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Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
571757
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Good for:
Doing business
Entertaining clients

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  • 61
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 24
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good food but they didn't have respect for other customers

I have always wanted to go to Castelli. Finally a friend made a reservation and we went. The food was really good. I had the tagliatelle with blue cheese which was really to die for! The wine was good and the waiters were attentive. But the major downside was that we were in a small room with... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
RG6
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Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I have always wanted to go to Castelli. Finally a friend made a reservation and we went. The food was really good. I had the tagliatelle with blue cheese which was really to die for! The wine was good and the waiters were attentive. But the major downside was that we were in a small room with a wedding party... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It got only 4 out of 5 because of a little too much truffles and the décor is a little sparse. Generally when I'm in Ethiopia I eat Ethiopian as their takes on European dishes can be lacking at best. We read great reviews and went to check it out for historical reasons (interesting architectural neighborhood) and its cachet. My... More 

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riyadh
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Went as a party of 5. Salad bar was good although they mixed up everyone's plates when bringing them to the table. Vegetable soup and pasta dishes good. Our only problem was with the grilled chicken. 2 people ordered the same thing and when the plates arrived they looked like 2 different dishes. The waiter assured us they were both... More 

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Anchorage
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

There is great food in Addis--lots of it. And I love Ethio cuisine. But my best dining experience out of several months total in Addis has been Ristorante Castelli. And after all, Italian is sorta Ethiopian, or at least part of the cultural fabric. And this place compares with fine restaurants I've been to in Italy. The sort of salad/antipasti... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

If you want to eat Italian, this is the place to go. Great menu and very nice buffet. We went twice in a week and the quality was there all the time.

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Anchorage, Alaska
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

People complained about the owner, who greets you at the door. We had made reservations, but our names were not on his list. We were pleasant with him and he, in return ,was pleasant with us. We were seated within a few moments. We both had selections from the tapas and then split an entree. Delicious food. The restaurant is... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We came here for dinner tonight following trip advisor's raving reviews and I can't help but be disappointed. The food was decent, but not great. The quality was not what I would expect for a restaurant run and owned by Italians, but perhaps my expectations were a bit too high. The only really selling feature is that this place does... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Classic Italian food in a friendly clean establishment in downtown Addis Ababa. Wonderful menu but don't miss the calamari in garlic sauce. Great antipasto buffet that can make a meal in itself. Vegetarian delight.

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Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Castellis is the oldest Italian restaurant in Ethiopia and has a loyal clientele. The food is good but for my budget, over-priced. If you are a regular, you will be treated well. I have only eaten here a few times over 15 years and find them to be arrogant and not friendly to new people. Perhaps I had a string... More 

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Ad Dammam, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I came here with an Ethiopian friend who usually refuses to eat anything but traditional Ethiopian food, explaining that Ethiopian food is the best in the world, so why waste your time with anything else?! Italian, are you kidding me, he said? So, diving into his third plate of some of the best Italian food I've ever tasted, I started... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Location: Africa  >  Ethiopia  >  Addis Ababa
  • Phone Number: 571757

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients

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