Rendez-Vous Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant

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Restaurant type

  • Ethnic,
  • East African,

Cuisine type

  • African,
  • Ethiopian,
  • Eritrean,

Dishes

  • Vegetarian Cuisine,

Features

  • Take-out,
  • Restaurant With Party Services,
  • Restaurant With Terrace,
  • Restaurant With Bar,
  • Halal Restaurant,

Atmosphere

  • Family,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Award Win,
  • Big Screen Tv,
  • Satellite Tv,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

Getting There

  • Danforth And Coxwell,
Location
1408 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1M9
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

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 10, 2020

    The food is delicious! This is our favourite Ethiopian restaurant and we go as often as we can.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    March 4, 2020

    So romantic. Best service ever. Very friendly, knowledgeable. When coffee was served the waiter took the time to explain the significance and purpose of what was happening. Would recommend to anyone. Had veggie combo and spicy lentils.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 29, 2020

    It was Yummy! I ate so much I could not walk

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 18, 2020

    Go to Wazema instead!!Very disappointing- we arrived on time and they weren’t ready. It was our first time eating Eithiopian food and so we asked the our server for recommendations. She just opened the menu and walked away to clear other tables. In the mean time she took the order of the couple that sat down after us. We asked again politely for help but she ignored us. We decided to leave - the server was then apologetic and saying she could help. It was ridiculous. We walked over a few doors to another great Ethiopian restaurant - Wazema - the server recommended a delicious platter for us to share. We enjoyed the meal and it made up for the unfortunate experience at Rendezvous.

    Ambiance: 1/5

    Cuisine: 1/5

    Service: 1/5

    January 18, 2020

    Never disappointed

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 14, 2019

    One of my favourite restaurants to go to with friends in the city! The food is superb. The service is excellent.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 18, 2019

    My only concern was that we requested the coffee ceremony & it wasn't offered or done. I would still highly recommend this place to friends & family.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 29, 2019

    Very poor service. We had to wait 2 hours for our food . The food was ok, but nothing special. This will be the first and last time we go there.

    Ambiance: 1/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 1/5

    September 29, 2019

    Delicious food. Staff was fast. All people in the restaurant very friendly and helpful. I loved the colourful tables. Not as keen on the large TVs but one can avoid them. I hope to go again soon!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 25, 2019

    Absolutely delicious food and an overall authentic experience. The service was excellent as well. I will definitely be back and will recommend Rendez-Vous!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 14, 2019

    Fantastic as always. That's why I keep coming back!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    August 26, 2019

    So impressed. My family and I had the greatest time. Will continue to recommend Rendez-Vous to all my friends!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 20, 2019

    Fantastic!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 14, 2019

    Wonderful experience. Dining at Rendez-Vous made our evening special. Thank you !

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 4, 2019

    We had never tried Ethiopian food and did not know what to order. We asked our waitress to pick a selection of vegetarian and meat dishes to create a sampling of everything. We told her there were no allergies we liked spice and it had to be enough to feed 6 people. She gave us a GREAT selection everything we tried was delicious. A couple lentil stews, chickpea stew, spicy lamb, spicy chicken and lots of injera to op up all the flavours. I will 100% go back again. It was also a good price point for two beers two bottles of wine and a mountain of food that filled us all up the bill came to $220. Excellent service and ven better food.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 2, 2019

    Had heard great things and really wanted to like it but the food wasn’t to my taste... the textures were all quite mushy including the wrap which I didn’t enjoy. Service was a bit slow. Environment was fun though - would go back just to get some Ethiopian coffee.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 3/5

    July 15, 2019

    The best Ethiopian food I highly recommend this place to the people who like to experience Ethiopian food!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 10, 2019

    A wonderful experience. Amazing staff, food and atmosphere.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 15, 2019

    Everything was great except the fact that they didn't have a table reserved for us even though we had a confirmation through YP Dine

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 20, 2019

    First time trying Ethiopian food. I loved the whole experience! Service was good, great vibe, and most importantly food was amazing!! We got the Vegetarian platter and Doro Wat (chicken), and was perfect for two people. I wouldn't get the Doro Wat again and try a different protein next time. (very little chicken pieces) All in all, I would definitely come back!! Soon!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 15, 2019

    The food arrived promptly. We enjoyed our time eating Ethiopian cuisine. We will come back.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    May 8, 2019

    A little less incense, brighter decor and hotter (heat) food would have made the experience more enjoyable for the time of day.

    Ambiance: 2/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 4/5

    March 31, 2019

    I was recommended to go to this restaurant by a client of mine 12 years ago. He lived n Mississauga at the time and I thought "Wow it must be good for him to travel all that way to the East End of Toronto to go to this restaurant". My partner and I have been enjoying it ever since! I wouldn't go anywhere else for Ethiopian food....it's the best!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    March 19, 2019

    The food is always excellent!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    March 3, 2019

    Fantastic evening and fantastic food. Excellent value for the money.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 27, 2019

    Our first time at the restaurant and the server was very helpful in suggesting plates to order. The food was very good, would go back. Atmosphere - it was quite dark lighting but the décor was attractive.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 16, 2019

    Absolutely delicious. Can't wait to go back.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    January 2, 2019

    Music was really loud but food was great!

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    December 31, 2018

    The go to place for best Ethiopian Food in TO!!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 22, 2018

    Delicious, interesting food and very good service. Excellent coffee served as part of traditional ceremony

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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