• Ras Kassa's

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Has some vegetarian/vegan options. Try the kik alecha and yemeser wot. Relocated from 2111 30th St. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

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20 Reviews

First Review by veggiequeen


Points +2470

10 Sep 2023

Enjoyable Ethiopian

Of the limited options in Lafayette, this might be the best. I got the veggie platter ($19) and really enjoyed it.

Not the best Ethiopian food I’ve had and more expensive than I expected but still good for the location.

Pros: Service

Cons: Pricey



Points +1696

09 Sep 2023

Great Vibe, average food, high prices

Rad Kassa’s is full of charm and friendly servers. The vibe is the main reason I’ve given it 4 stars as the food itself is maybe subpar for the Ethiopian I’ve had.

Frankly, the veggie options don’t have a lot of flavor—neither chilis nor salt. This wouldn’t be a huge problem since there aren’t a lot of other Ethiopian restaurants nearby, but given the high price it’s frustrating that the veggie options don’t live up to their value.


Points +58

04 May 2023

delicious, always a treat to eat here

I'm from Minneapolis originally, so I miss the abundance of East African flavors I used to enjoy while living there. Ras Kassa's is authentic and delivers when it comes to flavor and portion sizes. I typically get two orders of sambusas and the vegetarian (vegan) combination which comes with kik alecha, yemsir wot, and gomen as well as salads and plenty of injera, which is enough for leftovers. the staff are super lovely and the space has such a nice atmosphere and smells amazing. I'm always bummed when my leftovers are gone and looking forward to my next visit.


Points +10220

03 Mar 2022


Veg*ns can always find something suitable when dining at Ethiopian establishments. Ras Kassa's was no exception.

VEGGIE SAMBUSSA - lentil-filled pastry. It was good, but they don't serve theirs with the spicy sauce that typically accompanies this appetizer at other Ethiopian restaurants. Needs sauce!

HERBED HUMMUS - very tasty hummus. I suggest scooping it up with some miser wot for an explosion of flavor on your taste buds.

VEGETABLE PLATTER - unlike other locations, they don't offer a veggie platter that includes all of the best/popular veggies, which is always miser wot, tikil gomen, gomen, and fosolia. Here, if you want to get all of those you'll have to either order them separately at $15 per dish, or order 2 combo plates at $17 each, the latter of which I had to do. I got the SPICY VEGETARIAN and the VEGETARIAN combo platters. I didn't care for their split peas or the little shredded carrot pile that they put on the platter. The mixed vegetable stew, comprised of sweet potatoes, didn't win me over either. The fosolia, miser wot, gomen, and tikil gomen were delicious.

They could easily rectify the combo platter drama by offering a pick 4 for $, or something similar. There is room for improvement but overall it's a good option for dining out.


Points +541

23 May 2021


I have never tried Ethiopian food before and this place is delicious! The staff is so sweet and friendly, and the food is filling and fantastic. I 100% recommended Ras Kassa’s!

Pros: Vegan-Friendly, Delicious!!, Filling


Points +159

15 May 2021

Delish vegan assortment

Wonderful staff and amazing food. The injera flatbread is so flavorful too. Highly recommended!


Points +128

18 Jan 2021

Good food

I love the vegetarian combo platter

Pros: A number of vegan dishes, Good food, Friendly staff

Cons: Sometimes phone not answered


Points +1053

29 May 2020

Awesome Ethiopian restaurant

I have frequented Ras Kassas for about two years. I love Ethiopian food and this is a very authentic very delicious restaurant. The staff know what is vegan and the vegetarian platter is always vegan. Run by a very nice family and they are always happy to help you eat a great meal!

Pros: Delicious


Points +30

19 Jan 2020

Would give 5 stars if possible!

Ras Kassas is a warm and friendly Ethiopian restaurant. The vegetarian and vegan options are many, and delicious. The proprietor is Ethiopian, as are most of the staff, and they are friendly and helpful. Truly a delicious taste of Ethiopian cuisine and new and different presentation of the many vegetable options! One of our favorite places to dine out!

Pros: Lots of vegetarian and vegan options, Enjoyable exploration of Ethiopian culture , A fun and different dining experience


Points +97

21 Dec 2019

Authentic, great food

Why isnt happy cow allowing 5 stars?! The app might have a glitch.
This is the best Ethiopian restaurant! We are lucky enough to live nearby and eat here often. All of the Vegetarian dishes are naturally vegan; except for the mushrooms. Those are cooked in butter, but just request that they be cooked with oil instead. They always make that adjustment (maybe they will just change it with more requests!).
The staff are some of the friendliest, kindest people!
Enjoy your dinner, tip well, and be at peace!


Points +708

14 Dec 2019

Very good food!

Came with one other person, ordered two dishes, and they served them together so it was like a feast! A little oily. I may ask for less next time. Nice staff, clean and comfortable. Definitely coming back.


Points +80

10 Oct 2019

Love the staff

I've been waiting to try this place and I'm sorry I waited so long! He ordered two of the vegetarian meals and shared it with three people, it was plenty of food. I honestly think this is the best Ethiopian restaurant I've ever been to and I've been to a few. I would give this place five stars if I could. The vegetarian meals are all vegan by the way.

Pros: The staff and owners and food

Cons: I don't live closer


Points +18

25 May 2019


Ethiopian lends itself well to vegan. The gomen (collard greens and potatoes) and the wots (spicy lentils) were amazing. The injera was the best i have had. Easy to eat vegan.

Pros: Lots of vegan options


Points +105

24 Oct 2014

Extremely Bland & Sour Food

I ordered the spicy vegetable platter and it was no where near spicey. One of the dishes had some light flavor, everything else was sour and more sour which was made more so by the rolled bread that had to be used to scoop up the food. I was disappointed because I went based on good reviews I do not recommend going unless you like very bland and sour food.

Cons: Sour, Bland, Sour bread only eating utensil


Points +166

07 Jan 2014

Fun, Ethiopian fare

It's worth eating here at least once for the experience of eating the veggie/bean/lentil curries off the injera-bread 'plate'. State that you are vegan and they adapt the veggie platter meal for you. The variety of vegan Ethiopian 'curries' is flavorful and colorful. The injera (teff-flour flatbread) is tasty but spongey - there are better Ethiopian restaurants near Denver for good injera. The restaurant is casual dining so don't dress up, after all, you are eating with your fingers! Also, expect slow, relaxed, service. The restaurant is a little run-down in places so if you are big on cleanliness you might want to skip it. My kiddos LOVE eating here for the whole 'eating-your-plate' experience. The kiddos also LOVE the injera and we always end up taking some home for the freezer.

Pros: Eating the 'plate' , good curries

Cons: a little run down , injera is not the best (but the kiddos love it).


Points +179

24 Jun 2013

Veggie sample is awesome!

Food is delicious and very flavorful. Service can be slow, but this is meant to be enjoyed with friends. My wife and I love the vegetarian sample. But, be careful if you go with meat-eaters. Everything comes out on one giant shared plate, so your veggie food could be right next to a goat curry. The waitress demonstrates how to eat the injera with your hands and makes a sample. She feeds it to one lucky guest, and doesn't seem to be too concerned if you're a vegetarian or not.

Pros: Flavorful

Cons: Slow


Points +117

16 Jan 2011

great lunch buffet

Really tasty, similar in substance to Indian food (lots of rice, lentils, etc) except that all the spices are different. They have an all you can eat buffet at lunchtime, where I believe everything is vegan apart from the two meat options. Also includes unlimited little rolls of spongy flat bread that you use to pick up your food. Our waiter was friendly (almost a little too friendly) and the service overall was good.

Pros: mostly vegan, lunch buffet

Cons: seating is cramped


Points +98

06 Sep 2010


Love this place! Ras Kaasas is a lovely little Ethiopian restaurant, the only one in Boulder. The restaurant has nice atmosphere including the option to eat at traditional woven basket tables indoors or creekside seating outdoors.

They have 3 vegetarian combo plates that are all vegan: a regular veggie combo, spicy veggie combo, or mild veggie combo, and they are all delicious! The standard dishes in the combos (collards, red lentils, and yellow split peas) are all lovely, and they also have some different dishes like beets and potatoes, sweet potatoes, grilled veggies, and butternut squash. It's all very tasty and the injera (spongy crepe-like bread) is normally very fresh, soft, and good.

This is also a good place for a weekday buffet - there are always several vegan dishes and a vegan soup.

Highly recommended! It's one of the best places in Boulder to get a variety of lovingly-made vegan dishes in a combo platter. The two Ethiopian ladies who run the restaurant are also sweet as can be, and in dozens of visits I've never had a mix-up with meat on my order.

I read the other review that said the restaurant is always packed and you always have to wait. That hasn't been my experience. We go frequently and have only had to wait for a table maybe once on a weekend holiday at dinnertime. It's never full for lunch or on week nights.

I would give the place 5 cows, but Happy Cow won't let me do that for a non-vegetarian restaurant. So officially it's a four-cow rating but it's five in my heart!

Pros: Delicious food!, Creekside patio dining, Super friendly owners

Cons: Can be slow


Points +1167

09 Jun 2010

Delicious Ethiopian Food

My husband and I ate at Ras Kassa's last night and it was great. We split the vegetarian and spicy vegetarian combination plates and it was way more than we could eat (lots of leftovers) and very, very good. Each combination plate came with three items (all vegan) plus we were served spiced collard greens, shredded carrot salad, and some sort of parsley/lemon/bread salad. Both meals were served together on injera bread so everything was shared.
I do not remember the names of all the dishes, but the spicy red lentils, the sweet potatoes, and the beet and potato dishes were particularly good.
If you like Ethiopian food, don't miss out on Ras Kassa's.

Pros: Great vegan selection, Very tasty food, Fun eating style

Cons: Lentil Pastry not vegan, A little pricey


Points +31

09 Mar 2007


We love this place! We make special trips from Missouri just to eat there! Very nice place, the food is great and the people are always nice. It's always full and we have usually had to wait, but it's worth it.

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