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Elsa's Ethiopian Restaurant

8016 Santa Fe Dr, Overland Park, KS
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Ranked #20 of 384 Restaurants in Overland Park
Cuisines: Ethiopian
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- Sep 16, 2014
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Kansas City, Missouri
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We love going to the farmers market on Saturday and then stopping by Elsa's for lunch. They have wonderful dishes. Our favorites are the combos so we can get different tastes on one plate.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I had never tried Ethiopian food, so I jumped at the chance when I was in KC for business. The place is not huge, but the food is delicious, and the staff is very attentive. The food is not really spicy compared to Indian, for example. I like sharing. The portions are huge. I'd go again if I was in... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I have had the pleasure of excellent Ethionpian in several states across this nation. Elsa's was good, but fell short of the mark set by others in the genre. The food has less flavor and "oomph" than I am used to and seemed a bit bland. Perhaps they were trying to tone it down for Americans. Who knows?

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203 reviews 203 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I have really enjoyed every main dish here except one. The chicken and lamb dishes are all quite tasty and exotic (with that one exception). The vegetable sides are also quite good although all the various lentils taste about the same to me. Prices are average. This is a very small place located in the far west of old downtown... More

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Merriam, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

One of my boyfriend's old college friends is from Ethiopia and took us here stating it was the most authentic he has had in town. It did not disappoint! We loved it and have been back multiple times! Really want to recommend trying this place out if you have ever been interested in trying out Ethiopian food or want a... More

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Lenexa, Kansas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My daughter and I really like foods with great use of spices, of course that includes Ethiopian. Family run and ALWAYS so good. We go to Elsa's to get that fix. A small, quaint! Friendly environment. Good selection of both vegetarian and meat dishes. They also have a variety of drinks. There are a couple of deserts and if it... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Food was delicious, first time we have experienced Ethiopian food it was very good! Meat simmers all day long I had a chicken dish and my husband had a beef dish both were excellent...we will definitely be returning and have already told our friends they have to try this place! Prices are also very reasonable..oh and by the way they... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

I love Ethiopian food. Of all cuisine's it is my favorite and Elsa's has quickly become my favorite Ethiopian restaurant in KC. I went here for the first time about a year ago and have been back 6 times. My two favorite entrees are the Doro Watt and the Kitfo. Elsa's is the first Ethiopian restaurant I've ever seen or... More

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Great experience! The food is great, both with vegetarian and delicious meat options. I basically agree with the other reviews regarding menu and quality! Service is a little slow, so don't be in a hurry if you end up trying the place out..but it's worth the wait! Also, incredibly affordable..we a large dinner and plenty for another lunch the next... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My husband and I live only a one-minute walk away from Elsa's, and we go there a few times a year. We happened on it by chance one evening, and have loved it ever since. If you are new to Ethiopian food, don't be scared - the ingredients and flavors are all very familiar (garlic, ginger, potatoes, carrots, lentils, etc).... More

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