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Reviewed January 13, 2022

Its a while ago now but this was a most magnificent place even not including the delicious food! Its like something out of a SciFi movie, stuck in the middle of nowhere, apart from the warm welcome you get from the Scottish owner and her...wonderful staff. I recommend the spicy vegetable sheperd's pieMore

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed July 28, 2021 via mobile

The restaurant is a walking distance from where we stayted and ideally located. the receptionist at our hotel at Lalibela recommend us for dinner. we really enjoyed the tasty and delicious dinner. apart from the food, the view and the sunset from every corner is...amazing.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed May 16, 2021 via mobile

I was very eager to visit Ben Abeba based on the reviews and pictures I had seen prior to my trip. However, upon arrival, I wasn’t particularly impressed. We chose a bad time to arrive first of all. There were one or two wedding parties...crowding up the place; plus, the weather was cool. So outdoor seating wasn’t my first choice. But before looking for a place to sit, we went to the top and checked out the awesome view. The sky was cloudy, so we didn’t really see a sunset. The surroundings were beautiful nonetheless. After the view, we looked for a place to sit down. Given the weather, we opted for inside seating. The seating area, like most of the place, looked worn and uninviting. We shared the room with a wedding party whose host was polite enough to ask us if we would be ok with them playing loud music. We didn’t mind, given the reason for the celebration. Our plan was to order soft drinks and hot tea only, but I couldn’t help but give the shepherds pie a chance. I ordered two. The taste was bland. There was no salt whatsoever although the ingredients had potential. Nothing to write home about. So, aside from a nice view, an interesting bathroom, and a kind server, I wasn’t overly impressed with my visit. But, I’d still go again for the view.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed March 28, 2021 via mobile

Ben abeba was recommended to us by many locals, and lived up to the expectations. We ordered vegetarian shepherds pie, which was very tasty. Portion sizes were a bit small.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 5, 2021 via mobile

We went there the first day late afternoon for drinks Though it was too cold to see the sun set the view is breath taking. The place itself seems like it had seen better days. It looks a bit neglected. But the place is absolutely...a mist vist just for the viewMore

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed October 30, 2020

The restaurant looks straight out of a sci-fi movie - you really can't miss it. I don't think there's a bad view from any table in the place because of the way it is constructed. It's a great place to enjoy dinner while the sun...goes down. The menu has a wide variety and everyone had a good meal. The owner came round to advise us of anything that was off (there was no kitfo as she hadn't been able to get any from an animal slaughtered that day - showing good food safety!). I had a goat burger which was delicious.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 9, 2020 via mobile

Place with excellent view. Food is nothing special and expensive. Stafff nice but don’t speak English.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed September 9, 2020

a nice tip for photography is the view is spectacular as you exit the bathroom. I took tons of pictures that I still cherish to today.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed September 8, 2020 via mobile

One of the most interesting restaurants I have eaten in. A innovative design on a hill top it offers superb views across the valley to the surrounding hills. The food was acceptable but seemed unimportant compared with the view.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed August 20, 2020 via mobile

Great restaurant with some good food. Has nice views of the valley and town. They provide blankets if you feel cold. Probably one of the best restart in town. I totally recommend to come here at least once if in Lalibela.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 24, 2020

This amazing structure is worth the trip just to sit on one of its terraces for the view. We also enjoyed the shepard's pie - it's Scottish!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 20, 2020

I recommend this restaurant for the unmatchable view and it's unique architecture. We were part of a small group tour so I cannot comment on value and pricing. I recall that all of our group members (7) were happy with the food. We were there...on a Sunday evening and were fortunate to witness 2-3 wedding receptions parties come parading in with festive singing and dancing. It was a treat.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed March 16, 2020

Everyone visiting Lalibela needs to visit Ben Abeba. It is one of the most unique restaurants in the world. I meet the owner Susan and she is a great hostess. This place is a blessing for all

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 15, 2020

This was recommended by our driver to view the sunset with a drink. It was super windy especially at the top deck but open 360 mountain and villages view. Gorgeous sunset food was ok and decent drinks/beers. Reasonable price. Staffs are friendly a good place...to stop by rest a bit after a long day tripMore

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed March 13, 2020 via mobile

Great position and architecture, however very underwhelmed by the food and unimpressed by the much higher than usual prices for the wine. I would recommend for pre supper beer (average price).

Date of visit: March 2020
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May 12, 2019|
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Response from joyceylesley | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is always full have a nice time and go for 6.0 pm sunset
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April 10, 2019|
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Response from joyceylesley | Reviewed this property |
Yes i went in febuary​ loved thé building and view and talking to thé owner but does need a good Cook, she trains thé Ethiopiens to serve to get à better life so they are slow but good on her joyce
January 29, 2016|
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Response from travelmartin | Reviewed this property |
As Ziolith pointed out, the restaurant lies at the northern edge of town, you will already see the unique shape of the roof from a distance.
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5