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“An authentic taste of African cuisine” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lalibela

Lalibela
Eerste Helmerstrat 249, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Ranked #506 of 2,459 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Kendal, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“An authentic taste of African cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Lalibela is situated in the south west of Amsterdam, near the Vondelpark, on the no.1 tram route ("J.P. Heijestraat" stop). It's a small, friendly place - we arrived early in the evening (5.30) and before we left people were being turned away.

Lalibela tries to serve authentic Ethiopian cuisine. As all the food is freshly prepared, they are happy to make adjustments as required - e.g. if you don't like your food too hot, just say so. If you don't know what to eat, ask for one of the selections (meat or vegetarian).

The presentation is a bit of a shock to Europeans. Make sure you wash your hands when you enter the restaurant, as the food is served on one communal plate and eaten with the fingers using injeras (a pancake-like sourdough flatbread). For the real Ethiopian experience, sit at one of the circular tables downstairs.

We thought the food was delicious, with a wide variety of textures and tastes in a single course. It was surprisingly filling, and good value for money. The sharing of a meal makes for good conversation!

Finally, a word of caution for thise with a sweet tooth - Ethiopians are not into puddings. We stopped off for a coffee and pastry in the centre of town on our way back to the hotel :-)

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Great food in a lovely setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Have eaten here a couple of times now. The staff is friendly, the food excellent (and can be seasoned based on how spicy you would like your food, just ask the waitress) and the setting very nice. They serve Etheopian beer. Total price of a beer, a meal and a coffee is about 17 euro.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lakeland, Florida
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99 reviews 99 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Absolutely deserving of a 5-star rating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This place puts you directly into Ethiopia! The atmosphere, the waiters, the decoration, and of course the menu were all true to the culture and transported you into an authentic experience. As vegetarians, it was paradise. They gave us a little taste of every vegetarian dish on the menu in a beautiful presentation on a huge plate (one is even too much for two!). The staff is friendly and effective. Absolutely delicious... a must have in Amsterdam!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leeds
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Fantastic food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Lovely restaurant with great Ethiopian food. Ethiopian and South African beers. Some of the best injera I've had.

Visited February 2014
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UK
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121 reviews 121 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere and great value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Enjoyable evening here, sharing restaurant with the best behaved hen party I have ever encountered. Staff helpful and friendly, beer served in coconut shells - bit strange but not bad beer- food tasty but the meat could have been a bit more tender. Not the best Ethiopian meal I have had ( best was in Rome last year) but good value and fun.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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