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***** Abol Cafe and Restaurant is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, based on 47 reviews!

  • *****

    The staff had great customer service. Very friendly and welcoming. The food was well cooked and the salad was well seasoned. Only complained is the lamb was a little bit too salty and the food was not delivered on a timely manner. The person I went with got the food later while mine was already delivered. I personally wanted to ear once we all got served therefore the food got a little bit cold waiting. Otherwise, great place to checkout for authentic Ethiopian cuisine.

  • *****

    Their food is amazing and so flavorful! This is my new favorite Ethiopian restaurant!

  • *****

    Great food and prices. Service was friendly as well. Clean establishment over all, strongly recommended for people looking for something new or fast

  • *****

    I haven't tried the food yet but is a vibe!

  • *****

    Abol Cafe is the place where you can experience a true Ethiopian / Eritrean hospitality. I went here with my friends for dinner. It has a modern decor inside and a laid back atmosphere. It's a little small place where it can fit about 35 to 40 people comfortably at once. We have joined like 4 to 5 tables and were about 20 people. Abol Cafe, Restaurant and Mart has the most authentic Ethiopian food you'll ever taste in the state.

    My order for the day was Tenderloin tibs, cubes of filet mignon cooked with onion, tomato, jalapeno, and Abol spices and served with Injera in a basket of 5 rolls on the side for the tibs. Injera comes in regular as well as in gluten free version. I preferred the regular one. Injera is a sourdough-risen flatbread with a slightly spongy texture. Traditionally made out of teff flour, it is the national dish of Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is central to the dining process in those cultures as bread is the most fundamental component of any meal. Tibs is the name for one of the cooler Ethiopian dishes out there. It's a hybrid stir fry and stew that comes together in an instant, is meaty, rich and can be spicy as hell. Served with bread, rice or more properly injera flatbread, it was and now it is my favorite Ethiopian dish.

    Food here has just the right flavors. It's a little different kind of dinning experience, in a good way. Here you eat with your hands not using any silverware. I am used to it in my culture, so it's not an issue or weird for me. They also have a good variety of vegetarian food and tasty Ethiopian coffee. They are located in the Plaza Fiesta. Ample free parking is available in front and around the restaurant. Not too crowded, authentic presentation, delicious meals, clean atmosphere and excellent service. Kudos to our server Christy who was very helpful and friendly. A kind of restaurant I would return and I highly recommended this place to give a try.

  • *****

    Delicious...its home for us...regular ???

  • *****

    Life saver: such good espresso!! Also the only warm inviting place over here on a cold day :) couldn't be happier

  • *****

    Thanks to Daniel B., he gathered a large group of Yelpers to visit Abol Cafe on Buford Highway.

    The plaza isn't well lit and the restaurant isn't super clear in the dark, but I found it after a moments hesitation near the Plaza Fiesta, which I believe had also confused a couple people at the table, too.

    They must make food to order, because our food took a while. We were some of the only people in the restaurant. I ordered the tenderloin tibs which were slightly pricier than beef tibs. They were very tender and pretty flavorful but I was expecting them to be spicy since they were cooked with jalapeos. Not sure why they weren't, since the server warned me they would be. They offer both regular injera that comes with the tibs and gluten free injera for an additional cost.

    Overall, I'm not an expert on Ethiopian cuisine but I enjoyed the tenderloin tibs. If looking for some Ethiopian on Buford Highway, I would recommend Abol Cafe.

  • *****

    I visited Abol Caf recently with around 20 other folks. I'd never heard of this restaurant before so I was looking forward to sampling its Ethiopian cookery.

    For some housekeeping stuff, parking was plentiful outside of the restaurant since Abol is in a strip mall. Abol's space is pretty homey since it's on the smaller size and a lot of the other diners appeared to be regulars. I appreciated the sink for handwashing right outside of the single-person restroom. Our server was nice, helpful, and had an excellent sense of humor. Extended hours are a plus, Abol stays open until 6 AM on weekends!

    Since I've always loved veggie dishes at other Ethiopian restaurants , I decided to order the veggie combo ($13.99). This apparently was the wise thing to do since I found this snippet on Abol's website: " We never let our customers down because vegetarian food is our specialty." The combo included cabbage, collard greens, yellow split peas, red lentils, green lentils, and salad. In addition to being a colorful and flavorful banquet for the eyes and tastebuds, the combo was quite hearty despite being meatless. I certainly didn't go home wishing I had ordered more.

    Abol offers gluten-free injera as an alternative to gluten-full injera. I was lucky since it sounded like they ran out of gluten-full injera after I'd gotten my combo. I sampled a piece of the gluten-free injera, and I think gluten-full injera is the way to go to accompany your entree.

    The only issues that I had was that my dish wasn't particularly warm, and it took some time for the food to come out. I know Ethiopian food is not known for its speed, but this seemed extreme. It might've been due to our large party. But I would certainly come back to Abol, just not with a big group!

  • *****

    Abol Cafe, Restaurant and Mart is a small Ethiopian restaurant and cafe located on the backside of Plaza Fiesta. While Plaza Fiesta's main storefront faces Buford Highway, Abol has its own separate storefront facing Clairmont Road, next to a Bank of America ATM. This business, a quiet and humble "mom and pop" shop, opened in 2017. While not the best Ethiopian food I've had in Atlanta, I still think it's quite good and worth a visit. Plus, the folks that work here are nice.

    Abol offers late breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also serves up espresso-based drinks made from house-branded coffee beans from Ethiopia. The menu features Ethiopian breakfast dishes like kinche (cracked wheat, the Ethiopian equivalent of oatmeal, $7.99) and chechebsa (spiced bread, $7.99); appetizers such as sambusas ($2 each), timatim fit-fit (tomato salad, $7.99), and salads; over a half-dozen varieties of tibs (sauteed meat and veggies, $12.99-15.99 each) like godin tibs (short rib) and tilapia tibs; assorted kitfo made with marinated raw beef ($12.99-19.99 each); several vegetarian dishes from red and green lentils ($9.99 each) to shiro (chickpea stew, $12.99); fir-fir, synonymous with fit-fit, prepared with shredded pieces of injera ($10.99-14.99 each); special entrees from dulet (lamb tripe and liver, $14.99) to gored gored (a raw beef dish, marinated and spiced, $13.99); sandwiches ($7.99-9.99 each), and desserts like Napoleons and tiramisu ($4.70 each).

    Here's what I tried:

    Apps
    * Kitfo rolls ($7.99) - rolls of injera filled with kitfo, ayib, and jalapeno

    Tibs
    * Derek tibs ($13.99) - slowly fried pieces of beef grilled with onion, tomato, jalapeno, and rosemary
    * Tenderloin tibs ($15.99) - cubes of filet mignon cooked with onion, tomato, jalapeno, and Abol spices

    Vegetarian
    * Veggie combo ($13.99) - red lentils, collard greens, yellow split peas, cabbage, green lentils, and salad

    Specials
    * Kikil ($10.99) - lamb meat, bone-on, flavored with onion, herbal butter, mustard powder, and Ethiopian spices
    * Gomen with meat ($11.99) - collard greens mixed with beef tibs and seasoned with Abol spices

    These dishes were a great sampling of what Abol has to offer and, with the exception of the kikil, I thought everything was delicious and I recommend each dish. What Abol describes as "herbal butter" on the menu is most likely referring to niter kibbeh or Ethiopian seasoned and clarified butter.

    The kitfo rolls were yummy. Kitfo is like the Ethiopian version of beef tartare. The meat is finely minced and nicely seasoned with good umami flavor. Ayib is an Ethiopian cheese, white in color, and very soft and mild in flavor like cottage cheese. The kitfo and small, delicate clumps of ayib were rolled up into injera (springy, spongy Ethiopian sourdough flatbread).

    Injera was served on the side with the tibs, vegetarian, and special entrees listed above. Abol offers both regular injera and a gluten-free version. I preferred the regular version, but the gluten-free version wasn't bad. If you've never had Ethiopian food before, you eat with your hands, using pieces of injera to pick up pieces of food. Abol has an extra sink, located just outside the single unisex restroom, that you can use to wash your hands.

    I thought the derek tibs were excellent and the tenderloin tibs were very good. I loved the bit of rosemary in the derek tibs, adding an extra hint of flavor. Both meats were decently tender and satisfying.

    The veggie combo is terrific because it's basically a vegetarian sampler platter. Each of the combo's components are cooked a little differently with ingredients like onion, garlic, ginger, red pepper, oil, and other spices. The red and green lentils, yellow split peas, cabbage and salad made for a colorful plate. I thought the temperature of this dish could have been warmer (collectively, the veggies were cool or lukewarm), but otherwise this was a flavorful and gratifying plate of food.

    I wasn't a fan of the kikil. Lamb is often hit or miss with me and this one missed the mark. First, there wasn't a whole lot of lamb meat. There was some, but not a substantial portion. Second, the meat was significantly gamey. That strong gamey taste bled into the salty yellow broth. The kikil came with rolls of injera which you chop up with a spoon and let soak into the broth. You then eat the kikil sort like a stew, using your hands to pick up the lamb bones for bites of chewy meat.

    The gomen (collard greens) with beef tibs was fantastic. If you like collard greens, then you won't be disappointed with Abol's version. They give you lots and it's tasty. The greens tasted fresh and were nicely flavored. The beef tibs were on par with the derek and tenderloin tibs -- tender and savory. Yum.

    This isn't a very big place. The interior can seat roughly 30-40 customers, comfortably, at most. It's fairly no-frills. Service was slow because we had a big group. The owners, Yonatan and Saba, and our server, Christy, were very friendly and wonderful.

  • *****

    Abol Cafe seems like a mom and pop shop. They serve authentic Ethiopian food.

    The place is small and intimate. Everyone who works there seems nice and friendly. They seem to know every customer who walked in. Maybe they make friends with their regulars?

    As for the food, I think their best item is their veggie combo. The veggie combo is their variety pack of vegetable items such as gomen (collard greens), red lentils, green lentils, split peas, and cabbage. It comes with a basket full of injera.

    Speaking of injera, they offer gluten free and gluten-packed injera. I prefer the gluten version since it is fluffier. But they will expand in your stomach and make you feel super full.

    Each vegetable item was cooked well and packed with flavor. The dish could've been hotter (temperature), but it still tasted great.

    I also tried their tenderloin tibs. It came with a basket of injera as well. It was fine. I didn't think the tibs were flavorful enough. It seemed like they just chopped up the tenderlions and grilled them with minimal seasonings.

    I also tried their Kikil, which is their lamb stew. The lamb and injera came in a yellow, mustardly broth. You would break up the injera and let it soak up the broth. I thought it tasted fine. It does have a bit of a kick due to the mustard powder. It also had a tangy flavor to it. It was unique, I never had it before.

    They also had a dish called, "Gomen with meat." It's basically tibs with gomen. The gomen helped the lack of flavor the tibs had.

    My recommendation is to ignore the tibs and get the veggie dishes. If you want meat, get the "gomen with meat" dish.

  • *****

    Authentic presentation, delicious meals, clean atmosphere and excellent service. Abol is the place where you experience true Ethiopian/ Eritrean hospitality.

  • *****

    Very good Ethiopian food and coffee. Not too crowded. A kind of restaurant I would return

  • *****

    You hungry? No matter the time just come here and try their delicious food

  • *****

    Abol is one of the many authentic Ethiopian restaurants in Atlanta, but personally I love Abol's food best. It is always nice to go into Abol, which has a modern decor inside and a laid back atmosphere (unlike another popular, loud, and hectic Ethiopian place in town... Yes, Desta, I am talking about you).

    Food here is just the right flavors. I always order a veggie combo and a tip. Last night, I tried the Chicken Tip, which I never had before in any Ethiopian places. It was the best, I like it even better than their Tenderloin Tip, which is also full of flavors and well prepared.

    Excellent service, too! Skip Desta and go to Abol.

  • *****

    Great resort. Multiple pool areas and restaurants

  • *****

    I went with my friend for lunch. It is nice and cosy Ethiopian restaurant. I highly recommended this place.

  • *****

    Awesome food great service!! Lov3d the atmosphere

  • *****

    Great food. We finally got an Indian Restaurant near Stockbridge.

  • *****

    Competent Tex-mex in good portions.

  • *****

    Gr8 service and amazing food

  • *****

    Good service with real test of food we like it keep the good work ??

  • *****

    Prepare the beter to make it testy the Ethiopian way. Especially in Doro wet and quanta ferfir.

  • *****

    We had the best experience @Abol. Delicious food, supper friendly service, and best dessert with Ethiopian tradition coffee service!!! Looking forward for the next visit!

  • *****

    I just don't get why I go to another Ethiopian restaurants and always get disappointed. It makes me question my sanity. This place is the best hands down!!! The food is amazing, the best I ever had but lord the customer service is beyond amazing! I love Chris, she is so sweet, funny and so genuine! I look my 2 years old son and he is definitely the definition of terrible 2. But they were so nice, they keep telling me to let him play and leave him alone while he was running around the whole place and as parents that means a lot to us! It's definitely family friendly.

  • *****

    Amazing food. Great vibes. Perfect place. Out waitress was super friendly!!!

  • *****

    We love the food and the service, the night crew specially christin she is amazing.

  • *****

    Amazing food. Very nice place.

  • *****

    If you are looking for AUTHENTIC Ethiopian food, this is the restaurant to visit. The place appears to be very unassuming from the outside but the interior was clean and the food was excellent. Service was ok - reason why I deducted a star.

    Had the Kitfo Special and Chikina (Filet Mignon) tibs. Both were very good!

  • *****

    This restaurant has amazing and healthy food.
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  • *****

    My first time ever trying Ethiopian food!

    I'm so happy that I did. The food is so different than anything that I've tried. I really enjoyed the different spices and flavors from the food we ordered. It is literally packed with so much flavor! My favorite so far are the samosas appetizers. It didn't come with dipping sauces, but we asked for some and the server gladly gave us some. It was so good by itself that it didn't even need the sauces.

    The server was so kind and patient with me and my husband being our first time. She answered all our questions and gave us recommendations.

    Don't be fooled by the outside of the restaurant. Inside is neat and clean!

    Overall, food and service were great. There are also a few other items on the menu I would like to try. I will definitely be back!

  • *****

    Amazing! My first time trying Ethiopian cuisine and now I'm hooked!

  • *****

    The food is good we had a great time but they need more space and more chair... I believe this can be the best ethiopian restaurant not cafe and mart ...Who ever is cook the food is good keep that person.

  • *****

    Great food nice place good customer services
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  • *****

    Have amazing food. Very clean, healthy food.

  • *****

    Delicious food and best customer service I will come back again.

  • *****

    Took a late flight in to ATL and this was one of the few good looking places within UberEATS range of my hotel. The lamb tibs was delicious...and the veggies were all fresh as hell. All in all I'd say it was worth it

  • *****

    It wonderful be there; the foods and hospitality is wonderful ! I really recommended every one to test the delicious ethiopian traditoonal foods!

  • *****

    Consistently great food. They stay open until 4am on the weekends.

  • *****

    Went there on a Friday evening and they were busy. Cute little cafe on the Clairmont Rd side of Plaza Fiesta. Friendly staff. My husband and I shared a Kitfo special, with a combination of black and normal injera. It comes with collard greens and a feta-like cottage cheese. It was yummy; spicy and quite filling. The Veggie plate looked really good too. We'll probably try it next time.

  • *****

    Delicious food and great service!! Definitely recommend if you want a taste of Ethiopia

  • *****

    The veggie plate is about as good as it gets
    I would give it another star but it was busy so it took a while
    The Miss liked the fish but felt it was not as spicy as she likes but she goes for the hot and spicy stuff any way.

  • *****

    After patroning Abol 3x and a slew of Ethiopian eateries in town, I can finally say they have the best fish tibs in town. Their customer service is a close 2nd to Desta.

    Place is spacious and brightly lit with natural light- still exudes the "homeyness" of Ethiopian restaurants. It's a casual eatery serving mainly Ethiopian food with light western food incl paninis and sandwiches. Check out their deserts; Addis (capital of Ethiopia) may have driven off the Italians but we kept their Milifoni ;)

    Their fish tibs is savory and can be made mild or spicy. Comparably Desta's fish and tibs (& I'm a huge fan!) lacks depth. I've also had their veggie combo and doro/chicken stew. Traditionally made not exceptional from other Ethiopian spots. What makes Abol worthwhile is its excellent customer service. They are prompt and always kind to explain.

    Huge front lot so parking is a breeze! They are open until the 5AM on the weekends too.

  • *****

    Great food and decent portion.

  • *****

    One of the cleanest Ethiopian restaurant/mart in Atlanta. Great food, great coffee

  • *****

    You can get a good food at abol cafe

  • *****

    Very tasty food clean place and great customer service I'm very satisfied ????????????????????????