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“Authentic Ethiopian food, Great value” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Habesha

Habesha
Ranked #8 of 513 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
zurich
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Authentic Ethiopian food, Great value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

I love Injera and the Ethiopian feast. After the usual expat haunts, I was starved for real African food and atmosphere. The restaurant looks like a residential bungalow after you pass the usual security guards. There are no tables but high woven baskets which hoold the large metal platters. Basic like a decent local guesthouse. Each of the curries was distinct and delicious. As a woman eating alone, they made me feel comfortable and brought my full meal within minutes. When the bill came, I couldn't believe my eyes. A feast with drinks and coffee for well under 20 dollars/francs. A wonderful conclusion to my Nairobi visit.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Ethiopian food - Lekker Ethiopisch eten”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is a great restaurant, once you are through the ugly green gate.. It is much bigger than you would expect and has nice seats all around both inside and outside.
We sat outside close to the fire, which our sons loved !

The food is good to excellent, Doro Wat & Zil Zil tibs,the beef which I absolutely loved!!!
Of course great ethiopian coffee and great Kenyan, English and Ethiopian company.
Oh, and as nearly all ethiopians, very good value for money too.
( €60 - 6000 KSH for 6 people with wine & dessert)

Erg goed ethiopisch restaurant.
En, zoals bijna alle ethiopische restaurants, erg goedkoop.
€60 euro voor 6 personen met wijn en desserts.
Aanrader!

Visited October 2012
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2 Thank prsocookie
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USA
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69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“One of my favorite restaurants in Nairobi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Fantastic food. Cheap. Nice atmosphere. We are regulars here and absolutely love it.
Fires in evening and aroma of coffee service.
Really lovely. Can be a bit slow for larger groups, so plan accordingly.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Neener25
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Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Ethiopian food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

Every time I am in Nairobi I make sure to visit Habesha. I have always had a great experience and keep coming back for more. This is a great place to come with a group of people because you can sample multiple dishes. There is a large outdoor seating area with tables tucked away all over, make sure to sit outside. The shiro here is delicious (the best I've ever had!) and they also have a goat with rosemary dish that's very good. Really, I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. Last time I checked their injera was gluten-free, they told me they never use wheat. I highly recommend Habesha!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank ChimpChic
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Nairobi, Kenya
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Ok food, Ok service...just ok...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

I've heard ALOT about Habesha but got disappointed because it didn't live upto what i had expected...

Raves
- A new experience i.e. taste of Ethiopian food. Food was ok, ordered the mixed dish [Injera, meats & veges] & a mix fruit juice.
- Meals & drinks are inexpensive.

Rants
- Poor ambiance.
- Poor service ; found the waiter very brush.
- Was surprised to find staff sweeping away over lunchtime? Thought chores are done in the AM?

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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