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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.

9 N 17th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Ethiopian

Hours of Operation:

Lunch:
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner:
Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 308-3649

Website:
http://www.addisrichmond.com/

Entertainment:
Various performance artists throughout the week coming soon and a DJ performing every Friday and Saturday late-night.

Parking Details:
Parking on the street, or pay the lot across the street five dollars cash and receive five dollars off your check.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Addis Ethiopian Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

3.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (43)
Good for Groups (38)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
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Special Occasion (22)
Great for Lunch (14)
Kid-friendly (12)
Romantic (11)
Authentic (10)
Late-night Find (8)
Casual (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Spicy (3)
Vegan (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Friendly service, wonderful food, very large screen with Teddy Afro dominates the restaurant. If you are not a fan the large screen will be distracting

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food. Friendly staff.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great service, impossible parking situation. Food was delightful, will go again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Started out slow, place was empty @7P but the crowd started to build and then e food came out and it was great. Manageable portions and great variety

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 14, 2017

A true Ethiopian dining experience. The food was delicious and is meant to be shared. The service was great - no waiting for a table, any part of the meal or for the check, and the server follow up was well timed and not overdone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Expect to use your fingers, as you use the thin bread to pick up meats or veggies. We went with the recommendations of our waiter and the food was excellent.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vegan, Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 17, 2017

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.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on April 10, 2017

What an awesome experience and great customer service! The food was incredible.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This was a very unique dining experience. The food has an array of different spices that take your tastebuds on a flavorful getaway.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 7, 2017

I'm sure the food is good here. I just don't like Ethiopian cuisine. I tried it again after several years. Not to my liking. That said as compared to other Ethiopian restaurants, it's quite nice.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 4, 2017

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.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Fabulous exotic cuisine that you eat with your fingers. Delicious spices but not too hot. Great Ethiopian wine with hint of honey. We were a group of 8 and 8 gave great reviews.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

First time eating here. Loved the relaxed atmosphere and the delicious food

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 18, 2017

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 16, 2017

Excellent service and food. First time eating Ethiopian food and it was a great experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Maybe a great place if you're Ethiopian, but a bit of a letdown if you're looking for an upscale dining adventure.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Wonderful food and the owner was so nice to us. A must visit.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 6, 2016

We had never experienced Ethiopean food before so we gave it a try. The waitress was extremely helpful in suggesting a sampler choice to try. We ate the traditional way, with our hands, which also made it fun. It was delicious and we'd go there again.

Tags: Vegan, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Server was really helpful for the 4 of us who haven't had authentic Ethiopian food before.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Great Food Easy to try a lot of different samplings

Tags: Spicy, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Never had Ethiopian food before. Really enjoyed the food. Service was very good as well. I will definitely be back!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 10, 2016

Service attentive, food standard Ethiopian fare and tasty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 30, 2016

Very good food and quick. Perfect in the middle of a long drive and in a cool area of Richmond.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 28, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 27, 2016

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 13, 2016

Amazing Ethiopian Food, big portions, and friendly service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2016

Good place for an interesting ethnic dinner in Richmond. Great if you have gluten free needs.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Food was excellent and the waitress was very helpful in making sure we ordered enough food for our party of 11.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 27, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 15, 2016

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2015

Authentic Ethiopian food served in the traditional manner that encourages sharing and conversation. Live music on selected nights. Great fun.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 11, 2015

The server left us alone to enjoy each other's company and it was awesome. The owner(?) came to our table to recommend Ethiopian wine to go with our lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 31, 2015

Addis is our favorite place for Ethiopian food in Richmond. The food is great. The owner always comes around to check on his patrons. The wait staff is knowledgeable about the food and is always willing to make recommendations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 1, 2015

Ethiopian food is both light and filling. We typically get chicken or beef tibs here and they are delicious. This restaurant also has options for vegetarians. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a night out in the Richmond area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 23, 2015

Food is very good, typical wait time after ordering while it's being cooked. Extra Injera brought to us without us having to ask.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 9, 2015

Food was overly greasy and took over an hour - they obviously need more help in the kitchen. Definitely not nearly as good as other Ethiopian places I've been to.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 2, 2015

The food was wonderful and enjoyed the experience of eating with hands/injera bread. Waitress was helpful in picking dishes. Food was very well seasoned. Had enough left over for another meal!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 12, 2014

Definitely a great find in downtown RVA. The food was excellent with a very relaxed, nice atmosphere and great staff. The manager dropped by to make sure we were enjoying ourselves and went the extra mile to make a good meal great. Be ready to eat with your hands and dig in!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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