Abyssinia Restaurant

4.7
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24 reviews
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$30 and under
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Ethiopian
Since 2000, Abyssinia has offered the people of Rochester traditional Ethiopian food brought from the motherland by Ethiopian natives Aster Mengsha and Daniel Tekilu.


The Ethiopian food served at Abyssinia comes from recipes tracing back millennia. The ingredients and spices that make up these recipes either originated in Ethiopia or were brought there through trade over the Red Sea. These recipes were passed down from king to king and generation to generation and are now available to our customers.


Come to Abyssinia and taste Ethiopia's history and culture in one meal.

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Tue - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM

What 24 People Are Saying
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CS
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is really good and the staff are friendly. But even though the place was only 1/3 full because it was early the food service was incredibly slow. There seemed to be only one person serving tables so I can't imagine going later in the evening.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went with a friend. We go to different types of restaurants just to try new things. I really enjoyed the food. It was delicious and the price was very good. Not sure using flatbread for a utensil is good for Diabetics but it was really good food. I will definitely go again

JL
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This modest eatery was a delight: the food was exceptionally delicious, the staff very courteous and helpful and the value superior. This is not a fancy place - and that is part of its charm. Expect a great meal at a reasonable price prepared by experts who know and love Ethiopian cuisine.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

PG
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food seems to be very good - I qualify because I have very little experience with Ethiopian food, I enjoyed the meal, had the lamb dish. It is challenging eating with right hand and no flatware, just the injera bread to transport food to mouth. Service was very slow again not sure if this is to be expected but an hour wait for the meal did seem excessive. If inclined to have a new experience and willing to accept slow service would highly recommend. Friend who had wine were not thrilled with the wine. I had an Ethiopian beer which was enjoyable.

AM
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had never experienced Ethiopian food before. I was delighted with the flavors and aromas. Food was delicious and plentiful. Service was attentive and the environment very calm and intimate.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at Abyssinia Restaurant is outstanding. I love the vegetarian platter with injera.

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The vegetarian combo is excellent and works well for vegans, too! It is the only thing I ever have because it is so good. It is quiet, but would prefer they didn't have big screen tv. They were showing golf while we were there.

K
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal. Very good.
There was only one waitress for the whole restaurant. She was patient with us.
We waited for quite a while before our meal was delivered.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food!!! Great service! I will definitely go back and recommend to my family and friends!

BP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food, ambiance, wine, and everything was outstanding. I can't say enough to praise this place. Excellent.

DK
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 Stars
great food
quiet atmosphere
wish i live in rochester id eat there one a wk

M
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Mixed reviews on the food - some loved it, some not. My dish was too spicy for me even though I asked the server. Server was not very friendly or helpful. We mentioned we were not there before.

JP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great flavors, really, really nice and helpful staff. Just personally I don't like the spongy, cold bread.

NK
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here before, and as always, a great experience. Staff is amazing, the food is great! First time we went was as a recommendation from a close friend from Ethiopia.

CF
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent, and the owners are the most wonderful people. I'm so glad they are a part of Rochester. I've been going to Abyssinia, for about 19 years. They never disappoint.

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic and delicious Ethiopian food. We shared the special dinner platter (#3). It is worth being adventurous and trying the raw beef. It was delicious and spicy - my favorite dish of the night. The staff are very attentive and friendly. We look forward to a return visit soon!

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Great Ethiopian fare served traditionally. However, they will provide utensils upon request. All of the vegetarian dishes were excellent. The lamb was a little salty but still very good. Ambiance is almost completely lacking but the food more than makes up for it.

F
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food
Slow service but people are so nice it’s ok
Flavors were spectacular
Loved it all
Will recommend and return

Vegetarian platter was outstanding, tasty and filling. I’m not a vegetarian but ordered for variety and was rewarded
Good job!

JY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cool experience and the food was great. It was our first time Stan Ethiopian place and it was very enjoyable.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ok experience, hardly any meat in the meal, the bowl was mostly bread as filler. Nice people, though they leave you alone and did not check in.

TA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was an informal date night for my partner and I to grab a bite to eat. My third or fourth visit. The hosts/staff are very friendly and kind. Very helpful in answering any questions about the food selections. Such a cool and delicious cultural experience!

MB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always- terrific food, gracious service

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Several of our party had never eaten Ethiopian food. The staff were welcoming, the food was excellent