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African, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian
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5501 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220-1411
(303) 329-6139
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout

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Tasty food, great service

We enjoyed our visit. The food was very authentic and very tasty. Not fancy, but delicious. The service was great and with a huge smile. We felt very welcome. When we are back in the area, we will definitely go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2014
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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love going up to Denver and eating at Axum. I won't say its authentic because i have never been to nigeria, but it is definitely something different. I love they're sponge bread with lamb and rice. Very tasty.

Thank anna c
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

My husband and I have both dined in here and gotten takeout lots of times. We've always gotten the veggie combo, which is delicious. The last time we visited and got takeout, we got home, opened the salad, and found a cockroach. This made us question the cleanliness of the kitchen, and we haven't been back.

Thank Amanda C
Larkspur, Colorado
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172 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I went to Axum for lunch today. It's not much from the outside. The decor is very simple inside, but the bar and dining room is very spacious. I came here because Queen of Sheba was closed, even though they were suppose to be open. Their loss and Axum's gain. I was the first customer for lunch today. Several other... More 

Thank desertdiablo
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80 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The service was poor, that's why the rating is so low. It seemed more important for our server to hang out with her family in the back near the bar then to bring us refills on water or bring the food when it was hot. My food well tasty, was warm at best. This was our second choice as Queen... More 

Thank Paul S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We enjoyed our visit. The food was very authentic and very tasty. Not fancy, but delicious. The service was great and with a huge smile. We felt very welcome. When we are back in the area, we will definitely go back.

1 Thank MileHighJacket
memphis, ny
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74 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

Dined on delicious Dora wot and shiro. My only minor disappointment was the injera was cold. Otherwise a delicious meal. Staff was friendly, service was quick.

Thank pookle1
Golden, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The service is slow but the food is good so be patient. Very good Ethiopian cuisine in my opinion. I have tried others but keep coming back to this one.

Thank MadVerb
Chicago, Illinois
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154 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I went with some family, and got a vegetarian combo platter. All of the dishes were good, but I found the red lentil dish to be the best, in fact some of the best Ethiopian food I have had. The appetizers we got were a little spicy, but I enjoyed them. Relaxed atmosphere, and fair prices.

Thank travelerKristenB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

The service was excellent. The portions were reasonable. The wine was not overpriced the decor was relaxing and comfortable but most of all the for was real and not dimmed down for Americans.

Thank travelregent
Denver, Colorado
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

First discovered this gem on a groupon. It is outstanding. They have lots of great options. We were able to find some delish vegetarian options in the sampler platter. The spices and textures were different for each of the dishes, but they all complimented each other so well. Its a bit rough looking on the outside, but dont judge a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5501 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220-1411
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver
  • Phone Number: (303) 329-6139

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining


Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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