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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Had a nice lunch

I went there for lunch with my work colleagues. We were pretty much the only ones for lunch there. Maybe another two people not sure. The decoration is very nice and very authentic. Food is ok, I was not to impressed, as I came with mega high expectations. Price wise, if you take the menu of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2015
MagdaOltean
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Lausanne
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Whitefield, ME
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Abyssinia offers Ethiopian food in a traditional or nontraditional seating arrangement, as you prefer. This restaurant is a great option for vegetarians and vegans. Service was thoughtful and attentive and the food was excellent.

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Lausanne
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I went there for lunch with my work colleagues. We were pretty much the only ones for lunch there. Maybe another two people not sure. The decoration is very nice and very authentic. Food is ok, I was not to impressed, as I came with mega high expectations. Price wise, if you take the menu of the day is quite... More 

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Thank MagdaOltean
Lausanne, Switzerland
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Came by this place after getting a 50% reduction on "the fork", which was great. Lovely atmosphere, sweet staff, and the food is really good. The only average food was the salad, which I think is too expensive for what you get. Otherwise, had 2 different kinds of Beef, which were great.

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Thank Romainedee
Lausanne, Switzerland
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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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Thank Bofill
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Davidoff S
Villeneuve, Vaud, Switzerland
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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Thank ColetteDufresne
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Joshua T
Lausanne, Switzerland
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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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Thank Aline136
Augsburg, Germany
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?