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Yod Abyssinia Traditional Food

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African, Ethiopian
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Bole Medhaniyalem Area, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
011-661-2985
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great sampling of Ethiopian food

Get there just before 7pm to watch the music and dance. The fasting menu is a good choice, although I'd recommend not meat tibs--the lamb was quite tough. I've heard the special tibs is a little more tender.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Jeremy E
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  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Get there just before 7pm to watch the music and dance. The fasting menu is a good choice, although I'd recommend not meat tibs--the lamb was quite tough. I've heard the special tibs is a little more tender.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We always bring our international guest to this restaurant because here we can find the traditional food and traditional dance performance (also song sometimes). The price is quiet high but I think it because the food they serve is also good. I really recommend any foreigner to try this restaurant at least once if you come to Addis Ababa.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The food is quite nice, dancing is great. Just go there and add a unique experience in your life. You should go only at night. Daytime is just eat and out. Night time, they have cultural show.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

As an Ethiopian Kitfo was below average, Tej tasted like water and the music was very load and speaker quality very low. I have been here twice and it was very crowded, and sits not comfortable. The only thing enjoyable about this place is the dance and the entertainment from stage. Service is poor, waitresses running around but they don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The restaurant have a great Ethiopian dishes, dance and music, the music and dance are from all parts of Ethiopia. The atmosphere is good and you can have a great night.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Approx. US$25 per person must be pretty competitive. Food was all right, not great but not bad either. Buffet offers variety of Ethiopian food selection but recommend order a La carte. In fact, the local song and dancing performance were quite entertaining.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

an all in one dinning when it comes to Ethiopian Cuisine. a dish from every part of the country served in one roof and with an unparalleled entertainment environment. The food is excellent so is the variety show and dance in a theater setting. Gorgeous traditional thatched roof grand hut furnished in traditional Ethiopian furniture and decor. It is simply... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Oh it is so fantastic place for enjoying traditional Ethiopian dishes and music, this dancers and musicians they preform different nation of nation musics, I have been many time with my clients their hospitality like able by my clients.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Yod Abissinya is a good place to eat traditional ethiopian food while enjoying local music. It is a bit crowded but they do provide good service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

With a group of volunteers, we had a great time at Yod Abyssinia. A few Ethiopian colleagues told us the food, music and dance represented all different aspects of the Ethiopian culture. The food is relatively expensive, count B 300 per person.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Bole Medhaniyalem Area, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Location: Africa  >  Ethiopia  >  Addis Ababa
  • Phone Number: 011-661-2985

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine

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