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About Addis Ethiopian
"Addis Ethiopian, taste the cuisine, experience the culture." Meals are served communally on large platters lined with bread and laden with various vegetable and meat dishes.
Richmond, VA 23219
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Various performance artists throughout the week coming soon and a DJ performing every Friday and Saturday late-night.
Parking on the street, or pay the lot across the street five dollars cash and receive five dollars off your check.
Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
Addis Ethiopian Ratings and Reviews
As always, Addis does not disappoint. The yekik alicha and shrimp tibs are our favorites, but the chicken tibs were also very good. The wait staff is fairly attentive, and helpful with the menu if you are unsure of what to get. Authentic dining style, with no silverware, is always fun. Eating with the injera rolls takes a little practice, but is easy to manage. No worries about getting your hands dirty while eating, as they provide lovely, warm, wet towels for washing up at the end of the meal. Parking is sometimes a challenge, but on this occasion there was ample parking in the little lot across the street.
Addis is our new favorite Ethiopian restaurant in Richmond! I took my girlfriend here for her birthday dinner. We love Ethiopian food but had only been to the Nile before (it's in Church Hill). I stopped by prior to my reservation to drop off flowers and request a booth. Service was good, no complaints there. The booth seats are by far the best in the restaurant, offering panoramic views of 17th St, and a sense of elevation from the rest of the dining area. We ordered the sambussa app and vegetarian/vegan sampler of six. A few minutes after ordering, the server came to tell us the kitchen was out of yellow split peas. A bummer as it's my girlfriend's favorite but we got extra collard greens as a replacement. Everything was delicious but we particularly loved the red lentils and green beans. The injera was delightful: light, spongy, tangy, and impossible not to eat every last piece of! If you're looking for the "Nice" Ethiopian restaurant in town this is it. They have white cloth napkins, a full bar, and table service. If you're also looking for something different and yummy you are also in the right place. Food tasted fresh and servings were ample. We paid $54 with tip and left stuffed. P.S.: between the Ethiopian lagers, St. George is a pale so it's lighter in flavor and lower in alcohol (4.5% ABV) compared to Meta (5.5% ABV) which is sweeter and much more flavorful.
I've been a bit apprehensive about trying this restaurant. I decided to get out of my comfort zone and try new foods do to being underwhelmed which food and service from chain restaurants. Boy am I glad I did. I really enjoying everything about dining at Addis. The food was delicious and the eating with my hands gave me a really great first hand cultural experience. I will definitely be back.
Loved it. We have been to Addis several times and enjoy taking friends. The experience of sharing food, and eating with your hands, is so much fun. Everything I've eaten at Addis was very good. The stewed dishes are my favorite--spicy but not crazy hot. Interesting flavors and combinations. My wife loves the vegetarian dishes. I like that the owner is always on the floor and asks about our experience. One of my favorite restaurants in RVA.
This place is super cool especially if you're looking for a different food experience. They definitely are constructed for people who don't eat Ethiopian on the reg (and let's be honest, that's 99.9% of us), as they have plenty of sampler platters. I would highly recommend going, getting the sampler, then choosing one or two entrees to get the next time. Super fun dining experience.
The place itself is clean, but a little weird with the African music videos playing on a projector in the dining area, but it obviously didn't affect the food or experience for us.
The food is delicious. For first time ethiopian-food diners, the wait staff is more than willing to help you decide what to get. My friend and I tried the 3 meat selection and pick three vegetable selection to sample a few different things. The food was great and the staff was great about bringing more of the injera (ethiopian sponge-like bread) whenever we needed some. Overall, good service, great food that is different from the standard routine, and relatively affordable. It is nice too that the owner comes up to every table to make sure the food was good and that you enjoyed yourself. I will be back!
My friend and I visited on a Saturday evening. Parking was mildly difficult, but is free anywhere on the street during weekends. The location is great, with a spacious but cozy dining room and bar. I ordered the chicken delicious and my friend asked for the lamb scrumptious. Both dishes were very tasty and came on a platter of injera bread, with plenty of extra free. Would highly recommend.
We arrived at 8:30pm and while we were seated immediately, it took some time for the waitress to visit our booth. Everything just took so long - from getting the waters, to the appetizer, to our main meal.
Even though we placed out order before 9pm, it didn't arrive until 10:15pm, and it wasn't like there were a lot of people in the restaurant. Our waitress was constantly sitting at the bar - on her phone, and we even saw her come back inside from a break, even though we were waiting for refills.
We've been to Addis before and have enjoyed the environment, food and service, but this time was extremely bad. We even asked the waitress to cancel our order, however, she said it was done (heard the bell), so we decided to wait.
Yes the food is good and if you are just looking for good Ethiopian food then this place is probably fine. They were out of the meat I ordered but instead of just asking me if I'd like something else they substituted with lamb. That was ok but I really wanted the beef or would have preferred being asked what I would likE. It felt more like a bar and not a restaurant. The table was rocky and moved. Service was pretty good but th food does take a while to come out and there were only maybe 5 other small tables seated. Overall, good food but I probably won't go back. I can get good food and better atmosphere lots of places in Richmond where my food comes out quicker.
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