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African, Ethiopian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

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2.9 miles from Desert Botanical Garden
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We got the deluxe platter that had meat and vegetable dishes. There was lamb and chicken and two different beefs and then some vegetable dishes. Everything was so good. There were some really interesting spices that I've never tried before. One of the beefs that...we had was spicy and one was not spicy. Overall I'd say most of the food was not very spicy.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed February 14, 2021

A new dining experience. Tried the platter for 4 so got to try many different dishes both vegan and meat. Our waitress was super helpful and described all the food items.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed January 18, 2020 via mobile

This place is such a hidden gem! It is very clean, the service is quick and friendly, and the food is rather filling and super tasty! We will definitely visit again :)

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 5, 2019

It’s a good Ethiopian restaurant. Serves host of food for taste lovers as well as vegetarians. Quality, quantity and service levels were excellent with a good value for money.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed November 26, 2019

I visited Cafe Lalibela with my family and my ASU student son's girlfriend, and judging by how quickly the food disappeared, I'd have to say that everyone was satisfied. We had the main combination platter for 4, which amply fed five people. It had a...very nice combination of flavorful food items with something that everyone enjoyed. It even had a fish stew that I'd never tried before, and all was excellent. Our server was attentive and friendly, and I can say that this was the best Ethiopian food I've ever had.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed August 18, 2019 via mobile

Wanted something completely different. This is a small restaurant in a strip mall about half a mile from Mill Ave. efficient service. Hadn’t had Ethiopian food in years, so asked for recommendations. Split the manager’s special for two. Had a nice combination of veggies and...meats. Plenty of food for three. Worth a visit.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 3, 2019 via mobile

A total gem hiding in the city. The food was amazing and the service was phenomenal. Everyone was so attentive, even noticed I wasn’t drinking my sprite and came to ask why then replaced it of their own accord with a homemade tea. Will definitely...be returning!More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed May 24, 2019

This restaurant is a little difficult to get to if you don't have a vehicle; but taking a combination of light rail and bus will do the trick. It is somewhat out of the way and a fair distance from downtown Tempe and it took...me about 30-35 mins to walk there from the light rail stop in downtown Tempe. The walk was well worth it as when I finally got there I ordered the veggie combination platter and despite the 15-20 minute wait I was rewarded. 4 different veggie samples with 2 extra folds of injera on the side. The only veggie dish I wasn't too fond of was the collard greens as they were on the bitter side; but it still was a nice contrast to the other dishes. When I say dishes it's more on the order of small mounds served on the injera. Still more than enough food and 50 mins later I was done. Food - excellent, Quantity - excellent. The only facet of the restaurant I would not give particularly high grades for was the service. My server was not particularly personable or friendly; but she was efficient. The restaurant was quite busy during my visit so I will give her a pass on my visit. The restaurant also has a small shop where you can buy some Ethiopian ingredients mainly spices. Recommend the Cafe Lalibela for it's tasty and quality Ethiopian fare and if you don't live in Tempe maybe use some technical help in finding it.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 28, 2019 via mobile

Nice casual atmosphere. Very good traditional Etheopian food. I had the spicy combination platter which had lentils, and two kinds of meat. We also had a tea specific for colds which was delicious. My companion had the meat platter which she finished. It is in...a strip mall but delicious.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed April 1, 2019

Over the years, I have eaten here many times and remembered that Cafe Lalibela was very good. Well this time (it has been several years since I was here) was even better than I remembered. Dinner with good friends, excellent service and great food is...memorable and this was everything I could have hoped for. We got the combination platter for 2 (it was plenty for 3 people), the cost was exceedingly reasonable and the food, was simply delicious. We had lamb, beef, chicken, collards, split peas, lentils, cabbage and potatoes in the classic Ethiopian sauces and spice mixtures and ate it with the wonderfully spongy, sour injera. I love Ethiopian food and Cafe Lalibela is one fo the best.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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  • Yes, Cafe Lalibela offers takeout services.

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  • Cafe Lalibela is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 3.5