Rochester, New York

3.4 / 3 votes

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Ethiopian food

Abyssinia serves Ethiopian food, including vegan standards such as Shiro Wat, Mesir Wat, Kik Alicha, and 8-10 others.

The restaurant is large, but quiet, and has a bar.

Added by timmy_tofu on Dec 30 06 (last updated Dec 30 06)

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Went in dead of winter to find restaurant a chilly temp of what felt like 60 degrees. Reluctant staff slowly brought menus, slowly took orders and slowly delivered food. Why so slow was a mystery-the ding of a microwave could be heard going off at 2 minute intervals in the 15 mins before our food was served.
When the food came, 5 out of 6 dishes were delicious. The 6th was already past it's prime and ready for the compost. Negative reaction when this was pointed out to the staff.
Overall-good food, poor atmosphere. Fair if you are desperate for Ethiopian food (as I was, not having had any for a good 7 years), but best avoided if you have an alternative Ethiopian restaurant you can wait to go to.

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Unlike the previous poster, I prefer Abyssinia to Dashen, mainly because the atmosphere is a bit nicer, the injera bread is really terrific, and the food has a more stew-like consistency than at Dashen (at Dashen is is a bit too liquidy). It is a bit more expensive than at Dashen, but still quite affordable. A combo platter containing seven or so different dishes is only $11 per person.

As at most Ethiopian restaurants, the food is served atop an injera. I can't remember the Ethiopian names of the dishes, except the Shiro, a spiced chickpea stew that is my favorite and which I often request extra of (you can get extra of one or two dishes free of charge at Abyssinia). Besides the shiro, there is also a spicy lentil dish that is pretty good, collard greens that I enjoy, yellow split peas that are solid, but could be better, a simple dish of potatoes, carrots and green beans which is quite tasty, a salad of tomatoes with onions and chili peppers in a lemon oil dressing that I love, and probably one or two other vegan options that I am forgetting. The food is plentiful, so you will not leave Abyssinia hungry. The server is very friendly but the kitchen can be slow.

Right now, this is the best Ethiopian restaurant in Rochester, in my opinion.

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Abyssinia is on University, near the corner of University and Gibbs.

The Scio St. exit on the inner loop will get you within two blocks.



$$ - average


  • Visa


  • Ethiopian/Eritrean


  • Quiet


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noon - 9:30pm

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