Abyssinia was an Ethiopian restaurant in Rochester. They went on hiatus in March 2012 and were expected to reopen in Mt. Hope Plaza later that year, but as of April of 2013, the Mt. Hope site is still nowhere close to looking like a restaurant.
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2010-01-11 09:48:20 Went to Abyssinia for dinner last night for the second time. Much like the first time, the food was very good and VERY filling. I ordered the vegetarian lentil dish and was impressed with it. The first time that I went the service was very good and attentive. Last night unfortunately was not a repeat performance. The waitress brought out the side dishes five minutes before the entrees so by the time the entrees were out, the sides were starting to get a little cold. She also didn't check on us once during the entire meal. I had to flag her down for more drinks and extra bread. There was only one other table seated in the entire place so I guess I expected the service to be a bit better. Oh well, the food was worth it!
2010-01-12 15:47:32 Service is always a little slow, as the other comments have pointed out. It is worth the wait though for the food which is really excellent. I like the lentils, and actually really like the kitfo (raw meat-they will cook it if you ask them) —MattHenshaw
2010-01-31 11:15:16 Food here is great! This is one of my favourite restaurants in Rochester. Everything is perfectly spiced, the injera is delicious. The Tej honey wine is a must try for anyone that likes their wines on the sweet side. Though it is made from honey it's distinctly different for mead. Often there is so much food I split one of the Combos for one person with my husband. Portions are very generous! Yes yes service is not the fastest and there's usually only one person (max 2) working tables, but once you get the food all is forgiven! Definitely go! —mkmclaughlin
2010-06-27 19:09:36 I love this place. The combo plates are great and everyone is always very friendly. I'm so grateful for having this restaurant in Rochester! The two other Ethiopian restaurants I've been to are in NYC and Vegas. This one is very good in comparison. The only down side for this restaurant is that it's never crowded. Come on people! What are you guys waiting for? Give it a try already! —Liren
2011-01-28 14:58:25 The portion is very generous...and reasonable priced...tasted very good too...I would love to go again. —lil.lyn
2011-03-24 21:05:42 The service was SLOW! No one asked how the food was. I guess my wife and I are just not fans of injera, she got a fork but I stuck it out eating with the bread.
I got a beef dish and the beef was very tough and chewy and not in a good way. Maybe it's me but I didn't like the collard greens either.
My wife had the 'pick any five' combo plate and said it was different and nice but..
We liked Natural Oasis Cafe and will stick with them when we get the Ethiopian jones. —HenriettaRob
2011-03-25 17:53:08 Not terrible, but not particularly good. You can tell that half of our food was microwaved by how much heat it gave off and how chewy the meat was. —jberna
2011-07-30 10:01:13 I visited Abyssinia last night with a few friends. It was a first time for Ethiopian cuisine for 3 of us out of the four. We trusted our selections to the friend who had been there before. He recommended mostly vegetarian dishes, so we got a varied selection of chicken, lentils, yellow beans, cabbage and tomato salad. I believe they also included the greens. The chicken was a little lackluster compared to everything else, but ALL the vegetarian dishes were fantastic with such different flavors. My particular favorites were the tomato salad and the lentils. The injera bread was very good, and a new experience eating with our hands. The injera left at the bottom of the platter with all of the juices that had soaked in was a great end to the meal. My boyfriend and I can't wait to return for more! —MerCDotes
2012-04-24 13:52:24 NEWS FOR THOSE SAD ABOUT IT CLOSING: I talked to the owners, and they are relocating, not permanently closing. The landlord raised the rent by a LOT and they had to close. They will reopen once they find a new location!! Stay tuned for more info on the REOPENING!!! <3 <3 <3 (This is my favorite restaurant in the entire universe) <3 <3 <3 <3 —HilarieLloyd
2012-08-08 10:46:40 UPDATE: Abyssinia is REOPENING in September and will be in the Mt. Hope Plaza next to The Dollar Store!!!! I confirmed this information with the owner's family. They are trying for September 1st, with the 15th as a backup and they guarantee to be open by Oct. 1st at the latest. Hurray!!!! —HilarieLloyd
2012-10-06 16:10:18 Looks like Abyssinia hasn't opened up in Mt. Hope Plaza yet. Guess they're behind schedule? I love this restaurant and can't wait until it opens up again! —BridgetO'Connor
2012-10-10 17:26:49 @HilarieLloyd any updates from the family? i drove by the plaza the other day to investigate, the only vacant spot looked like it wasn't anywhere near ready to open. —superglue57
2012-10-14 17:51:30 I also drove by Mt. Hope plaza, no signs of life there. At the corner of Union and University, near their original location, there is a sign in the window of a vacant business that reads "Ethiopian restaurant and bar coming soon". Well I'll be dipped in sugar, we might actually have a CHOICE between Ethiopian restaurants soon. Meanwhile, it looks like we will know who the President for the next four years will be before either of these businesses open. —MauriceLaCroix
2012-11-19 09:05:10 On second glance, I can't really tell if any new restaurant is planning on opening in Mt. Hope plaza. However, the business across from Thai Lao looks to be in the final stages of opening. The sign above the door reads "MEDA". Perhaps "Meda" is run by the same family that ran Abyssinia, just under a different name. Whatever the case may be, looks like our days of pining for Ethiopian food should come to an end shortly. —MauriceLaCroix
2012-11-27 17:53:35 No, Meda is run by different people. The place just opened on Saturday and they opened because they saw Absynnia close and saw an opportunity. The owner said that they brought in their chef from D.C. and to their credit, the food is much better than any other Ethiopian Rochester had to offer. —jberna
2013-01-14 14:23:41 I miss Absynnia's so much and keep checking back to see when they open. I was not impressed with Meda. Best of luck to them but it just doesnt have the same appeal to me right down to there teff/injera. —LoriZ