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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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    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

    December 21, 2018

    This is my 2nd time & as always the food was fantastic. However we were neglected a little & for the coffee ceremony it wasn't as expected. We weren't told the history of the ceremony or what the incense means etc. I was disappointed on that.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 2/5

    December 18, 2018

    Best Ethiopian food in Toronto (particularly since Nazareth closed).

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    December 1, 2018

    Excellent as usual.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 18, 2018

    Delicious food, friendly atmosphere, amazing coffee ceremony. Will definitely go back!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 3, 2018

    Excellent service and food. Friendly environment.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    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

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