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Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant
Ethiopian Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
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2804 North IH 35 Austin, TX 78705
2804 North IH 35USTexasAustin78705
$$Ethiopian Restaurant, African Restaurant
Ethiopian Restaurant
African Restaurant
East African Restaurant
Vegetarian Restaurant
Today 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PMSunday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PMMonday ClosedTuesday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PMWednesday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PMThursday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PMFriday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Asters Ethiopian Restaurant, an Austin tradition since 1991, specializes in Vegetarian and Meat dishes culturally derived from the birthplace of humanity.  

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Homey cafe featuring classic Ethiopian dishes & an ample lunch buffet, plus beer & honey wine.- Google
"The best -- and cheapest -- ethiopian food in austin."
"Absolutely delicious food, helpful staff, home-like atmosphere."
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Chantal Piët
a month ago
We know many Ethiopian restaurants... Definitely love this one with real tea, real teff and real zigni or siga... Yummie!!!
Response from the owner - a month ago
Chantal, I'm so happy you enjoy it. Thanks so much for reaching out! Best, Aster Kassaye, Owner
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Steve From Texas
3 months ago
The only people who complain about Aster's are folks who think an ethnic restaurant is supposed to be American. Aster's is 100% Ethiopian, and that includes the look from the outdoors. This place could be dropped onto any avenue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and it would look in place perfectly. But the food, my friend, is exceptional, and having lived in Ethiopia as a missionary, and having eater in many restaurants there, and the homes of the people, THIS is the real thing. Be sure to ask for the red or hot dishes. You just are not getting the whole treatment if you don't get some fire. Call ahead, and Aster will probably make you cai "red" shoro, which she did for us.
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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Wow! Thanks so much, Steve. I'm thrilled you enjoy it so much, and it's awesome to hear you were a missionary in Ethiopia. Now, I look forward to seeing you the next time you stop by! Best, Aster Kassaye, Owner
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Siri Sjoboen
4 months ago
I had never had ethiopian food before and didn't really know what to expect, but I have to say this stuff was love at first bite!! The flavors were so deep and colorful, and the injera complimented everything very well. I got the vegetarian eggplant dish (don't remember what it'd called, it's #17 on the menu) and it was delicious. Our server was friendly and I really appreciated the little hand wipes at the end. Some might bash the atmosphere, but I thought it was very fitting and gave the place that homey, authentic, not-trying-too-hard kind of feel.
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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Siri, I'm so happy you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for reaching out. Now, I look forward to seeing you the next time you stop by. Best, Aster Kassaye, Owner
Lori Smith
10 months ago
This place was rude, plastic silverware, flies swarming everywhere and every item on the buffet looked like baby food-put in a blender with a ton of spices and slopped on the lunch buffet. They tried their hardest to deny my groupon but I put a fight and won. No refills on colas either? tea had floaties -gross. No air condition, just fans blowing the dust around. I know why they failed health dept inspections alot.
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Pam Gereau
4 months ago
Love this place and go every time I visit my family in Austin. Everything is homemade, fresh and delicious. The staff is friendly and attentive. I eat only the vegetarian/vegan dishes so can't speak to the ones with meat.
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
I'm so happy you visit us every time you're in the area, Pam. Thanks so much for this lovely review! I look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Aster Kassaye, Owner
Solomon Davis
8 months ago
Awesome place, the staff is always very warm and hospitable every time I come. As a native Ethiopian I can personally testify for this place and say that this restaurant is probably the closest anybody has come to my mommas cooking. I love the quaint atmosphere it reminds me of eating back home in Ethiopia. I highly recommend this place if you're looking for something a little bit outside of your usual lunch or diner.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Solomon, thanks so much! I'm so happy you enjoy it, and it reminds you of the food back home. I appreciate you reaching out. Best, Aster Kassaye, Owner
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Garner Vincent
2 months ago
Absolutely amazing! For meat - chicken and lamb. For veggies - spicy lentil salad and eggplant!
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
So glad you always enjoy a meal with us, Garner. Stop in for more chicken, lamb, spicy lentil salad and eggplant any time -- we always love seeing you! Best, Aster Kassaye, Owner
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Shaun Cassells
a year ago
A wonderful variation for the vegetarians in your life. Traditional cooking from Ethiopia. The family that runs the place are truly generous; they will happily talk you through the dishes as well as make recommendations. It is hard to go wrong with food you eat with your hands and when your food is served on a savory gluten pancake (closest analogy for Americans). Everything is tasty and spicy (not HOT rather spiced). They do slow cook their lamb to a wonderful full flavor too. Try all the side dishes (salads?) as they help cut strong flavors with delightful veggies and viniger. Okay i'm gushing and salivating. I think I am going to talk my wife into some takeout :)
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