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With the smell of roasted coffee beans, hut-like decorations and orange, red and brown colour schemes, it's no wonder people feel like they’re truly experiencing a little bit of Africa when they walk into Rendez-Vous. The restaurant is filled with Ethiopian art: paintings and photographs depicting the vast and vibrant culture the country and its people have to offer are on display as visitors relish the unique cuisine.

Staying true to its translation, Rendez-Vous is named after a famous spot in Ethiopia known as a meeting place where people come to socialize and have a good time. The Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant has been serving the East Toronto neighbourhood since its opening in 2001. Banchi Kinde, the owner at Rendez-Vous, took advantage of Toronto’s multicultural environment after moving to the city, deciding to offer a bit of her ethnic roots through its cuisine. “Ethiopia is very rich in culture. We are unique in the way we eat and in the way we take care of our guests,” she says.

Banchi’s passion for cooking and hosting comes from her mother, whom she always helped around the kitchen. Growing up in a big family, she was surrounded by relatives and a culture of cooking and hospitality, skills that became ingrained in her very early on. “Whenever I cooked, everyone loved it! That was a great motivation for me,” she says. “We really make sure our guests are satisfied. We take a lot of pride in that,” she adds.

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    The Best Ethiopian Food in Town

    This is the best Ethiopian food in town. I have been there several times and the service and the food was amazing. The owner is always there and she will help you select the food you want. The price for the food size is great,

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    September 22, 2018

    My first time having Ethiopian food and this place was such a gem. The Waitresses were nice they kind of explain to us and how to order. Everything that we had was fantastic we had the veggie platter with some meat dishes. We ordered the coffee ceremony which is so good for just a nice way to end the meal.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    September 13, 2018

    Best Ethiopian food in the city, service is slow but worth the wait!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    September 10, 2018

    Food was excellent, and the service was also really good to help us understand the preferred dishes. Will definitely be coming back!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 3, 2018

    Great place

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 2, 2018

    Food was amazing and very affordable. I went with a couple of friends on a Saturday night. Great atmosphere and service. The food come out in less than 10 min. Washroom facilities were spacious and clean. Will come back again.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 20, 2018

    This was our first time having Ethiopian food and it was amazing. I will definitely be back!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 14, 2018

    My friend and I enjoyed everything about the experience, from the place itself to the staff and the food. It was my friend's first time tasting Ethiopian food and she absolutely loved it. It was my third visit to this restaurant and so far I have no complaint. 5 stars all around.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 11, 2018

    We made reservation yet theee was no reservation. Got seated after 7 pm. Food came after 7.30. Service was pathetic. Food was decent

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 1/5

    June 3, 2018

    Very good staff. Great authentic atmosphere!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 20, 2018

    Second time dining here and everything was amazing!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 13, 2018

    This is the best Ethiopian restaurant in Toronto. I wouldn't be surprised if it were the best Ethiopian food on the planet. It's superb.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    May 6, 2018

    The incense they burned was a little rough on my asthmatic wife's lungs. Other than that, amazing all round experience. We'll be back.P.S. You will not leave hungry.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    March 28, 2018

    Just a wonderful...fabulous...delicious evening with great service...with wonderful smiles. I would return 😀

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    March 20, 2018

    The chicken and couscous was very salty and the lamb and couscous did not have much flavour. I have had excellent food here in the past. I will only choose the combo platters from now on and eat with my hands!

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 3/5

    March 18, 2018

    Delightful experience. Lovely staff and delicious food. Excellent value

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 17, 2018

    Fantastic!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 11, 2018

    We have been many times. We invited friends for a first time exposure to Ethiopian food. Our friends enjoyed the food, the people who served us, and I am sure they will be back again.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    February 1, 2018

    Excellent service and food. Too bad the restaurant is so small!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 22, 2018

    Awesome everything! Will be going back :)

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 10, 2018

    Delicious food.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 3/5

    January 7, 2018

    We had the vegetarian platter, spicy tea & ginger tea - the food is delicious, and the service was warm and helpful.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 4, 2018

    Excellent food and service. I highly recommend the coffee ceremony. It was more than a meal it was an experience.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 17, 2017

    Fantastic service and amazing food!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 27, 2017

    I love this place! No complaints. Service was a little slow due to the crowd. One of my favourite restaurants in the city.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    November 10, 2017

    Food was excellent

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    October 30, 2017

    Lived up to hype, would go again!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 28, 2017

    It was our first time going and was amazing. Will definitely go back.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 17, 2017

    great staff treated us like family. Fast service, huge portions and great tasting food.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 15, 2017

    It was our first visit and we had a great time. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, the service was fantastic and the food was unique and very tasty.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 17, 2017

    The food was fantastic. We asked the server about some of the doses we ordered as none of us had eaten Ethiopian food before. The servers were not very informative. Large tv that was on at the back if the restaurant was unnecessary.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

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