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African, Ethiopian, Bar, Pub
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Lunch, Dinner
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Seating, Table Service, Reservations
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Reviewed October 30, 2020

Nice relaxed atmosphere for an evening meal. The beer was cold and cheap, what more could you ask for?

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 22, 2020 via mobile

Came here for lunch and ordered the typical local food. They have a vegetarian option for non meat eater as well. Worth trying to have a local flavour.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2020

You have to go to this place for the show and the food. The place is very good for both. We danced with the professional dancers and had a great time watching the local young people having a good time.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed January 21, 2020

This restaurant was recommended by two different Ethiopians - our guide and another, but the food was only average, compared to other Ethiopian food we've had, the service was not great, and the music was so loud we couldn't even talk to each other, or...hear our server. We ordered tibs which were fairly good, but also a steak which was terrible and came a half hour after the tibs. We also ordered french fries, which they served us as we were paying the bill, nearly an hour after we had ordered them and they were stone cold.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 26, 2019 via mobile

Worth a night out for dinner. We had so much fun watching the show and the Ethiopian food was good. The music is quite loud, so don’t sit in the front row.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 17, 2019

You can always tell that the food will be good if local people use it. We seemed to be among just a handful of foreigners. We ate on the terrace where the furniture is basic but the food was go.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 16, 2019

A couple of my friends and I came here for lunch yesterday. All was well until we received the receipt to where the waitress told us, " I made sure we charged you based off of the Ethiopian menu instead of the foreigner menu (two...of us were Ethiopian and one person was European)" This was quite confusing since we all ordered the same thing.They felt justified to up-charge the one white person at the table. This is disgusting given how many tourists around the world go to Axum only to get scammed at this terrible, basic, bland, restauraunt. When we confronted the staff about the secret foreigner menue with competely different prices, the owner replied that,"they use different spices for foreigners"... Firstly, the food is so bland that I was even questioning if my food had spices at all! I won't recommend this place to anyone. You're all getting scammed.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 26, 2019 via mobile

A wonderful restaurant with great ambiance and wall decoration. Friendly staff and tasty food. A great time to enjoy your food with a cultural/traditional dance.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 2, 2019 via mobile

Local music & dance from 7pm. Draught beer 20birr. Western & Ethiopian food - 70 to 200birr each. Mostly locals with some western tourists. Good lamb tibs & fish goulash..

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 28, 2019 via mobile

I went here principally for the music and dance, intending to eat. But I found the former so disappointing that I bailed on the latter, so no comment on the food. The music is all recorded, and played excessively loudly over a disco type sound...system. Something must been going with the dancers, for they were positively sullen - absolutely lacking in enthusiasm or any kind of engagement with the audience. I should have thought a largely Ethiopian audience might have encouraged them to raise their game, but not.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 11, 2019

I really enjoyed this place precisely because it isnt geared toward tourists. I have felt uncomfortable watching supposedly traditional dance shows put on for foreigners in other countries but this is totally different. The main event inside kicks off around 7. It is popular with...the locals and only a handful of tourists were there. It is an enthusiastic performance but certainly not hyper polished, but for me is what gave it charm. They serve delicious injera. We had the fasting mix and it was spicier than normal. Perfect for us. They also serve western food. Prices are all very reasonable and no extra charge for the show. It is really there to keep you buying beers.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 29, 2019 via mobile

We found this restaurant by sudden but it was what we wanted, a nice Ethiopian restaurant with great staff and perfect meals. The best experience of us was watching the amazing traditional dance which was performed by young great Youth of the city, i highly...recommend to visit this restaurant, highly recommendedMore

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

We came here upon recommendation by a local guide with a group of 10. Asked for an English menu, however, unless you know Ethiopian cuisine, not much help. Ordered a draft beer and was told 10 minutes later that there was none. Asked for another...beer and after some back and forth got a beer. Asked for potato salad and another 10 minutes later was told it was not available. Ordered the tomato salad and an omelette instead. We finally got our food one hour later. Maybe language issue, maybe being overwhelmed by foreigners, maybe ..... just being in Ethiopia. Service was unhurried (polite way to put this). Lots of locals. Not recommended if you are in a hurry (go to a pizza or burger joint, there are many in the area). Payment was a lot faster than the ordering process. Maybe they were happy when we left.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 25, 2019 via mobile

We went for dinner and although we enjoyed for a while the dances and traditional music we regret staying that long as it was too noisy. We'd recommend to go for a drink only. The dance it's not (only) prepared for tourists. Were the only...tourists that night and there were many locals enjoying the dance and food.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed April 29, 2019

According to our tour guide, this is one of only two "clean" restaurants in Axum. We can't tell about that but the injera and sauces were fine for a uninspired tourist place...

Date of visit: April 2019
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  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5