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577 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5P2, Canada
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2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ordered 2 dishes: Ye-Beg the Tibbs (lamb) and the Blue Nile Combination Platter (mix of legumes and chicken). Both dishes were flavorful. The lamb was simply yummy but got a bit dried towards the end. The combination plate had different types of legumes (all spicy and tasty), one cooked egg, and ]one chicken thigh. The injera bread was delicious.... More 

Thank Damiano T
Waterloo, Canada
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for a good Ethiopian place and came upon Blue Nile. It was everything we were looking for.

Thank Shandel B
Ottawa ON Canada
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We'd been looking for something different for a while and completely by accident I noticed this place. Having never had Ethiopian cuisine before our server made some wonderful recommendations and demonstrated the proper way to dine (no knives and forks needed!) If you're looking for fancy decor or a pretentious ambience this is not the place to go. If you're... More 

Thank BrianSharpe
Saranac Lake, New York
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77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

The gentleman who was running the restaurant was the only staff member on site so service was a little slow. As we were the only two people in the restaurant with the periodic take-out order coming in and out, I would hope they put more staff on during busy hours. That is where the negatives end. We love our Ethiopian... More 

Thank Attila_The_Hutt
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63 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is small and clean. The prices are very reasonable. The food is authentic. If you want a balance of meat and vegetables then order a meat dish and a vegetable dish. It will come on a platter to share with you and your guest. Use your fingers and dig in. No cutlery is used. You eat in a... More 

1 Thank Martin P
Ottawa, Canada
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73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

About as authentic as you can get in Canada, if you like Ethiopian food, you have to try the Blue Nile. And if you've never tried it before, you're missing out! The flavours of the berbere will keep you coming back. And eating without cutlery just adds to the experience. You won't leave hungry, guaranteed!

1 Thank TSBuchanan
Chilliwack, Canada
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86 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015

When visiting my son in Ottawa, he wanted to take us to one of his favorite restaurants. A new experience for us ...the food was fabulous and the price was very reasonable...delicious!!!

2 Thank jeno66
Blainville, Canada
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2015 via mobile

This was my first time eating traditional Ethiopian food. Went with a work colleague. No forks or spoons, you eat everything with your hands. Food was ok, service was good. Small and quaint atmosphere.

2 Thank ob1dob
Central NY State
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2015

I have a confession: I'm a serious Ethiopian food addict. I have to get it where ever I am - which means in every city I visit I am looking for a fix. I've tried Ethiopian restaurants in Seattle, Denver, NYC, DC, Montreal, and the Horn of Africa which is also in Ottawa...the poor people that travel with me are... More 

3 Thank mandahxo
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2014

I love Ethiopian food but live an hour west of Ottawa, so didn't make it down to Rideau Street very often to the Horn of Africa. When I did a search recently to see if there was something west of downtown I was happy to find this spot. My husband and I went for dinner before a show at the... More 

2 Thank Kerron L

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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
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 577 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5P2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa

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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?