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“A must when you visit Addis Ababa”

Road Runner Bar, Restaurant and Pizzeria
Ranked #141 of 273 Restaurants in Addis Ababa
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Description: Road Runner has an open area with camp fire as well as inside rooms, plays music from all over the African continent, has a screen for big football matches, and has the best pizzas and fish in Addis Ababa
Reviewed February 9, 2014

I spent 10 days in Addis Ababa in late 2013 and was invited to the Roadrunner. The charming and charismatic proprietor, Tony Hickey, was a wonderful host. He has lived there for a over 30 years and is a great contact to have if you are doing business or just traveling in Ethiopia. The choice on the menu was excellent, and the pizzas were as good as if not better than anything an Italian pizzeria here in Europe has to offer. There is a full bar and a good choice of wine (which can be difficult to find sometimes in that part of the world). The setting was delightful with a lovely fire to sit around when the temperature goes down at night, which it does in Addis given its high altitude. The guests are an eclectic mix of ex-pats, native city people and those like myself who were there for business or tourism reasons. There is a touch of 'Rick's Place' in Casablanca about the Roadrunner, particularly on a Friday night. Everyone goes there and the atmosphere is incredible. What really topped off a memorable evening was the singing and dancing at the end of the night when a traditional group entertained us all. If I ever go back there I will certainly call in again. A must if you are passing through or staying a while in Addis.

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

At Road Runner in Addis you get much more than good food. You get - if you're lucky - a party. Tony Hickey the charming and welcoming proprietor and host is a sociable warm-hearted person who has been in Ethiopia for thirty years or more and knows everyone - and the visitors too. And has a real skill at mixing people to make them happy and to make things happen. It's genuinely a warm place (the fire in the brazier in the evening helps) and friendly and a place to meet and make friends.
The food is great too: try the chicken curry, and the pizzas get a lot of praise. I go every time I'm in Addis and when I take friends they are astonished at how relaxed and enjoyable it is. This is special. Try it.

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2  Thank GruberLondon
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Just returned from another visit to Ethiopia which once again was brightened by a visit to Road Runner. On a Friday night this is the most lively place in Addis with great Pizzas and a very fine chicken curry. A great mix of people, open fire, new bar, and Ethiopian dancers and musicians on the occasional Friday. A most enjoyable experience. One not to be missed.

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1  Thank BaileySuffolk
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Nice spot both for lunch or dinner. Recently built nice ouitdoor bar - ie under cover in the garden. Menue contains things not normal in Addis eg Quiche, and a cheeese/spinach pie/tart ? Friday evenings they put out fires in oildrums so you can eat outside - which is not wise in Addis generally - too chilly after 6-30pm... With regard to location it is on Addis maps in new Bradt Guide but text already out of date in that Brit VSO office has moved...!!

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

It was a little hard to find, but we had the name of the hospital right next store and our driver was able to find it. Good pizza with a chewier crust. Not a lot of ambience but when you need a good pizza on the road, this is a good place to go.

1  Thank Lisa W
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