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207 James St. South, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 3A8, Canada
+1 289-389-5294
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hamilton, Canada
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89 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been here on multiple occasions, i can say this is a really good restaurant with consistent quality of food. Amazingly prepared dishes each with its own distinct flavour. You will leave full!

Thank Daveee00
Burlington, Canada
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we were looking for a restaurant to treat our niece and her fiancé, we showed them WASS online and they were intrigued. My wife, daughter and I took them here on a Saturday evening and the entire experience was delightful. My wife Kim and I had been to a different Ethiopian restaurant years back and we enjoyed the food,... More 

Thank ewschmidt
Hamilton, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been twice to this place. They will make a pure teff bread. Tried the lentils with added herb butter. Delicious. Portions are generous. For a special occasion, the owner went out of her way to make a coffee ceremony for us.

Thank spwshopping
Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ordered vegetarian and meat combos which were very flavourful. We loved the honey wine. Our only issue was the very slow service on a slow night. The waitress was friendly but needed to be much more attentive.

Thank LLLandA
Hamilton, Canada
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

This is my go-to spot when friends visit us in Hamilton. Lunch or dinner, the value is impressive and the food is always delicious. Gluten free injera is available with advanced warning. Be sure to have the coffee service if time permits, a truly beautiful ritual.

Thank Cityocity
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

Food was ok. The waitress disappeared and we had to look for her more then once. She was on the phone in the kitchen all the time! Not coming back!

Thank Micky K
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Great food. Highly recommend the vegetarian platter for lunch or dinner (when a meat eater recommends the veg dish, you KNOW it is good). Maybe share as it is generously proportioned. Coffee ceremony is really interesting to try.

Thank Horsemama
Hamilton, Canada
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic place it you want to try something truly different. I strongly recommend getting the coffee service, it's has to be ordered at the start of the mean but it's worth is. Be prepared to go home smelling like smoke however. Everything I have tried has been excellent and authentic. My favourite being the the vegetarian mixed plate with pancake... More 

Thank JB T
Ontario, Canada
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

A friend and I visited this restaurant for lunch. This was my first time trying Ethiopian cuisine so I can't make a comparative comment. The food was tasty and the service friendly albeit somewhat slow. Would I go there again? Probably, if I happen to be in the area.

Thank Sonny M
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

My family enjoyed dinner at Wass last night. The food was wonderful and they even had gluten-free injera for me, which they did not have the last time we ate here. I believe they were likely short staffed as we only saw one woman completing all tasks. Despite this she was exceptionally attentive and very sweet with our kids. Unfortunately,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $11
African, Ethiopian, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 207 James St. South, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 3A8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: +1 289-389-5294
Experience a taste of Africa in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. The WASS Ethiopian Restaurant offers meals for vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?