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June 10, 2010 / Michelle Ferris

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant.

Note on the photo: To give you some idea of the HUGENESS of this platter, this plate took up the entire tabletop (you can see how small the salt shaker and Jesse’s hands look at the top left and right of the photo). It was almost TWO FEET in diameter! It was ridiculous!

Wonderful. Just wonderful.

The place didn’t look like much on the outside, but inside was quite quaint, cozy, and comfortable.

We came in using a Restaurant.com coupon / gift certificate. Having never eaten in this area, I was astounded at how many Ethiopian restaurants there were here (at least 7)! I will have to come back to try them all some time, though I dare say we may have found the best one on the block already.

We were served quickly by a very friendly waitress who promptly brought out our water and menus. We kept it simple so that we could try many dishes at once, and ordered the Veggie combo ($12), the Meat combo ($13), and an extra side of Gomen (greens) ($10).

The greens were tender, the lentil dishes done perfectly. Everything was well (but not overly) seasoned. I was quite impressed with the darker, slightly spicier meat dishes as well. We ate more of the dish thank I would like to admit to before giving up and taking it home with enough for both our lunches the next day.

I will happily be returning!

The space was large and had a separate bar as well. The entrance is big enough for wheelchairs, and the restaurant is large enough to host large groups. They had a stage set up as well, so I am assuming they play live music, though there wasn’t anyone playing while we were there.

Two thumbs up for Lalibela!

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Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

2800 E Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 322-8565
Open daily 11am – 10pm.
Closed Tuesdays.

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