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Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant

University City
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229 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2918
+1 215-387-2424
10:00 - 00:00
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215 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Can't beat the tasty Veggie and meat combos with dried beef tips - fresh Teff Injera included. For about $10 per person, you can eat your fill of yummy slightly spicy Dishes. The decor isn't anything to write home about and the service is ok. The attached bar is always filled with Ethiopians watching soccer. Tip: head upstairs to Fuime... More 

Thank Jenna P
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141 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Our oldest son took us to this restaurant as we like to try new foods and get a feel of another culture. We ordered some of the foods to share so we could try more flavors of these dishes. I like the awesome bread and be able to just sop up the food and liquids from it. Gene P Coplay... More 

Thank Gene P
New Jersey
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

I experienced Abyssinia this past weekend with friends. Cute restaurant in a rowhouse in Philadelphia. You walked upstairs to reach the restaurant. The food was interesting and although I didnt care for the 'bread', my friends loved it. The lamb and rice was amazing. Service was very slow, but the atmosphere and the prices made up for it.

Thank devilish_patsy
Burlington, Vermont
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249 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

Background: On an unexpected trip to Philadelphia, locals recommended this restaurant. It was a just little bit farther than the Baltimore Street Strip. Verdict: Don't judge a book by its cover! This is authentic Ethiopian food, just like the kind we used to enjoy in the Adams Morgan section of DC. We wolved down our vegetarian platter combo. We would... More 

Thank GlobalVillage
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

I love Ethiopian food but this was only ok. The service was fine for what the restaurant was but the food was oddly bland. The injera was not the worst but it was too thin and not spongy enough.

Thank emma0003
Philadelphia, PA
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78 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Solid choice, and combination platters are a great way to sample several dishes. Service always seems to be slow -- a characteristic that seems typical of most Ethiopian restaurants in the area. Probably a combination of insufficient wait staff and busy kitchen. Nevertheless, server was friendly and helpful. One caution: went with some friends who were vegetarian and ordered a... More 

Thank larrybard
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

Our family eats here about once a month, and it is very family friendly. Food served family style on one large plate in the center and you eat with your hands, which our children enjoy. Excellent Yebeg and Doro wot and Tibs. There is a hip bar upstairs where our book club meets from time to time, specializing in odd-ball... More 

Thank DrStephenHunt
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358 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2014

If you have never had ethiopian food, its a fun adventure you should try. This place is certainly affordable ($12 per person for a mixed plate in which you try 6 things), but the flavors are not as big and distinct as they could be. Service was very inconsistent and the place feels a little run down. Still glad we... More 

Thank PelleasPhiladelphia
Baltimore, Maryland
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102 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

The food here has a good taste but the service is very bad. the waitresses and kitchen are insanely slow. But the food has such a good taste that you put up with it. The restaurant is clean enough but dark.. they do have alcohol which is good so you dont have to bring it for occasions

Thank Travelergirl998
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22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

Love this place! Been there many times. Staff is friendly and offer suggestions if you are not familiar with what is on the menu. I absolutely love Ethiopian and this is great, authentic and affordable! I love eating with my hands too!! You eat from a shared platter of food so if you have a thing with germs, maybe this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 229 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2918
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > University City
  • Neighbourhood: University City
  • Phone Number: +1 215-387-2424

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