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758 S Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2623
+1 520-370-7000
11:00 - 21:00
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food in pleasant surroundings. Highly recommended. My kids took me there for Mother's Day. One child is vegan; The other a meat eater. Each of us were able to select dishes to our liking. On the back of the menu is a clear explanation of each dish. The portions were large. We took food home. My second meal was... More 

Thank Janice S
Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Wonderful food! Different and very home made style of ethiopian and african food. It's a must do. The service was also really nice and attentions, even the music inside was traditional from Africa, Etiopia. There's fresh fruit juice, mango it's delicious. Teas and coffees... so good. Try the THE WORKS from the menu for sharing. Amazing.

Thank Júlia T
Level Contributor
15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 April 2017

A modest looking restaurant in a modest neighborhood but the food-- worth braving the weather elements for! My wife and I came here for dinner after a good hike in Saguaro National Park. I started with a red lentil soup which was very nice. We got a "combo for two" for the main course. We picked five dishes-- chick pea,... More 

Thank The_US_Goose
Level Contributor
19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

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.

Thank Erin S
Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 

Thank RJB5253
Green Valley, Arizona
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269 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
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 

Thank DesertBoomers
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank George F
Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
256 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank DbacksFn
Level Contributor
22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank ellynr2015
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
African, Ethiopian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?