Restaurants

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 specialities. You’ll find it hard to choose between the…
Top Choice Cafe 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 an…
Top Choice International 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 superb…
Top Choice European 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 outdo…
Top Choice Ethiopian 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. Si…
Top Choice Italian 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 avera…
Top Choice European 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, but…
Top Choice Cafeteria 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 di…
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, soup…
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 posters…