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  • Ethiopian, African, Vegetarian-Friendly
  • 229 S 45th St, Philadelphia PA19104 39.954157 -75.211617
  • (At Locust St)
  • (215) 618-3426
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User Ratings (Based on 11 reviews)

3.985
Food 4.3 Value 4.5
Service 3.2 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(215) 618-3426
Website:
www.abyssiniarestaurantpa.com
Notes:
Major Credit Cards
Hours:
Daily: 10am-12am
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Group Dining, Kid-friendly, Open Late, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Abyssinia

    Posted by Carla on 09/02/2013

    Budget friendly insanely delicious meals!

    I went to Abyssinia on a day I was exploring the neighborhood. My boyfriend and I had heard great reviews from a random girl we met at Capogiro, and from reading the Yelp and Menu-pages reviews. We're adventuruous eaters to begin with, and neither of us had eaten Ethiopian food before. We're also very broke, so going out to eat was going to be special. We were sold by the menu prices, and off we went. Our meal was great! We ordered the vegetarian-combo and an order of lega tibs... delicious! The Vegetarian combo is a big piece of injera (the carby crepe bread) with different vegetables (sauteed/creamed) in little sections. The waitress poured our meat in the middle of the injera, where the cook had left room for it (?). Anyways, everything was very good and it was a lovely experience. The beef (Lega tibs) were perfect, and overall, our veggie and meat combo order was perfect for two people. We ate a lot, so I think three people could eat from a combo-platter. We spent $28 (because we ordered beer and juice). The veggie combo alone would have been max $12, and the meat was $9. go here, it's really great!

  • Abyssinia

    Posted by fashionfoodie on 07/07/2013

    best kitfo ever!

    If you are a fan of kitfo like me this is your place. The meat is fresh and flavorful and melts in your mouth. By FAR this is the best outfit I have ever had.

  • Abyssinia

    Posted by S. Roy on 11/08/2011

    “A restaurant worth trying”

    Extremely tasty food. Very good ambiance. The Doro wot Chicken and Yebeg Alicha Wot served with Injera were awesome.

  • Abyssinia

    Posted by Helen A on 03/30/2011

    Food not bad, service weird...

    The food is good & we were the only customers in the place for a while. The bottle of beer that - I am told - is normally supposed to be served with an accompanying glass and a slice of orange came only in a bottle. The side salad, called Ye'Abbysinia Salad, which according to the menu description was supposed to contain an array of vegetables along with "special Ethiopian dressing" turned out to be nothing but tomatoes and lettuce with some oil and vinegar. It took at least an hour after the salad and the drinks came to get the main meal, even though the place was virtually empty. The meal finally came, and it was enjoyable, however when we attempted to order ginger ale, we were told (after some time) that it was flat, i.e. not available, so we had to settle for Coke. Because the entire experience took so long, we almost didn't order dessert (which strangely was listed under "appetizers" in the menu), but due to my fondness for baklava, we took the plunge. It was the first time I ever had Ethiopian baklava... and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise because it was quite good. A little denser than the Middle Eastern variety, the piece was large enough for 2 people, and a great value for the price. We even overlooked the fact that it only came with one fork even though we made it clear we were sharing :). The decaf coffee I specifically ordered turned out to be the caffeinated variety, and so I came very close to being awake all night (because that’s what very strong caffeinated coffee does to me when I drink it after 2pm). Luckily I thought to double check and was then told that they do not have decaf. The coffee was taken back and I got a Lipton teabag with hot water with some Ethiopian spices, which unfortunately I couldn’t really taste. The only thing that came rather fast was the check. I definitely would not recommend going there if you are on some sort of restricted time schedule because you just never know when you will get your food.

  • Abyssinia

    Posted by madlinguist on 01/21/2010

    Food is tasty but not the best Ethiopian I've had

    The atmosphere is quite pleasant, no complaints. The food was very tasty but not the best Ethiopian I've ever had. That honor goes to Etete in Washington, DC. The menu at Abyssinia is a bit limited -- for example, no fish dishes are included and many of the items are very similar to each other. Overall, though, we really enjoyed our meal and the price is excellent - $35 for three people including 2 glasses of wine.

  • Abyssinia

    Posted by LVM on 07/16/2009

    Longstanding neighborhood favorite

    I have been to Abysynnia many, many times. I lived a block away. The food is consistently great! Service has it's moments, but well worth the wait. I could just eat the injera for a meal! It's that good. I would highly recommend this place for anyone who loves Ethiopian or even if you haven't. It's a no brainer!

  • Abyssinia

    Posted by WPh on 05/03/2009

    Best Ethiopian Food in Philly

    Sure the service could be a little faster some days, but the staff is always friendly, the prices are completely reasonable, and the food is always amazingly delicious and spicy. And you can always go to the lo-fi hipster bar upstairs for a drink afterwards. Don't get suckered into going to one of those way overpriced and much less authentic places on Baltimore!

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