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Abyssinia Restaurant

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1657 Mount Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-4547 (Formerly Abyssnia Restaurant)
+1 585-262-3910
12:00 - 21:00
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Sun 01:30 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 12:00 - 21:00
Fri 12:00 - 22:00
Sat 13:30 - 22:00
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Otego, New York, United States
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

While only my second Ethiopian food experience ever, I chose to go solo while on a business trip to Rochester. I ordered the Abyssinian Special III for one, which had delicious lamb, chicken, and raw spiced beef, plus vegetable dishes in one platter for $14. The portions were generous, the tastes delicious and authentic. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and... More 

Thank Todd E
Budapest, Hungary
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88 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We go to this place as often as we can. We used to visit them in their old location near Scio St, and then patiently waited as they closed down and prepared to move to their new location in the Mt Hope Plaza. The food is the best we've had - and we've tried Ethiopian food in Minnesota, Buffalo, Boston,... More 

Thank amyzuks
Ridgefield, Connecticut
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204 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Abyssinia is in a strip mall - like so many other small, privately owned eateries. The food is absolutely authentic, with the only exceptions on the concise menu being the beer selection and soft drinks. The food descriptions don't really help much, but asking the server questions helps a great deal. We both ordered chicken dishes, mine was the Chicken... More 

Thank revrpb619
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We ate here with 3 kids and 2 adults and really enjoyed it. We all shared a vegetarian sampler, enough for 3 adults, and it was delicious and plentiful. Kids each had their favorite and all of them loved the injera bread. Staff was friendly and accommodating. We would definitely go again!

Thank Baltmomof2
Buffalo, New York
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156 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Abyssinia Restaurant was always considered the best Ethiopian Restaurant in Rochester. However, for many years, it was in an out-of-the way corner of Rochester. It closed at that location, and opened up about a year later in a very convenient location. (A mall on Mt. Hope Avenue, just south of U of R Medical Center.) Then, tragically, the chef died.... More 

Thank Herman M
Rochester, New York
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145 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

We went for a dinner in a small group. I have enjoyed Ethiopian food and wanted my significant other to experience it. While the service was pleasant, timely and the staff helpful, the food left much to be desired. The injera bread (key to Ethiopian food) was very sour ( it need to be slightly tarty but lime sour means... More 

Thank Karma203
Rochester, New York
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195 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

Came with friends last week about 630, pretty dead for the most part. I ordered the chicken dish with lentils and greens. It was amazing. It was light on the chicken, but they gave you a bunch of bread. Which they also have gluten free buckwheat bread which is very good if you like buckwheat. About 745/8 it seemed to... More 

Thank Smmills1981
Victor, New York
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196 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

I walked in at 12:05pm for lunch and there was no one inside. I said "hello" three times before someone came out of the kitchen. The place is dated, the carpet needs to be replaced. The heat was not on until about 10 minutes later. I ordered the tomato salad and requested "no onions" and the staff member laughed at... More 

Thank chopin1981
Perkasie, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Yummy, yummy, yummy! Have been here a number of times while visiting my daughter in Rochester. I have visited a number of Ethiopian restaurants in various cities and this is the best so far. Don't understand how they stay in business though. Always empty, even on a weekend evening. Service is adequate, but not overly friendly. Will continue going here... More 

Thank Sue M M
Rochester, New York
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

The food was edible, but really not as creative as some other Ethiopian restaurants in the area. The restaurant, however, was cleaner. The service was okay. And the price was good.

Thank Hiimmarcia

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
01:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 22:00
13:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1657 Mount Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-4547 (Formerly Abyssnia Restaurant)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 585-262-3910

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