• CLOSED: Addissae

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  • White Veg-options
Ethiopian, African

Serves meat, vegan options available. The first Ethiopian restaurant in town, est. Dec 2014 by a local couple - the husband is originally from Ethiopia. Offers traditional dishes served family style on gluten-free injera. Has a selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes, including a tempeh tibbs. Reported closed July 2020.

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10 Reviews

First Review by WNCVeggie


Points +326

23 Jul 2019

Good food, worth a try

I enjoyed this restaurant. Its cozy and pretty, with friendly staff. We were told all the veggie entrees were vegan, and that the cheese they offer only comes with meat items unless specifically requested (sometimes they dont even have it available). It was tasty and fun to eat. Equivalent to other similar restaurants I've eaten at in other places. Tempeh was delicious. Nice change of pace from standard Asheville fare.

Pros: Lots of vegan options



Points +621

14 Apr 2019

Good Food

Not the best overall Ethiopian food I've had, but very solidly good. The tempeh tibbs were delicious, best tempeh I've ever had. Everything else was just nice. Would go again for the tempeh.

Pros: Delicious tempeh


Points +553

12 Feb 2019

Just ok

Came here did the first time tonight and everything was just ok. I got the sample platter which tasted ok but fantastic. My husband got the tempeh dish which came with a lot of what’s in my sampler plate- again just ok. The tempeh was pretty good though.

Pros: Don’t get the sample plate- get the tempeh which , comes with most of what’s on the sample plate.


Points +53

13 Dec 2018

Major Disappointment

For at least 15 years, a major complaint in the Asheville food world was that we were missing an Ethiopian restaurant. I frequently travel to Atlanta and DC and gorge on Ethiopian food every trip. So I was ecstatic when I heard these guys were opening. I went the first week they opened and the food was very disappointing. The injera was dry and the veggies were all undercooked. I chocked the experience up to growing pains and waited a few months to try again. The second time, the food was better, but the injera was still dry and disappointing. Then, my husband and I decided to take my mother here for a pre-Christmas dinner in December 2017. That time, we waited over 30 minutes to be seated, although the place was less than half full. Once we were seated, we waited another 20 minutes for a server to come to our table, and she told us they were out of almost everything on the veggie messob we tried to order. At that point, we left. The last straw for me was last week. I tried to order some food for a meeting (my office is just a few doors down). I called at 11am and placed my order for pickup at 11:55am. When I showed up, I was told the collards weren’t ready and that I needed to come back in 10 minutes. I actually waited 20 minutes and came back to pick up the food, at which time I was told they still weren’t ready. The chef asked if I wanted to taste them and see if they were okay, and I declined because the food wasn’t actually for me. They then packed up the lunches with the greens they just said weren’t ready to eat. I REALLY want to support these guys, but they’ve made it impossible. I’m definitely disappointed.


Points +82

12 Mar 2018


Great food, Rachel took great care to accomodate our vegan diet. Great value for money.

Pros: Great food, Great service

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Points +100

12 Aug 2017


I want to like this place because I love Ethiopian food and it offers an option to the usual Asheville vegan fare. But I've tried it 3xs now. The injera has an off taste and the spices on the Misr Wat (red lentils) are heavy. At least this last time, the lentils and potatoes were fully cooked. Plus it's overpriced but likely because of their downtown location.

Pros: Different option the the usual AVL vegan fare.


Points +18

19 Jun 2017


The app wouldn't let me post 5 stars, but this restaurant is worth 5 stars. I got the vegetarian messob meal and it was truly delicious! The owner of the restaurant is very sweet and named the restaurant after his mother. Go here to eat!!!


Points +83

Mostly Veg
12 Apr 2017

good for a mixed group

We had some veg and some meat eaters in our group and this was a good option to try something cultural. The food was pretty good but lacked in flavor. Nice atmosphere, great location.


Points +192

03 May 2016

Family-Owned, and Vegan-Friendly!

Addissae is Asheville's long awaited first Ethiopian restaurant. And, it is as vegan-friendly as any Ethiopian restaurant I've ever set been in! Their "Vegetarian Messob Plate" is entirely vegan, and their menu also features a "Tempeh Tibbs." In my experience the staff is entirely aware of the particularities of a vegan diet, and the owners are as well.

Addissae has been a nice addition to the plethora of vegan-friendly restaurants in Asheville, and I hope they are around for many years to come.

Pros: Vegan-friendly and -aware, "Tempeh Tibbs" on their menu, Family-owned with a likable wait staff

Cons: Location/parking


Points +472

13 Dec 2015

Vegetarian Messob is Fabulous

This is a great little restaurant in downtown Asheville. The vegetarian Messob is a great dish for sharing and is vegan friendly. Good beer and wine selection as well.

Pros: Friendly Service, Vegan Options, Good Beer & Wine Selection

Cons: Parking Can Be A Challenge

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