Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant

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$30 and under
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"Comfort food from the mountains of Ethiopia" is the daily fare at Ras Dashen Restaurant. For more than 16 years, our Ethiopian restaurant in Chicago, IL, has been serving up authentic dishes and an authentic dining experience. Vegetarians and omnivores alike have a multitude of options they can choose from in our extensive menu. Our traditional Ethiopian meals are served on a round of Injera (spongy, sour bread made from Teff grains). 100% gluten free Injera is also an option with your meal. All of our dishes are prepared by chef Zenash the same way they have been for thousands of years with bold spices and tangy sauces of the region. Our food is so unique, we're sure you'll want to come back again and again.
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Jgmoran
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on a Monday night early, and it really filled up. It is delicious and fresh. I never enjoyed Ethiopian cuisine until now. Very pleasant.

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AndyJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal. Our server was very helpful in selecting things that we would like. The entrees, sides, and injera were all very good. We look forward to going again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just finished my leftovers. Just as good the second time around! Fun place.

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VirginiaD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Chicago. It’s a smaller place so noise happens, the food is amazing so it’s worth it. I try to bring everyone I know here.

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DonaldB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant. Attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. Very nice décor and ambiance. The food was delicious and very well prepared. I will go there again the next time I am in Chicago. Well recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our first time enjoying Ethiopian cuisine and we enjoyed it very much!

JJ
JaelJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was wonderful and they were very helpful with helping you choose menu items you will enjoy.

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vipCriticalDiner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!!

MB
MikeB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has fantastic food and service. Great for special occasions, but still casual.

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vipRachelPP
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FAVORITE RESTAURANT !! Food was delicious, service was incredible, everyone was so kind and considerate, noise was so low we could actually hear each other! Sat there for 3 hours and did not feel rushed at all. Best Ethiopian food in Chicago. And so affordably priced!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Thank you so much for your friendly service and great food.

JF
JohnF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambiance and service were so excellent!!!

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vipugoa
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Ethiopian in town ! and in the USA 😁

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Valentines
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent cozy place with an unbelievable staff!

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BonnieT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ethiopian restaurant in Chicago! Great food, great service. Outdoor eating area. Easy on-street parking.

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Genevieve
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE LOVE RAS DASHEN! Thank you for delicious food and a wonderful, comforting atmosphere. Ras Dashen has been the site of many gatherings of friends and family and each time is wonderful and memorable. It is excellent to be able to have a meal that satisfies both vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores. Thank you!

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vipfoodie
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

AMAZING food.. The family owns the restaurant and the food and service never disappoint!

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aliceg
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and not so spicy . Every dish is flavorful . All freshly cooked. Been a frequent customer there since we found it last year. So yeah,,love the place and food.

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vipYanaS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food took a very long time, otherwise it was excellent

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is so delicious. I always have a hard time choosing and end up ordering a few things which is tons of food and yummy leftovers!

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BarbaraK
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicago is lucky to have an Ethiopian restaurant that is this good in every respect.

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Jerry
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food served in a family owned restaurant. The surroundings are not elegant but quite clean. Clearly the emphasis is on the food. If you like good Ethiopian food, you gotta go there!

JM
JMChicago
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stellar meal here recently. I'm a fan of Ethiopian food but had never tried this local spot. I'm so glad I did! I brought a friend and we agreed that it's one of our new favorite places. Try the chicken tibs and some veggie items - you won't be disappointed!

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vipCheekyabby
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Local experience- the food is delicious, staff kind and accommodating. Relaxed and diverse university neighborhood feel.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Got the wrong bill in the end. They tried charging double. Not good for someone who wouldn’t look!!!!! Unacceptable

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coffeentea
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Ordered the spinach sambusa which was crispy and flavorful. The veggie sampler is a good deal. The classic red lentils and yellow split peas were good. We tried the kale and sweet and sour red cabbage which were delicious.

Service was good. Beautiful decor.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service is slow but the tasty food makes up for it!

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AntonioU
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good Ethiopian food, home-cooked and authentic, I recommend stopping in and trying it out 👍

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dollywalker
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the food. It does take some time to get your food. When it comes the food is great

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Delicious food but the the service at Ras Dashen is awful!!! The staff is very friendly. However, you are kept waiting forever! Not exaggerating. Our food took an hour and a half to come out. A couple of things we ordered never even came out. Good thing we were in good company with good conversation otherwise we would have left. We seriously doubt we will go back.

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vipBrad
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love the food at Ras Dashen. The injera is so much better than most of the Ethiopian food in town and the flavors of the food are so bold and distinct. On top of that, great service and atmosphere.

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JimW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant! The food was excellent. The service was excellent! The had a small jazz ensemble that was excellent as well! I would highly recommend Ras Dashen!

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PoeticBard
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food on the North Side of Chicago. Honestly one of the best Ethiopian restaurants in Chicago. Service is always warm & friendly.

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Tasia
Omaha
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This fantastic restaurant is perfect for every occasion! The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our waitress was not only gorgeous-but very helpful in describing the menu. She also told us it is her grandmother who makes the food. The whole experience was excellent and I hope to dine here again on my next visit to Chicago. I would be a “frequent flyer” if I lived in Chicago! Please check this place out-you will love it as I did!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

We love the food at Ras Dashen, but the service was terrible. It took 15 minutes for someone to come to our table after we were seated. It then took another 15 minutes for someone to take our order. Service has really gone down hill and it’s a shame because the food is very good. The service will keep us from visiting again.

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TheVegetarian22
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am vegetarian, Indian and the food definitely satisfies my palate- lots of spicy, lots of choices! Fun to eat!
The coffee is awesome. Also the amount of food for the price is cheap!

PK
vipParitaK
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The service has gone done but food quality is the same.

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AnselC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ras Dashen is one of my favorite places to visit when in Chicago. Hadn’t been there in six years; it was just as good as I remembered.

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WillOfSouthShore
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall experience was okay. But the food is good as always. Value could've been had elsewhere. Service left much to be desired.

I can understand that it was busy. However, you did have three people working as servers plus a bus person, and the place is not that big. If each worked their sections efficiently, service could've been much better!

In the end it's like they knew their service sucks and none of them wanted to make eye contacts when we were leaving. The only person that was very efficient and courteous was the bus person! He also thanked us for coming in while we were leaving.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service!

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Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.