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“a real rendez vous, perfect place to meet Ethiopian Cuisine”

Rendez Vous Ethiopian
Ranked #866 of 8,516 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $8 - $12
Cuisines: Ethiopian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: East York
Toronto, Canada
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429 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
“a real rendez vous, perfect place to meet Ethiopian Cuisine”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

I think the name Rendez Vous goes back to when this was an Italian restaurant, a history embedded in the floor, which has a mosaic map of Italy. But the name is perfect; this is a rendez vous where Ethiopians in the heart if Little Ethiopia gather to enjoy jazz and soccer in the background and beautifully-prepared Ethiopian food in the foreground, and where Anglo's like me can sample one of the world's great cuisines.
In my book on Food for City Building, I talk a lot about how cities can build on the social and intercultural functions that flow from food, and it seems this place resonates perfectly with that theme. There's so much to learn -- not only about how to eat low on the food chain with spices to enliven peas and lentils, but also how families and friends can literally share food from the same plate (rather than each person with their own plate), eat with their fingers (rather than distancing themselves with utensils) and enjoy such a range of tastes in one meal (instead of salad, potatoes, peas and pork chops). And to have coffee as the place of coffee's origin designed it -- as a ceremony, not something to gulp down, is also a special treat, especially when it's offered with popcorn, which came to Africa from South America in the 1500s when the food cultures of two hemispheres had a rendez vous.

  • Visited April 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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306 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“Wonderful food and great service”
Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

This place is a find; it's not too big or too small and the servers are attentive and helpful without being intrusive.

I have had Ethiopian food in many places before and I was happily surprised by the quality and quantity- no one leaves hungry.

The tables are not on top of each other and the orange lighting is kind of fun.

We were there on a Thursday night and there was live music provided by three musicians at the front adding a fun component to the evening.

The coffee ceremony and popcorn were great additions to the end of the meal. We did not feel rushed at all.

Visited March 2014
Thank Veganguy
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Toronto, Canada
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187 restaurant reviews
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“Great food, great people”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

In a neighbourhood full of Ethopian places, this one stands out for its friendly people and delicious food. No wonder the place is packed with Ethopian and Eritrean expats.

We shared an enormous platter veg dishes, chicken, lamb and beef. Everything was fragrant, tasty and cooked with care.

The staff were friendly, helpful and made great recommendations.

The room itself is comfy, but waaaaaay too dark and bathed in a strange orange light. Good thing we ordered the platter, because we couldn't see the menus at all. The TV in the corner isn't adding anything, at least at dinner, and would have been better turned off.

Reasonable prices and good service make this a spot for your nights out with friends.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Elizabeth W
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54 reviews
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“Excellent Ethipian on the Danforth”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

We live in little Ethiopia and we keep going to two restaurants of the many choices we have in our neighbourhood. Rendez Vous vegetarian platter is flavourful and great value. They have a patio out front which is good for people watching while having dinner. Their wine list is limited but that tends to be the norm for most of the Ethiopian in our hood. We'll be back soon for dinner.

Visited July 2012
Thank PDRToronto
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Northborough, Massachusetts
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522 reviews
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“One of the best Ethiopian restaurants we have been to”
Reviewed February 21, 2011

This was one of the best Ethiopian restaurants we have dined at. We had their meat combination and their vegetable combination. Every thing was delicious, every thing tasted different and had different textures. Lots of food at a resonable price.

Very good service in pleasant suroundings.

Next time we visit Toronto, we will be back!!

  • Visited February 2011
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2 Thank BostonSkier
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