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Cafe Lalibela

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849 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3463
+1 480-829-1939
Today
11:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Tempe, Arizona
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An Ethiopian experience awaits. Joining friends and sharing a platter of tasty sample dishes and sopping up the juices with injera bread is my idea of a great day. Three of us did just that and nary a morsel of food remained. A sense of adventure helps - the newbie in the group dug in whole-heartedly. We plan to repeat... More 

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Thank Jean L
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363 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Had dinner with several friends who recommended the place. I was not familiar with Ethiopian food and it was fun to order all sorts of dishes which are then served on one huge platter. One is supposed to eat with one's hands using an Ethiopian flat bread that tastes like sourdough which is a lot of fun. (Knives and forks... More 

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Thank T S
Mesa, Arizona
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

First off, if you haven't tried Ethiopian food, it's amazing, whether you are a carnivore like myself, or a vegetarian like my wife,...like it spiced hot like me, or very mild like my wife,...you'll love Ethiopian. Cafe Lalibela doesn't disappoint. The food is fabulous and the service is great.

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Thank VerveTank
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful lunch sampler platter. Great staff and great service. My cousin and I split the meal, and had plenty of leftovers for her to take to her husband for dinner! Would most definitely return.

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Thank Zonakai
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Coming from a city with one Pan-African restaurant that serves Ethiopian food one day per week, I was excited to be in the Phoenix area, which boasts a couple of Ethiopian specific restaurants on Trip Advisor. After carefully reviewing each place, I decided I'd give Cafe Lalibela a try. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and we were immediately greeted... More 

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Thank Wesley C
Phoenix, Arizona
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82 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

This establishment is very conveniently located within biking distance from ASU and the other offices around. The service is very pleasant, although the orders do take a while to get served onto your table. It is not very expensive, but not cheap either. The food is authentic, and by nature is not very spicy but is very flavorsome. The injera... More 

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Thank LSUTGR1
Huachuca City, Arizona
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131 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

No silverware needed! Never eaten Ethiopian food before, I was very pleasantly surprised. The staffing service was very good, and they were very informative and let you know exactly what everything was on your platter.definitely a great place to experience to broaden your dining experiences of foreign food.

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Thank AZTraveler85616
Phoenix, Arizona
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

Every time I visit this place I leave with a smile on my face. The staff is very good and the food is very tasty. It is not your regular fare . It is very affordable . I have friends who are vegetarians so it was nice have a place where they did not feel out of place and my... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

If Dobi Gray or Uncle Kraker were to ever eat here, they would no doubt have given it a five-star endorsement if not for one thing: there is no gored-gored (super yummy, extra-rare, heavily seasoned, butter-sautéed, meaty goodness) on the menu; this is staple of the Ethiopian cuisine and needs to change. Having some traditional seating options (on pillows on... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

I've eaten Ethiopian food before in another state and was curious about this place after trying some of their items available at Whole Foods in the Phoenix area. This restaurant usually gets rave reviews and is consistently voted best in local magazine polls on best of the valley. We went on a Friday evening but got there by 5pm. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25
Cuisine
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 849 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3463
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
  • Phone Number: +1 480-829-1939

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?