Restaurants

Top Choice European 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), a …
Top Choice Ethiopian in Addis Ababa

Yod Abyssinia

Yes, it's touristy, but they sure put on a show at Yod Abyssinia. The large dining area is crammed with low wooden stools that all face a stage; at around 7.30pm, musicians, dancers and singers perform traditional a…
Top Choice French in Addis Ababa

La Mandoline

This upper-crust French restaurant serving superb, and authentic, traditional French dishes is still one of the best restaurants in the capital. Try an excellent salad for starter, a delicious steak with Roquefort s…
Top Choice Ethiopian in Addis Ababa

Itegue Taitu Hotel

If you’ve travelled overland to Addis Ababa, and eaten in a succession of cheap local restaurants serving less-than-inspiring injera, then reward yourself with high-quality, delicious Ethiopian fare served up in the…
Top Choice Italian in Awasa

Venezia

Run by an Italian-Ethiopian couple, this upmarket trattoria-like venue wouldn’t be out of place in Roma, and gets top marks for its flawlessly prepared Italian specialties. You’ll find it hard to choose between the …
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Addis Ababa

Sana’a Restaurant

For both the local Muslim and Christian communities, this busy place is an lunchtime institution – queues can form out the door for a table. The reason they all flock here? Good, honest Yemeni fare, including spicy …
Top Choice International in Addis Ababa

Lime Tree

It may have moved locations but Lime Tree remains one of the hippest places to have a light lunch. Lunch specials range from chicken shwaram (Monday and Wednesday) to Asian wok dishes (Tuesday), Mexican (Thursday) o…
Top Choice Ethiopian in Addis Ababa

Kategna

A pleasingly modern take on the traditional Ethiopian restaurant, Kategna feels like a classy urban cafe with its soothing colour scheme, low wooden stools and well-to-do young crowd. The menu covers all corners of …
Top Choice European in Lalibela

Ben Abeba

Easily one of Ethiopia's coolest restaurants, this Ethio-Scottish–owned, Dali-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 especi…
Top Choice Ethiopian 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 in…