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Hawi Ethiopian Restaurant

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113 S Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5507
+1 607-277-4294
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“injera” (19 reviews)
“veggie combo” (5 reviews)
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
113 S Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5507
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Reviewed May 7, 2018

All the dishes are tasty and interesting. Ethiopian food is eaten using a form of spongy bread to scoop up various mixtures; each different creation is so good! This is a must-do.

Thank MiloBohack
Reviewed February 23, 2018

First, make a reservation... the restaurant is small and quaint. Next, read the menu... all sides and pages... there is a lot of information about the food and how it is served. The plates are shared unless you specify.. we were 2 vegetarians and 1...More

Thank Lisa V
Reviewed January 30, 2018 via mobile

The food here is exhilarating to all your senses! The bread is light,fluffy and warm. It replaces traditional American utensils! It's used to to grab, dip or swipe up everything on your plate. My lamb was tender & flavorful together with the chopped collard greens....More

Thank Sailorgirl60
Reviewed January 20, 2018

Maybe its just my palate but I could have done with some rice on these delicious dish that this soulful restaurant provided. Outstanding service, explained every dish and show us what wine pairings would go with which dish. Would have preferred a balance between the...More

Thank Jonathan O
Reviewed December 22, 2017 via mobile

On a snowy day on the Ithaca Commons, six of us bundled into Hawi and found ourselves in Africa. The restaurant is comfortable, not fancy, and not inclined to create a Disney facade with North African props. The sense of adventure comes from the food...More

Thank Cornelius T
Reviewed December 15, 2017

By happenstance ate at Hawi twice recently and was glad to see my guests - some of them on special diets,pleased with the range of possibilities from meat eaters to sugar free and vegan. Everybody was happy. One person who has eaten at top-rated Ethiopian...More

Thank LeGrace B
Reviewed December 1, 2017

The food is good but the service and customer service are beyond reprehensible. It really isn't worth going because the service is so poor; I used to recommend this restaurant to people but will certainly not be doing so any longer. This evening we went...More

Thank Jess H
Reviewed November 18, 2017 via mobile

So, the place is small and understaffed. They didn't offer, and had never heard of, some classic dishes that you get commonly in other similar restaurants. Also they were somewhat stingy with the injera unless you asked but many restaurants are. You can bring in...More

Thank Supermazelman
Reviewed October 2, 2017

Went to Hawi on a busy Saturday night with my wife and daughter and was seated promptly and given a carafe of water. Then twenty minutes passed - nobody looked at us, gave us menus, or otherwise acknowledged our presence, despite there being people coming...More

Thank Rich S
Reviewed August 28, 2017

Most Ethiopian restaurants seem to be in big cities, so Ithaca, NY (pop. 30,000) is lucky to have one that is really Ethiopian cuisine. And really delicious. No alchohol but you won't miss it if you try their special lemonade. If you are a vegan...More

Thank LeGrace B
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Lisa V
February 16, 2018|
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Response from Jonathan O | Reviewed this property |
Bring your own bottle. There is a wine place around the corner
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
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
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 113 S Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5507
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-277-4294
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