F
25 October 2015|
Response from NickVgoba | Reviewed this property |
Nihal F, that is a good question. I have got no idea. I will be in Addis this week and hopefully (i) remember to ask friends who took us there and (ii) then remember to post a comment.
4 October 2015|
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Response from Lina J | Reviewed this property |
I recommend you don't waste your money there, cash or card. And I believe only cash.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Location: Africa  >  Ethiopia  >  Addis Ababa
  • Phone Number: 571757
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