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“Delicious adventure”

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant
Ranked #87 of 575 Restaurants in New Haven
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
Description: Looking to taste unique food in the New Haven area? Our extensive menu features authentic meat and vegetarian Ethiopian dishes that are carefully seasoned and prepared for optimal enjoyment. Ethiopian cuisine is based on an exotic blend of spices both robust and subtle. A part of each entree is the traditional bread called injera. Entrees are eaten by breaking off a small piece of injera, placing it on the stew of your choice, and pinching your fingers together to pick up the amount of food you desire. The New York Times says: "Perhaps it's the hominess of the cuisine, or the ritual of eating with your hands, but the pleasure of sharing these simply prepared, tasty dishes makes Lalibela a lovely place for a casual get-together." Come by today and see what all the fuss is about!
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Description: Looking to taste unique food in the New Haven area? Our extensive menu features authentic meat and vegetarian Ethiopian dishes that are carefully seasoned and prepared for optimal enjoyment. Ethiopian cuisine is based on an exotic blend of spices both robust and subtle. A part of each entree is the traditional bread called injera. Entrees are eaten by breaking off a small piece of injera, placing it on the stew of your choice, and pinching your fingers together to pick up the amount of food you desire. The New York Times says: "Perhaps it's the hominess of the cuisine, or the ritual of eating with your hands, but the pleasure of sharing these simply prepared, tasty dishes makes Lalibela a lovely place for a casual get-together." Come by today and see what all the fuss is about!
Reviewed 8 August 2013

Had a chance for a late-ish evening meal there last Friday, with two young kids. I had eaten Ethiopian in NYC before, and while I liked the food I was nervous about what the kids would think (not that we've ever raised them on the bland "chicken" nuggets and other garbage meant to dull kids palettes). What a lovely surprise. The girls loved it - "you mean we can actually eat with our hands?" and the flavors and spiciness (avoiding the extra spicy 'wat') was just right. A lovely meal in a very comfortable, trendy, setting. Thank you! We'll definitely be back.

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1  Thank ZAAustin
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Wubneh T, manager at Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2014

We're overjoyed that this turned into a great family excursion! It's great to hear that we have some new, young fans of Ethiopian cuisine. Hope you'll dine with us again soon!

Cheers,
Lalibela Team

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Reviewed 25 July 2013

The food was very good and the restaurant has a nice atmosphere. The decor is well done and attractive. Lunch was a buffet which included lentils, chicken in a sauce of chili base, not overly hot just flavorful, sauteed greens, a nice tomato salad and more both vegetarian and meat. One very interesting item was the bread. It was unlike anything I'd had before. I don't believe I would do it justice to describe it but it had a slight vinegar tang and an unusual texture with a fantastic taste. The price for the buffet was very reasonable.

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Reviewed 12 June 2013

The food is very good, tasty, has a good variety, the service is friendly and the price is well worth. Definitely I recommend this restaurant.

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Reviewed 18 May 2013

Nice food, excellent customer service and I enjoyed the experience of eating with those sort of little crepe rolls in instead of cutlery =)

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Reviewed 11 April 2013

When my husband was at Yale, dinner out pretty much meant pizza. Today, the city is full of more exotic ethnic restaurants that range from gross to very good. I'd definitely put Lalibela at the "very good" end of things. We selected a combination plate for two with tastily prepared and attractively served chicken, lamb, chickpeas, and collards. The injera was plentiful and of good quality. Service was efficient and appropriate—and the bill was more than reasonable. This is certainly not the most fantastic Ethiopian restaurant at which I have eaten, but it surely makes the top third or even top quarter.

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