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“amazing food, drinks, and service!”

Muzita Abyssinian Bistro
Ranked #485 of 4,776 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: US$10 - US$24
Cuisines: Ethiopian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Adams
Description: Welcome to Muzita Abyssinian Bistro! Our goal is to provide our neighbors with a unique cultural dining experience. The name and inspiration for the restaurant is our sister, Muzit. She loved to cook and was a gracious host whose house was open to anyone who wanted to eat authentic Abyssinian (Eritrean/Ethiopian) food. You enter our restaurant, you are entering our home. The exterior bungalow design evokes the warmth of a home. This theme continues with the menu and interior decoration. East African artists grace the walls and provide a glimpse of the culture. The bistro embodies our commitment and responsibility to the community, the earth, and each other. The main focus of Muzita Bistro is the exquisite food. We use locally grown produce to make dishes that are reminiscent of the old country. Throw away the fork and use your hands, the traditional way! This is food and African hospitality at its best. We look forward to sharing a meal with you! -The Woldemichael Family
San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“amazing food, drinks, and service!”
Reviewed 19 November 2011

My wife rediscovered Muzita with some friends a few weeks ago after dining Lei Lounge across the street and insisted we return for dinner. Our waitress Megan remembered her and the dessert she'd lavished praise on (choco pot de creme). Throughout, the service was attentive and helpful without intruding.
The food was plenteous and spicy-delicious. I had the Ono Tsebe (Ono on a bed of spaghetti squash). The Ono was thin cut and rolled with spices into a crusted tube. My wife's chicken special was hotter than she expected. It was all served on a single plate with injera (crepe-like bread used as a utensil). I'm not a fan of injera; too spongy for me. (We're contemplating bringing naan with us next time!)
Dessert is made by the owner's mother and was astonishing. My wife returned to the pot de creme which was rich with a perfect texture and just sweet enough. My tiramisu was also perfect, not overly-sweet with a lovely blend flavors well balanced.
Dinner for 2 with two glasses of wine and dessert was about $100 including tip. A great deal for a terrific meal. We will return.

  • Visited November 2011
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3 Thank Doug R
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Very flavorful, wonderful service”
Reviewed 17 October 2011

Although slightly pricier than other Ethiopian restaurants in town, the food is worth it. Ambience is warm and comfortable, and the service is delightful. It's a somewhat small venue, so probably worth making a reservation. (Get the sambusas for starters...they're great.)

  • Visited October 2011
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3 Thank ZenTraveler8
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fresh,flavorfull,authentic,hospitable,clean, exemplary restaurant.”
Reviewed 3 July 2011

This is one of the only few restaurants in san Diego that I can take my out-of-town guest be sure they that it will be a hit. I just wish that we had more restaurants like Muzita. This weekend was an excellent example, I had guest who had only eaten meat and potato before, but now they can not wait to go back to Muzita again.

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12 Thank Jim_Peace
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los angeles
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“WOW - this place rocks”
Reviewed 2 July 2011

Oh my gosh, we simply loved this place - great food, wonderful friendly service, charming and romantic. If you love small, independently owned ethnic eateries with great food, this is the place for you! The entire staff seemed to take great pride in creating a positive experience for us - the owner even gave us a free appetizer (different than the one we had ordered) because he wasn't positive that one of the ingredients was fresh enough - now that's service!! We had a garbanzo appetizer that was light and wonderful, and a lamb dish as the main which was perfectly spiced and we couldn't get enough of!! The main dish came with a choice of 3 sides, and salad - it was all great!! Plus the serving sizes are huge so you can share!! We were so glad we followed our hunch and tried this place out and we'll definitely be back the next time we're in San Diego.

  • Visited June 2011
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8 Thank stefLosAngeles
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Laguna Beach, California
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The food, service, and setting created a memorable dining experience.”
Reviewed 30 May 2011

Six of us sat on the patio on a lovely San Diego afternoon and enjoyed an Ethiopian meal together. Our server, Kyle, was very attentive and accommodated a vegan requirement and a garlic allergy without difficulty. The food was very flavorful. The service was great and all members of our party were very satisfied and happy with the experience.

  • Visited May 2011
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6 Thank yote1310
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