About Abesha Ethiopian Restaurant

At Abesha, time-honoured recipes and the best ingredients are utilised to give guests an incredible dining experience in the heart of Footscray. Healthy and soul-satisfying, Ethiopian cuisine is renowned for it’s usage of unique herbs and spices and its tasty sourdough-style flatbread, injera, which can also be used as an eating utensil. Located on Barkly Street, Abesha is a must-visit for Melbourne’s adventurous diners.

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm


Abesha Ethiopian Restaurant
327 Barkly St,, Footscray
Melbourne 3011

Menu Highlights




Golden Pastry Shells filled with speiced vegetables


Golden pastry shells filled with red onions and spiced chopped beef


Lettuce, Olive, Onion and tomatoes with fresh herbs dressing

More about Abesha Ethiopian Restaurant, Footscray

Upon arriving at Melbourne’s Abesha Ethiopian Restaurant, you’ll be greeted with a smile by one of the restaurant’s friendly servers, who’ll go out of their way to make you feel right at home. And indeed, Abesha on Footscray’s Barkly Street is so relaxed, you may feel as if you’re in a charming home rather than a busy restaurant. Be sure to take a look at the restaurant’s drink menu, with options like delicious ice coffee and even Ethiopian beer and wine, as you wait for your meal to arrive.

Forget about forks and knives, at Melbourne’s Abesha Ethiopian Restaurant, it’s all about eating with your hands. Along with your order, you’ll be given plenty of injera bread, so don’t neglect to use it as the perfect scooping mechanism while chowing down on your meal. Try out the kay watt, a dish made of chopped lamb in an herb sauce with red onions, ginger root, and garlic, or go vegetarian with the shiro wat, pureed split peas with a red pepper sauce, ginger, onion, olive oil, garlic and a mild berbere sauce. Sample it all at Abesha in Footscray – just don’t forget to book ahead!

3 Abesha Ethiopian Restaurant Reviews

3 Reviews
Noise levels:Very pleasant
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Value for money:Great value
Sebastien L.a year ago · 2 reviews

The food was very good. Combination plates are nice for trying different types of food and sharing with friends. Gored gored was good and spicy. Very good value for money.

Erin P.2 years ago · 2 reviews

Really attentive, thoughtful service and absolutely decisions food! Authentic and tasty. Great vegan options. Fantastic value for money. We'll be back again for sure. :)

Erin P.2 years ago · 2 reviews

Once again, we had a lovely evening at Abesha. We invited our families this time who also loved it. Fresh and tasty and beautiful service.