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Had the Fasika Chicken Tibs Special. Great dish, especially for rice lovers! Good service and atmosphere. The food takes time since it's made to order but well worth the wait.
First, the neighborhood is not one that I'd go into after dark but great food can be found is sketchy places so we went early. When we got there, the staff just looked at us like we were aliens and the service was pretty much downhill from there. To say that the service was lethargic is an enthusiastic endorsement. We ordered the combo lamb and only one of the dishes was good, the other two were fatty and not well seasoned. Having had real Ethiopian food in Miami, this was a major disappointment and combined with the "service" we'll never go back.
The four of us ordered the "Ultimate Combination" which is a sampler of beef, chicken, lamb, and vegetable dishes. Quite tasty, everything was wonderfully seasoned and spiced without being overly spicy.
You don't get plates and silverware, as you are expected to eat with your hands.
Also, there is only street parking nearby, but it's not metered, which is nice.
This place was a wonderful surprise. I wasn't looking for it and wasn't hungry, but I don't get Ethiopian food often and this place proved to be awesome! I can only speak to the vegetarian food, but the sampler2 very tasty. I'm stuffed!
Food was deliciously rich and well-prepared and as good as we have had in Chicago and D.C. and NY over the past 25 years. We were the only non-Africans there at the time and they couldn't have been nicer or more attentive. The tea was unique and prepared for a serious tea drinker and we bought a package to take home. The run-down outside appearance is deceiving--the inside was charming!
I've had Ethiopian in many places around the U.S. as well as Africa (although never in Ethiopia). Fasika's has always been the standard against which I judge all other restaurants, an no one has yet reached it. Great food, fresh injera, perfect spices. Both meat and vegetarian options are fantastic. A great place, evidenced in part by the people that will line up on any given night to be seated.
The food is really, really good. Many of the menu items are eaten without utensils. It's a bit unusual for Americans, but it makes for a good experience. Everything I have ordered here has been top notch. The food tends to be heavily spiced, but not overly spicy. The service was fine and the atmosphere was vibrant with Ethiopian culture.
This place is a sleeper. I drove by it 1000 times thinking it might be too ethnic for my tastes but when the food is this good it doesn't matter what your comfort zone is. I'll be back soon.
Tonight I purchased a take-out order of Lamb Tibs. When I got home to eat it I felt hoodwinked by the highly priced poor quality food before me. First of all, it was NOT lamb. It was beef. It was so oily that I began to feel sick from the amount of oil. The meat its self had veins or blood vessel or something. They were like white tube looking things. Ewww. The meat was tough and super chewy, there were also whole cuts of actual fat swimming in the oil. Within the first minute, I already had a pile of unchewable beef. The injera had slivers of some white unedible material on it as well. Ethiopian food is my absolute favorite and I have had alright dishes at Fasika in the past. I have never bought a dish at an Ethiopian place in the 20 years that I'v been enjoying it, that was below my expectations. After this experience I will never eat there again. Disgusting rip off is what that food is. Sure wish I could get my $17. plus waisted time back.
I love their food! And the service is so pleasant.
Wonderful injera. Great flavors. One of my favorite foods and nobody does it better than Fasika.
I don't think they even deserve a star. I ordered BEEF TIBS and Fasika Special Chicken TIBS take out and the server asked me if I wanted dry meat or with sauce and I told her "I want it with sauce, don't make it dry please" what I found in the to go boxes were disgusting oily both orders and there was no sauce whatsoever, no salad neither which they had that in the description. I called them and the lady who answered was very rude and did not even answered my question or for that matter apologized their mistake. I would never recommend to anyone and I am not going back there!
We love Fasika! They have awesome vegan food that is inexpensive, filling and delicious. Even though we don't eat there much more than a few times a month, they still remember us and our usual order. Lovely little gem in STP. :D The split peas and akilt are our favorites. YUM.
Thier kitfo and beef tibs is the bomb.
Worst service ever. The staff obviously does not care to keep their customers. We did not receive a welcome of any kind, not even a hello. The server basically threw our food on the table and ran and never came back. We actually had to go up to the bar to pay our bill since the servers were too busy watching the news. The food was alright but not worth the miserable experience. We will not be going back.
Tried a few dishes. Everything had excellent flavor and was very delicious. Very friendly and attentive service.
I had been talking to a friend about my craving for Ethiopian food since I moved to Minneapolis when they recommended I check out Fasika. I made a trip for dinner and a date on a Friday night and was surprised to see how packed the place was. We were seated right away but were able to snag one of the last tables which signaled to me it was a favorite local pick.
We ordered the Chicken Combo Platter and were shocked that it had at least 3-4 portions between 3 dishes. It came with a side salad, cottage cheese, and injera. My favorite was the chicken tibs which is my usual go to. My only wish was that the waitress provide us with extra injera on the side since we didn't have enough for all three paltes. This would be a great dish for anyone new to the cuisine or looking to try a few plates at once.
We also ordered the Catfish & Rice dish that put us over the top after our platter. I had only previous had injera dishes prior to the fish but I loved the different use of spices and the freshness of the fish.
I would definitely return to check out more of their menu and the Ethiopian beer on their drinks menu.
4 of us shared 2 veggie platters and 1 vege sambusa appetizer. Everything was delicious and more than ample servings. Also, reasonably priced.
Is really bad seervice the waiting time is over than a hour. Serving other people who came after you first. That's really biased. The place used to be good before but it's getting worse with time.
If you know real Ethiopian food, you wouldn't be impressed with what they making. The barbere (spices) they use is not authentic. I was disappointed. If you care, don't waste your money and time. The service was as horrible.
First time eating Ethiopian food and it was delicious, we tried the ultimate combo platter and liked almost everything it came with.
The service was ok, atmosphere was pretty good and the food was excellent.
I been waiting for a hour and 30 minutes to get served and the waiters are so rude there. I'm never coming back for here again. Who waits that long to eat? Smh bad business!
Fasika is very interesting restaurant: from the cleanliness to customer service and eating your food next to restroom. I thought restroom supposed to be a little further away from the kitchen or food serving area. I don't know why so many people are not bother by it. When you come to price it's not fair. The best thing any one can do cook your own food at home and at least you know it's healthy and clean. People you have no idea how this restaurant owners prepare your food.
this place use to be good some years ago. now days the food is disgusting . this is coming from an Ethiopian that should know how Ethiopian food should taste like
I've been so looking forward to coming back to this place and today I finally decided I just deserved it. I knew I wanted the vegetarian sampler again and the veggie samosas just because they're cheap and delicious. Got everything to go and she said it'd be 20 minutes so after deciding between beer and wine I got a Guinness. The food arrived before I'd finished so I hung out waiting for my bus and enjoying the music. Definitely recommend, it's popular but not crowded and I should come here more often.
I am so happy that my friends and I stumbled upon this fine establishment. I guess we were just in the right place at the right time. Upon entering, we were out-of-towners who knew nothing about the restaurant's reputation, only that it served up Ethiopian food. We almost went somewhere else because the restaurant was completely full and short-staffed. I later realized that it was the first time I had to wait for a table at an African restaurant. Ok, the food. We ordered the vegetarian platter along with a couple Ethiopian beers. Highly recommend "Meta". Simply the best Ethiopian food I've had. Everything from the unprecedented variety to the perfect spice level on the missir wat. I hope to go back next time I am in Minneapolis.
Food was so so at best,but my rating is about the service we recieved:
* the server are too slow!
*No one checked on us to see how we doing and to see if we want anything else.
*we have to wait like 15 min to get our bill after the server took our plate.
*last but not least they not friendly.
Not coming back!!!
Pls.....respect for ethiopians coustmers espescialley front dask workers ...
Whenever I visit Minneapolis, I have to stop at Fasika. I always get the veggie platter. I share it with a friend. Ask for extra injera. Only 4 stars because of the service.... Veggie platter comes fast, but when it's time to get the check and go, it's hard to get their attention.
Fasika has really filling, deliciously made meals for a fair price. I just love the art on the walls and the generally pleasant and warm ambiance. The waiters don't bother you constantly so you can eat your meal at your own pace. All the food comes with their deliciously spongy and sour inerja. The beer and wine lists are good, and include some Ethiopian lagers that pair well with the spicy food. The coffee is also excellent, and has the distinct light body and fruity acidity characteristic of coffees grown in Ethiopia. I would definitely recommend to anyone
The food is excellent, and their combos have a wider variety than many places I've seen. I tried a lot of things I hadn't had before, even at other Ethiopian restaurants.
The ambiance is not fine dining, though.
If service was quicker and more attentive I would give 5 stars. When our server did interact with us she was warm, friendly, and helpful. Never had Ethiopian food before, so I didn't realize you used your hands to eat so if that's a problem be sure to ask for silverware. The food was delicious, Lamb Tibs is what I ordered. My girlfriend got Key Wot which was a little spicy but very delicious as well. Would recommend to anyone looking to try something different
This place sucks, it used be good but not any more. My friends and I went there, the waiter sit us and after 20 min waiting for our food, she told us they run out of the anjero. my friend ask her why she didn't let us know and make us wait for 20 min. she said oh sorry. I will never go back to this place ever again.
Food was delicious - very flavorful! The seating area is small and they do not have high chairs. They actually seated us with no option but to put a small baby in a carseat in the aisle which was terrifying for us so we decided to order to go. The waitress was exceedingly rude, would not smile (even though I made it my personal mission to make her smile), and she even huffed and made a fuss when we asked for the check after we were brought our food to go. They also tried to charge us for an extra entree we did not order and we felt that the sizes of the entrees were not in line with what we would have received had we stayed in to eat even though we paid the same price. This may not have been the case but it was how we felt.
The food here is excellent. They have great Ethiopian coffee too. It's located on the Green Line, in a very interesting neighborhood. One of my fave restaurants on the Green Line.
The food is delicious and they have an awesome vegetarian platter. The atmosphere is definitely lacking overall. We usually do take it from here.
Love the food here. Enjoyed dining. Good sized portions. Can also call an order for pickup.
Delicious food and excellent coffee, with large portions for a very reasonable price. If you require silverware, be certain to request it from your server, as most Ethiopian staples are enjoyed by scooping them up in Injera, a crepe-like bread that is served in generous quantities.
So wonderful. Had an appetizer, the Ultimate Combination platter, & a couple extra pieces of injera, and fed 6 very hungry people. And had leftovers. Absolutely delicious. Service was okay, and atmosphere didn't bother us; the meal FAR made up for it.
walked in about 5 30 on a monday. the place was fairly empty. after i was seated and given a water i looked at the menu. so far the only question from the server was how many. after i pulled teeth with my server for a suggestion for what the best thing on the menu was. i waited about 25 minutes sipping on my water for my food. not a terribly long wait though just a bit stretching reasonable with the low number of customers. i had gotten a spicy lamb dish that wasnt spicy though the lamb was cooked very well. there was next to no flavor in the dish itself. the bread was a high point in my opinion. i understand the food is traditionally eaten with your hands but you would think someone clearly out of their depth would be asked if silverware was preferred. also for what i ordered and the size of it the menu seems to be fairly pricey
all in all the food was under-seasoned but well prepared mediocre food and a worse wait staff. i will not be returning.
My favorite Ethiopian food in town. Their food is fabulous, portion size is excellent, and pricing is fair. It is always busy bc everyone loves to go there.
Delicious, flavorful, colorful, and reasonably priced. I got the veggie platter and made 3 meals out of it. I don't know how they do it but I highly recommend them. Vegan friendly.
Fasika is the most delicious Ethiopian food I've had, comparing other restaurants in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Washington DC. I don't know how they do it, but their flavors are just bigger, bolder, more complex than anyone else. True that the food takes a while to arrive to your table, but for me the excellent quality is well worth the wait.
Note to vegetarians/vegans: Fasika also has one of, if not the, biggest selection of vegetarian dishes. The last that I spoke with them re vegan is that all their veg dishes are vegan as well, but that was a few years ago and it never hurts to check again. The vege sampler platter has more than enough food for two hungry vegetarians, and with a variety of greens, lentils, vegetables and the delicious injera bread, it's filling and hearty as well!
I really enjoyed this place. I will go again very nice food. The place is small but food is great. You may have to stand and wait for a table or sit by the rest room or be asked to sit with strangers But who cares.
Great food. Doro wat and the chicken combination plate was delicious. Very crowded for a Monday night... proving that the food is probably the best Ethiopian food in the Twin Cities
Best Ethiopian food ever!
Service is standard Ethiopian restaurant service (it all seems to be the same).
Ultimate Combo Platter is the best deal on the menu! You get all of the meat and the veggies! Literally something for everyone and it easily feeds 3!
Amazing!! I ordered the delicious vegetable sampler (vegan!) and I can't believe I went my entire life without eating Ethiopian food up to this day. Absolutely amazing and delicious in every way, it may be my new favorite kind of food!
The food is SO wonderful...! So much spices and so flavorful. Prepare to use your hands, but they do provide silverware if you need it. The food does take longer to prepare, I think we waited for about at least 30-35 mins after we ordered. Customer service was a little lacking though, and servers were not the friendliest, but the work does get done! Would totally come again and bring friends who love spices in their foods and who like to try different cultural foods
The food here is DELICIOUS! The service is hit or miss, but this is a wonderful local business that I love supporting. Warm, comforting atmosphere inside and quick turn-around for pick-up orders.
Fasika is one of the few places we go where we can tell the food is made fresh from good ingredients. Prepare for some awkwardness if you're not used to Ethiopian food because the norm here is to eat the food with one's hands sans utensils, but you can get a fork if you ask for one. As vegetarians we always go for the veggie sampler which includes a scoop of each one of the vegetarian dishes. Since these dishes are prepared ahead of time the food is usually very quick to arrive. A couple of the dishes are very well suited to an infant's tastes which makes this a great place to come with our little one, especially since she prefers to eat with her hands anyway. Generally speaking we can feed 2 adults and our child for 20 dollars so we feel this place offers good value. Be prepared for a somewhat sketchy neighborhood but once you get past that this is a great place to eat.
Excellent Ethiopian Cuisine and Red Wine at Great Price. The Restaurant Is Rather Small Inside and Can Become Crowded Quickly. I Suggest Checking Table Availability When Looking To Dine In, As Well As The Catfish. It's Divine!
Traditional Ethiopian food prepared with excellent care. I had the Kitfo served rare and the owner/cook came over to see how I liked it. I appreciated the extra care in how the meal was, but I would want to see that care put to how the restaurant is presented.
The food here is so good but the service as always is horrible. Had the beef tips and the fried fish with rice. The portions sizes are for two so you can share. The food takes time to come (45-60 minutes) regardless of how busy it is. My guess is because its fresh. The fish is crispy and it comes with rice and salad. The salad has a homemade sauce very tasty. The tips are my favorite beef mixed with veggies and spice grilled. You can order juice or dry and also comes with salad. The plate is served on top of injera its like a tortilla you use it to pick up the beef. My advice is that if you get bad service do not tip and the service quality will go up.
Some of the best Ethiopian food. The veggie platter and a side of meat or fish is the way to go if it is your first time. Perfect for two people.
When i was in Ethiopia 4 months ago I noticed visitors from countries outside of Ethiopia have the privilege of getting served a head of local people any where at any time I am fine with it it is an indication of our culture. But here At Fasica i observed more than twice when those greedy servers offering a table to my White American Friends hoping to get a better tip while non-whites arrived before us and waiting to be seated. This is America where everybody get served and treated equally.the food is also just ok .
The food was really good. But I decided to give it four stars because of the unreasonably long time they took to serve our food. We got our table at 7.45pm, placed our order within 10mins, and our food arrived only at 9pm. I would have appreciated it if they had told me that I would have to wait that long.
Amazing! Shared the vegetarian platter with another person and still had a ton of food left over. My server was very friendly and sweet. I had a fantastic experience.
This place was recommended to me by an Ethiopian, with a promise that it's authentic. Their selection is amazing, whether you're a meat lover or a vegetarian. Casual atmosphere, with nothing pretentious about it
Fasika is fantastic. Great flavors, I always leave feeling full and it's a great place to go with friends who aren't squeamish about sharing a dish or two. You can't go wrong with the veggie sampler, every included dish is delicious.
Very tasty! My first Ethiopian cuisine experience so I can't compare to others. Everything was incredibly flavorful and delicious. We got the big variety platter to share 4 ways, which easily stuffed us all and still had some left over. Would visit again!
Delicious and authentic. You know that scene in Aladdin where he tries to explain to Genie why he likes Jasmine so much? Yeah, I'm Aladdin and my dinner was my princess. The tea was just, and then there was this bread, and sambusa was just wow. It was that good, people.
We've never tried authentic Ethiopian food. We were pleasantly surprised. Delicious food and the staff was wonderfully accommodating and staff.
Fear for your life..
Run for your life...
I was recommended by an older friend
Completely not what they said it was..
They may have been good back then
Guess what not anymore........
Just another typical immigrant business..
Simply this place stinks......
Sorry got to tell it like it is .....
They are living on past reputation....
Definitely they are not what they used to be.
Just another typical immigrant business...
Ordered by phone and I was told 15 min
Got there 20 min later. The server keeps telling me 5 min . and charged my card, After waiting 30 minutes had to go back to my office..
I didn't want to believe it when my friend told me they are not what they used to be...
Needless to say
I found out the hard way today!!
I've been there twice and both times the food was wonderful. This time I got the sampler which had 4 different meat dishes and 5 different veggies. All of that is plated on indira with more on the side. It did cost about 40 bucks but it was enough food for 2 people to get full and left with a to go container completely filled with the leftovers. I will always recommend Fasika.
This was my third visit here. The service and the food are not as consistent as other places I've frequented, but it is a really highly recommended gateway into Ethiopian cuisine. (Especially if you are in St Paul around the Midway and can go on a day that is not so busy.) The entrance is not handicap accessible so if you have mobility issues get help getting into the narrow doorway with the very tall step or have it delivered. Something else to keep in mind is that parking in this area is not great in the summer and atrocious at best in the winter. I love that they get so much business despite this which is why I'd give 4.5 stars if I could. Only docking a half star for the inconsistencies in the platters I've ordered each time. Overall it's a nice place to stop in during a day trip when you're taking the greenline (light rail), and I hope that they continue to be a pillar of cultural cuisine here in the Twin Cities.
When I eat out I go nowhere else. Great ambiance, fine food, and reasonable prices. Reminds me of the incredible experience I had hanging out in Ethiopia. And the waitstaff are super models to boot!
Tasty spicy Ethiopian (Eritrean) food! Courteous and efficient servers! Owner is very nice and as are the servers!
We go there in search of comfort food. Yummy, well balanced food. Some things can be spicy, so ask. Really good vegan and gluten free options. Highly recommend the pigeon pea dish.
Went with a friend a few weeks ago, and ordered Awaze Tebs. I've had this before and each time the flavors were so amazing that I couldn't wish to go to another Ethiopian restaurant. Sadly I can't say this after going to Fasika.
For starters the dish they served (which came out within a few minutes of ordering it) felt cold during my first few bites. I complained and sent it back, which is something I avoid doing, and it's clear that they just microwaved it because my server said, "There's nothing I can really do." When I first mentioned that it was cold her reaction was more of disbelief, I thought it was because it shouldn't be cold but when she brought it back I realized that she simply didn't believe me.
Secondly, even with it being cold the spices and the beef felt bland and rather flavorless.
I honestly believed the cooks just took out a previous batch and tossed it in the microwave before bringing it out to me. Had they tossed it in a pan and reheated it properly perhaps it would have been heated evenly and might have actually tasted like a decent dish should. Sad part is that we were the only people eating there so it wasn't like they were swamped.
I won't be going back again.
Great vegan options! Food comes out immediately. Large portions and great value! Will be back!
I got Lamb combo dish. The meat was very chewy and it had wild taste. And It looked like left over meat from the night before. I think it was, I picked up to take it home at 1 in the afternoon. Must be too early for fresh made.
Not happy about it. 20 bucks went down the toilet. Sad.
My favorite is the #15 spicy/ juicy with rice instead of injura with side salad. It's a little pricey but well worth every penny. The service is always wonderful. Very nice people and atmosphere. I always come back for more!
fantastic food, so well spiced. everything on our platter was amazing. service can be a little slow sometimes.
Tasty spicy Ethiopian (Eritrean) food! It's a toss up for me between this and one other Ethiopian restaraunt Ethiopian food. Could dress up their decor but it's great food at good prices! Went their with an Etheopian pastor who said that it is the best in the Twin Cities.
Great food, nice location, friendly staff. Go out of your way to get a combination dish, especially if you've never had Ethiopian before! Coffee is also quite good.
Some of the best Ethiopian I've ever had. Plenty veg. options. I was pleased to find that the dishes had a decent level of spice. Good selection of Ethiopian and local beer.
Service can be a little slow but it's absolutely worth it; the food is delicious and everyone is very nice!
Incredible food. The veggie combo and lamb combo were so flavorful. The lamb was tender, and every veggie dish had a different flavor profile. Definitely my favorite Ethiopian place!
This place has some great food. Try the Tibs if you don’t know what to eat. It’s almost exclusively finger food so if you’re not ready for that then this place might not be for you. The downsides to this place is they only have one restroom and the service is a bit slow (but certainly kind and polite).
Good place for Ethopian food. Service was good and delivery was fast. We had the full sampler and it was good enough to get a taste of everything that is offered there
Go here frequently now to get the lamb tibs with my girlfriend. Never really had Ethiopian food until coming here, maybe once or twice before. It is absolutely delicious! Get ready for an authentic experience in a friendly atmosphere. Can't be afraid to eat with your hands. Prices are decent for how large of a serving you get. Service is nothing special but it's quick and there's nothing wrong with it. Only thing that could have made my last visit better was if they had the Vikings game on at the bar. Oh well.
One of our all around favorite restaurants. Not only great food, but a great experience. If you've never had Ethiopian food, it's a cultural dining extravaganza. Highly recommend Tibs, and Kitfo if you like meat. It's also a top choice for vegetarian dining.
The food is pretty good, but sometimes some waitresses act "funny" (taking too long to take order), in my personal experience. I'd go back though. Just won't leave a tip for bad service.
We've tried a LOT of other Ethiopian restaurants, far and wide: from LA to Maine. There was one in LA that gave Fasika a run for its money, but that's it. Every other time we enjoyed the food, but were thinking to ourselves "Fasika's is better." After trying a new place in the Twin Cities, we always come running back to Fasika. We are so lucky to have it here! Mind you, you come for the food...it's not fancy, fast, or easy, but it's a great value and the food is simply amazing. If you like your veggies, the vegetarian sampler is a must-try...carnivores should try the beef tibs, "dry," unless they have a hungry army prepared to tackle the Ultimate Combination. The owners are great people and do right by the community. It's been discovered, so be prepared to wait if you come at peak times (which tend to run later than at most area restaurants)...but it is well worth the wait! Oh, and be warned: some things are very spicy, and the level of spice can vary from visit to visit...but I don't like spicy and I can eat most of what they serve up.
My hidden gem in the city for traditional Ethiopian food. Our family had been eating at Fasika since I was a child. The smells and tastes of Fasika are not a match for the amazing family that owns it. I'd highly recommend trying it at least once.
Was a little hesitant to try something i never had before but it was totally delicious! The cinnamon tea was great too. We tried the vegetarian sampler plate and split it with my friend. It was perfect. The staff was extremely friendly and fun and laid back. They had enjoyable music, and it was a great place to have a relaxing evening meal in a cozy setting.
Definitely a neighborhood gem. Awesome food and friendly staff. We went back to this place almost after a decade and happy to see they have maintained their quality consistently!
Fasika is a nice and casual place with Ethiopian Foods and has a nice atmosphere but in my opinion isn't a place where you would give it a 5 star rating. Sometimes they mess up your food and sometimes they make it better than you expected. Some waitresses are fast and really kind but some are slow and have an attitude but anyways I would recommend for you to visit Fasika and rate it based on your opinion.
Fasika has been around forever, and their food continues to be amazing! The vegetarian samples is only $14.95 and easily feeds two people. The variety of...read this and 238 more