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Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant

229 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2918 (University City)
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Ranked #783 of 3,785 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $0 - $20
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian, Seafood
Neighborhood: University City
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Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
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English first
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312 reviews 312 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

If you have never had ethiopian food, its a fun adventure you should try. This place is certainly affordable ($12 per person for a mixed plate in which you try 6 things), but the flavors are not as big and distinct as they could be. Service was very inconsistent and the place feels a little run down. Still glad we... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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169 reviews 169 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The food here has a good taste but the service is very bad. the waitresses and kitchen are insanely slow. But the food has such a good taste that you put up with it. The restaurant is clean enough but dark.. they do have alcohol which is good so you dont have to bring it for occasions

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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Love this place! Been there many times. Staff is friendly and offer suggestions if you are not familiar with what is on the menu. I absolutely love Ethiopian and this is great, authentic and affordable! I love eating with my hands too!! You eat from a shared platter of food so if you have a thing with germs, maybe this... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I took my friends from Ethiopia to this restaurant and they confirmed that this place serves legitimately delicious Ethiopian cuisine. We ordered many different platters, and devoured it all! The injera (a traditional bread and the cornerstone of Ethiopian food) is amazing. I recommend ordering the combination dishes, which are a great deal in terms of price, quantity, and diversity... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

great food, service and atmosphere. tried it for the first time and truly enjoyed my visit. only downside is their limited selection of alcoholic beverages. The server took a few mins to explain the concept once we identified it was a new experience for us. will be back soon!

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

I went to Abyssinia for my first experience eating Ethiopian food - I was pleasantly surprised! I ordered the Quanta Fitfit and others at our table had the Gored Gored & Meat Combo #1. They brought it all out on one big platter so we all got to share. The 'bread' (injera) was really yummy and served as a great... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

we dined at abyssinia recently- service was very slow and poor- it took an hour for our food to come and for my son to get his tea, after asking 3 times- I've been to a few Ethiopian restaurants and in my opinion the food was just average and a little cold- we will keep looking for a great Ethiopian... More 

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West Orange, New Jersey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Second visit to Abyssinia. Authentic, and delicious Ethiopian food. Enjoyed at least as much as first visit there several years ago. Pleasant service. Located in West Philadelphia.

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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews 88 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

I do not know Ethiopian food. I have never before eaten in an Ethiopian restaurant. With no points of reference I find it difficult to rate Abyssinia. Abyssinia is a pleasant but unadorned restaurant. You enter through the bar, a space that reminds me of the male only corner bars of almost any small village in Europe or North Africa.... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

I have been to a number of Ethiopian restaurants and usually like the folks and food but unfortunately, this one did not turn out to be a place I ever want to go back. The hostess (acted like the owner) was rude in the nicest words. The food was edible but not tasty enough to eat half the plate. The... More 

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Additional Information about Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant

Address: 229 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2918
Phone Number: 215-387-2424
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > University City
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: African, Ethiopian, Seafood

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