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Castelli Restaurant

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

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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 25
    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
Snobbish to the extreme

Generally good Italian food, but the attitude of the owner and the waiters is so poor, one gets the distinct sense that we should consider ourselves fortunate to be allowed to eat there... unfortunate.

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
danpoenaru
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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  • Entertaining clients
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206 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
El Paso, TX
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a step above in a city struggling to offer fine dining. The food is outstanding and the service is good. There is an unnecessary air of superiority among the staff that would be better represented by a welcoming atmosphere but this does not mean you should not eat here. Just accept it and enjoy the food.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The overall atmosphere is stuck up and the attitude of the staff is not pleasant. One person in our group found a burnt match in his food (disgusting) and they still made us pay for it! Will never go again.

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Padua, Italy
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Crowdy venue old trattoria style,dishes not straight italian, have not the taste and presentation of italian food.Seems ethiopian restoran at all. Service less then average.Have to work on cleanliness.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Generally good Italian food, but the attitude of the owner and the waiters is so poor, one gets the distinct sense that we should consider ourselves fortunate to be allowed to eat there... unfortunate.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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249 reviews 249 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

An Ethiopian friend of mine has been urging me to try Castelli for a while now. I had a free evening in Addis, so I thought I'd give it a try. I hate to report that my experience was anything but inspiring. When I called to make the reservation, I was offered a time an hour earlier than what I... More 

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

If you are looking for nouvelle cuisine or innovative menu this is not the place to go this is classic historic restaurant with excellent dishes spaghetti zafferano or lamb A good solid restaurant.

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Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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108 reviews 108 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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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, Pasta, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients

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