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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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    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

    August 4, 2017

    Great experience!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 15, 2017

    Very friendly unpretentious restaurant serving good tasty food in Ethiopian style. Will not win any awards for presenting overpriced, tiny portions. Try it.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 10, 2017

    Seriously amazing. Delicious.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 10, 2017

    We went to Rendez Vous on a friend's recommendation and we loved it. The food was delicious, the service casual but terrific, just like the space.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    April 8, 2017

    Very enjoyable dinner with friendly service. We will definitely be back.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    March 22, 2017

    Amazing food ,Great people

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 12, 2017

    Valentine's Day dinner. Delicious food, efficient service, popular with Ethiopian crowd. Nice ambiance, but we literally sat next to another couple, who sat next to another couple where it felt like we were one large party as opposed to 3 separate tables. Not possible to have an intimate conversation with my boyfriend without the couple beside me over hearing. Will definitely go back, but not to have an intimate romantic dinner. Great value for money.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 15, 2017

    Great experience!!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 11, 2016

    Excellent meal, first time for our kids eating Ethiopian and they loved it.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 27, 2016

    Excellent food, for two of us we had veggie plate and lamb. With "bread" it was more than enough and everything was tasty and staff all courteous and friendly. The only thing was despite having to reserve a table through YP, they had no record of it and they had to set up a table for us. Not sure if they check YP reservation so it may be better to call them to make a reservation.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    November 19, 2016

    The food was delicious I love it. The lights and the place is very nice. Service is good too. The only inconvenience I found was the music. It was too loud and I had to speak very loud to my friend. Other than that the place is very good

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    October 4, 2016

    Fantastic as always! We'll be back!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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