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Aster's Ethiopian

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2804 North IH _ 35, Austin, TX
+1 512-469-5966
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

I love Ethiopian food so I was excited to discover Aster's, located a short walk from the UT campus. There's a ten dollar daily lunch buffet from 11 till 2, as well as a standard menu. I always go for the buffet because there's a decent selection of meat and veggie options - the lentil dishes are really good (particularly... More 

Thank Francesca R
Austin, Texas
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91 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I have l driven by this place for years, and always been curious but never tried it until a friend wanted to meet there for dinner. This place is definitely a hole in the wall, but the food is delicious and affordable, the service was good, dinner came out very fast, and the restaurant has it's own charm if you... More 

Thank Maranda C
Austin, Texas
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310 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

I drive past this place frequently and had been meaning to try it. Well, finally made it happen. The server was friendly and made some recommendations. He essentially made us a vegetarian sampler platter! We ordered a vegetarian sampler and were not disappointed. The lentils, the potatoes, etc were all delicious. Some dishes were spicy and some were not. The... More 

Thank catchyginger
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

From the outside looks like the type of place you might not want to go into. We had the lunch buffet which allowed us to sample lots of dishes. The chicken was superb. Other favorites included kale, eggplant, lentils, and the bread. We will eat here again.

Thank davidg50
1 review
Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Family environment great food. Very Enjoyable sampled a little bit of everything at the buffet style table with some surprising tastes and combinations excellent food friendly helpful environment as far as the waitstaff and and cashier

Thank Jay C
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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142 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

I had a nice buffet lunch. Lots of vegetarian choices. Food was very flavorful, but not hot-spicy 10 dollars for lunch. And the dinner menu is not much more. Service was friendly.

Thank Judy L
Austin, Texas
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149 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Tried Asters again. Food was good, not great. Buffet had a variety, but most everything was in a chafing dish and stew-like. Desserts were good. I will need to try something from the menu on the next visit.

Thank El_Pirata
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186 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Close to the UT campus, this simple looking restaurant packs flavor into every dish. The lunch buffet offers diners the opportunity to sample many dishes...all with individual rounds of injeera. Service is attentive and the buffet is obsessively tended and kept fresh. This is not uber high end Ethiopian food found in larger cities. It's the soul warming family fare... More 

Thank HebbieDacker
Saint Louis, Missouri
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85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

This Ethiopian buffet is tasty and a great value ($10 for a buffet lunch). It is great for beginners or those who might be hesitant to try Ethiopian food - all the dishes have labels with the basic ingredients and some information. It was a good way to try a bunch of different dishes. The restaurant is small and unassuming,... More 

Thank Maryefuller
Austin, Texas
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61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is our "go to" Ethiopian restaurant in Austin. The place looks pretty rundown - you don't really go here for the ambiance, but the food is reliable, tasty, and delicious.

Thank dfinkel78759

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2804 North IH _ 35, Austin, TX
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-469-5966

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?