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Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

Ethiopian Restaurant, Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
  • Has a stamp of approval from Eater and AJC
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  • Colin L.
    "We liked our lamb tibs with collard greens and the fir fir with fish"(9 Tips)
    Fresh T.
    "The fish tips with injera bread and greens are great!"(5 Tips)
    "Try the KITFO *Dare Devil ;)"(5 Tips)
    Liza M.
    "Honey Wine and/or spiced tea as beverages on the patio...Perfection!"(3 Tips)
106 Tips and reviews
  • Ethiopian food
  • vegetarian food
  • authentic
  • injera bread
  • kitfo
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  • Cameron M.
    For two people, split one Tibs platter with a ton of extra sides. It'll be plenty.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 20
    Desta is Atlanta's best bet for authentic Ethiopian fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The expansive menu allows diners to build their own meals or order complete dishes created by the kitchen. Read more
  • Staci K.
    The food is amazing. I especially like the ribeye. However, after two visits, I've concluded the service is marginal at best.
  • Tami T.
    Vegetarian Platter was awesome!!!
  • Omar M.
    Omar MolinaApril 25
    Got the all meat and all veggie platter. Fnatastic. Would go back.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiJanuary 31
    Bring your friends along so you can do a big platter!
  • Tricia B.
    Tricia BeanJanuary 15
    Been here 10+ times
    Love Desta spicy lentil stew and fish ribs are what to order here. Staff is great.
  • Candice S.
    Candice ShortJanuary 1
    We love the Meat Lover😋 The food here is amazing!!
  • Lakesha G.
    Lakesha GibsonNovember 6, 2016
    Try the veggie plate
  • Princess F.
    Princess FilmzSeptember 3, 2016
    Fish salad and All of the veggies!
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeAugust 27, 2016
    Excellent flavorful food. We liked our lamb tibs with collard greens and the fir fir with fish
  • Gabrielle W.
    Gabrielle WilliamsAugust 7, 2016
    Absolute best Ethiopian food I've ever had!!! Everything I've had from here has been amazing. Also Try the Ethiopian amber beer! 😊
  • John W.
    John WilsonJuly 15, 2016
    Awesome food. Everything I have tired was well made and very tasty. Even the coffee.
  • AJC
    AJCJuly 15, 2016
    Just because you missed prime dining hours doesn't mean you can't eat primo ethnic food, even if you're seeking vegan or vegetarian. Dine family style or on your own or try the takeout. Read more
  • Asia T.
    Asia ThurstonJuly 7, 2016
    The food is seasoned well. I had chicken. I wasn't a fan of the greens or the cheesecake, but the entree was good.
  • Megha M.
    Megha MadanJuly 6, 2016
    Veggie platter so good!!! and the chicken is always great with the injera.
  • Jasmine E.
    Jasmine EJune 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken tibs are great with the cabbage
  • Carlton F.
    Carlton FApril 9, 2016
    The food is delicious. The menu has a lot going on and is somewhat confusing and disorganized. This is my first visit.I definitely plan on returning to try other dishes.
  • Marjorie W.
    Marjorie WilsonMarch 24, 2016
    I get the chicken tubs with injera bread and gomen. Their fish salad is good too..
  • D'Atra K.
    D'Atra KeysMarch 13, 2016
    I got the lamb tibs with rice and tomato fit fit...OMG! IT WAS SO GOOD! My drink was Also delicious!
  • Swank D.
    Swank DossmanFebruary 20, 2016
    the tibbs menu
  • Quin M.
    Quin McIverFebruary 17, 2016
    Amazing samba and any tubs dish....and don't forget the fish pasta just be sure to mention no jalapeño for kids.
  • laura p.
    laura possNovember 19, 2015
    Fish tibs, potato stew, and jasmine rice!
  • Deepak P.
    Deepak PadmanabhanNovember 14, 2015
    Try the sambusa, fish and lamb tibs!
  • Fresh T.
    Fresh The barberNovember 12, 2015
    The fish tips with injera bread and greens are great!
  • Tom N.
    Tom NguyenOctober 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The food and service are excellent.
  • Ginari G.
    Ginari Gibb PriceAugust 19, 2015
    Ginari Gibb Price is a leading psychiatrist that is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Read more
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BellaJuly 7, 2015
    Vegetarian platter is yummy.
  • Krishna C.
    Krishna ChandranJune 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Big fan of Fir Fir and Tibs
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    Try the breakfast combo. There are scrambled eggs you can scoop up with injera bread; some chechebsa (flatbread seasoned with hot berbere spices); and kinche, cracked grains with olive oil. Read more
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly ManningApril 29, 2015
    Every dish we tried was excellent! The sides were amazing. I would come back just to order all the various sides!
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiFebruary 15, 2015
    Best Ethiopian food tasted period. Order the meat lover. Perfect for a group of 4.
  • Daniela V.
    Daniela VickJanuary 21, 2015
    I keep coming back for great spicy vegan food that is very affordable
  • Sam
    SamJanuary 16, 2015
    Very friendly staff and they make awesome recommendations with unlimited amount of injera bread!
  • Daniela V.
    Daniela VickJanuary 10, 2015
    Everything is amazing! Great vegan and Gluten-free food! Very affordable
  • Kannan R.
    Kannan RamDecember 20, 2014
    Good food selection and reasonable prices. They allow you to substitute the sides in the vegetarian platter to include your favorites.
  • Aaditya
    AadityaNovember 12, 2014
    Ethiopian cuisine is simply lip smacking! The fish tibs/lamb tibs with awaze, wash that down with beer = burp! :D
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CorneliusSeptember 21, 2014
    Ribs tibs are absolutely delicious with awaze sauce! Also love the tomato fit fit, rice and collards.
  • Olivia S.
    Olivia ScarlettSeptember 20, 2014
    Everything is good
  • Abby K.
    Abby KrollSeptember 6, 2014
    Tibs with ingera - lamb, steak and chicken
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa PattersonAugust 2, 2014
    Vegetarian platter ... Mmm.
  • AJC
    AJCAugust 1, 2014
    Ethiopian cuisine is centered around injera — the spongy bread that also serves as an eating utensil. Read more
  • Ken C.
    Ken CrouchJuly 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask yourself, "Do I LOVE rare steak and sushi?" Then consider the rare kitfo. It's not for everyone, but it's FANTASTIC (and much better than what you get elsewhere locally).
  • Eliza
    ElizaJune 10, 2014
    Amazing food!
  • Margaret R.
    Margaret RobbinsMarch 28, 2014
    Fantastic food!
  • Sean T.
    Sean T.February 23, 2014
    I had the Goden Tips. I wld not recommend the injera bread tho
  • Liza F.
    Liza FoyJanuary 27, 2014
    Such yummy food!!! Definitely worth a try. :)
  • Asmara G.
    Asmara Gwal IssayasJanuary 20, 2014
    Fish Tibs with a salad are the bestest ad a veggie sambusa as an appetizer!!! Yummyyyy
  • Pradep Kumar
    Pradep KumarDecember 26, 2013
    Get the Miser. You won't regret it. !!
  • Tenaya P.
    Tenaya PetersDecember 24, 2013
    The lamb is to die for!!!!
  • Paige P.
    Paige PerryDecember 21, 2013
    If you plan on coming on a weekend, Terry to make a reservation at 4 hours in advance. This place gets packed on the weekends quickly. Even if you have to wait, know that it's DEFINITELY worth it
  • Shunda A.
    Shunda AndréDecember 15, 2013
    Try the lamb tibs!
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GallmanDecember 6, 2013
    Vegetarian fir fir! Ask for extra water...
  • Tom N.
    Tom NguyenDecember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish tibs is the best, but I am trying their pasta.
  • Flavor Notice C.
    Flavor Notice CateringNovember 17, 2013
    I love my kitfo raw... however... desta serves kitfo pasta that is really good IF the meat is cooked well done. (I've tried it both raw & cooked) also their fish pasta is also amazing & its a lot.
  • Anuhya K.
    Anuhya KonduruNovember 10, 2013
    Delicious food. Great service. Staff are super nice. Lively ambiance.
  • Andrea H.
    Andrea HarrisonNovember 9, 2013
    They usually have #glutenfree injera
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda VanceAugust 17, 2013
    Get the tibs cooked with something - rice, injera, etc. Makes for more food and just a better meal altogether.
  • Monique H.
    Monique HamptonAugust 5, 2013
    First time with Ethiopian cuisine and it was divine! Try the Fish tibs and the Kifto, medium well with kocho. It was healthy and amazing..
  • Sonya B.
    Sonya BoatwrightAugust 3, 2013
    Loved it! Great food!
  • Tee L.
    Tee LaShawnJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come on Monday for the chicken specials... $7.99!!!
  • Tee L.
    Tee LaShawnJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    For beginners I recommend the Chicken Tibs... ALWAYS ADD MISER & SHIRO TO YOUR MEAL... The Goden Tibs are sooooo good! The lamb tibs are tasty. The tiramisu cake is good but the portion us small.
  • Faye S.
    Faye SykesJune 29, 2013
    Great tibs! Great place for gluten free and vegan eaters
  • Domo K.
    Domo KeyJune 12, 2013
    The fish tibs changed my life...absolutely delicious! And don't forget to get a glass of honey wine too.
  • Denise L.
    Denise LimJune 7, 2013
    Fish tibs, no doubt!
  • miss lucy
    miss lucyApril 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish tibs + rice + gomen + axumite (wine) = happy girl. Amazing food & service.
  • Mary R.
    Mary RandallApril 5, 2013
    Get the lamb tibs and vegetarian platter to share. Enjoy your meal with a glass of honey wine. Best lamb in town!
  • Lauren N.
    Lauren NewlandsMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The fish tibs are amazing :)
  • Peto F.
    Peto FallasFebruary 13, 2013
    Try the Vegetarian Combo Platter
  • Peto F.
    Peto FallasFebruary 13, 2013
    Try the Ethiopian Tea
  • Nicholas F.
    Nicholas FogelsonFebruary 9, 2013
    Go for beef tibs - super good!
  • Andrea J.
    Andrea JacksonFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Deliciously seasoned. I just experienced the upstairs area for large parties. Very nice!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 21, 2013
    This casual Ethiopian restaurant is the best of its kind in the city, and it's open until at least midnight every day to boot. Get the vegetarian platter and/or lamb tibs. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Sagar U.
    Sagar UtturkarJanuary 20, 2013
    Try fish tibs over shiro. The best combination..and miser as side.
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyNovember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken tibs!!!!
  • jason i.
    jason iaconoNovember 28, 2012
    Fish tibs. Just do it. We'll do it live!
  • Steven S.
    Steven SanghaOctober 18, 2012
    Good food. Service was a little slow.
  • Monique
    MoniqueSeptember 7, 2012
    The lamb tibs was excellent! Very flavorful
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CJuly 28, 2012
    Dining on their patio or the drive thru take.. The lamb is my fav
  • Jessie F.
    Jessie ForresterJuly 27, 2012
    I would eat here literally every single day if I could. Such. Amazing. Food.
  • Steve S.
    Steve SchillingApril 13, 2012
    I just love this place... And besides great food the people couldn't be more friendly and helpful.
  • Joey S.
    Joey SirmonsMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Kitfo, medium-rare, with shiro FTW!
  • sharva L.
    sharva LMarch 7, 2012
    The meat lovers is enough for 5 ppl...$30 for 5ppl isn't bad
  • K K.
    K KaulMarch 4, 2012
    Get table on the patio. Totally worth it when weather is awesome. I can just go on eating Injera...healthy good food.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SyedJanuary 29, 2012
    Don't be scared to try the vegetarian platter, it's so good!!
  • Armandiño J.
    Armandiño JonesJanuary 19, 2012
    Best Ethiopian food in Atlanta! !!
  • Hope Z.
    Hope ZacekDecember 22, 2011
    Gored gored (raw meat rawr!) and veggie combo!
  • A
    ADecember 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try olive oil instead of butter for less calories.
  • A
    ADecember 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the KITFO *Dare Devil ;)
  • A
    ADecember 10, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try tiramisu with expresso .#Dope-On-a-Rope!
  • A
    ADecember 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try adding ground beef to the scrambled #Yum
  • A
    ADecember 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try adding beef with your scrambled eggs.
  • Bobby A.
    Bobby AsareNovember 23, 2011
    One of the best spots for contemporary ethiopian food ... Try it and you will love it... They have drive through too. Don't know how that works
    savoryexposure.comAugust 4, 2011
    Fish tibs, no question the highlight of the menu
  • Wayne K.
    Wayne KeithJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the Fish TIBS! AWESOME! Read more
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SimpsonMay 19, 2011
    The lamb tibs were delicious - but the cabbage was amazing! Make sure you order some as your side!
  • Ryan F.
    Ryan FleisherMay 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Fish tibs - Always and forever.
  • Tse
    TseApril 20, 2011
    This place is really well executed: professional, good service, nice light & modern Ethiopian decor, plus the food is easily top 3 best ethiopian food I've had in N. America (coming from an Ethiopian)
  • Bradford R.
    Bradford RogersMarch 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If there's any jamming, let me know!
  • Sumier P.
    Sumier PhalakeMarch 21, 2011
    The fish tibs with shiro is the best thing on the menu
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