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Aster's Ethiopian

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2804 North IH _ 35, Austin, TX
(512) 469-5966
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 8
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 7
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  • 1
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Friendly Service/Vegetarian Comfort Food/Gluten-Free Injera, Oh My!

Ah, the rich, aromatic, and invigorating spices of Ethiopian food. Whenever I feel that both my body and soul are hungry, especially after a long bike ride or a day that puts me through the wringer, I immediately think to go here. The space, itself, is very unassuming, with plastic covered... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Jonathan I
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Ah, the rich, aromatic, and invigorating spices of Ethiopian food. Whenever I feel that both my body and soul are hungry, especially after a long bike ride or a day that puts me through the wringer, I immediately think to go here. The space, itself, is very unassuming, with plastic covered tables located right off the highway by the University... More 

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Austin, Texas
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Reviewed various restaurants online that were close to University of Texas and that had mainly vegetarian meal options since our NYC vegetarian nephew was in town for the weekend, attending a UT-A sociology convention. Found this one close to I-35 and a short drive from the university. (No outdoor eating area: much too noisy with the I-35 commuter traffic.) Friendly... More 

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Austin, Texas
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58 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

It's a small quiet place - you need to look out for their sign board or you could easily miss it. Its a nice place and the food is good and the portions are large. In fact, I think it tasted a bit like home-made Indian food - strong flavours of spices. I'd recommend the doro watt.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A real surprise as the restaurant looked like a bit of a dive on the outside. Staff were great, I loved the food and it was great value for money! Highly recommended!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Really love the food. Everything I've ever eaten has been delicious. Sadly, sometimes it takes awhile to get the food on the table which totally surprises me since (I think) everything has been stewing for quite awhile and it's just a matter of plopping a portion on a big platter. Even though the location is loud and sad, and the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We had a groupon so decided to try this place. Very glad we did. The service was great and the food very yummy!

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We had a lunch buffet at Aster's Ethiopian and enjoyed the Buffet. The food is flavored with spices similar to Indian food so we enjoyed it. It was also a good value for the price. The place looks quite unimpressive but it is clean and the food is good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The lunch buffet was perfect for a small group of 4 for a business lunch. It was a great introduction into the countries cuisine. The service was friendly. Will try dinner soon.

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Houston, TX USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

If you think you have a liking for Ethiopian cuisines you need to visit. No, it won't be for the surroundings or anything shmancy. It will be for simplicity, good spicy food, grab a plate and go, and the owner wait staff are the sweetest, nicest folks. They alone are worth the visit. Try it...you'll love it!

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Went to buffet lunch at about 1:15...towards the end of the service. I am not sure if this had any effect of food quality. Stayed vegetarian for this trip. What hit me at first was that all the food was a type of "stew." Food that would keep in chafing dishes. There were very few textures. The eggplant was very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2804 North IH _ 35, Austin, TX
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: (512) 469-5966

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Ethiopian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?