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The Abyssinian

#304 of 3,203 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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277 Racecourse Rd. Kensington, Melbourne, Victoria 3031, Australia
+61 3 9376 8754
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Absolute gem of a restaurant the Platter is both a tasty meal and a great way to share your meal with others. The Injera bread is fantastic it's spongey with a slightly sour tangy taste. Be careful there is a lot of food in the platter for two probably best to order the platter for 1 and order more if... More 

Thank Mark W
Telegraph Point, Australia
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Lovely helpful staff. We ordered three platters to share between three couples. A great way to sample quite a variety of their menu. Interesting selection of beers. All the food was very tasty and varied from quite mild to quite spicy. Service was quick prices moderate

Thank S S
Melbourne, Australia
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827 reviews
380 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 854 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

3 of us shared the Chef's platter which was packed with diverse flavours and textures. Take the flat bread (injera) and using fingers fill it with delicately spiced meats, vegetables, lentils and chick peas that pack a zesty punch. Local beers available too, so you can try something different.It was a fun shared dining experience in a pleasant setting. Service... More 

Thank nilintentum_reliquit
Pymble, Australia
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85 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Been here twice with groups of about 20 people - had their banquet with a big plate shared with 4 people - flat bread with lamb, chicken, goat, fish plus salad. Good atmosphere and owner is very enthusiastic and friendly.

1 Thank Robert B
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Places that you walk away from happy and full. So full. The n-1 rule applies here: If you have 3 people in your group, get the chefs special for 2. Great atmosphere, great food, and staff that are more like friends. Come, eat, enjoy.

3 Thank viva_la_jojo
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

I can't remember the last time I was allowed to eat with my fingers, but the sloppy mess I made here was a tribute to the amazingness of the food. When we arrived quite early we were the only ones there, but the small restaurant soon filled up and it didn't take us long to realise why. There were three... More 

2 Thank Moonwraith
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

Went for an early dinner and ordered the meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian chefs special for two and was throughly impressed. Jonathan our waiter was very attentive and incredibly friendly. The food came within 10 minutes of ordering and it was spectacular. All the different parts of the meal worked wonderfully with each other with each part complimenting the other.... More 

2 Thank Stamsam
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146 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

It was a real experience for us to try the Ethiopian/Eritrean food on offer here in this cosy African-themed restaurant with good service. We shared a mixed platter and enjoyed it very much. As we soon discovered, if you want to get through the meal, it is better to go easy on the bread. Suggest you ask for a fork/spoon... More 

Thank Gerry G
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208 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

Had dinner here last night. The food was tasty and looked great. I've eaten Ethiopian food plenty of times and this was by far the best! The service was great. The ambiance was impressive. I will definitely be back.

1 Thank Peter G
Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Recently visited with a small group for a birthday celebration, there is a lovely African atmosphere and the share platters are large and delicious and great value. The staff are attentive, even providing a birthday dessert with candle when they realised what we were celebrating. Highly recommended for first timers to African cuisine, and those used to Ethiopian food alike.

1 Thank janineoz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
African, Ethiopian
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 277 Racecourse Rd. Kensington, Melbourne, Victoria 3031, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9376 8754

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