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Abyssinia

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Brookside Grove | Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Worth a visit!

Abyssinia offers a wide range of Ethiopian cuisine, which I had never tried before so I was keen to try something new and exciting! The setting is very rustic and relaxed - something which I personally enjoy. It's an awesome place to go with a group of friends as it is unpretentious and very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 12, 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Abyssinia offers a wide range of Ethiopian cuisine, which I had never tried before so I was keen to try something new and exciting! The setting is very rustic and relaxed - something which I personally enjoy. It's an awesome place to go with a group of friends as it is unpretentious and very chilled. There were 3 of us... More 

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Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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95 reviews 95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

All my favorites in good-sized portions and at a reasonable price (and sans tummy bugs). They will box up your leftovers. Nice sitting area outside.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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82 reviews 82 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Abyssinia is by far the best Ethiopian restaurant in Nairobi. The food is authentic and very delicious. I don't eat spicy (hot) food and so I ordered my food mild. I was a little worried that I would miss out on the true taste of Ethiopian food, but to my surprise the food was very tasty. The ambience isn't all... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This restaurant doesnt has fancy furniture nor shiny looking decorations, it focusses on the important stuff. Service and Food. In and outside dining possible. The food is just freshly prepared and the service just awesome. The spices are well regulated to assure a pleasant food experience. It doesnt seem to be in Nairobi but directly somewhere in Ethiopia. A must... More 

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United Kingdom
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87 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

We went to their 2nd restaurant in Ring Rd Kilimani which is newer than Westlands. It is excellent with spacious seating, great service and the food just as you would expect from Ethiopia. They were also building rooms within the compound, so sounds a good place to stay as they were attentive, polite and nothing was too much. Highly recommendable!!!

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Nairobi
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I had lunch with my friends and we enjoyed the food. It was tasty and well spiced. The staff are very friendly are willing to take you through the menu so you are able to easily choose what you want. The restaurant has a traditional Ethiopian feel to it.

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Nairobi Region, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I have never eaten Ethiopian food in my life. The staff made lovely recommendations and even offered dishes on the house to ensure it was tasted. They displayed a strong passion for the food and the experience. Went back many times - Enjoyed the Westlands the most but Yaya's branch is also a good night out. Don't miss the amazing... More 

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Piombino Dese, Italy
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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Having a dinner in a place like that is really a pleasure. The owner is very kind and happy to suggest and explain the peculiarities of the Ethiopian food, We really enjoyed food but also we got a fantastic coffe served with dabqaad: incense burners.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We make at least 1 visit per month either as a couple/ with family/ or with friends, and always had great food. Frequently take friends & family to taste it as a new cuisine, and they have always enjoyed the food. Fairly good choice for Vegetarian food too. Service can be improved though.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This restaurant is no. 1 on my list when it comes to Ethiopian food outside of Ethiopia. I am a regular customer - every week - for the past almost 3 years. Only the best food is servef here.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Brookside Grove | Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Ethiopian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?