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“Choose This One” 5 of 5 stars
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Cafe Desta
758 S Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
520-370-7000
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Ranked #115 of 1,701 Restaurants in Tucson
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Tucson, AZ
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Choose This One”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

I have introduced Cafe Desta to many grateful friends who has since returned. The food is addictive, the atmosphere is renovated artsy warehouse and the home brewed teas are terrific.
Another reason for this choice is the high level of cleanliness. People who work in the food industry have observed that the bathrooms reflect the level of cleanliness of the kitchen. So I feel much more confident with this restaurant.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Tucson, Arizona
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Great new Ethiopian Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

Went to Cafe Desta last night with a group of friends. I recently reviewed Zemans, another Ethiopian restaurant in town and I really enjoy the food at both. The spices and flavoring is wonderful. Being a vegetarian is no problem here. There is a large selection of Vegan dishes that are incredibly tasty. Their menu has combo platters, so you can sample all the different dishes. The wait staff was very helpful, giving suggestions how to customize the combo platter to satisfy our whole group. This is also a BYOB, so you can have your favorite drinks as well as have a very low cost meal. This is a fun place to go with friends, be prepared to share. My only suggestion would be for the resaurant to add at least one large round table to accomadate a large group of people who want to share combo platters, without having to reach over and around people, but this could also be part of the fun...Will be back soon.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tucson, Arizona
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“So good, I dream about it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

Yummmmm....My husband is a meat eater and I am vegan, so typically one of us feels a bit cheated when we go out to eat, but Cafe Desta is great. We are always satisfied and the owner treats us like old friends. Love it. Wish I could eat there everyday and am so glad it opened downtown.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tucson
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best Ethiopian in town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

The food is great for meat-eaters and vegans. The ambiance is bright and airy and the service is friendly. Delicious tea, too!

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Cafe Desta is a hidden gem of an Ethiopian restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2011

We've been to Cafe Desta several times and are never disappointed. They have a wonderful inexpensive lunch option that allows you to try 3 of their dishes. That has allowed us to try just about everything on their menu! We've never been unhappy. The subtle flavorings and the fresh ingredients make for a wonderful meal. And that injera, yummy!

Visited April 2011
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