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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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Doing business
Entertaining clients

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  • 59
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 37
    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
Nothing special

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Antesa J
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Copenhagen, Denmark
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Copenhagen, Denmark
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
42 helpful votes 42 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
Senior Contributor
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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Coimbra, Portugal
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Good and tasty italian food. The prices are quite reasonable considering that the place is quite renowned.

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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I have eaten at this restaurant several times and hosted functions here. The food is awesome - the best Italian I have had in Addis (compared with Gusto, Grand Pepe, Sheraton). On the most recent occasion I experienced, for the first time, the rudeness of the owner. The staff were so accommodating and apologetic on his behalf but it was... More 

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USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Castelli's is indeed a rare find for Italian food in Addis. The menu is "old school": that is classic, homestyle dishes made from scratch with imported ingredients. There is an extensive antipasti bar priced by weight. Over three visits the food has ranged from outstanding to pretty good (I know better than ordering seafood so far from the coast, but... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

It's a busy restaurant, surely because it's the best Italian restaurant in town. Nice vintage ambiance, authentic food.. The owner doesn't smile to his customer though.

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Ann Arbor MI
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76 reviews 76 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Italian food quality in Addis reflects the historical Italian influence. Castelli isin an old center city building full of small rooms that could be anywhere in Europe. Wonderful wood floor and furnishings. But it was the food that was memorable, never had better Italian food that I can remember, to the level of the best of Tuscany and Rome. Fantastic... More 

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Pune, India
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This is one of the finest restaurants in Addis for Italian food. The place is run by an Italian family, and the dishes offered are authentic. In one of the bye lanes of crowded part of Addis, we did have a problem in finding a car park. However, the ambiance and hospitality of the restaurant is good. There are good... 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?