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WASS Ethiopian Restaurant

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207 James St. South, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 3A8, Canada
+1 289-389-5294
15:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 15:00 - 22:00
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food. Highly recommend the vegetarian platter for lunch or dinner (when a meat eater recommends the veg dish, you KNOW it is good). Maybe share as it is generously proportioned. Coffee ceremony is really interesting to try.

Thank Horsemama
Hamilton, Canada
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Fantastic place it you want to try something truly different. I strongly recommend getting the coffee service, it's has to be ordered at the start of the mean but it's worth is. Be prepared to go home smelling like smoke however. Everything I have tried has been excellent and authentic. My favourite being the the vegetarian mixed plate with pancake... More 

Thank JB T
Ontario, Canada
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

A friend and I visited this restaurant for lunch. This was my first time trying Ethiopian cuisine so I can't make a comparative comment. The food was tasty and the service friendly albeit somewhat slow. Would I go there again? Probably, if I happen to be in the area.

Thank Sonny M
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

My family enjoyed dinner at Wass last night. The food was wonderful and they even had gluten-free injera for me, which they did not have the last time we ate here. I believe they were likely short staffed as we only saw one woman completing all tasks. Despite this she was exceptionally attentive and very sweet with our kids. Unfortunately,... More 

Thank Mellissa M
Elliot Lake, Canada
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Only had the opportunity to try Ethiopian Food on a couple of previous occasions and was looking forward to this visit to Hamilton and Wass so as to try it again. My family and I were the only ones in the restaurant so we got the full attention of the server. We ordered and meal intended for two and a... More 

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Thank Medicgord
Boise, Idaho
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

My wife and I were at Wass with friends the other day and had a wonderful time: Great food, great coffee, perfect service.

Thank Henry H
Kitchener, Canada
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Never tried Ethiopian food before. Not sure it's the cuisine or Wass food, Did not get impressed much.

Thank Maniarasu K
Burlington, Canada
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50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

I came here a few years back and absolutely despised the low quality ingredients but recently under new ownership, I thought I would give it another try. Wow am I glad I did!! The food is OUTRAGOUSLY delicious and fresh! Gluten free, full of vegetables and high quality meats. The restaurant itself isn't nice in appearance but this is typical... More 

Thank MeggsVisits
Hamilton, Canada
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216 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

This is one of my partner's favourite places and she often wants to go here. Since Wass opened we have probably been there around ten times. When Wass first opened it was great, the owner had a passion for what he was doing and I think his mother did the cooking. We haven't seen the owner for years now and... More 

Thank David B
Kitchener, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Looking for a quick early dinner, vegetarian at least, if not vegan, which is still not easy to find these days. The restaurant is simple and welcoming, the service is friendly and unobtrusive, the food is the best new thing that I've tried in the past three months. Not knowing the dishes, we opted for a combo platter and a... More 

Thank Lucian L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 11
African, Ethiopian, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
15:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 207 James St. South, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 3A8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: +1 289-389-5294
Experience a taste of Africa in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. The WASS Ethiopian Restaurant offers meals for vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?