Top ChoiceItalian 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 specialities. You’ll find it hard to choose between...

Top ChoiceCafe in Dilla

Lem Cafe

Hands-down the best bakery/cafe in Dilla, with such a tantalising array of cakes and pastries that we almost made ourselves a nuisance here. It also has salads, burgers and pizzas, as well as excellent breakfasts...

Top ChoiceInternational in Lake Ziway

Castel Kuriftu Wine House & Restaurant

Surprise! Easily one of the most characterful restaurants in Ethiopia, the Castel Kuriftu is a huge venture built from stone, wood and thatch. On top of its eye-catching architecture, it is noteworthy for the...

Top ChoiceEuropean in Arba Minch

Paradise Lodge – Abaya Restaurant

Inside Paradise Lodge, the lovely ridgetop dining room, together with menu choices like poached fish or beef stroganoff, make this the most atmospheric restaurant and best sundowner spot in Arba Minch. There's...

Top ChoiceEthiopian in Awasa

Luwa Bar & Restaurant

Far more welcoming than some of the other traditional restaurants around Awasa, Luwa attracts a predominantly local crowd who come for the freshly prepared Ethiopian food – their lamb tibs is a cut above average....

Top ChoiceItalian in Awasa

Dolce Vita Bar & Restaurant

Many people, apparently decompressing after a long time travelling in the south, rave about this Italian kitchen, and we share their unbridled enthusiasm. The food here (and the shady terrace) is clearly above...

Top ChoiceEuropean in Arba Minch

Arba Minch Tourist Hotel Restaurant

Though the wait staff can be a touch clueless at times, this leafy compound with resident dik-dik roaming around looking for hand-outs is a great place to dine, and the food is tasty. Western dishes are popular,...

Top ChoiceCafeteria in Bale Mountains National Park

Harena Coffee

There's no more pleasant spot to hang out and grab some food and drinks than this surprisingly snappy cafeteria on the main drag in Goba. Expect zesty salads, well-prepared burgers and sandwiches, toothsome pasta...

Ethiopian in Sodo

Day Star Cafe & Restaurant

With few exceptions, the lunch stop of choice for tours passing through is this lively restaurant with an attractive courtyard, on the Arba Minch road. The menu boasts fairly standard fare (burgers, sandwiches,...

Ethiopian in Jinka

Redu Café & Restaurant

This restaurant-cum-cafe serves pastas, burgers and excellent Ethiopian fare – among the 15 or so local dishes, we recommend the kwanta fir fir (strips of beef served with injera). The walls are adorned with...

European in Awasa

Hi-Life Bar & Grill

On the ground floor of Hawassa Lakeview Hotel, this buzzy eatery is a great choice for a quick bite in modern surrounds. The generous chicken wraps and satisfying pasta dishes are best enjoyed at the tables out...

Ethiopian in Jinka

Besha Gojo Restaurant

Right on the main drag, this popular place has won accolades for its eclectic menu, which includes Ethiopian classics – think shiro (chickpea purée) and tibs – as well as roasted lamb, salads and soups. The...

Caribbean in Shashemene

Bolt House

Caribbean cuisine in Shashemene? Yes, it's possible at the Bolt House. Run by a Jamaican couple, this colourful eatery about 100m off the main road (it's signposted) has a wonderful green feel. It's noted for its...

Ethiopian in Jinka

Sipara Restaurant

This attractive option slap bang in the centre of town is high on atmosphere, with an attractive compound and a verdant setting. The menu covers enough territory to please most palates, including salads, meat...

Ethiopian in Lake Ziway

Ziway Tourist Hotel

Towards the southern end of town, the Ziway is the lunch stop of choice for those on their way to or back from the south. It serves juices and draught beer along with an extensive selection of national and...

Ethiopian in Awasa

Pinna

If the cakes in the ground-floor pastry shop don’t sidetrack you, head upstairs to a very faranji (foreigner)-friendly menu. Specialities include ravioli with spinach, home-made tagliatelle, veal steak with...

Ethiopian in Awasa

Time Café

A stylish cafe popular with young Awasians. Coy couples come here to giggle under the patio umbrellas and share luscious fruit juices and plates of fries. It also has good burgers, salads, omelettes and pizzas as...

Burgers in Awasa

What A Burger

One of the best spots to chill in Awasa, this lively eatery near the main jetty boasts an attractive setting, with a large, shady courtyard. Foodwise, the emphasis is on burgers (easily the best in town), pasta...

Seafood in Arba Minch

Soma Restaurant

This unassuming restaurant (charging much higher faranji prices than it used to) has made quite a name for itself with its mouth-watering grilled fish dishes, most of which are big enough to share.

Cafe in Dilla

One Net Cafe & Restaurant

Step into this trendy, shady and airy spot for an escape from the busy street. Get things going with well-presented salads, soups, pasta or pizzas. There's also a pastry corner – hmm, the tiramisu…