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Ethio Cafe and Restaurant

University City
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225 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2918
+1 215-222-2104
11:30 - 22:00
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237 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Read this was better than Abyssinian down the street. Not in our opinion! Better value since the food portions are huge. Not as flavorful and the injera tasted old. Service was friendly.

Thank Jenna P
Philadelphia, PA
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82 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2015

Quite decent, tasty food, but I prefer similar dishes as prepared at Abyssinia. My dinner companions ordered the "veggie combo" and though they enjoyed it thought it could be spicier. I had the "Tour of Ethiopia" and although all the dishes were quite good, was underwhelmed by the quantity. Injera was fine; for some reason seemed to be a somewhat... More 

Thank larrybard
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
Reviewed 17 August 2015

The food her is fantastic! We love Ethiopian food and when the craving hits- this is where we go! The place could use an update for the visual eye. They also could definitely chart more- it is quite a barain!! I've noticed some people complain the service is slow... but it's not an American fast food restaurant... so I really... More 

Thank EBA1979
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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102 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2015

We went to Ethio Café and Restaurant the other night. We chose this restaurant over its neighboring Ethiopian restaurant because it is a BYOB, which we consider a plus. We were waited on right away and ordered: Beef Tibs and Kitfo (rare) Sides Gomen Wot Tikil Gomen Wot Alisha Kik Wot Misir Wot The food did take a little extra... More 

Thank Chillaxin71
St. Thomas
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85 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2014

My girlfriends brother was a regular at this place. From the street the place does not look like much with very little seating. We actually ate outside on the patio. The menu is different from what I am used too (I have never eaten Ethiopian food before) but it was very delicious and the portions were very large. The staff... More 

1 Thank Yudes
Baltimore, Maryland
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240 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2014

This rarely visited restaurant is the best Ethiopian food and possibly food overall in Philadelphia. The food is very reasonably priced and meals are nicely sized. The flavors are very nice too. Even those with no experience with Ethiopian food would like this food. The restaurant is not decorated very well but the traditional table are nice. It is clean... More 

1 Thank Travelergirl998
Boulder, Colorado
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

Great food and really nice owners. We were the only ones in the restaurant and he kept offering us more food to try. Great experience.

1 Thank Coloradofamily2014
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 March 2014

I love great Ethiopian food. And fortunately, that's what Ethio Cafe serves up every visit. This humble little spot in West Philly is almost always open. I go for the veggie platter -mounds of lentils, collard greens, chickpeas, cabbage, and green salad all waiting to be scooped up with spongy injera bread. They offer plenty of meat options also. Their... More 

1 Thank Mary F
Istanbul, Turkey
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2013

If you don't like spicy food but want to try Ethiopian, this is a good place for you, but I found the food to be bland. I love Ethiopian food and have been to great restaurants in other cities. We went at an odd time, so we were the only people in the restaurant, but the server wasn't very attentive.... More 

Thank paradingpangea
Mc Farland
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213 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2012

We lived in Ethiopia for 3+ years, so we know good Ethiopian food and were thrilled to find it here. We liked the injera and found all the wots to be quite good. We had several in our group who had never had Ethiopian before and were worried about the food being too spicy. We ordered the yellow splint pea... More 

2 Thank Jeanette E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    2 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$15
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 225 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2918
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > University City
  • Neighbourhood: University City
  • Phone Number: +1 215-222-2104

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