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Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant

University City
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229 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2918
+1 215-387-2424
10:00 - 00:00
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Before my girl and I went to eat here I was curious about whether or not Abyssinia had anything to do with the speakeasy found just above. Well let me clear things up. Abyssinia is a dive bar in west philly with great Ethiopian food and terrible service but it's a means to an end. Do you want to go... More 

Thank Jamie O
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

The food was great. It brought back so many memories for my sister and me. This place is a must to come visit. They have great Ethiopian food.

Thank Martine M
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237 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Can't beat the tasty Veggie and meat combos with dried beef tips - fresh Teff Injera included. For about $10 per person, you can eat your fill of yummy slightly spicy Dishes. The decor isn't anything to write home about and the service is ok. The attached bar is always filled with Ethiopians watching soccer. Tip: head upstairs to Fuime... More 

Thank Jenna P
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147 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Our oldest son took us to this restaurant as we like to try new foods and get a feel of another culture. We ordered some of the foods to share so we could try more flavors of these dishes. I like the awesome bread and be able to just sop up the food and liquids from it. Gene P Coplay... More 

Thank Gene P
New Jersey
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016

I experienced Abyssinia this past weekend with friends. Cute restaurant in a rowhouse in Philadelphia. You walked upstairs to reach the restaurant. The food was interesting and although I didnt care for the 'bread', my friends loved it. The lamb and rice was amazing. Service was very slow, but the atmosphere and the prices made up for it.

Thank devilish_patsy
Burlington, Vermont
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263 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Background: On an unexpected trip to Philadelphia, locals recommended this restaurant. It was a just little bit farther than the Baltimore Street Strip. Verdict: Don't judge a book by its cover! This is authentic Ethiopian food, just like the kind we used to enjoy in the Adams Morgan section of DC. We wolved down our vegetarian platter combo. We would... More 

Thank GlobalVillage
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

I love Ethiopian food but this was only ok. The service was fine for what the restaurant was but the food was oddly bland. The injera was not the worst but it was too thin and not spongy enough.

Thank emma0003
Philadelphia, PA
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82 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2015

Solid choice, and combination platters are a great way to sample several dishes. Service always seems to be slow -- a characteristic that seems typical of most Ethiopian restaurants in the area. Probably a combination of insufficient wait staff and busy kitchen. Nevertheless, server was friendly and helpful. One caution: went with some friends who were vegetarian and ordered a... More 

Thank larrybard
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Our family eats here about once a month, and it is very family friendly. Food served family style on one large plate in the center and you eat with your hands, which our children enjoy. Excellent Yebeg and Doro wot and Tibs. There is a hip bar upstairs where our book club meets from time to time, specializing in odd-ball... More 

Thank DrStephenHunt
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608 reviews
372 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2014

If you have never had ethiopian food, its a fun adventure you should try. This place is certainly affordable ($12 per person for a mixed plate in which you try 6 things), but the flavors are not as big and distinct as they could be. Service was very inconsistent and the place feels a little run down. Still glad we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 229 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2918
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > University City
  • Neighbourhood: University City
  • Phone Number: +1 215-387-2424

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