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Elsa's Ethiopian Restaurant

African, Ethiopian
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8016 Santa Fe Dr, Overland Park, KS
9136485000
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating

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  • 1
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cross cultural experience

One visit can only provide one perspective. There was some quirkiness from our perspective which now doubt stems from the mixing of cultures. The absolute deliciousness of the food makes some of the strange experiences charming. For example there was only one server on a Friday night. We took... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
travelingtravis79
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One visit can only provide one perspective. There was some quirkiness from our perspective which now doubt stems from the mixing of cultures. The absolute deliciousness of the food makes some of the strange experiences charming. For example there was only one server on a Friday night. We took the last empty table. A couple came in a little after... More 

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Thank travelingtravis79
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

Never had Ethiopian food prior to this visit. Pretty good! I believe I had the dorowat. My husband was in love though! You get lots of food but don't use a fork! The lady of the house will be quick to correct you. Lol

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Thank Angela W
Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I visited Elsa's for the first time with a friend. We were warmly greeted and waited on immediately. The menu had a large variety of foods. We ordered a platter that had a variety of meats and vegetables that was plenty big enough for two. We were given an explanation as to what foods we were eating. Our hosts even... More 

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Thank Etana08
Salina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We made a point to go to Elsa's when we came to KC for the baseball game however when we arrived, there was a handwritten note on the door stating they were closed that day. Disappointed that we made a point to visit the restaurant only to find it closed.

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Thank Seahawkfan12
Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

I have had Ethiopian food in numerous countries but I can honestly say this is authentic Ethiopian food. The service was good, family ran small restaurant, very clean with plenty of parking in the area. The price is fair as well for the large portions you will receive.

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Thank rocoa01
Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

The food here is excellent! You can't go wrong with any selection off of the menu, even the vegetarian items! If all vegetarian foods tasted this good I would consider converting! The portions are enough for two meals. Also, Elsa makes you feel like a member of the family!! That's great customer service!!! You have to try this restaurant!!!!

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1 Thank MICHELLE C
Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Eating ethiopian food. I don't really know what to make of it. I do like the flavors and textures. We shared the combo platter as Elsa recommended. The injera is their potatoes or rice. It's similar to a pancake. It has a neutral taste but nice texture. As Elsa said- you have to dunk it over the beef or chicken... More 

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1 Thank uberkyut
Kansas City, Missouri
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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1 Thank jyakel
Rapid City, South Dakota
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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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Salt Lake City, Utah
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8016 Santa Fe Dr, Overland Park, KS
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Overland Park
  • Phone Number: 9136485000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 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 - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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