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Café Lalibela

Map & Directions 849 W. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Ethiopian
  • Mon - Thur 11:00am - 9:00pm Friday 11:00am - 10:00pm Saturday 12:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday 12:00pm - 9:00pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, Diners Club, cash
  • Catering, Private Party, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Recommended for Large Parties, Accepted
  • Lot Available


Phoenix New Times' Description

What's really good at Cafe Lalibela? The wat, of course. No, that's not the beginning of an Abbott and Costello routine. The "wat" in question is the traditional Ethiopian stew -- lamb, beef, fish, vegetarian, and so on. It's served with tons of spongy, flat injera bread, and eaten the old-fashioned way -- with your digits, bub. And believe us, there's a whole lot of finger lickin' on your way to a full belly. Lalibela also has some tasty Ethiopian coffees, teas, wines and beers to make it all slide down your gullet, and for dessert, there's house-made tiramisu, and other sweets. If you're not a fan of Ethiopian food yet, you will be after your first meal at Lalibela.

Member Reviews

  • mcg140 wrote a review for Café Lalibela
    on 08/11/10

    My favorite eatery in the valley, try the doro wat!

  • on 05/06/09

    Mom always got after us when we ditched the knife and fork to eat with our fingers, but we got our comeuppance when we discovered Ethiopian cuisine, traditionally scooped up by hand with moist, spongy bread called injera. At Café Lalibela, the food's so tasty that we'd like to call it finger-lickin' good, but as it turns out, taking the expression literally is bad manners in... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Howard D. on 01/17/12

    The best Ethiopian food around.

  • Derrick M. on 04/21/11

    My favorite veg friendly place in town. Misr wat is to die for!!!!

  • Thomas B. on 07/21/10

    Place was good. Very interesting. I used the injari instead of the fork. I also ate holes out of it then put it on my face like silence of the lambs. Haha!

  • Laura L. on 11/12/12

    The most delicious food I have ever eaten, bar none. Family owned, family operated. Lovely people. A Valley treasure.

  • Teresa S. on 08/23/13

    OMG so good go for lunch crazy amount of awesome food

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