Top 10 African food in Lalibela, Amhara Region, Ethiopia

August 31, 2019 Tonie Szymanski

Discover Restaurants offering the best African food in Lalibela, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Lalibela (Amharic: ላሊበላ) is a town in Amhara Region, northern Ethiopia famous for monolithic rock-cut churches. The whole of Lalibela offers an exceptional testimony to the medieval and post-medieval civilization of Ethiopia. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia's holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and a center of pilgrimage. Unlike Aksum, the population of Lalibela is almost completely Ethiopian Orthodox Christian. Ethiopia was one of the earliest nations to adopt Christianity in the first half of the fourth century, and its historical roots date to the time of the Apostles. The churches themselves date from the seventh to thirteenth centuries, and are traditionally dated to the reign of the Zagwe dynasty king Gebre Mesqel Lalibela (r. ca. 1181–1221 AD).
Things to do in Lalibela

10. Alem Cooking Class Bar and Restaurant

Near to Jerusalem Hotel, Lalibela Ethiopia African, Ethiopian +251 33 336 0300
Alem Cooking Class Bar and Restaurant

Reviewed By Almeda M

I had lunch here with my mom during a tour of the Lalibela churches. Great location and decor, amazing food (I recommend the vegetables and tegabino), and very friendly staff. And the coffee was delicious!

9. Segenet Cafe and Resturant

Adebabye near to Ethiopian airlines office, Lalibela 0132 Ethiopia Italian, American, Cafe, European, Ethiopian, African [email protected] +251 91 100 2623
Segenet Cafe and Resturant

segenet cafe and restaurant one of newly established cafe and restaurant which serves different types of dishes we serve Ethiopian,European,american, ......foods and we are located in the center of the city near to Ethiopian airlines......

Reviewed By lisacard

Enjoyed a great lunch. Covered patio on top floor. Great injera and amazing juice smoothies. Worth the time for fresh preparation. Included pictures of menu for idea of pricing. 30 birr for fresh juice, including avocado juice. So good. Follow the signs to the 7 Olives Restaurant, right across the street and much better food and pricing. Worth the trip up the very steep steps.

8. Old Abyssinia Lodge and Restaurant

Lalibela, Ethiopia, Lalibela Ethiopia African, Ethiopian Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Table Service +251 91 202 7992 http://www.oldabyssinia.com/
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4 based on 43 reviews

Old Abyssinia Lodge and Restaurant

Reviewed By mclbteitelbaum

Admittedly, this was my hotel restaurant so eating here was easy but there are many choices and I came back her regularly. This is part restaurant and part culinary school. They offered a wide variety of western and Ethiopian dishes. While staying there, one night there was a power failure and they still put together an outstanding dinner. Real troopers.

7. Terrace Traditional Hall

Lalibela 11, Lalibela Ethiopia African, Ethiopian Drinks Outdoor Seating, Seating +251 91 331 2871
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5 based on 18 reviews

Terrace Traditional Hall

Reviewed By lalibelaguide

This place has been one of my favorite places that I have been during my search for better places to enjoy dinning out and drinks. As the name implies, they serve Traditional Ethiopian Food and in addition, coffee ceremony and drinks of all sorts of Ethiopian Beers and wine can be found here. It is new place to be in Lalibela. Enjoy Your Time in Lalibela!...

6. Mountain View Hotel Bar & Restaurant

North Wollo, Lalibela Ethiopia Ethiopian, African Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Seating, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +251 33 336 0804
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3 based on 138 reviews

Mountain View Hotel Bar & Restaurant

Reviewed By apacheta

This restaurant where I had lunch at the top of the town has average service, food, but has a wonderful view (more than 2800 meters height) on down bellow mountain landscape. Lalibela is hard to reach with a bus, or a car. Roads are deeply holed, travelling is long from Addis or Mekele. Bus and even taxis,cars stop riding at 6 P.M. If I had to do again, I would travel by plane. If by chance you travelled to Ethiopia with Ethiopian airlines you can get a fair price from anywhere in Ethiopia.

5. Seven Olives Hotel Restaurant

Lalibela Ethiopia African, European, Ethiopian Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Reservations [email protected]mail.com +251 33 336 0020 http://www.sevenoliveshotelandrestaurant.com/
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4 based on 530 reviews

This Hotel and restaurant is owned by Lalibela Church dioceses administration and this hotels is the 1st hotel built in lalibela before 60 Years.

Reviewed By AndySmal

Had one lunch here (chicken and chips, keeping it simple) , and was very good quality, service friendly and attentive, even though was a busy day. Pleasant shaded outside area, nice views over the town centre.

4. Maribela Hotel, Restaurant & Lounge

Sokota Road, Lalibela 1000 Ethiopia Ethiopian, African, European Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Table Service, Delivery, Highchairs Available [email protected] +251 33 336 0345 http://www.hotelmaribela.com/
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4 based on 66 reviews

Maribela Hotel, Restaurant & Lounge

Our unique full service restaurant services Ethiopian and Continental food. The menu offer tasty and nutritious dishes prepared by a team of culinary experts led by our highly experienced chef, Our restaurant prides itself on providing quality food in a c

Reviewed By KevanEastYorkshire

We stayed here for two nights. On our second night we were told there would be a buffet with dancing. Not sure how often these take place however it was really good fun and the food was fine. The dancers ensured that everyone who was up for it danced, the guys and girls dancing were so fit unlike ourselves.Food was standard buffet but edible. Great night had by all who attended.

3. Ma'ed Lalibela Restaurant

Lalibela Werkdingay, Lalibela Ethiopia American, African, Southwestern, Wine Bar, Ethiopian Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Live Music [email protected] +251 91 198 3376 http://www.maedlalibelarestaurant.com
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4 based on 65 reviews

Ma'ed Lalibela Restaurant

Maed means full range of traditional Ethiopian food which would be served in an Ethiopian home.The Restaurant is immaculately clean and we rigorously enforce all the up date hygiene regulations.

Reviewed By RikVerspaandonk

After travelling a month throughout Ethiopia we can say this is one of the best meals we had. Apart from the food which is absolutely great (grilled dishes and local ethiopian), the atmosfere is great as well. Great hospitality with traditional dance and possibly free local liquor.Dear Guest,Thank you very much for giving your time to review my restaurant . Your review is so genuine and it will help us to keep serving the fresh and organic ingredients to my customers .I hope i will see you again at my restaurant .Best wishes Zewdu

2. Ben Abeba

Sekota Road, Lalibela Ethiopia African, European, Ethiopian, International Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service +251 33 336 0215 http://benabeba.com
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4 based on 1261 reviews

This is a new restaurant which I visited several times on a recent visit to Lalibela. It is an amazing structure and serves excellent food as well as having wonderful loos.

Reviewed By ViolenceToad

That was my first reaction when I saw the place! Magical eatery perched on a hill with far reaching views and magnificent 10 foot wingspan lammergeiers making close passes. Lovely Scottish owner with a credit card machine that works - must be a first for Lalibela. Go before 12:00 when the tourist lunch rush starts - it’s a very popular place and for good reason.

Where to Eat in Lalibela: The Best Restaurants and Bars

1. Unique Restaurant

Lalibela Ethiopia African, Ethiopian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Seating, Television, Table Service, Serves Alcohol +251 93 543 8509
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4 based on 173 reviews

Unique Restaurant

Reviewed By mkabell

A 'hole in the wall' could feel downgraded by the looks of this place. But the hostess is welcoming, and the food is some of the best we had during our two weeks in Ethiopia. No wonder this place is packed with locals and travellers. We came in the fasting period, and the hostess apologised for only having vegetarian food. No reason for any apology: it was excellent!

The 9 Best Things to Do in Lalibela, Ethiopia

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