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“Excellent in every way!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Abyssinia

Abyssinia
Brookside Grove | Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
+254-725-15-15-15
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Ranked #9 of 355 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent in every way!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We have eaten at many an Ethiopian restaurant (including a few IN Ethiopia) and Abyssinia is absolutely the top of the list for us. We recommend sitting out in the garden as the weather in Kenya is hard to beat and the atmosphere is very pleasant---plan to spend some time as there is "no hurry in Africa" but know that your food will be freshly prepared and piping hot! All of the dishes are excellent---we especially recommend their doro wot (chicken is prepared in chunks instead of on the bone which we prefer), shiro, tibs (esp the lamb and fish but beware the green chills masquerading as green beans!), ke'y wot, and all the vegetarian dishes are excellent as well. All the dishes are dairy free (made with ghee) and gluten free and they are now making a gluten free injera (not 100% teff but not wheat floor) which we appreciate as a family with those dietary restrictions. We enjoy the level of spiciness but some people may find they prefer the milder dishes like shiro and the veg.
The staff is wonderful, attentive but not hovering. The dishes are all around 600/=KSH which is approximately what you will end up spending per person--again, excellent value! Children are treasured in Africa and our kids love how they are treated by all the staff. We could eat here every day!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Best Ethiopian food in Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

In our experience Abyssinia is your best choice for authentic Ethiopian food in Nairobi. We enjoy going as a family on Sunday afternoons. The owner is great with the kids and the service is excellent. If you want "fast food" don't opt for Ethiopian and if you want fast Ethiopian, then you don't really want Ethiopian. Relax, enjoy the experience and savor the remarkable flavors. The lamb tibs is my favorite among many many excellent dishes.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“good intro into ethopian food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Have always been told of how good ethopian food is but had never ventured into it.

Was taken to Abyssinia by a friend who recommended it and for all the part he did all the ordering.

It is a taste that slowly grows on you i guess as its very different from other types of food.

Definitely something that we will go back for soon.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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22 reviews
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“Great first experience with Ethiopian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I'd been meaning to try Ethiopian for years, but just hadn't gotten around to it. So, being in Nairobi for a visit, I figured I'd give Abyssinia a shot since it seemed well reviewed here on TA. While the service is a bit slow, the food we ordered was delicious. Tip: if you've never had Ethiopian before, research it, which is what I did. I read a few things about the cuisine and which dishes might appeal to me and then ordered appropriately. Absolutely loved everything that was served, including the kitfo (like an Ethiopian beef tartare). If you're a coffee lover, a post-dinner pot of Ethiopian coffee is a must.

For me, a restaurant is 90% about the food, and Abyssinia delivers. Even if the service is not perfect and the place seems a wee bit run-down, I definitely recommend it.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

good Ethiopian food at convenient location and good space!!! only slight issue would be the time after order but not a major issue.

Visited October 2013
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