Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
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Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://abyssiniachicago.com/
  • Phone: 7732717133
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday-Thursday: 10:00am-10:00pm
    Friday: 10:00am - 11:30pm
    Saturday: 9:00am - 11:30pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian
  • Executive Chef: Aleganesh Bisrat
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, BYO Liquor, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Red Line stop Thorndale and Brodway Bus 36.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
When you're in the mood for good time and cuisine, be sure to check out Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant. Abyssinia is located in one of the area's most pleasant settings and is known for its delightful staff and superb cuisine. The menu at Abyssinia features a wide array of great selections, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sure to please every member of your group. Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant has established itself as one of the area's favorite culinary destinations and is sure to offer you a pleasant and unique dining experience every time you visit.
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Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Inconsistent Service Really Hurts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Apparently, the restaurant stopped checking OpenTable reservations, as it was not aware of the reservation at all. The food was good as always but service was dreadful. It was short-handed and basically had no wait staff; just one of the cooks occasionally came out to check on patrons. Unfortunately, this person barely spoke English. Some patrons waited 10+ mins just to be seated and 30+ minutes just for the food to come out. There was another couple who were waiting 10+ mins just to get their check. And they ended up having to wait 30+ minutes more because the bill was tallied wrong and the refund was slow in coming. Food was good as always, but the restaurant really needs to be more consistent in terms of services.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • absolutely amazing preparation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    absolutely amazing preparation of the meat dishes associated with ethiopian food. truly memorable. the veggie dishes were more just average but still complimented the meat dishes well. only confusing part is that there is another ethiopian restaurant next door, and I think years ago when I went it was all abyssinia, which was more interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very great restaurant, amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2012
    Very great restaurant, amazing food. One of my favorites. Cheap prices, service is very good, not outstanding, but the people are very friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was just absolutely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/19/2012
    The service was just absolutely amazing. They were very accommodating and just overall great people. The food was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, service was a
    Will
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    Great food, service was a bit slow (only 1 staff member working the dining area).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2012
    Wonderful experience from start to finish. The flavors were amazing. The service was welcoming and friendly. Our server explained the menu and was so very gracious and attentive. He seemed to truly want us to enjoy our meal and experience.
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  • Great food if you wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/3/2012
    Great food. Nice owners. Very slow service (even for Ethiopian food.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my first Ethiopian
    Fuegofan
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    This was my first Ethiopian food dining experience. The four of us were surprised that all of our food came on the same tray, where we just reach in with the injera and grab bites. It's an incredibly social way to eat. And the food is good, solid food. Just don't be looking for something exceptionally fancy. At 6:45 only two other tables were occupied. At 8:30 the place was full. It's BYOB, but they also have beer and wine available. Service was inconsistent in speed, but always very polite. Also, you can get gluten-free injera if you let them know an hour in advance, which was a big plus for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not much in the way of decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    Not much in the way of decor but the prices are very reasonable and the food was delicious. When I dined, I was one of only 3 tables but still didn't get the service I felt was warranted since there were few tables
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was really good, although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    Food was really good, although it took a little while longer than expected to get our appetizers. The service staff was really friendly
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  • Go, with time to spare. Depending
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    Go, with time to spare. Depending on the night, it can be a long long long wait. But worth every minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Great service, great taste,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Great service, great taste, great value. Would highly recommend. Stands side by side with other similar establishments in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overrun by Small Children
    Gonzo70VIP
    Dined on 12/6/2011
    Unfortunately we had to walk out of Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant a few minutes after we were seated as there were loud unsupervised small children running about the dining area. At one point one of the children began climbing on one of our chairs. I was disappointed as I love Ethiopian food and had heard good things about the food at this venue, but this was not an acceptable ambiance for a meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very unique dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/27/2011
    A very unique dining experience. We received fantastic service and a thorough explanation of the menu and all the items we weren't familiar with. Definitely worth the trip and will be eating there again in the future.
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  • The food was excellent, no-frills
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/1/2011
    The food was excellent, no-frills food with good flavor.
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  • Great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/31/2011
    I've been here twice and the food and service have been fantastic both times. Very affordable and BYOB. Great for a birthday party!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • I like Ras Dashen next door
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2011
    I like Ras Dashen next door better... this place is great for the low price and the BYOB. But I like the ambiance and energy at Ras Dashen - this place was super quiet. It took awhile to get our food... not sure if that means it's super fresh (we were one of two tables) or something else. The AC wasn't working all that well so we were pretty hot at 8pm on a 90 degree day... service is polite, but nothing to rave about. LOVE the BYOB. And again, the food is good. Just nothing life changing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Highly recommended for BYOB.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/8/2011
    Highly recommended for BYOB. The food took a long time to arrive, and there seemed to be a lot of confusion with our order. The restaurant was not crowded- not much ambiance, food was good not great.
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  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2011
    First time eating Ethiopian food; a good experience. The owner/manger was very warm and helpful with making choices from the fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went at 5:30pm and it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/21/2011
    We went at 5:30pm and it was quiet. Food was very good and service was excellent. Wait staff was very helpful in suggesting foods for us to try. We woulod go back again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate