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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, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traditional touristy, but must visit

Went to Yod as everyone always says and it did not disappoint. Very lively. Great live show with great music and really good food. Not the absolute best I've had so far in Addis but really good. You can get better food at little side away-from-the-strip places, but the whole package is a must see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Jason B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to Yod as everyone always says and it did not disappoint. Very lively. Great live show with great music and really good food. Not the absolute best I've had so far in Addis but really good. You can get better food at little side away-from-the-strip places, but the whole package is a must see. Ive seen locals visitors tourists... More 

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Bristol UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The entertainment was fun, and the food was interesting - basically a huge pancake with dollops of all sorts of meat, chutney, cheese etc dotted all over it. You tear off bits of the pancake and use them to scoop up what you want. It was very good value - less than £20, including drinks, for three of us. We... More 

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Thank BristolUKMartin
georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a must if you visit Addis. We were skeptical when our driver suggested we go here and just dropped us off! We had a blast, stayed for 4 hours! The food is really good, just get help ordering if you are not Ethiopian. The show goes on from 7-11:30 for free. I could not believe it. The... More 

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Thank territraveler
Banbury, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited during a business trip and we were taken here by the client. There is a buffet available which gives you the opportunity to try numerous dishes without ordering full meals. Great atmosphere the dancers and performers put on a great show. The honey wine was very nice. All round enjoyed the evening

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Thank Spacedchick
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to try Ethiopian food with out any noise or so many people go for launch, if you want to try Ethiopian dance and night life go for dinner. I want for launch and dinner, it was very nice in both ways. We really enjoyed it a lot. Nice experience with friends and family.

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Thank Abdulqader A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good, but over priced in the evening . Day time for lunch, before 6pm is worth having lunch as you can eat fresh and truly authentic Ethiopian food, with much selection. Very peaceful during lunch time and quite.

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Thank mukhtar b
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent an enjoyable evening here with a local friend. It's quite touristy, all the groups come here but that just shows how good it is. Even some locals turn up! The dancing is excellent, they have several groups each doing traditional dances from all over. You will be dancing and clapping along in short order. The food is excellent,... More 

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Thank Steve B
Arusha, Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it is a nice place; food is good and "combination plates" allow you to try many different Ethiopian dishes in small portions. Music and dance make it loud, but it is definitely worth a visit. Dancers are great!

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Thank alice m
Nacogdoches, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i get that when i pay 100 birr for shiro im actually paying for the atmosphere and the dancing and stuff, but if im paying that much for it then their ethiopian food better be the best in town. also, nowhere else does anyone care if i bring in a nalgene of water. again, you are charging me a gajillion... More 

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Thank Drew Y
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have to go here for cultural experience!!!! Eat the food. Enjoy the show. Take some good memories with you!!!

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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: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?