Raleigh >Food & Dining > Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
2109 Avent Ferry Rd Ste 150, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760635.779655 -78.675647
Mon. - Fri. 5pm - 10pm;Sat. 12am - 10pm;Sun. 1pm - 10pm
Not good – I accidentally found this restaurant while my son was at soccer practice. I was initially excited to even find an Ethiopian restaurant in this area. I ended up ordering take out just to try it. I ordered a chicken dish (Doro Wat) and a vegetarian combination platter. I was very disappointed all around. I paid $25 for both dishes, however not worth it since the portion size was so small. The chicken dish I ordered had one piece of chicken that was the size of a small wing and it was so boring. The vegetarian combo dish was blah. Needless to say, this will be my first and last visit to this place.
waste of time and money! – Oh how I wish I had believed the bad reviews on this site- this place was the most aggravating experience ever. The prior reviewer says to not go if you are in a rush!! OH SO RIGHT, the service is atrocious- took 30 mins to get 2 cups of coffee and for the waitress to take and understand our order and 45 mins to get two plates of food....and there were only 5 of us in the restaurant. The food, while tasty, is served in such small portions that it is overpriced. We had to find our own glasses of water, as well as finding the waitress; it is the only restaurant I have ever walked out of and not tipped the waitress even a dime.
May be sparce, but it's our favorite – I understand where some of the reviews are coming from, but honestly, this is still my husband and I's favorite place to eat. Definitely don't go there if you're in a rush. We go there when we want yummy food that isn't overbearing. We get the fried bread appetizer and large portion of a main course. We try different things and always find that we have plenty of food. We've been going there for almost a year now, and the service has always been extremely friendly, albeit not fast. It just isn't a typical restaurant that people are used to here, and while some may see that as a con, we see it as a plus. Love the food, we're friendly with the staff, and we love the quiet! I am worried that they're going to close (tragedy for us!) so do give it a try!
Delicious Ethiopian Food! – Friends of mine ate here months ago and told me how delicious it was. I tried it for the first time tonight, and I was pleasantly surprised by the different flavors! The dishes we had (chicken and beef and an appetizer that was a large piece of flat bread with a spicy paste inside it) were all excellent. The woman who seated and served us helped us along and explained to us what we were ordering and how to eat our meal, etc. She was also very friendly and kind (and patient, too!).
We finished the meal with hot coffee and tea. The coffee had a lot of flavour - a mixture of spices and coffee that presented a truly unique flavor that I can't compare to anything else. The tea was good, too!
Please don't be put off by the sparseness of the decor in the restaurant. The decor is very unassuming, but it works for the restaurant. Don't judge the place until you've had a chance to try the food - I will definitely be going back there in the future!
great food – excellent service and fast. Keep the Cultural style!
They should close the door! – Ambience, NO! Good food, NO! Good service, NO! Friendly service, OK! No sound of pots, pan and cooking utensil being used. They pulled the leftover food from the fridge and the warmed it up and served it. Save your money and time and go to Cook Out down the street...cheap, clean, and Fresh!
Not Good, Terrible Service, and Take-Out Style seating – This is not good Ethiopian Food. I think it may be the best in the triangle because there isn't any competition here. I can deal with the complete lack of ambience and service if the food is amazing, but the food wasn't even very good. Rather than being a nice blend of different spices and flavors that almost dance in your mouth (which is good ethiopian food), this was attacking my palate. If you have had good ethiopian before then don't even bother coming here because you will be very disappointed. If you have never had it and decide to ignore my advice and try it anyway then remember-- this is not a good representation of Ethiopian food and if you have the chance to eat it in NYC, DC, etc try it there! The service also was so bad that the only thing that kept me from walking out after 20 minutes of waiting for our drinks was the thought of the amazing reviews this place received. The staff sat around talking to their friends in the restaurant and watching tv at the bar rather than waiting on the few patrons in there on prime time saturday night. The seating was horrible... more like a chinese or pizza take out joint that doesn't really invite people to sit and stay. Again, annoyances I would endure for good food and inexpensive food, but this food was not good nor inexpensive.
Best African Food in the Triangle! – Best Ethiopian in the Triangle!!! I've been to each of them including the much revered Queen of Sheba which serves a watered down version of the originals. Obviously because of the surroundings so I do not blame them. However, I love Abbysinian, anyone that loves Ethiopian food will agree, it's very similar to the place we used to frequent in the northeast, and I love the service. Know ahead of time that the food is made to order and it will take some time. It's NEVER a fast meal, because it isn't supposed to be. And I yes, there really isn't any ambiance but who cares when you're eating the best african cuisine available in the Triangle. We've taken several friends of ours and it's not everyone's cup of tea but then again what is? You can't please everyone, be prepared for a taste adventure!
It's a little known fact for the "newbies" but you'll have the best experience if you order a meat combo and a veggie combo. If you do this you'll have the best of everything and you'll have PLENTY of food. And order the Ethiopian spiced tea, also very delicious and makes for a more authentic meal.
Overpriced for what you get – This past Sat. night, my husband and I and another couple went to Abyssinia. It was our first experience with Ethiopian food and it was not a good one. First, the place is dingy and drab and the bathrooms are a little scary, like what you see at a gas station rest stop on the highway. We ordered our food a little after 6:30, and by 7:40, it still had not arrived. We had to be at a hockey game at 8:30, so it was getting to the point where we were afraid we would have to leave. When ordering, we were informed that we would be charged $3.99 because we were only ordering 3 dishes for 4 people, even though the food is meant to be shared. When the food finally arrived (after my husband had to go ask for it), it was beyond disappointing. We ordered a beef dish, which consisted of a very small pile of beef with some onion and peppers ($13.50), a lentil dish ($12.50), which was three small piles, and by far the worst, a chicken dish, which for $11.99 came with (I'm not kidding here) one tiny chicken leg in a thick sauce. There was also supposed to be a side served with every meal (so we should have gotten three). What we got was three small piles of salad and one small pile of collards. The food was tasty, but not enough to justify the price and to charge a plate charge for such skimpy servings. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone unless you enjoy spending lots of money for little food and poor service. You can buy some lentils for 50 cents a pound and find a recipe on the internet and make the same stuff at home much cheaper!!
Excellent Food – For a vegetarian like myself this was an excellent food experience. The ambiance could use some improvement, and I was a little surprised at the notice on the menu that there is a surcharge if you split an entree, but besides that I recommend it!
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