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Ethiopian Cottage Restaurant

Lower East Side
Ethiopian
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1824 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1708
414-224-5226
Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A fun birthday celebration

We went to this restaurant for my son’s birthday per his choice. It really was a good choice. It’s a small place on the Milwaukee east side. We could have been seated at a table but chose to sit in chairs around a basket type stand on which our large tray with food was placed. We ate with our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
Sparky333
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Milwaukee
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Milwaukee
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We went to this restaurant for my son’s birthday per his choice. It really was a good choice. It’s a small place on the Milwaukee east side. We could have been seated at a table but chose to sit in chairs around a basket type stand on which our large tray with food was placed. We ate with our fingers... More 

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My husband and I shared one of the combo platters for two. Each item was better than the last. We had Ethiopian beer with our meal, and our bill was less than $40. Be prepared to eat with your fingers! Super fun place!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food was delicious! Portions were a little less then what the prices were set at but definitely delicious and definitely, I will return. The honey wine was extremely good and I would love to be able to buy some bottles for home.

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Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Very much enjoyed trying a new type of food. We were full after having one of the combination platters. The traditional way of eating the food is with your hands so be prepared.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

You like adventurous dining and eating with your hands? Want some vegetarian food that is not a Boca Burger? Go here! Pleasant, quiet on a Wednesday night, this "family style dining" is a feast! You use the spongy bread to pinch up your food. Mild to wild they can suit the taste of your choosing, including beef, chicken, seafood and... More 

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Exton, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

First, everything in the restaurant was spotless, from the glassware to the (older) restrooms. The server was attentive and we chose a meat dish and a vegetarian dish to try. The dishes were brought on top of the Ethiopian soft flat bread that is used to eat the meal, although they would bring you flatware if requested. There were extra... More 

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Houston, Texas
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83 reviews 83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

I went to this restaurant last week when was in MKE. I was initially going to go to the Thai restaurant next door, but it was just doing take outs after 8:30pm. I went into the cottage and was greeted by a very gracious host. We ordered the veggie platter and ybeg tids( lamb cooked with onions and spices). Overall,... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Ethiopian cottage down on the East Side offers a variety of Ethiopian dishes at decent prices. Plenty of meat and vegetarian choices. The service has been slow at times, but overall the food has been delicious. Give it a try!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012 via mobile

We continue to come back for this very authentic cuisine. Their food and presentation is always great. The injera bread makes eating their dishes very enjoyable and we find it a joy to bring friends for their very first try at eating the traditional way.

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Chicagoish
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

My husband and I hadn't eaten Ethiopian food since Mama Desta's (in Chicago) ages ago. I had forgotten how really tasty Ethiopian cuisine can be. We were seated at one of the small central wicker tables and immediately given a menu. I asked lots of questions and the server (dressed in traditional clothes) was very friendly and helpful. We ordered... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1824 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1708
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighborhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: 414-224-5226

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Ethiopian
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?