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Abyssinia Restaurant

4.5
4.5
35 Reviews
$30 and under
Ethiopian

Since 2000, Abyssinia has offered the people of Rochester traditional Ethiopian food brought from the motherland by Ethiopian natives Aster Mengsha and Daniel Tekilu.


The Ethiopian food served at Abyssinia comes from recipes tracing back millennia. The ingredients and spices that make up these recipes either originated in Ethiopia or were brought there through trade over the Red Sea. These recipes were passed down from king to king and generation to generation and are now available to our customers.


Come to Abyssinia and taste Ethiopia's history and culture in one meal.

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9:30 PM


  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Ethiopian, African, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday: 12:00 pm - 9:00pm

    Friday - Saturday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm


    Closed Mondays and major holidays

  • Phone number

    (585) 262-3910

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

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Menu

Appetizers

Appetizers rarely precede a traditional Ethiopian meal, but we gladly offer a few as starters.

  • Tomato Salad$6.50

    Tomatoes, onions and green peppers mixed together with a lemon, salt and oil dressing.

    • Tomato Fitfit$6.75

      Tomatoes, green peppers and onions mixed with injera.

      Chicken

      • Doro We't$11.25

        Chicken cooked and perfectly simmered and seasoned in a very flavorful berbera sauce. Served with a hard-boiled egg.

        • Doro Alicha$11.25

          A mild curried chicken cooked with turmeric and onions. Served with a hard-boiled egg.

          • Doro Fitfit$11.75

            Doro We't or Doro Alicha mixed with injera and a hard boiled egg.

            Lamb

            • Yebeg We't (Key We't)$14.25

              Fresh and tender lamb cooked in a very flavorful berbera sauce.

              • Yebeg Alicha$14.25

                Fresh and tender lamb in a mild sauce of turmeric, onions and garlic.

                • Fitfit (Alicha or Key)$14.50

                  Your choice of Yebeg Alicha or Key We't mixed with injera.

                  • Yebeg Tibs$15.75

                    Chunks of lamb, sautéed in onions, and garlic and garnished with green peppers.

                    • Yebeg Cha Cha$16.95

                      Tender pieces of lamb seasoned to perfection with sautéed onions, garlic and vegetables, sizzling on a clay chafing dish.

                      Beef

                      • Lega Tibs$12.75

                        Chunks of beef sautéed with seasoned butter and garnished with onions and peppers.

                        • Special Tibs$12.75

                          Strips of beef sautéed with seasoned butter, garlic fresh tomato, Mitmita (spicy chili powder), green peppers and onions.

                          • Kitfo$12.75

                            Uncooked minced meat seasoned with herbed butter and Mitmita (spicy chili powder). Can also be served partially or fully cooked.

                            • Dulete Kitfo$13.00

                              Our Kitfo dish with the added flavor of garlic and jalapeno pepper. Can also be served partially or fully cooked.

                              • Gored Gored$12.75

                                Chunks of uncooked fresh beef seasoned with special butter, Mitmita (spicy chili powder) and peppers. Can also be served partially or fully cooked.

                                • Cha Cha$14.75

                                  Tender pieces of beef seasoned to perfection with sautéed onions and vegetables, sizzling on a clay chafing dish.

                                  • Tibs We't$11.75

                                    Chunks of beef, sautéed and then cooked with onions, garlic and a very flavor berbera sauce.

                                    • Tibs Alicha$11.75

                                      Chunks of beef, sautéed and then cooked with turmeric, onions and garlic.

                                      • Tibs Fitfit$12.00

                                        Tibs We't mixed with injera.

                                        • Shifinfin$12.00

                                          A combination of Doro We't and Tibs We't mixed with injera.

                                          Vegetarian/Vegan

                                          • Shiro We't$11.00

                                            Powdered split peas cooked with garlic and a very flavorful berbera sauce.

                                            • Bozena Shiro We't$13.00

                                              A smoother take on Shiro We't, cooked with onions, tomatoes, powdered split peas and spices imported from Ethiopia. Cooked and served in a traditional clay we't pot. Specialty order, cannot be included in Beyaynetu.

                                              • Tikil Gomen$11.00

                                                Cabbage cooked with onions and garlic.

                                                • Yatakilt We't$11.00

                                                  Fresh carrots, potatoes, and string beans cooked with turmeric.

                                                  • Mesir We't$11.00

                                                    Split lentils cooked with onions, garlic and a very flavorful berbera sauce.

                                                    • Mesir Alicha$11.00

                                                      Split lentils cooked in a mild sauce of turmeric, onions and garlic.

                                                      • Kik Alicha$11.00

                                                        Yellow split peas cooked in a mild sauce of turmeric, onions and garlic.

                                                        • Gomen$11.00

                                                          Your choice of collard greens or spinach sautéed with onions.

                                                          • Timatim Salat$9.50

                                                            A tomato salad with onions and green peppers mixed together with a lemon, salt and oil dressing.

                                                            • Timatim Fitfit$9.55

                                                              Timatim Salata mixed with injera.

                                                              • Beyaynetu$12.00

                                                                Abyssinia's vegetable combination, with your choice of five of the vegetarian dishes.

                                                                Combination Specials

                                                                Traditionally, Ethiopian meals are not served in courses. Most of the time, all members of a family eat from one tray. Therefore we offer Abyssinia specials according to the number of people.

                                                                • Abyssinia Special I: Doro We't, Yebeg We't, Tibs Alicha, Gomen

                                                                  • Dinner for One$12.00
                                                                  • Dinner for Two$22.95
                                                                  • Dinner for Three$32.75
                                                                  • Dinner for Four$43.50
                                                                • Abyssinia Special II: Doro Alicha, Tibs We't, Yatakilt We't, Tikil Gomen

                                                                  • Dinner for One$12.50
                                                                  • Dinner for Two$23.75
                                                                  • Dinner for Three$34.75
                                                                  • Dinner for Four$43.50
                                                                • Abyssinia Special III: Doro We't, Kitfo, Yebeg Alicha, Timatim Salata

                                                                  • Dinner for One$14.00
                                                                  • Dinner for Two$26.75
                                                                  • Dinner for Three$34.50
                                                                  • Dinner for Four$45.25

                                                                Last updated: April 23, 2019

                                                                What 35 people are saying

                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                4.5
                                                                4.5 based on all time ratings
                                                                • 4.7Food
                                                                • 4.3Service
                                                                • 4.1Ambience
                                                                • 4.8Value

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                                                                1. F

                                                                  Fred

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  128 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  4.0

                                                                  128 reviews

                                                                  Dined on October 10, 2021

                                                                  overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                                  Different food from everyday dining. Vegetables are outstanding having great depth of flavor. Nice people serving, will go back, loved it

                                                                2. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on October 10, 2021

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  The food was incredible!

                                                                3. c

                                                                  chifoodie

                                                                  Chicago

                                                                  31 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  31 reviews

                                                                  Dined on September 26, 2021

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  What a pleasure to find this superb restaurant in an unassuming strip mall! The food is fresh, perfectly seasoned, and absolutely delicious, and the service attentive and considerate. Ethiopian food is the BEST—please open a branch in Chicago!

                                                                4. D

                                                                  Denisa

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  Dined on August 13, 2021

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                  I met a friend for dinner and it was our good fortune to find such a vast menu full of healthy choices. We actually shared the vegetable platter and it was plenty for us both. The combination of eight vegetable dishes, each with their different seasonings atop a piece of their homemade “bread”, was an unexpected surprise. We sampled the Ethiopian beer (delicious and strong) and the wine and left happily satisfied. Will definitely return again!

                                                                5. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on April 25, 2021

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Great birthday dinner!

                                                                6. BE

                                                                  BrianE

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                  Dined on April 11, 2021

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                  Food was very tasty. Would happily recommend to first timers and those knowledgeable of Ethiopian cuisine. Service was pleasant and caring. Overall, a very good restaurant.

                                                                7. A

                                                                  Allison

                                                                  Atlanta

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  Dined on March 13, 2021

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  this is the best way to eat your vegetables. EVER. I feel like the food slow cooks for hours. The flavor is immense. There is nothing I have tried there that I have not enjoyed. Combination platter is a must. #vegetariandreams!

                                                                8. VE

                                                                  ValerieE

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on February 21, 2021

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  The best that Central Ny has to offer! EXCELLENT!

                                                                9. MM

                                                                  MMBB

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on January 17, 2021

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Good food + Good service + Fair Price = Great Experience

                                                                10. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on March 13, 2020

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  They make the best Ethiopian food! The injera is awesome. It is not a fancy place, but it is very comfortable. It is family run and the owners are very nice and helpful and the cost is very reasonable.

                                                                11. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                                  overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                                  Food was excellent but they only had one waiter on staff for my 8pm reservation. Very polite but service was extremely slow for a Valentines/Friday night out with the restaurant half full. Not sure how many were on staff in the kitchen but food took way too long to arrive as well. However, the food quality is excellent and of great value.

                                                                12. CS

                                                                  CindyS

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on September 18, 2019

                                                                  overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                  The food is really good and the staff are friendly. But even though the place was only 1/3 full because it was early the food service was incredibly slow. There seemed to be only one person serving tables so I can't imagine going later in the evening.

                                                                13. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on September 14, 2019

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  I went with a friend. We go to different types of restaurants just to try new things. I really enjoyed the food. It was delicious and the price was very good. Not sure using flatbread for a utensil is good for Diabetics but it was really good food. I will definitely go again

                                                                14. JL

                                                                  JamesL

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on September 6, 2019

                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                  This modest eatery was a delight: the food was exceptionally delicious, the staff very courteous and helpful and the value superior. This is not a fancy place - and that is part of its charm. Expect a great meal at a reasonable price prepared by experts who know and love Ethiopian cuisine.

                                                                15. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on August 15, 2019

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  It was great!

                                                                16. PG

                                                                  PaulG

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on August 13, 2019

                                                                  overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                  The food seems to be very good - I qualify because I have very little experience with Ethiopian food, I enjoyed the meal, had the lamb dish. It is challenging eating with right hand and no flatware, just the injera bread to transport food to mouth. Service was very slow again not sure if this is to be expected but an hour wait for the meal did seem excessive. If inclined to have a new experience and willing to accept slow service would highly recommend. Friend who had wine were not thrilled with the wine. I had an Ethiopian beer which was enjoyable.

                                                                17. AM

                                                                  AltheaM

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on August 13, 2019

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  I had never experienced Ethiopian food before. I was delighted with the flavors and aromas. Food was delicious and plentiful. Service was attentive and the environment very calm and intimate.

                                                                18. MS

                                                                  MindyS

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on July 26, 2019

                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                  The food at Abyssinia Restaurant is outstanding. I love the vegetarian platter with injera.

                                                                19. h

                                                                  heronwoman

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  25 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  25 reviews

                                                                  Dined on June 15, 2019

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                  The vegetarian combo is excellent and works well for vegans, too! It is the only thing I ever have because it is so good. It is quiet, but would prefer they didn't have big screen tv. They were showing golf while we were there.

                                                                20. K

                                                                  Kimber

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on May 31, 2019

                                                                  overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                  We enjoyed our meal. Very good. There was only one waitress for the whole restaurant. She was patient with us. We waited for quite a while before our meal was delivered.

                                                                21. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on May 23, 2019

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Exceptional food!!! Great service! I will definitely go back and recommend to my family and friends!

                                                                22. BP

                                                                  BrendaP

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on May 17, 2019

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  The service, food, ambiance, wine, and everything was outstanding. I can't say enough to praise this place. Excellent.

                                                                23. DK

                                                                  DanielK

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on May 4, 2019

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  5 Stars great food quiet atmosphere wish i live in rochester id eat there one a wk

                                                                24. M

                                                                  Mosie

                                                                  Dallas

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  Dined on March 1, 2019

                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                  Mixed reviews on the food - some loved it, some not. My dish was too spicy for me even though I asked the server. Server was not very friendly or helpful. We mentioned we were not there before.

                                                                25. JP

                                                                  JennyP

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  Dined on February 26, 2019

                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                  Great flavors, really, really nice and helpful staff. Just personally I don't like the spongy, cold bread.

                                                                26. NK

                                                                  NicholasK

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on February 17, 2019

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  We’ve been here before, and as always, a great experience. Staff is amazing, the food is great! First time we went was as a recommendation from a close friend from Ethiopia.

                                                                27. CF

                                                                  CourtneyF

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on January 31, 2019

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  The food is excellent, and the owners are the most wonderful people. I'm so glad they are a part of Rochester. I've been going to Abyssinia, for about 19 years. They never disappoint.

                                                                28. A

                                                                  Amazed

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  17 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  17 reviews

                                                                  Dined on January 26, 2019

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                  Authentic and delicious Ethiopian food. We shared the special dinner platter (#3). It is worth being adventurous and trying the raw beef. It was delicious and spicy - my favorite dish of the night. The staff are very attentive and friendly. We look forward to a return visit soon!

                                                                29. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  New England

                                                                  11 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  11 reviews

                                                                  Dined on December 1, 2018

                                                                  overall4food5service4ambience2

                                                                  Great Ethiopian fare served traditionally. However, they will provide utensils upon request. All of the vegetarian dishes were excellent. The lamb was a little salty but still very good. Ambiance is almost completely lacking but the food more than makes up for it.

                                                                30. F

                                                                  Fred

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  129 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  4.0

                                                                  129 reviews

                                                                  Dined on October 26, 2018

                                                                  overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                                  Great food Slow service but people are so nice it’s ok Flavors were spectacular Loved it all Will recommend and return Vegetarian platter was outstanding, tasty and filling. I’m not a vegetarian but ordered for variety and was rewarded Good job!

                                                                31. JY

                                                                  JohnY

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on September 14, 2018

                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                  Very cool experience and the food was great. It was our first time Stan Ethiopian place and it was very enjoyable.

                                                                32. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  Dined on September 4, 2018

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  Ok experience, hardly any meat in the meal, the bowl was mostly bread as filler. Nice people, though they leave you alone and did not check in.

                                                                33. TA

                                                                  TessaA

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on August 18, 2018

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  This was an informal date night for my partner and I to grab a bite to eat. My third or fourth visit. The hosts/staff are very friendly and kind. Very helpful in answering any questions about the food selections. Such a cool and delicious cultural experience!

                                                                34. MB

                                                                  MarshaB

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                  Dined on May 15, 2018

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  As always- terrific food, gracious service

                                                                35. JG

                                                                  JoanG

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  Dined on April 7, 2018

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                  Several of our party had never eaten Ethiopian food. The staff were welcoming, the food was excellent

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                                                                Abyssinia Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 35 OpenTable diners

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                                                                1657 Mount Hope Ave Rochester, NY 14620

                                                                • Neighborhood

                                                                  Rochester

                                                                • Hours of operation

                                                                  Sunday - Thursday: 12:00 pm - 9:00pm

                                                                  Friday - Saturday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm


                                                                  Closed Mondays and major holidays

                                                                • Cuisines

                                                                  Ethiopian, African, Vegetarian / Vegan

                                                                • Dining style

                                                                  Casual Dining

                                                                • Dress code

                                                                  Casual Dress

                                                                • Payment options

                                                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                • Additional

                                                                  Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

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