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Castelli Restaurant

Italian, African, Ethiopian
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Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
571757
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 53
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 27
    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
Nice ambient but definitely there are better Italian restaurants in Addis

Went there with a group of friends, you need to book this place in advance as it is always full. The restaurant has its long tradition in Addis Ababa, visited by many tourists and I would definitely say that is worth a visit from that aspect. The food was good/average, but I went to better... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ana K
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Belgrade, Serbia
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Washington, DC
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth a trip. With its wood paneling and elegant older waiters, you feel like you are being transported back in time fifty years ago (when the restaurant opened). Delicious antipasto and risotto.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there with a group of friends, you need to book this place in advance as it is always full. The restaurant has its long tradition in Addis Ababa, visited by many tourists and I would definitely say that is worth a visit from that aspect. The food was good/average, but I went to better Italian restaurants in the city.... More 

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Thank Ana K
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered pork, veal and vegetarian pasta all of which were excellent. One of our party was celebrating her birthday and the very generously brought a cake with a candle as a surprise. The restaurant is spread over several rooms which makes for an intimate atmosphere but the lights could be a little dimmer. The owner sat at the door,... More 

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Thank Steve B
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had to go to this nice Italian resto in Addis cause I was missing familiar tastes from home! The food is great and the lady who owns the restaurant was very kind. Recommended.

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Springfield,MO
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of the great Italian restaurants in Addis. Lots of "famous" people have eaten here and there photos are on the wall. Go early for lunch - as it's IMPOSSIBLE to get a dinner reservation. From the looks on everyone's face they weren't too impressed we brought our children....but whatever.

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Thank Roger W
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

What a lovely dinner that was it was an amazing but don't forget Reservations are wise, but not always honored.

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Thank Esubalew A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Delicious. Unpretentious. Old school, but hip. This is a must visit while in Addis. Some of the best Italian food I've ever had. Get the ravioli with mushrooms and the gorgonzola pasta oh and the tortelloni ... :) Get a bit of everything and make a night of it! Oh... and DEFINITELY make a reservation (no matter what day of... More 

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Thank Tiffany G
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Their Antipasti is awesome. The sun-dried tomatoes are to die for! Most of their pastas are really good. But DO NOT order any kind of steaks or any meat dishes. Those are huge disappointments. It's a little bit expensive compared to other places. But definitely worth the price.

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Rotterdam
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252 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We visited this place because it has good reviews, but were disappointed. From the unfriendly reception by the owner enthroned above his cash register, to the average food, the high prices, the small crammed room, and the somewhat pretentious crowd here, we didn´t like it. There are much much nicer restaurants in Addis.

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1 Thank RotterdamHans
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

As an historical restaurant Italian restaurant, I've found dishes too hot to be italian. Mr Castelli is still around and kicking since sixties, but the real italian flavour is dimming. A warm place anyway, good for a cosy dinner with friends.

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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, African, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings

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