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Valentin, Lausanne, Switzerland
+41 21 311 49 07
11:00 - 23:30
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68 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

The service in the restaurant is average, but the food is good. If you don't know ethiopian food, I advice the "Menu découverte" which enables you to discover this kind of food for a faire price. The decoration of the place is nice and traditional. Note that, like in Ethiopia, you will have to eat with you hands!

Thank Yann R
Lausanne, Switzerland
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

We've had dinner here for a few years now and the quality of the food has been going worse every time so we are not coming back here again. Also, the other day, the waiter suddenly disappeared while he was taking our order so I showed him that I was not happy about that, after that he made us (with... More 

Thank 618yuria
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Located in the city center, this restaurant is really beautiful, and among the other Abyssinia restaurant I have been to, it is the best in terms of decoration. The food is also excellent.

Thank Alexandre B
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48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

I really enjoyed Ethiopian cuisine in this restaurant: they are able to handle several people, which makes the place useful for a business / team dinner, as well as for a private dinner.

Thank 825gilbertg
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

We had a nice Ethiopian meal here. There weren't many people in the restaurant t but the food was served promptly and the setting was nice enough !

Thank Jogrga
Lausanne, Switzerland
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

For those of you seeking something new, Ethiopian cuisine will open some new horizons and a refreshing change of ambiance. There are a handful of options in Lausanne, but let's talk about the Abyssinia, the one we are most familiar with. It's an unpretentious little corner that has the feel a family business (whether that is the case or not... More 

Thank Nicky-and-Nick
Whitefield, ME
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

Abyssinia offers Ethiopian food in a traditional or nontraditional seating arrangement, as you prefer. This restaurant is a great option for vegetarians and vegans. Service was thoughtful and attentive and the food was excellent.

Thank snoluvr_24
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73 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

I went there for lunch with my work colleagues. We were pretty much the only ones for lunch there. Maybe another two people not sure. The decoration is very nice and very authentic. Food is ok, I was not to impressed, as I came with mega high expectations. Price wise, if you take the menu of the day is quite... More 

Thank MagdaOltean
Lausanne, Switzerland
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Came by this place after getting a 50% reduction on "the fork", which was great. Lovely atmosphere, sweet staff, and the food is really good. The only average food was the salad, which I think is too expensive for what you get. Otherwise, had 2 different kinds of Beef, which were great.

Thank Romainedee
Lausanne, Switzerland
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2015

I have been in this restaurant twice. The service was quite unsatisfactory (unfriendly, most beers on the menu missing, had to wait 20 minutes for the bill while the responsible person was reading the newspaper even if the restaurant was empty). The food was just passable. The injera had a sour taste. In summary: dishes are more expensive than in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Valentin, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Vaud  >  Lausanne
  • Phone Number: +41 21 311 49 07

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