Top ChoiceEuropean in Gonder

Four Sisters

Now here's something special. One of the best places in northern Ethiopia for both food and atmosphere, Four Sisters has brilliant traditional food (order 'national food' for an overview of what it's capable of),...

Top ChoiceEuropean in Lalibela

Ben Abeba

Easily one of Ethiopia's coolest restaurants, this Ethio-Scottish-owned, Dalí-esque jumble of walkways, platforms and fire pits is perched on the edge of the ridge for 360-degree views. The food is tasty – we...

Top ChoiceEthiopian in Adigrat

Geza Gereslase Cultural Restaurant

If it’s Ethiopian food you’re after, the big tukul across the street from Eve Hotel is easily Adigrat's best. Traditional decoration and well-priced dishes such as mahberawi (an Ethiopian meat platter served with...

Top ChoiceEuropean in Mekele

Black Rose

This stylish outpost of an Addis lounge bar is one of Mekele's more intriguing dining options. Downstairs it serves excellent pizza, pasta and Ethiopian dishes in a quietly sophisticated setting with world music...

Top ChoiceCafe in Bahir Dar

Wude Coffee

For high-class Ethiopian fare in a chic city-style garden cafe, come to Wude Coffee, although it's just as good for a stiff macchiato. While the indoor tables are intimate and cosy, we prefer the outdoor perches.

Top ChoiceEuropean in Mekele

Karibu Kitchen & Bar

This garden restaurant is the first choice for faranji food, with a pleasing garden setting where the wood-fired pizza is the star of the show.

Ethiopian in Mekele

Geza Gerlase

This cultural restaurant within a cavernous traditional tukul is a great place to enjoy excellent Ethiopian dishes. Specialities include zilzil tibs (strips of lamb, fried and served slightly crunchy with...

European in Lalibela

Unique Restaurant

This basic but cosy little restaurant (‘bad house, good food’ is what the charming and irrepressible owner Sisaynesh tells people who hesitate outside her door) serves the usual mix of national and faranji...

Ethiopian in Lalibela

Old Abyssinia Restaurant

The combination of excellent food (mostly Ethiopian with a few European dishes), fine views and an on-site cooking school means you can take care of all of your culinary needs in one go here. It's lovely and...

International in Simien Mountains National Park

Limalimo Lodge

High on a hilltop north of Debark, with some of the best views you'll find in the Simiens, the stylish and uber-contemporary Limalimo Lodge opens its restaurant for non-guests and it's well worth the trip. The...

European in Lalibela

XO Lalibela

With a classier dining area than most (but with no views), XO Lalibela serves up a fresh modern menu that does have some Ethiopian dishes, but it put most of its attention into its roast chicken, burgers, fajitas...

Ethiopian in Bahir Dar

Lemat Restaurant

You don't see many tourists in here and the menu is only in Amharic, but that's precisely the point. Excellent local food bring the locals here in droves and you won't find better tibs, kitfo or doro wat anywhere...

International in Simien Mountains National Park

Simien Lodge

The best place for passing travellers to eat in the park, the restaurant at Simien Lodge does lunch set menus and dinner buffets most nights, with an emphasis on well-prepared international dishes in the lodge's...

Ethiopian in Aksum

AB Traditional Restaurant

Decorated with bamboo and crafts and with traditional low-stool seating, this restaurant is calm, peaceful and a great spot to dig into shekla tibs, with goat fresh from the butchery inside the dining room (don't...

Ethiopian in Bahir Dar

Castel-Kuriftu Wine House

Right by the water and affiliated with the Kuriftu Resort, this fine place does excellent Ethiopian dishes with all the usual suspects – tibs, firfir, kitfo et al – present and nicely prepared. The soaring...

Ethiopian in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Fisseha Hotel

The main reason to come here is not the large and loud TV screen in the dining room, but the roast goat served with rice – it's a great meal and easily our favourite dish in town. Get your hands all greasy, pick...

Ethiopian in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Tesfay Restaurant

Opened in 2016, this friendly place is a good, simple choice. It does all the usual Ethiopian staples, as well as sandwiches. It's not signposted: take the road heading south down the hill off the main road...

European in Bahir Dar

Desset Resort

This popular restaurant really makes the most of its long landscaped shoreline. Both the habesha (Ethiopian – try the fish firfir) and faranji (foreigner) dishes (try the roasted lamb or pizza) are quite good and...

Ethiopian in Bahir Dar

Misrak Special Food

Out in the west of town, far from the main tourist trail, Misrak Special Food has a lovely traditional setting on the 1st floor and excellent Ethiopian cooking. It does everything from tibs wat to meatball curry,...

Ethiopian in Aksum

Antika Cultural Restaurant

Dimly lit and with a nightly 7pm show of traditional music and dance on stage, Antika is a welcome addition to Aksum's culinary offerings. It does some international dishes, but stick to the Ethiopian...