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African, Ethiopian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 21 August 2021

The servers and staff were as friendly and helpful as they could be. The food was tasty and filling and served in an outdoor patio setting. Dinner for 4 with tip was slightly over $50. We ordered the meat lovers platter with salmon, lamb and...vegan and it was delectable. Service was incredibly fast. The only thing that I found strange was that the water served was not chilled but at room temperature, but they did provide ice once we requested ice. A cuisine and service not to be missed.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 11 July 2021 via mobile

This is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to and strongly recommend coming here for delicious food and great service.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 24 November 2020

I came here with friends while my partner and I were visiting, and the restaurant was simply outstanding. It was my partner's first time eating Ethiopian food, and it's really the kind of cuisine that has to be eaten at the right restaurant because it's...easy to get wrong, but this restaurant got it absolutely right. The sambusas are crispy and filling, and the entrees are generously portioned. We ordered a meat injera and a veggie injera to share, and we were all stuffed by the end of it. The meat is well cooked and tender, the veggies are sublime (try the shiro and the gomen), and the staff were all super friendly and answered any questions we had. The atmosphere was welcoming.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 18 October 2020 via mobile

We all loved the food and pleasant atmosphere and friendly service. The dinner menu provide many choices and service staff were able to answer and explain the offering on the menu.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 13 September 2020

Excellent precautions taken during COVID and stellar food make for an easy 5 stars. As far as COVID precautions go, I ordered online via ChowNow for pickup. Once I got to the restaurant, they had clear signage pointing me towards the online order line, and...I noticed ample curbside spots for phone orders as well. Once I got to the window, I had my food in about a minute. No other cars, no delays, everyone had masks on (correctly), and I got to enjoy the free smells of Ethiopian food wafting through the parking lot. I got ribeye tibs and the potato stew. Both had tons of flavor, and while I did find a small bone and some fatty pieces of steak in my portion, the steak was soft, the sauce light and had a slight kick, and the veggies were a nice touch. Potato stew was super tasty as well. They gave me plenty of injera which was solid, though not my favorite bread. Absolutely nothing to complain about here. I'd go back in a heartbeat and appreciate how seriously they are taking this pandemic.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 17 March 2020

A group of 16 sat in the enclosed patio at Desta. Service is typically slow here, so we were in no hurry. Server was very friendly amd once order was taken the food came out quickly. Everyone enjoyed their meals. I ordered the fish tibs...with injera and cabbage...it was fantastic!!!More

Date of visit: March 2020
DestaEthiopian, Owner at Desta Ethiopian Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2020

Thanks so much for coming to see us! Glad you enjoyed your experience!!

Reviewed 13 March 2020

Desta was highly recommended by a friend. I had never eaten Ethiopian food before and it was well worth the drive. I told the waitress that this was my first time eating Ethiopian food. She warmly welcomed us and explained the menu options. We asked...her for recommendations and we were not disappointed. The sauces were so flavorful - spicy but not burning hot. Our sampler platter was large enough for two people to share. I can’t wait to go back and introduce this restaurant to more friends.More

Date of visit: March 2020
DestaEthiopian, Owner at Desta Ethiopian Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2020

We really appreciate your business! We'll be opening a location in West Midtown this spring, so check us out there if it's closer to you!

Reviewed 12 February 2020

Modern setting, very clean and food quality is very high. Staff was very helpful in explaining dishes and offered recommendations that were spot on. Can't wait to go back.

Date of visit: February 2020
DestaEthiopian, Owner at Desta Ethiopian Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2020

So glad you had a great experience! We love hearing reviews like this. Thanks for sharing!

Reviewed 9 February 2020

If a tasty Ethiopian meal coupled with good service is your thing while in the Atlanta area, I tender a hearty recommendation for Desta. I ate there on successive evenings this last week because of price, quality and service. The tomato fit-fit and and lamb...tibs are prepared with a nod to the Motherland, while the teff injera reminds me of my time in Gimbie. While nothing replaces the being in east Africa, the Ethiopian staff, mixed clientele, and diners eating with their fingers brings back fond memories. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2020
DestaEthiopian, Owner at Desta Ethiopian Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2020

Thanks for the love, Dave! So glad you enjoyed your time with us. Hope to see you back again soon!

Reviewed 23 January 2020 via mobile

This was my 5th visit and it was delicious and is consistently a great experience. We had a party of 6, which 2 were newbies to Ethiopian Cusine. They loved it. Downstairs seating is pretty tight, so they offered to seat us upstairs which was...much more comfortable and not as loud. Our Server TG was very patient, kind and very efficient. She is a gem! Thank you TG!More

Date of visit: January 2020
DestaEthiopian, Owner at Desta Ethiopian Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2020

We're so glad you enjoyed your experience, SanL! Can't wait to see you again soon!

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I order the tilapia on a huge bed of spring greens (fish salad) and never have a reaction. Avoid the rice. Excellent food!
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Desta Ethiopian Kitchen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4