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Abyssinia

African, Ethiopian
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Valentin, Lausanne, Switzerland
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11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 31
    Very good
  • 9
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  • 8
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Awesome experience

visited the restaurant for my brothers birthday dinner. Awesome meal with the local traditional crepe dish. Tasty and well served, the dinner was a success.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2014
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I have been in this restaurant twice. The service was quite unsatisfactory (unfriendly, most beers on the menu missing, had to wait 20 minutes for the bill while the responsible person was reading the newspaper even if the restaurant was empty). The food was just passable. The injera had a sour taste. In summary: dishes are more expensive than in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I am Writing this review only after I have been here for 3 times in a row and each single time I had an amazing experience. Moreover, I have been visiting with local people and they confirmed it is super authentic meal and magic atmosphere! Be ready to be immersed in a truly Ethiopian experience...

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Villeneuve, Vaud, Switzerland
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I enjoy this restaurant. Friendly waiters, and sweet smiling atmosphere. Great portions of food, several vegan dishes, served on the traditional crepe dish that you eat with your fingers, that is geat. Tasty wines, ethiopian beer, and also hot spicy drinks. And THE ethiopian coffee. Every time I went here, it was a pleasure. Better to book. They are open... More 

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Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Came here on the back of a recommendation from a friend. We were forced to move from comfort to an area of the restaurant that was cold and cramped because we were apparently seated at a table for 6 when we were 3 (although we had asked for a table for 3 upon entry). We had ordered vegetarian food but... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I am a huge fan of Ethiopian food and I am a regular at Abyssinia. I like a lot their warm and friendly customer approach and the food it terrific. First of all, the portions are great and you can take all-you-can-eat for just a couple of francs more, but most importantly, it's delicious! I vouch for the vegan option... More 

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Bulle, Switzerland
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

visited the restaurant for my brothers birthday dinner. Awesome meal with the local traditional crepe dish. Tasty and well served, the dinner was a success.

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Augsburg, Germany
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Good place to eat for a different dinner: if you like to eat meat, that´s your place! The weiter was really kind and helped me a lot, explaining me all the dishes. Not hard to find, it´s only a bit out from the usual central street of Lausanne.

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Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Abyssinia used Groupon to promote their restaurant, which means that they try to expand their clientele by offering a limited number of vouchers at a rather generous discount. Nothing wrong with that. If there are any restrictions, they are spelled out both on the Groupon site and on the vouchers that one may purchase. My son bought two vouchers, one... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We went to eat there and had a nice meal. Food was good and staff friendly. The setting is a bit oldish but it gives you a local atmosphere. Overall, place is nice, food not too fancy but typical.

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Annemasse, France
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135 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Long time without enjoying those typical dishes from eastern of Africa. Went there with a business colleague and its was what I expected: lots of flavors, full plates, many different dishes in one... eating with the hands as I used to do when I was in Ethiopia and Somalia.... had the usual tea from eastern africa was delicious... if I... More 

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Additional Information about Abyssinia

Address: Valentin, Lausanne, Switzerland
Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Vaud  >  Lausanne
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Valentin, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Vaud  >  Lausanne

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?