Serves meat, vegan options available. Ethiopian cuisine. Offers some vegetarian selection all of which are supposed to vegan suitable. Try the vegetarian exclusive (enough for 2-3 people). Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-9:00pm.

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23 Reviews

First Review by PH0ENIX


Points +5012

07 Jan 2024

A special experience

The vegan platter was delicious and VERY filling. Friendly service, great vibes. We bought coffee to take home that I’m looking forward to trying.



Points +132

04 Jul 2023

Great vegan options

Loved the vegan platter at Cafe Lalibela which consisted of seven different dishes complete with injeera and salad. It was a huge amount of food for 2 people. Highly recommend for anyone looking for clean, healthy, tasty vegan food.


Points +258

03 Jan 2023

Happy with our choice

There is a designated vegan section on the menu. We shared the vegan deluxe and it was more than enough food for 2 people. Friendly, speedy service on a busy night. One of our favorite places so far in Phoenix area.


Points +1281

07 Jul 2022

tons of options and great food!

i enjoyed the vegan deluxe, where i was able to sample 7 different vegan dishes which all varied in flavor and texture! i really do love being able to get so much variety out of one meal, and the portion size is generous for the price.
i’d say the service was above average for the business of the restaurant, and i would recommend coming here for ethiopian in the area

Pros: vegan sampler platter, good portions


Points +16

07 Apr 2022


I love Ethiopian food, and this place did not disappoint.

Pros: Great food


Points +24

22 Nov 2021

This place has a great variety of vegan options.

They have a vegan platter and a deluxe vegan platter


Points +126

20 Jun 2020


If you haven’t had Ethiopian- you need to! I go with multiple people and get the Vegan Deluxe Platter and it’s incredible!

Pros: Friendly service

Cons: Must go with many people


Points +66

28 Dec 2019

Belly so happy

Tonight I had the Vegan Deluxe tray and I am so satisfied and happy I can’t even explain. It was such a hearty meal. It was my second time here and I will be back!


Points +264

23 Nov 2019


Fantastic, wholesome, filling, delicious, and reasonably priced. I really enjoyed this meal. There is a column of labeled vegan selections on the menu. Tossign tea was good for something different as well.

Pros: Big portions, Wholesome food


Points +686

06 Aug 2019

Colorful and flavorful

This was a suggestion for date night of my husband’s. We have decided to start looking outside our comfort zone at home and he found this awesome gem. There is an entire section of the menu dedicated to vegan food and an entire vegan variety plate. It’s nice to be able to order without modifying or having to explain our dietary restrictions.

The food was flavorful, well spiced, and all visually interesting and different. We tend to enjoy eating a wide variety of foods with varying colors. This totally fit the bill! I would recommend if you’re looking for an interesting experience in Tempe! The place was pretty packed with regulars, so you know it’s good!

Pros: Dedicated vegan menu, Great flavors, Fast service


Points +34

21 Nov 2018

Amazing Ethiopian Food

Wish I could give it five stars. They have a whole vegan section to choose from. And, they have gluten free Injera as an option. It’s hard to find an Ethiopian restaurant with authentic injera because most restaurants mix in wheat with the teff flour. They offer Injera with 100% teff flour, therefore making it gluten free. I ordered the vegetable combo, and was very satisfied.


Points +578

23 Oct 2018

Incredible Ethiopian Cuisine

My husband and I stopped here for lunch while in the Tempe area. We were greeted with a smile and seated right away. We decided to order the Exclusive Vegan platter (made for 3-4 people) thinking we would have enough for leftovers... well, it was SO good we ended up eating the entire platter (hehe) if we re ever in the Tempe area again, we would absolutely dine here again! It was the best Ethiopian restaurant we’ve ever dined at to date.😄

Pros: Incredible flavor, Fresh , Fast and friendly service


Points +279

18 May 2018

Vegan Options

This restaurant has a nice selection of vegan options and you get a huge portion for the price. The meal comes served on a large helping of injera and also comes with a side of injera. You can order 2-3 different dishes to try or pick one of their combos. I really enjoyed the spices and flavors in their dishes and the injera is pretty good too. The only thing I didn’t like was how much oil the dishes had in them. When I finished my meal the injera that the dishes were served on was soggy and had soaked up a lot of oil. Other than that it was a good experience.

Pros: Several vegan options, Not too expensive , Large portions

Cons: Slightly oily dishes


Points +1607

23 Nov 2017

Nice selection

Great selection of vegan items. My partner and I shared the Vegan Deluxe for 2, which came with tasters of all of their vegan dishes on top of injera (a huge sourdough pancake) with a side of injera as well. Some of the tasters were good (misir wat, salad), others we didn’t really care for (azifah, gomen). The injera was really filling, more so than the dishes, and added an odd taste. The flavors weren’t that complex.

Pros: Great selection of vegan options, Friendly staff, Nice atmosphere for groups

Cons: Flavors not very complex


Points +44

07 Oct 2017


Amazing food! What else is there to say? Wish I was closer to my house.

Pros: Many vegan options, Always delicious

Cons: Water tastes gross


Points +16

22 Apr 2016


My first experience at an Ethiopian restaurant and the food was fantastic.


Points +98

25 Feb 2016

yummy!! I'm so glad we went!

This place is a great find. More than half of the menu is suitable for vegans, the food is super tasty, and the employees are very nice and helpful. I recommend the yellow split pea (:

Pros: very tasty food, nice employees, great vegan options


Points +10447

04 Apr 2013

Delicious Ethiopian Cuisine

We've eaten here many times and they never disappoint. The food is always hot, fresh, and bursting with that infamous spiced-up flavor. I always get the veggie combo, which includes a string bean dish, cabbage & potato dish, collard greens, and spicy red lentils (my absolute favorite!), all for about $13. I usually have lefttovers, when I'm not being greedy. If you'd just like to try 1 thing, a veggie dish goes for about $5 individually.

If you have a group of veg*n diners, try the Veg Exclusive. It covers samplings of all their veggie dishes for about $36 (split it with friends and ease your pockets); there's no way 1 person could (or should) eat the exclusive by themselves. At least not in one sitting. It's a LOT of food.

The owner is very nice. Always greets everyone with a smiling face.

It's in a strip mall, so there is no issue with parking.

Nice place for family dining, date night, or grabbing a bite with friends.

Pros: Delicious, authentic Ethiopian food, Friendly service, Inexpensive & large portions


Points +34

25 Sep 2011

This is why Ethiopian food rocks.

As long as you enjoy flavor, you'll enjoy Lalibela's. We ordered the vegetarian platter, which comfortably fed four of us (and allowed for some mindless stew-stained injera noshing afterward). Favorites included the Misir Wat (spicy red lentil stew), Shiro Wat (a garlic-y, onion-y pea mash stew), and Yekik Alicha (yellow split peas with onions and tumeric).

Of course, scooting injera from stew to stew, scooping up everything at once also seemed to be a pretty successful maneuver, even though it mixed the individual stew flavors. Everyone else really liked when I did that (not really). Do I regret it? No.

I do have one regret though, which I shall reconcile upon my next visit, and that is that I did not leave Lalibela wearing a cloak made entirely from injera. But hey, that's why there's next time.

Pros: Flavorful, Fun & Communal, Has Something for Everyone

Cons: Tad Pricey, Easy to Overdo it


Points +60

12 Jan 2011

awesome Ethiopian food!

this place was delicious! great flavors, not greasy, and huge portions! i definitely recommend this restaurant. I'll be going back!

Pros: excellent food, huge portions

Cons: somewhat slow service


Points +585

21 Jul 2008

Okay, but Bile Nile is better

I ate here in March. I found the food here to be greasy and not as tasty as the food at Blue Nile. Considering the fact that Blue Nile is just up the street you really should go there instead if you are in Phoenix and looking for vegan ethopian food. Our server were nice though they forgot/never brought me the coffee I ordered. Then again we were a table of 13.

Pros: vegan options

Cons: not as good as Blue Nile, food seemed greasy


Points +249

03 Feb 2008

Great Ethiopian Veg

I am not a huge fan of Ethiopian fare but we shared the Vegetarian Exclusive and it was super yummy. I will definitely return.


Points +53

31 Jul 2007

Good Ethiopian food

I really liked Cafe Lalibela. It's clean, and service was great. The food was delicious. Definitely a place where you can take anyone. A good alternative to Tina's Ethiopian in Chandler.

Pros: Clean, Good service, Tasty food

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