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Hawi Ethiopian Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2017 Winner


African, Ethiopian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch
African, Ethiopian
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Table Service, BYOB
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i learned that, in Ethiopia, they don't use cutlery, knives/forks/spoons as we do in the US. I found it difficult, and a bit unpleasant. to use unrolled dough to transport the food from plate to my mouth....particularly the soft foods like minced and diced vegetables....More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank chris k
Reviewed April 26, 2019

Food is greasy, the wait is long, portions are small, and it’s expensive. We also saw the chef (the owner, I think) being mean to a take out customer.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank macie12345
Reviewed February 14, 2019

My husband and I finally gave this restaurant a try last night, and wonder why it took us so long. On a cold night in Ithaca, it was wonderful to walk into this warm, cozy, friendly place. Service was excellent, food was truly fantastic (best...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Kathleen M
Reviewed November 11, 2018

It was just as fun to share our meal in the Ethiopian dining tradition as it was to eat the food. We ordered the vegetarian combo ($42) for the 3 of us and still had plenty to take home. The food was delicious & we...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Marilyn M
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Considering the lack of great restaurant options in Ithaca, this isn't a bad choice, but I have had better Ethiopian food in other cities. Also they needed more staff. The place was swamped and the waiters seemed quite overwhelmed.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank nidkirm
Reviewed September 26, 2018

2 couples went here as part of a downtown walking tour of Ithaca. So glad we stopped here. It's very unassuming from the outside, and we have actually passed this by on previous occasions. The food here is excellent and authentic. If you are willing...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Laura P
Reviewed September 20, 2018

We met family here and had a wonderful "family style" meal. The trays have bread (including a gluten-free option) that's the thickness and texture of a crepe under all the superbly seasoned meat and vegetables. This is a BYO restaurant. It's in the hub of...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank muz4now
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Just recently visited Ithaca with family and had a great dinner at this place. Food is so delicious and tasty that I want to come back! All family love this place. Really recommend!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Bratska
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

I ate here with friends, we shared a platter which was yummy, but service was on the slow side. I wanted to try the food as I’ve never had Ethiopian food before, and whilst it tasted good and was clearly very busy as there was...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank MaryJonesKnows
Reviewed August 17, 2018

This is not the place to impress or make a connection. For those not familiar, this is kind of 'slop' food and you eat it with your fingers. Definitely not beautiful food to look at. But in all fairness, this is an Ethiopian experience and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Response from Jonathan O | Reviewed this property |
Bring your own bottle. There is a wine place around the corner
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