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758 S Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2623
+1 520-370-7000
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the combination for two, and very much enjoyed experiencing some different food flavors. Everything we had was good, the service was pleasant and efficient. We didn't have any trouble with parking, but we went on a weeknight. I think on a more popular evening it might be difficult to find parking nearby.

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Thank Erin S
Tucson, Arizona
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Cafe Desta is an easy walk from the Jewish History Museum and our lunch was delicious and filling. Wiith our helpful server we navigated the menu, deciding between spicy and savory; vegan and meaty. We had a delicious vegetable soup and chose to add lamb to make it a meal. Soup is served with a generous serving of Ambasha bread... More 

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Thank RJB5253
Green Valley, Arizona
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268 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Looking for a restaurant that had more vegetarian selections than salad, we found Cafe Desta and their Ethiopian flavored menu items. A friendly greeting in a clean comfortable dining area, we placed our order and enjoyed some conversation with the server regarding the composition of our meals. The three meat option was a great choice ... and an order of... More 

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Thank DesertBoomers
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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

It had been a year or more since my partner and i had dined here. Not surprising it was excellent as we remembered. We shared the five item "sampler" and a piece of mango coconut pie. Our drinks were an Ethiopian version of masala tea and a steamed vanilla milk. Cafe Desta is a wonderful blend of neighborhood restaurant, friendly... More 

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Thank George F
Tucson, Arizona
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253 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We ate here with family. We called ahead and they had a table for 6 ready for us. Our children eat here a lot and we were anxious to try it. We've only eaten at one other Ethiopian restaurant. Food is served on a platter lined with a flat bread. You get small pieces of the same bread that you... More 

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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Saw this Ethiopian restaurant written up in a healthy eats magazine I picked up a tucson airport. A little gem. I could eat there for several days and still not try all of the vegetarian and vegan options. I had a delicious red lentil dish with a side of homemade cheese and salad. Nice latte and dessert to finish it... More 

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Thank ellynr2015
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

This cafe is so small and unnoticeable, you'll miss it if you blink. It's not near any major attractions either, so it's quite a gem. My party got "The Works," which is a sampling of ALL their dishes. It was enough to feed 4 adults and still have leftovers! The place a really small, so parties of 4 or more... More 

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1 Thank Kelly L
Tucson, Arizona
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Went with friends who have strict and peculiar dietary requirements. Smooth ordering, prepared just right, lovely meal! Everyones meal was terrific. Nice coffee bar, too. Easy parking on the street. Recommend!

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1 Thank azCelestina
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

My wife and I wanted to try something new and love Ethiopian food (Zemam's in Tucson is one of our favorite Tucson restaurants). Cafe Desta is right up there with Zemam's. We had our friendly server decide what to put on our sampler plate and we liked everything. The Gomen (collared greens) was phenomenal. Both our waiter and another gentleman... More 

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1 Thank Brian J
Tucson
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

5 of us went for lunch and shared "The Works" - a sampling of all their vegan and meat dishes served with their Selata (salad) and Injera (pancake type bread). Served very attractively on a very large round platter and everything was delicious. The colors alone were amazing - looked like a painting! None of us could agree on our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
African, Ethiopian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 758 S Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2623
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-370-7000

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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?