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Yod Abyssinia Traditional Food

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Bole Medhaniyalem Area, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 11 661 2985
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great cultural resturant with great performances and Ethiopian traditional food. The band starts @ 19:00 .

Thank William J
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you want to experience botht he food and see and hear traditional music and dances from all over ethiopia this is a good place to eat and visit. Book in Advance.

Thank Loretta M
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The dancers are great, very talented and engaging. This is our go to when traveling, to eat good local food, drink and enjoy entertainment.

Thank betterthangood10
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236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

At first look we felt like in a kitschy and touristy place packed with foreigners and also locals. Nice servers, hard pressed. Then we forgot it and started enjoying traditional food and drinks, injera with shiro (chickpea stew), mesir wat (lentils) and tibs (sautéed beef), iab (cheese), Saint George beer, tej (honey wine), coffee warmed up on brazier abound ...... More 

Thank Christophe M
Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Certainly recommend to tourists, Addis Ababa first timers, and those looking for to witness a comprehensive show of Ethiopia's different cultural dance. This is not exactly a "hidden traditional gem" but more like a very well known restaurant (which attracts a lot of tourists, out of towners and locals alike). That said the cultural show is one of the most... More 

Thank Deborah M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I enjoyed the music and setting in the restaurant. We ordered the large sampler injera dish that cost 400 birr. It was a good way to try all the different offerings. I found the injera noticeably sweeter here than the injera I get in my go to restaurant in Atlanta. I wish I would have been able to try a... More 

Thank Juan H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great show, various tribe dances, local songs, amazing atmosphere. Good food, Good service. huge place, lot's of seats and tables. suitable for large groups and individuals. good location, right at the middle of town close to almost all hotels.

Thank Opher D
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So looked up trip advisor as we're in Addis for a few days and this was the top rated restaurant. I can't fathom why, the food was luke warm, lacking in diversity, the atmosphere was very cold, no live music, lights turned up to full and inattentive wait staff and the final sting in the tail was the way my... More 

Thank Adam S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here based on recommendations from local staff as one of the top Ethiopian restaurants in Addis. The food was excellent and abundant. There was an ongoing cultural show highlighting regional dances and songs. If you only have a few nights in the capital and want a fast introduction to the local culture this is a great place to start.

Thank SingaporeBms
Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whenever we have visitors from overseas, we invite to this place for dinner. They can taste different authentic Ethiopian dish at this place. Also they have great traditional dancing with band and singers. It is not cheap place probably they think the foreigners will come regardless of price. But there are many Ethiopian customers patronizing the place as well. Although... More 

Thank Kuhn H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bole Medhaniyalem Area, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Location: Africa  >  Ethiopia  >  Addis Ababa
  • Phone Number: +251 11 661 2985

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