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

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    Very good
  • 42
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  • 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
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
  • Doing business
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

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
137 helpful votes 137 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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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
61 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
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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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
21 helpful votes 21 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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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: Entertaining clients, Doing business

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