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Cafe Lalibela

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Certificate of Excellence2016, 2018 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
$25
CUISINES
African, Ethiopian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Menu

SOUP & SALAD​
Bowl $4.25
Cup $3.95
Shorba
Soup made from lentils, carrots, potatoes, onion and vegetable stock.
$3.95
Selata
Garden salad with house dressing
ENTREES​
A combination of three items is suggested for one serving. All entrees are served with Injera.
Make your own combination from the following list
$4.95
Alicha Sega Wat (Mild Beef Stew)
Tender beef cubes simmered in kibae (spiced butter), onion, and turmeric flavored with various spices.
$5.50
Asa Wat (Fish Stew)
Shredded fish stew simmered with berbere (red pepper), garlic, and onion flavored with various spices.
$4.95
Doro Wat (Spicy Chicken Stew)
Chicken simmered in kibae (spiced butter), berbere (red pepper) and onion flavored with various spices. The Doro wat is traditionally served with hard-boiled eggs. (Request for egg.)
$4.95
Key Sega Wat (Spicy Beef Stew)
Tender beef cubes simmered in berbere (red pepper) and onion flavored with various spices.
$5.50
Yebeg Alicha Sega Wat (Mild Lamb Stew)
Lamb cubes simmered in kibae (spiced butter), onion, turmeric and herbs.
$4.75
Azifah (Brown Lentils)
Whole brown lentils blended with onion, green pepper and spices. Served cold
$4.75
Fosolia (String Beans and Carrots)
Lightly spiced string beans cooked with carrots and onion.
$4.75
Gomen (Collard Greens)
Chopped collard greens cooked with fresh garlic and onion.
SUGGESTED COMBINATIONS​
For parties of 3
$39.95
Lalibela Exclusive
A​ combination of: doro wat (3), kye sega wat (4) alicha sega wat (1), yebere sega tibs (23), yebeg alicha (5), misr wat (9), gomen (8), fosolia (7), tikil gomen (11), yekik alicha (12) and ayeb (29) garnished with selata and served with injera.
$36.95
Vegetarian Exclusive
A combination of: azifah (6), shiro wat (10) misr wat (9), gomen (8) fosolia (7), tikil gomen (11) and yekik alicha (12) garnished with selata and served with injera.
INDIVIDUAL PLATTERS​
$13.95
Meat Combination
Combination of doro wat (3), alicha sega (1) and kye sega wat (4) garnished with selata and served with injera.
$12.95
Vegetable Combination
A combination of misr wat (9), gomen (8), fosolia (7), and tikil gomen (11) garnished with selata and served with injera.
$13.95
Spicy Combination
A Combination of doro wat (3), kye sega wat (4) and misr wat (9) garnished with selata and served with injera.
$13.95
Mild Combination
A Combination of alicha sega wat (1), yebeg alicha sega wat (5) and fosolia (7) garnished with selata and served with injera.
$12.95
Chef’s Favorite Combination
A Combination of doro wat (3), gomen (8) and ayeb (29) garnished with selata and served with injera.
$13.95
Manager’s Choice
A Combination of kye sega wat (4), tikil gomen (11) and yekik alicha (12) garnished with selata and served with injera.
$12.95
Kitfo (Ground Beef Resembling Steak Tartar)
Lean tender beef finely chopped and mixed with mitmita, cardamon and kibae. Served raw or slightly cooked with gomen and ayeb garnished with selata.
$12.95
Yebere sega tibs (pan fried beef cubes)
Lean beef cubes pan fried with jalapenos, onion and fresh rosemary. Garnished with selata and served with injera.
$13.95
Yawaze Yebere Tibs (Spicy Pan Fried Beef Cubes)
Lean beef cubes pan fried with jalapenos, onion, fresh rosemary and awaze. Garnished with selata and served with injera.
$13.95
Yebeg Sega Tibs (Pan Fried Lamb Cubes)
Lamb cubes pan fried with jalapenos, onion, and fresh rosemary. Garnished with selata and served with injera.
SIDE ORDERS​
$0.95
Injera (Ethiopian bread)
A crepe like sourdough bread made from a mixture of teff and wheat flour.
$3.50
Ayeb (Homemade cheese)
Freshly made mild, crumbly cheese used for enhancing flavor.
$1.50
Rice
GLOSSARY OF GENERAL TERMS​
Awaze
A spicy paste made from berbere.
Berbere
A mixture of red chili powder and spices.
Kibae
Purified butter mixed with various spices.
Mitmita
Very hot red chili powder blended with spices.
Wat
A​ stew like sauce made from a variety of ingredients. Such as vegetables, beef, chicken, lamb or fish.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our friends have talked about this place for a couple of years and tonight we made the trip to Tempe to try them. Situated not far from the Gamage .theater, this place is in a little strip mall with plenty of parking. None restaurant is...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank lgsusimport
Reviewed January 16, 2019

Excellent service, excellent food. I'd suggest the large "sampler" plate (Lalibela Exclusive) which has a lot of everything. The spicy chicken (doro wat) was amazing. The "bread" (injera) to scoop up the food is interestingly delicious. Note: Since you are eating with your hands, wash...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank stevehurwitz
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

We have enjoyed Cafe Lalibela on each visit to the Phoenix area for almost 10 years. On this trip, the vegetable stews seemed to have been sitting far too long, the accompanying injera was chilly. Services was good, and the space is a bit more...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank HenryW
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

3 family members eat at this tasty Ethiopian restaurant. Located in a strip mall the food was very good. Not fancy surrounding but delicious dishes . We shared a “Meat combination” which was plenty of food . 4 meats two spicy two plain that included...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank tonytD9568SZ
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

I highly recommend Cafe Lalibela. I appreciated that the menu had good explanations of every item. I was worried about the food being too spicy but the waitress guided me in the right direction. Each of the items I ordered was delicious!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank summertraveler19
Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

It was our first time at the restaurant. The food and service was great. We ordered the Ethiopian Deluxe with the various stews....all equally delicious. I will definitely be going back and highly recommend...it’s no wonder they’ve been in business 22 years

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Sunshine645948
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Lalibela is a simple place in a strip mall on the Phoenix side of Tempe. The food is excellent. Lamb, chicken and beef dishes (wats) were really first rate, both spicy and mild. The shuro (lentil purée) was not equally great (my wife says give...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank 91craigc
Reviewed March 6, 2018 via mobile

I visited this lovely cafe on a Sunday, when another popular Ethiopian restaurant was closed... I was so impressed by the lovely, inviting, cozy atmosphere, smiling faces and welcoming voices... Everyone was attentive, giving plenty of time to peruse the menu and ask questions... I...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank roadtramp56
Reviewed March 4, 2018

In the Phoenix area, amazing Mexican restaurants are all around. But if you want to branch out into a different type of cuisine, you can't go wrong with Cafe Lalibela. We had an all vegetarian platter full of tasty food, including Misir Wat and Yekik...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank schroederjt
Reviewed February 21, 2018

We waited about a half hour for our food and when it arrived it was all cold. It was as if it had been sitting in the kitchen the whole time just waiting to be taken to our table. The menu designates which foods are...More

Date of visit: February 2018
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