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African, Ethiopian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed September 15, 2021 via mobile

My wife and I went to this hidden gem in Vancouver’s eastern downtown after reading rave reviews about it on trip advisor and open table. Needless to say this place lives up to the hype and expectation. We ordered kitfo (minced raw beef, marinated in...mitmita and niter kibbeh) and tibs ( sautéed meat with vegetables, flavored with berbere spice) both were very delicious and complimented each other very well. We finished off our dinning experience with traditional Ethiopian tea, which were creatively presented with inviting aroma. Loved our time here - gr8 experience all around 👍😀👍More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed April 4, 2020

Truly a dining experience. This is the place if you want a new adventure. Not a fancy place but clean and friendly. Food is great,very tasty. BIG thing is you have to eat with your hands.There is no cutlery. Food is served on special bread,...made with Teff flour, called Injera, which you tear off a piece pick up what you want to eat it. Tried the veggie platter last trip. So goodMore

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed July 9, 2019

Stumbled across this little restaurant wandering around one night. It was like an oasis in a sea of sketchiness of DTES. Great vegetarian comfort food with plenty of kick, friendly service, and live music. Couldn't ask for more.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed December 4, 2018 via mobile

Arrived for dinner with friends, there were already 5 tables seated, and no one had food. 20 min passed before one table got food. Then a table of 6 got up and left. Over the next 30 min only 2 more tables received food. Food...quality isnt that great. Bread is packaged and not made. Food generally all tastes the same, I've ate high quality Ethiopian across the world and tasted far better.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

Visiting in Vancouver & feeling adventurous, we ate here tonite. Owner, Almaz was helpful in picking out dishes that were not too spicy or hot. It was all delicious! The injera bread was fresh, pungent & tasty. Such a nice diversion from the everyday offerings...of the "same old thing." I highly recommend you give it a try.More

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

Ordered the veggie combo which comes with 4 vegan curries served with injera. Huge portion was enough for two people. Delicious, healthy meal. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Axum is the best Ethiopian restaurant in all of the lower mainland. The food is just so rich in taste-unlike any other places in Vancouver I’ve tried. The restaurant is very spacious with also lots of parking spaces which is a bonus! They have a...room that one can book for parties and special events. The staff is super friendly, the best service I’ve ever received in a restaurant. BRING all your friends here as dishes are shareable. The ambiance is great - as if you’re in Ethiopia. There’s live music every Friday and the art around the restaurant is beautiful. Axum will be my go-to, any day.More

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed December 18, 2017

Axum Restaurant is a West African type restaurant in Vancouver. Most of the cuisine are Ethiopian. The restaurant has West African live music in Friday nights.

Date of visit: December 2017
Reviewed December 2, 2017

In East Van for the Culture Crawl, we headed for this supper at Axum. The decor is unpretentious and the food was good. Service was good.

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed November 9, 2017

Took my daughters and niece here for some very fine Ethiopian food. Had Awaze tibs, Doro Wot, Tikil Gomen, Miser Wot, Gomen and lots of Injera bread! Yummy stuff!

Date of visit: November 2017
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Axum is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3