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Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
571757
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been going to Castelli regularly now for 12 years. It used to be the place to go in Addis. The owner, the big Italian sitting on his "throne" at the entrance is friendly, at least to foreign diners. We always liked the antipasti buffet but even that feels a bit bland and boring after a few visits. We... More 

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San Francisco, California
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87 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This restaurant is famous and is considered perhaps the best food in Addis. That being said, we thought it a bit over-priced and not as good as all of the hype. Perhaps it was what we ordered. Nice atmosphere and good for a special meal out.

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Thank CLT29
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All the staffs were always good in kindness and friendliness. The foods were always good. Especially, fried calamary and pasta. Rosted lamb is also good..

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Thank kimobgyn
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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97 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After long time we visited this place again but afterwards I was aksing myself "why?"! Of coure the food is OK - GOOD but the service is getting more and more bad and the attitude of some of the staff is just too much! When you come there you want to enjoy - especially for that price - but not... More 

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Thank BenschF
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best restaurant in Addis Ababa!! Loved the atmosphere! Service was exceptional and food delicious 😋. Would definitely go again.

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Thank MamaBossi
Paris, France
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Known this restaurant ever since I was a kid and go there during each of my Addis visits as a tradition. I must say I'm amazed how it has always been consistent in the quality of the food and service.

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Thank Rose-Sehmay
Paris
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309 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Castelli has been an institution in Addis Abeba for almost 70 years. I hardly found it behind a discrete exterior. It looks like a house converted in an authentic trattoria. I ordered calamar salad and tagliatelle in truffle sauce. Not extra good but tasty as expected, traditional simple Italian dishes. Barolo was OK, service was efficient and courteous. Above all... More 

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Thank Christophe M
Accra, Ghana
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This was my umpteenth visit to Castelli and it never changes. The service is mediocre at best - this time we were very unsubtly reminded by both the manager and the waiter that served us that a service charge was not included. Despite the waiter having argued with us over what we should order and repeatedly walked off whilst we... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Has to queue outside surrounded by guards, until doors opened, we were ordered not to hurry, like schoolchildren. Lots of little rooms. Food ok but not exceptional. I did not fancy the open salad/antipasto bar being along one side of the entrance hall, people brushing alongside the food as they walked past. We enjoyed our desserts. Worth going to experience... More 

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Thank Wendy D
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234 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Although many of the reviews didn't sound very promising, we decided to have dinner at Castelli. It opens at 7 pm in the evening (I don't know about the lunch time opening times). Unexpectedly all the staff was okay. Our waiter wasn't friendly, but professional. That's okay and more than we've experienced in most Ethiopian restaurants. We didn't meet the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Location: Africa  >  Ethiopia  >  Addis Ababa
  • Phone Number: 571757

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