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“good food but slow service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Abyssinia

Abyssinia
Brookside Grove | Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
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Ranked #10 of 318 restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Nairobi, Kenya
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“good food but slow service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

this restaurant is very popular with tourists.. one of the most expensive ethiopian restaurants in town compared to the rest.
you definitely have to wait a while for the food and service. however, all in all,,, food is great... i wouldnt recommend the sheesha much... there are better places for that.

Visited July 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Best Friday lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

The best Friday lunch I have had in many years. A fulfilling satisfying meal with a great atmosphere.
The owner came by to say hi and spend some time talking about why he does what he does - to have happy customers. And we left happy and stuffed.

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“Best Ethiopian Restaurant in Nairobi with the Best Service as well!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I really enjoy a lot when I go to Abyssinia with my friends, as they don't only have excellent and delicious food, but also the place has its charm! the light aroma of incense, the dim light and the pleasant music invite you to enjoy a nice chat and to have a good time with your friends while you are eating the best Ethiopian food in Nairobi. And don't forget the Coffee is delicious!!

  • Visited September 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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“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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“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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