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Abay Ethiopian Cuisine

130 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206-3931 (Shadyside)
412-661-9736
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Ranked #479 of 1,875 restaurants in Pittsburgh
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
Neighborhood: Shadyside
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Neighborhood: Shadyside
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English first
Pittsburgh, PA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

After 10 years of providing a great dining experience, Abay closed in June. We will miss it. My kids loved the food and eating with bread and no silverware.

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Montreal
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

The quality of food at this resto is pretty descent. Overall, I'd say skip the desserts or coffees as there's not much to rave about but some starters and the main courses are great. Not sure if I'll visit again but my dining experience with friends was an enjoyable one!

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San Diego, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The food was excellent-- well prepared and tasty. The staff was friendly and happy to explain the cuisine and how to eat Ethiopian style. The atmosphere was unpretentious, warm, cozy. A good place for friends and/or family. As a heads up, we brought our own wine-- I'm not sure if this is because my family is picky about wine or... More

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Southeastern Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

This was my first time eating Ethiopian cuisine, so I can't speak to its authenticity. I can say that I enjoyed everything I tried that evening. I ate with a party of seven on a Friday evening. We shared a meat platter and a vegetarian platter. It was all delicious. The restaurant was very crowded and it didn't seem there... More

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Pittsburgh, Pa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I really love the food at Abay! I suggest getting the platters with several different items because if you are like me you could never pick just one dinner. I really enjoy the veggie platter with the beet and potato dish being one of my favorites. BYOB, cozy atmosphere. Service has been on and off during my visits but somewhat... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The food at Abay is excellent...combination platter allows you to try different dishes and split with a friend. Definitely worth a visit!

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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews 57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Dined here with friends and very much liked the ambience and service. Having had Ethiopian food several times in Washington D.C. the food at Abay was somewhat disappointing. All dishes are served on the Ethiopian injira bread (crepe like texture). I recommend trying the sample of entrees to include a variety of the vegeratian and non-vegeratian selections. We had the... More

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pittsburgh
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

We went with a group of colleagues and the informal setting and shared plates contributed to create a collegial and fun atmosphere. The food was great and very reasonably priced. We also loved the fact that this is a BYOB restaurant with a low cork fee. We got an excellent bottle from the nearby wine store! The only downside was... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

I wanted to give this restaurant a rating of just 'good' but my options were Average, Very good and Excellent.. Not sure why.. I'd give them 3.5 stars if that counts for anyone reading this. Since I couldn't do that I had to choose 4. The wait staff was friendly, it was super busy and actually quite loud, since it's... More

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Pittsburgh Pa
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66 reviews 66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

This Ethiopian restaurant is for those who look for interesting and different cuisines to try. We liked the menu and choices. Most selections are made to eat without forks. Check into it first to see if it fits for you. We will go back and liked all the different favors and tastes.

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