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Cafe Lalibela

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849 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3463
+1 480-829-1939
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Phoenix, Arizona
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159 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Let me tell you, as much as my wife and I love Ethiopian cuisine, we waited far too long to finally try Lalibela’s. In the words of Andrew Zimmern – WOW! Terrific meal! My wife started with hot Yekemim Shai Tea and I had a St. George Beer – excellent. Being our first time, we decided to go for their... More 

Thank GastroEclectico
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64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

My wife and I ordered the #26 platter, and everything on it was delicious! Service was friendly, and we were seated immediately. Highly recommend!

Thank Luke C
Tempe, Arizona
Level Contributor
24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

An Ethiopian experience awaits. Joining friends and sharing a platter of tasty sample dishes and sopping up the juices with injera bread is my idea of a great day. Three of us did just that and nary a morsel of food remained. A sense of adventure helps - the newbie in the group dug in whole-heartedly. We plan to repeat... More 

Thank Jean L
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373 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Had dinner with several friends who recommended the place. I was not familiar with Ethiopian food and it was fun to order all sorts of dishes which are then served on one huge platter. One is supposed to eat with one's hands using an Ethiopian flat bread that tastes like sourdough which is a lot of fun. (Knives and forks... More 

Thank T S
Mesa, Arizona
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

First off, if you haven't tried Ethiopian food, it's amazing, whether you are a carnivore like myself, or a vegetarian like my wife,...like it spiced hot like me, or very mild like my wife,...you'll love Ethiopian. Cafe Lalibela doesn't disappoint. The food is fabulous and the service is great.

Thank VerveTank
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful lunch sampler platter. Great staff and great service. My cousin and I split the meal, and had plenty of leftovers for her to take to her husband for dinner! Would most definitely return.

Thank Zonakai
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Coming from a city with one Pan-African restaurant that serves Ethiopian food one day per week, I was excited to be in the Phoenix area, which boasts a couple of Ethiopian specific restaurants on Trip Advisor. After carefully reviewing each place, I decided I'd give Cafe Lalibela a try. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and we were immediately greeted... More 

Thank Wesley C
Phoenix, Arizona
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89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

This establishment is very conveniently located within biking distance from ASU and the other offices around. The service is very pleasant, although the orders do take a while to get served onto your table. It is not very expensive, but not cheap either. The food is authentic, and by nature is not very spicy but is very flavorsome. The injera... More 

Huachuca City, Arizona
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139 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

No silverware needed! Never eaten Ethiopian food before, I was very pleasantly surprised. The staffing service was very good, and they were very informative and let you know exactly what everything was on your platter.definitely a great place to experience to broaden your dining experiences of foreign food.

Thank AZTraveler85616
Phoenix, Arizona
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

Every time I visit this place I leave with a smile on my face. The staff is very good and the food is very tasty. It is not your regular fare . It is very affordable . I have friends who are vegetarians so it was nice have a place where they did not feel out of place and my... 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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 849 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3463
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
  • Phone Number: +1 480-829-1939

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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?