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Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant
Ranked #2,497 of 10,734 Restaurants in Chicago
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

I've been here three times now, and can confidently say it's my favorite Ethiopian restaurant in Chicago. Great variety of dishes, the vegetarian/vegan platter special is a great deal, and the service is wonderful. The woman who runs it is incredibly kind. And, most importantly, the food is delicious!

Thank ClareO504
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

On a frigidly cold night a good friend and I caught up on our recent events over dinner at this outstanding restaurant. Hopefully, it was the weather, hovering just above 0 degrees F that caused the place to be empty, but for the two of us. This was our first visit here and will not be our last. We enjoyed a sampling of chicken, beef, lentil, beet and butternut squash entrees after appetizer and salad. All were served with the cuisine's spongy bread and were all tasty and satisfying. Can be ordered mild to spicy hot. We picked medium and found them to be just right. We brought our own wine, which keeps the cost reasonable. Look forward to future visits here. Street parking was plentiful, but metered. Highly recommended.

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Thank David D
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

The restaurant was not crowded despite it being a Saturday night. The meal was served family style, on a large platter for everyone to share. The plate was covered with an Ethiopian read and the entrees were placed on that. Additional bread was placed at the table because this is what you use to eat. It was delicious. The bread has a slight tang to it and the entrees were hot and fresh. The lentils had just the right amount of spice and the salad was a cool treat between bites. The restaurant is decorated nicely and the place seemed family run. This place is right on Ashland Ave and it's a BYOB.

Thank Alexandra T
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Reviewed 1 September 2015

I have been to the other Ethiopian restaurants in the area and Lalibela is the best!
This was our first time here and we were greeted in such a friendly and welcoming manner. Water was brought to our table, as were glasses for the wine that we brought.
It is BYOB and there is a liquor store nearby. We ordered the vegetarian combination which included Yemser Wat, Duba Wat, Inguday Tibs, Quosta, & Okra. We also tried the Shrimp Tibs. Everything from the Injeera, to all the dishes were just fantastic! This is my favorite Ethiopian Restaurant.

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Thank PaceJapan
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

We wanted to eat in an Ethiopian restaurant when visiting Chicago, and Lalibela had the most consistently good reviews of any we considered - all of which are better known. Five of us put ourselves in the hands of our kind, helpful server and ended up with a feast of 4 meat dishes, and even more vegetable sides. We kept picking from the menu, and she kept on saying, "you can have more." We had chicken, beef, and lamb dishes, and each tasted of different spices. I think our favorite was the chicken, doro wat. We ordered every vegetable that was suggested, and my favorites were the sweet squash and the okra, but all were delicious and unique, seasoned perfectly, never too oily or salty. We enjoyed the excellent Ethiopian coffee service with a tray with incense after dinner, and the tea drinkers enjoyed their spiced tea. How can such an excellent restaurant have so few customers? It's in a nice neighborhood (Andersonville) and the only down side I could tell is that it is BYO - but don't let that keep you away. We walked there from the Bryn Mawr El stop, it was safe and residential, unlike Broadway, which sometimes feels a bit sketchy.

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Thank timmind
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