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Massawa

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African, Ethiopian
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Osborne, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 16
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  • 22
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  • 1
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  • 4
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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This is a favourite restaurant, although as previously noted not a place for a quick meal. Usually your starter will come out relatively quickly, but then you have to wait a considerable time for anything else. The kind of place you go to spend the whole evening, a place to go and catch up with old... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Winnipeg, Canada
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312 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're up for an amazing & fun dining experience Massawa is a must to visit in Winnipeg! There is no cutlery here as you eat in the traditional Ethiopian manner of tearing a piece of Injara bread to pick up your food. The food is authentic, original and absolutely delicious! I've been coming here since it opened in 1997... More 

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Thank nfriesen1
Winnipeg, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

wonderful food, excellent prices and huge portions. I've been coming to Massawa since I first moved to Winnipeg for university over 15 years ago. If you're looking for an accessible, unique and delicious experience, its very much worth a visit!

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1 Thank Jason H
Winnipeg, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

No, it's not the fastest, but it's getting better and honestly who cares as long as you've got good company because the food with be worth it. The kitchen staff is one wonderful and warm women and she makes fantastic food. Try the Doro Tibs and Ful with feta. I've moved away from the Peg but this is my first... More 

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1 Thank BCChipchase
Winnipeg, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

This place is amazing! As with all good Ethiopian restaurants, the wait can be a little long, but totally worth it! I've been to many Ethiopian restaurants, and this one definitely is the best. The lady who runs this place is really friendly and the service is great!

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1 Thank wallwiee
Canada
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127 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This is a favourite restaurant, although as previously noted not a place for a quick meal. Usually your starter will come out relatively quickly, but then you have to wait a considerable time for anything else. The kind of place you go to spend the whole evening, a place to go and catch up with old friends. Having said that,... More 

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1 Thank hec286
Winnipeg, Canada
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is my go-to place for Ethiopian food in Winnipeg, although I know it has been toned down quite a bit. The service can range from really fast to super slow, so don't go on an empty stomach because you might just end up waiting for over an hour.

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Thank ymilesz
Winnipeg, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I have been to most of the Ethiopian restaurants in Winnipeg, and I would say that of them, Massawa is perhaps the most Canadianized in its flavours. I rarely, if ever, see Ethiopian people eating there. The food does not have the challenging fire that some other Ethiopian restaurants have. And yet for all of that, Massawa is always yummy.... More 

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1 Thank Sandra M
Winnipeg
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128 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We love Ethiopian food and have come here a few times in the last year. Our most recent visit was for my wife's birthday. It was a Saturday night and completely full and were a table of 8. It takes a while to get your food on a regular day so it was quite a wait for us but we... More 

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Thank Timwit
Winnipeg, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Amazing amazing amazing! We were told before we ordered that there would be a wait for our food due to that they make everything by hand! My husband and I could not believe how incredilble good the food, and staff were. We are looking forward to going back and might just have to make it our go to place!

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2 Thank Courtney A
Winnipeg, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Decided to check this place out as I love ethnic food and have had Ethiopian/Eritrean a few times. Very pleased! Food took about 30 minutes, which is pretty good by Ethiopian food standards, and was delicious. Waitress was attentive, courteous and prompt. Prices were great! I recommend the "B" combo. A definite recommendation in my books.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Osborne, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Manitoba  >  Winnipeg

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?