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758 S Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2623
+1 520-370-7000
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Saw this Ethiopian restaurant written up in a healthy eats magazine I picked up a tucson airport. A little gem. I could eat there for several days and still not try all of the vegetarian and vegan options. I had a delicious red lentil dish with a side of homemade cheese and salad. Nice latte and dessert to finish it... More 

Thank ellynr2015
Level Contributor
13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

This cafe is so small and unnoticeable, you'll miss it if you blink. It's not near any major attractions either, so it's quite a gem. My party got "The Works," which is a sampling of ALL their dishes. It was enough to feed 4 adults and still have leftovers! The place a really small, so parties of 4 or more... More 

Thank Kelly L
Tucson, Arizona
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Went with friends who have strict and peculiar dietary requirements. Smooth ordering, prepared just right, lovely meal! Everyones meal was terrific. Nice coffee bar, too. Easy parking on the street. Recommend!

1 Thank azCelestina
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

My wife and I wanted to try something new and love Ethiopian food (Zemam's in Tucson is one of our favorite Tucson restaurants). Cafe Desta is right up there with Zemam's. We had our friendly server decide what to put on our sampler plate and we liked everything. The Gomen (collared greens) was phenomenal. Both our waiter and another gentleman... More 

Thank Brian J
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

5 of us went for lunch and shared "The Works" - a sampling of all their vegan and meat dishes served with their Selata (salad) and Injera (pancake type bread). Served very attractively on a very large round platter and everything was delicious. The colors alone were amazing - looked like a painting! None of us could agree on our... More 

Thank MKVB
Tucson, Arizona
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

It's a small restaurant but gets very busy during lunch and dinner. There lunch special is an excellent value for $9.00 and you get to choose 3 items off the menu. Plus you can choose individual combo or Combo for Two. I really enjoy the flavor of the lamb berbere (Kaye Beg), berbere fish(Kaye Asa), cabbage, carrots, potatoes (Tikil-Gomen), chopped... More 

1 Thank Mark S
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96 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Authentic,delicious ethiopian food.Enjoy! Great menu and options. Bring the young kids, they'll love the "eat with your fingers" option!

1 Thank laverdade
Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
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91 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

After years of wanting to try this place, I finally had the chance. It was soooo worth the wait. The place is a nice artsy style, brick exposed, cafe ambiance. The service was good and the food was just amazing. There were 3 of us and we ordered the big variety tray to share. The waitress said it was more... More 

1 Thank LisaTwoRivers2013
Tucson, Arizona
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1,557 reviews
588 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,815 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

We took a friend here for dinner and I thought this was the best Ethiopian food I've had outside of Ethiopia. Many of the offerings have been toned down for Western tastes, but there are also ample spicy dishes as well as vegan and gluten-free options. Prices range from $6 for vegan soup (red lentils, carrots, potatoes, onions, tomato and... More 

4 Thank Rumples
Perrysburg, Ohio
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66 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

A nice simple restaurant with creative cuisine. We went for lunch and each had a lunch special, of three dishes. I have been to several Ethiopian restaurants and almost always the cuisine is uniformly good but also uniformly uniform. Here there was a lentil dish with jalapeños and more choices than typical. A great visit for lunch.

1 Thank Mike Z

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 758 S Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2623
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-370-7000

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