Serves meat, vegan options available. Ethiopian food includes many spiced vegetable and potato dishes; has rotating vegan specials. Kitchen rests from 2:30-4:30pm. Open Tue-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm.

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23 Reviews

First Review by AngelaSnyder


Points +178

21 Sep 2023

Been eating here for the past 25 years!!!

Customer for life. Amazing food, I went through phases of eating it every day. Absolutely delicious! Healthy, yummy, what more could you ask for.

Pros: Delicious , Food is consistently delicious , Only Ethiopian place in town!

Cons: None



Points +134

18 Apr 2023

Very tasty but pretty expensive

I liked the amount of vegan options, however it is quite expensive here. Very tasty food though!


Points +333

02 Feb 2023

So good!

One of the best Ethiopian food I’ve had in a minute! So good!


Points +78

25 Apr 2022

Delicious Ethiopian Food

Got a vegan platter to share with the table. Everything was delicious.

Pros: Vegan options, Very tasty, Fast and friendly service


Points +32

27 Jun 2021

Amazing food

They have very tasty food and most of their vegetarian options are also dairy-free.

Updated from previous review on 2021-06-27

Pros: Tasty vegan options

Cons: Poor labeling, Bread gets soggy real fast for takeout, Closed on Sundays/Mondays


Points +121

01 May 2021

Delicious and Filling

Altu’s has many vegetarian options (that are also vegan). Everything I’ve had here has been delicious! And very filling.

Pros: Many vegan options , Great tasting , Helpful Employees

Cons: Expensive


Points +729

26 Jan 2020

Authentic Ethiopian Food

The vegetarian platter is all vegan and we all loved everything included, even our toddler loved it. The portions are huge; my husband, daughter (2 y/o) and I all shared the platter and we couldn’t even finish it. We also tried a vegan samosa and it was delicious! The menu has extensive vegan options and we will definitely be going back to try out other dishes, I posted photos of the menu. Everything that is listed as vegetarian is vegan. My husband also had two cups of their house tea and loved it.

Pros: Authentic, Large portions for good prices, Friendly


Points +92

17 Nov 2019

Affordable, great for sharing

I got the vegetarian feast for two with a friend. We also got spiced tea. Everything we had was vegan. It was a nice variety of flavors. It was very interesting. You use the bread to dip into the different foods. Very healthy and clean. Felt good eating it and staff was very friendly. Would highly recommend.

Pros: Good vegan options , Affordable and fast , Big portions


Points +20

18 Feb 2019

Fantastic food and friendly staff.

Great selection of vegetables for the vegetarian combo, and daily specials.

Pros: Love the cabage and their sabosas.


Points +28

08 Feb 2019

Delicious Food

Lots of options for vegans and those who are gluten free. Really yummy food.

Pros: Gluten free options, Good vegan options


Points +335

22 Jan 2019


East Lansing has a whole lot of chain restaurants so it is nice to have a tasty place to eat. I had never had Ethiopian food before, but I was blown away. a friend and I shared the vegetarian feast, which is all vegan! It said it serve 2-3, but I would argue it was better fit for 3-4 people because we were so stuffed after. the feast for 2 was $30 total, but worth every single penny! I ask everyone I know to go there with me now. They also have this amazing tea which was a perfect mix of spices, I wish I could buy that tea and take it home with me! Overall an amazing experience here and would recommend to anyone living in or visiting the Michigan State area! I would give it 5 stars, but I cant since its not fully vegan, but you get the message, IT'S AMAZING!


Points +265

19 Dec 2018

Some of the best vegan food in EL/L

This place is the BOMB. I’ve been here a ton of times. I always get their veggie combo with spicy pinto beans, chickpeas, collard greens, and spicy lentils. Their smoothies are also great (just ask for no honey). LOVE the cabbage. If you haven’t been here and you’re a vegan in EL, go!! It’s legit some of the best Ethiopian food I’ve had so far. Main con is it’s kind of pricey.

Pros: Delxiious, Worth it, Super filling

Cons: Pricey


Points +72

19 Sep 2018

Best Lima beans!

I really like to have lunch here. My fav vegan option is the Lima beans with the Ethiopian bread. Delicious!


Points +67

17 Aug 2018

Favorite restaurant in East Lansing

Altus has been a favorite of mine living in East Lansing for the last two years. I go there about every other month at least, and it’s always a top choice when I’m looking for a bite to eat. The whole vegetarian section of their menu is vegan, and you can get rice instead of injera (the bread) for a gluten-free option. Their tea is also really good. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for something fun, tasty, and not too expensive!


Points +104

12 Jun 2018

love it

Great Vegetarian platter to share with my parents. One bayonet injeri (sp?) Made all of our tummies sing. We go back every year when I visit Lansing. They brought extra injera (dipping bread)for free which really helps make the meal last and enjoyable.

Pros: healthy vegan food, friendly & reasonable, cultural


Points +25

29 Jun 2017

My favorite non-vegan East Lansing restaurant

Whenever my friends and family want to get a solid meal in East Lansing I bring up this place. It's on the pricier side if you don't share, but the amount of food they give you is incredibly filling.


Points +24

13 May 2017

favorite vegan option in east lansing

Great Ethiopia restaurant with very nice service and tons of vegan options. I always want to eat here when visiting EL but don't always get to as some relatives don't like Ethiopian food.

Pros: food, service, vegan options


Points +50

16 Sep 2016

veggie options, try mitmita

amazing combo platters, try with mitmita or house hot sauce quo quo cha if you like a kick

Pros: tons of vegan options, variety of flavor, great bread


Points +110

15 Aug 2016

Maybe my favorite restaurant in the Lansing area

Several delicious vegan options to choose from. I always get the vegetarian combo, where you can choose any four of the vegetarian items. I usually get two helpings of the mild Lima beans (my favorite), the spicy ground peas and greens, and the mild garlic lentils. You can get it with "bread" or rice. The bread used to be somewhat bitter, but now it's very yummy so that's what I get (google "injera bread"). It also comes with a small but tasty side salad and collard greens on the side, so you end up getting a scrumptious variety. It has a bar with beer on tap and wine (and maybe liquor/mixed drinks?). Nice cozy atmosphere.

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-15

Pros: Delcious Ethiopian food


Points +26

23 May 2016

Great place with lots of vegan options!

I LOVE Altu's! Even before I was vegan, this was a place that I loved to go eat at. The food is flavorful and warms the soul. They have TONS of options for vegans and vegetarians. As another reviewer said: All of the options in the vegetarian section of the menu are vegan except for the sambusas.

When I come for lunch, I like to get the lima bean lunch special and a smoothie. The smoothies are made without dairy, but they do have honey in them, so if you're vegan you'll have to ask them to omit it. For dinner I like to get the sample dinner platter, which is a combination of any four dishes. I think the spiciness of the hot dishes are perfect, but they have been a little too hot for my friends and family. While you cannot get an already spicy dish made more mild, you can order a mild dish and ask for them to add a little heat. I love the cooked greens, lentils, chickpeas, and lima beans. For lunch or dinner, I always prefer the injera bread to rice. It's fun to tear and scoop up your food! I think the portion sizes are good; you definitely get a lot of food!

They also serve alcohol, which is nice if you want to grab a drink with company. They also have great iced and hot spiced tea if you want a little pick-me-up. The atmosphere of the restaurant is nice, semi-quiet, and cozy. I've only had exceptional service here. The restaurant is small and can fill up quickly and there isn't a ton of parking out front. Overall, I would have given this place 5/5 but because they are a non-vegetarian restaurant, I can only give them 4/5 happy cows!

Pros: Great variety of vegan/vegetarian option, Awesome service , Serve alcohol

Cons: Small and can fill up quickly, Little parking


Points +237

14 Mar 2016

Wonderful food

I went here with family - we all enjoyed our meals. I got the vegetarian combo with rice. The side of cabbage is fantastic, but I didn't like the salad. The spicy dishes were spicy, but not as spicy as some Ethiopian food I have had. I ended up getting two spicy dishes and two mild - that was a good level of spice for me.

The server said that all of the options in the vegetarian section of the menu were vegan EXCEPT their sambusas, which is something like an Ethiopian version of samosa.

Pros: Many vegan options, Knowledgeable staff


Points +16

08 Aug 2015

Amazing Ethiopian

I'm from DC, where we have a ton of Ethiopian restaurants. It's one of my favorite cuisines, and this is one of the best Ethiopian restaurants I've ever been to. Great food, wonderful flavor, good service, and nice local beer selection on draft.


Points +32

21 Feb 2015

love from the first whiff

I made it two feet inside the door when the aroma of spices and herbs hit me, and it made me smile . . .
And it just kept getting better. This was my first experience with Ethiopian food and it will NOT be my last at Altu's. . . was pleased with my food options and choices. The food came out quickly and was DELICIOUS!! To say it was a party in my mouth doesn't even do it justice. So many flavors to enjoy and savor!! Delightful atmosphere, very knowledgeable wait staff. . . just a very pleasant experience. If you're in East Lansing, this is a MUST

Pros: ample serving sizes, tremendous pricing, delicious food

Cons: not much parking

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