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Aster's Ethiopian

2804 North IH _ 35, Austin, TX (University of Texas)
(512) 469-5966
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Ranked #414 of 3,124 restaurants in Austin
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Neighborhood: University of Texas
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Neighborhood: University of Texas
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  • English first
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English first
Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Round Rock, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

I LOVE the food here ... Consistently good and if you are a vegetarian, then you have a wide array of choices. For me, atmosphere isn't everything but others may be intimidated by the appearance of the restaurant ( which is the only reason I didn't give 5 stars). The service and staff are great and I am so happy... More

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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Since moving away from Austin, which is home of Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant, I have tried to locate an Ethiopian restaurant that is even in the same galaxy flavor-wise as Aster's and have failed miserably -- much so that I will frequent Aster's two days in a row when I find myself back in Austin. Aster's is a funky little dive... More

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Hyderabad, India
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

This restaurant believe in having small menu, but very well prepared dishes. As on enters the restaurant, one's appetite immediately kicks I by the very earthy smell of spices and slow cooked food. We order the dish which had Ethiopian bread covered with chicken gravy and well cooked chicken. One could differentiate each of the spice and savour the taste... More

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Austin, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Place definitely to be there to get the taste of Ethiopian dishes.... Nice service and delicious food.

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Hoboken, NJ
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I really enjoyed a delicious all you can eat lunch buffet at this small authentic restaurant, with friendly service

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Austin, Texas
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102 restaurant reviews
475 helpful votes 475 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

I have had Ethiopian food before, but never in Austin. I was excited to try Aster's, and I definitely enjoyed my meal. I went with my wife, she had a vegetarian plate and I got the national chicken dish. The seasonings were nice, the portions were a bit smaller than I've had before but were reasonably sized, and the injera... More

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