Abay Ethiopian Cuisine
Abay Ethiopian Cuisine

Abay Ethiopian Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.abayethiopiancuisine.com/
  • Phone: 2062574778
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Sat-Sun 11:00am-11:00pm

    Dinner: M-F 4:00pm-11:00pm

    Dinner: Sat-Sun 11:00am-2:00am
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: African, Vegetarian / Vegan, Ethiopian
  • Executive Chef: Blen Teklu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. Miller
  • Public Transit: Bus #49
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have private and street parking.
A word from Abay Ethiopian Cuisine
Welcome to Abay Ethiopian Cuisine, Seattle"s finest authentic Ethiopian restaurant. We are proud to present to you an exquisite and authentic cuisine from one of the oldest countries in the world.

Abay Ethiopian Cuisine offers a great variety of entrés featuring dishes made of beef, chicken, and lamb, as well as the vegetarian and vegan delights such as vegetables, split peas, lentils and salad. We use herbs and spices imported directly from Ethiopia in all of our dishes to provide you with a unique taste. Cooked to perfection to everyone’s taste and expectations, we guarantee that you will have an experience of a lifetime, savoring the Ethiopian delicacies at the same time. At Abay, we promise that you will eat to your heart’s content.
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Abay Ethiopian Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
NaN% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)fit for foodies (5)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (2)romantic (1)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    A great addition to the ethnic/Ethiopian food scene. Really wonderful Ethiopian cuisine with a great wine list representing Ethiopia. Friendly and helpful staff. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ethiopian food
    Seattleeats
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We had a 5:45 reservation and all three of us were there and seated at 5:45 pm. Service was prompt and efficient without hovering and the food delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 11 reviews are from the Abay Ethiopian Cuisine reviews archive.
  • Abay is wonderful.
    hellisart
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The food is delicious and served in great portions, the service is friendly and accommodating, the atmosphere is laid back and relaxing, and the price is unbeatable.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, but not service..
    Shamus
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We really liked the food. Went there for valentines. The two of us shared some vegetarian rolls for appetizer, ordered doro tibs and doro wot. The combination with injira bread was really tasty. The service unfortunately left a lot to be desired for. Even though the staff were extremely courteous, we had to wait a long time before someone came by, and it wasn't like they were so busy. My drink was taken out for a refill and never came back. Had to ask for it almost at the end. I would still recommend this place as the food was good and there's a good chance that the service is hit or miss as it just seemed a bit disorganized. On a side note, the lighting was so dim that I had trouble reading the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Ethiopian!
    cshmd
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We live in a neighborhood with 10 Ethiopian restaurants within 10 minutes of our house, so we feel we have some level of expertise although we admit we are Caucasian. The Injira was very light and did not expand in our stomach after a few minutes and the beef tartar with jalepenos was fantastic. We ordered the vegetarian plate and had the beef and a lamb dish as well, which was perfect for 4 people. This restaurant needs community support to survive. Please help them out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just some unique Food - Great
    KWFriends
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Great flavors - looking for something a bit different....give it a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Ethiopian Food (not great)
    veezmoe
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    I love Ethiopian/Eritrean food, and found Abbay online. The food was good, I would say I have had better experience in other restaurants. Especially, they were out of a couple of main entrees which are my usual favorites and I was disappointed. The ambiance was quiet, as well the location. The waitress was very friendly. I will give it another shot, may be Thursday is not exactly a great night to check out a new restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Stranger was right
    vacciniumovatum
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Went here because a buddy wanted Ethiopian food on New Year's Eve and I remembered a great review this place got in The Stranger. Unlike many Ethiopian restaurants, this place has positive ambiance, clean, well-lit, attractive. Plus it's on North Capital Hill, with easy access to the University District, Eastlake and the Eastside. Servings were reasonably sized and the food was excellent. Definitely will go back and take others, especially people who are grossed out by some of the Ethiopian restaurants located further southeast.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place to try ethiopian
    Parry
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Pros: Good for big groups, Can reserve online. Cons: Service could be quicker considering our group was the only one there. Food was Decent. I have had better Ethiopian food. Doro Tibs and lamb was super awesome. Doro Wats was just OK. Injera was fresh and the beer was fresh too! Our group of 20 enjoyed dining there. The ambience was good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    familyfoodies
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    We really enjoyed discovering this hidden gem in a quiet neighborhood. The food was exceptional and the service was very good. When there was a delay in our order the waitress brought us something to eat while we waited. The vegetable combo dish was wonderful - great flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really enjoyable experience
    enjoyableVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    We enjoyed every part of the meal. The server gave us wonderful recommendations and the food was delicious and reasonably priced. We will go back
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Ethiopian food
    Tomcat
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    It was so nice to have a good Ethiopian dinner and not have to drive all the way to the central district. Restaurant also had a nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dinner
    Crystine
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The folks here are kind and helpful and the food left me feeling good, unlike some Ethiopian rest. where I feel heavy afterwards. That said, we ordered the vegie combo and it was good, but rather blandly spiced. The ground chickpeas were delicious though!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet