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Cafe Lalibela

849 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3463
+1 480-829-1939
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  • Very good41%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
849 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3463
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this lovely cafe on a Sunday, when another popular Ethiopian restaurant was closed... I was so impressed by the lovely, inviting, cozy atmosphere, smiling faces and welcoming voices... Everyone was attentive, giving plenty of time to peruse the menu and ask questions... I...More

Thank roadtramp56
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Ethiopian food! We had the Lalibela deluxe for two and a pot of traditional Ethiopian coffee. We enjoyed our meal and the service was great. We plan to return and sample the rest of the menu.

Thank doug0613
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the Phoenix area, amazing Mexican restaurants are all around. But if you want to branch out into a different type of cuisine, you can't go wrong with Cafe Lalibela. We had an all vegetarian platter full of tasty food, including Misir Wat and Yekik...More

Thank schroederjt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We waited about a half hour for our food and when it arrived it was all cold. It was as if it had been sitting in the kitchen the whole time just waiting to be taken to our table. The menu designates which foods are...More

Thank QuinnTheInuit
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We used to live in Madison WI and had access to a marvelous Ethiopian restaurant. Since moving to AZ we have been looking for an Ethiopian restaurant here in the Valley. My previous boss recommended Cafe Lalifela and we tried it today. The food and...More

Thank BaracudaWisconsin
Reviewed 30 January 2018

It's been a few years since visiting this restaurant since retiring from my Tempe workplace, but I had a craving for tasting Ethiopian food and returned today. Cafe Lalibela has long had a reputation for the finest Ethiopian cuisine in the Valley. The menu has...More

Thank moviegeekjn
Reviewed 30 January 2018

Their menu appeals to all... meat eaters, gluten free diners, vegetarians and vegans alike. Everything on the menu looks amazing... it was hard to make a decision! An individual platter has 3-4 menu items and comes on a personal sized injera, with a basket of...More

Thank nishma817
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Saturday night dinner - party of 3 of which 1 is vegan. Seasonal pumpkin dish was a nice addition to the menu. Service was just the right amount of attentive, so as not to interfere with the flow of our conversation.

Thank Jean S
Reviewed 3 October 2017

You never know where you will find great food. We decided to give Ethiopian cuisine a try. Not knowing what to order, we decided to do a sampler plate. It was a good way to sample a variety of foods. Everything was delicious! The “bread”...More

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Great food, we tried the deluxe platter for 2 and every of the portions had its own flavor. Really good all of them, and eating with Injera, the Ethipioan bread, instead of silverware, makes it very special. Mid priced

Thank chalex2015
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 849 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3463
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
  • Phone Number: +1 480-829-1939
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