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Addis Ababa

Posted by Staff / Listed on October 17, 2007 / review policy

Addis AbabaStill going strong after all these years, Addis Ababa fills tummies in West Queen West with the area's tastiest Ethiopian specialties.

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15 Comments

Teena in Toronto / September 26, 2008 at 08:29 pm
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Nice to see a place in my 'hood is on the list!
eden de casto / February 3, 2009 at 05:15 pm
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the food was not great it was just ok.BUT the service was VERY VERY BAD. I been in another Ethiopian resturant before and the food was great.

thank u
Kandi / March 3, 2009 at 11:27 pm
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The food was just decent - not worth the money we spent at all though. You get double the portions at any other Ethiopian restaurant at Bloor/Ossington. I agree with Eden - service could use a lot of help. I think this place just has publicity because it's been on tv and the owner has published a cookbook - but for authentic Ethiopian food please DON'T go here! Still not happy about the money we wasted - actually we went to another place right after since we left hungry!
Francie / August 11, 2009 at 10:49 am
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Food was bland and expensive, service was so-so. I won't be returning. Nazareth at Bloor and Dovercourt is a million times better!
Michael / December 27, 2010 at 08:58 pm
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Loved it - the food was very good and authentic... My waitress was friendly - and gorgeous!
ossie / March 20, 2011 at 10:57 am
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the food was very bad and it seems like it has been cooked not in the same day just like two days ago, and not to mentioned the service also was VERY VERY BAD. I been in another Ethiopian resturant before and the food was great.

thank u
James / August 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm
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Horrible. My girlfriend is Ethiopian and we've been to many Ethiopian restaurants in the city. This one is by far the worst. So bad we went a second time just in case it was a fluke and were just as disappointed. Food was way way too salty. There's a reason you don't see Ethiopians dining there
James / October 25, 2012 at 07:54 pm
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This place is delicious! haven't been in quite a while, but I am certain that things haven't changed. I know one thing for certain, if I had gone to a place where the food wasn't good the first time, I wouldn't be going back a second. Just saying...sounds like a personal issue above, rather than a fact!
Bernice / February 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm
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I first ate at Addis in 1995/96, yes, it has been open that long. I went with a friend who is Oromo (Ethiopian) and neither of us was impressed.

At one time there were many Ethiopian restaurants on Bloor St.W and most were wonderful. A personal favorite, owned by a friend, was Dirre at Bloor and Symington - long closed. I live close to Addis and walk by frequently, I never see *any* Ethiopians eating there - not a good sign. Fortunately I was taught how to make a number of dishes - zigni, tibs, ful - to name but a few. Ingera (bidena) is available at a number of Parkdale shops, and in order to avoid disappointment, I cook my own.
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H / June 2, 2013 at 12:29 am
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Absolutley horrendous service. It was almost like a prank was being played on our group and we thought a hidden camera was going to appear with a TV host saying that we had been punked. But no, they simply didn't seem to care at all. We waited forever just to receive water, then waited forever to receive menus, then finally place and order and waited 1 hour and 15 minutes for our food. This place should be out of business and ashamed to take people's money. Lesson learned. I would never go there again. Plenty of better options in Toronto for Ethiopian.
ZIMZUM jazz / October 17, 2013 at 07:32 pm
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Looking forward to playing our funky jazz fusiony jazz this Friday Oct.18
ZIMZUM jazz / October 17, 2013 at 07:34 pm
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We start playing at Addis Ababa around 7:30 pm
James / December 24, 2013 at 06:44 pm
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Sadly, looks like this place is done! Went passed here the other day and the restaurant has a notice on the door :/
brendan / August 3, 2014 at 09:48 am
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I visited Addis Ababa with my girlfriend the other evening. It was a lovely summer evening and, without any kids in tow and a desire to try Ethiopan food we sat on the patio and had a very enjoyable evening. We chatted extensively with the owner who was not only very friendly but also very helpful.the food was nice. However. We ordered 3 dishes that were roughly between $13.99 - $14.99. That would suggest quick a bit of food coming our way! That's basically 3 entrées. For what we paid it really was disappointing to say the least. I actually asked our server if we were expecting g more food. After we ate we were offered - key word there! Offered coffee. We had 2 small (maybe 3 oz) cup. On the bill we were charged $10.00. Even though we had a great evening together and it really was nice chatting with the owner I would not go back, purely on the value for money ratio.

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