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574 Rideau St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5Z8, Canada
+1 613-761-6120
11:00 - 22:00
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We loved this place! Delicious and authentic. We had a few dishes split between three. It was flavourful and so well priced. Super friendly service to boot!

Thank Ashli H
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
130 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

After reading all of the glowing reviews I expected a superior experience. It was not. Yes it was authentic and The food is good, but not close to being spiced the way one would expect. The beef and lamb were both tender but in identical sauces spiced mildly. The lentils were delicious. Service is very slow so give yourself lots... More 

Thank DekkersTravels
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 2 December 2016

We moved to Ottawa 1 year ago and being vegan have struggled to find a good healthy dining experience. We happened to walk by Habesha and decided to try it for lunch. Since then, we have been frequenting it almost every 2 weeks. The staff are very friendly and the food is superb. We have eaten in many Ethiopian restaurants... More 

Thank _elle_michelle_l
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Habesha is very comfortable, casual, delicious & friendly. Generous portions and they happily bring second helpings. Thank you / Amesegenalgo.

Thank Martha P
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

The food here was very good. We ordered the meat platter (their specialty), as well as a lamb dish (all served on top of and with injera). The platter included some meat, egg, and 3 types of lentils. This was more than enough for two people, we were quite stuffed; all for less than $30. They even made the lamb... More 

Thank Shannon A
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

I have been there twice and was very satisfied ! Service is a bit slow that is true (not that slow though !! ) but it is for the only reason that this is NOT a chain restaurant ! So food takes the right amount of time to be cooked and ready to be served !! To try for sure... More 

Thank Vassili Z
Level Contributor
63 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

The food was awesome. We ordered meat and vegetables which was served on injera bread. There was a variety of spiced vegetable and meats. All the sauces tasted different. It is a small restaurant with authentic food.

Thank Martin P
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Found this online & B&B host recommended it. One in my party has had Ethiopian food so she knew this wasn't the best quality - said it tasted as if the food had been cooked/left on the burner too long and so had a sour-ish taste to it. The other 2 of us didn't enjoy it. It was also quite... More 

Thank Tish M
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016

We were very impressed by this extrodinarily tasty cultural experience! The "bread" made with teff flour is wonderful for dietary restrictions.

Thank gfree_63
Laroles, Spain
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63 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016

I arrived to a full restaurant on a rainy day and wanting something warm and spicy. No worries the owner gestured, come to the back room. So off we followed to a cosy backroom. We ordered a platter for 2 and were happy with the yummy curries and salads. And no lack of Injera, the bread used to eat with,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 574 Rideau St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5Z8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-761-6120

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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?