Bole Ethiopian Restaurant is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, based on 151 reviews!
Awesome spot. The veggie combo is great, especially when it has the beets. Fish sandwich is also a surprise gem
Visiting ATL and was looking for something different and had never tried Ethiopian. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavors and the variety. The restaurant was small but clean and the staff was friendly. I tried the sampler platter, which was great and had plenty of food. If you want something different, try it.
So this was my VERY FIRST time trying Ethiopian food and Bole restaurant made sure my first time was quite a beautiful experience! When I walked in I was immediately greeted by a sweet waitress. as I explained to her that I'm a newbie she proceeded to tell me about the cuisine and what I should get. I got the single order sampler which included a vegetable side (cabbage, collards, lentils) and a meat side (lamb, beef). She instructed me to use the Ethiopian flatbread aka Injera as the fork. With the Injera I picked up different foods and ate it all together. It was like a Carnival had started in my mouth! Everything was bursting with flavor and I throughly enjoyed everything!!! One thing I will ask next time is if my Injera could be warmed before eating. It was something I did with my leftovers and I enjoyed even more. I'll be back with friends!!
It was my first time dinning here. I was pleasantly surprised how amazing the service was from the minute my sister, nephew and I entered the restaurant. And the food was just as amazing. We couldn't believe our eyes the amount of food they gave us. It tasted like home cooked food too! We really enjoyed our time there and I wish I could give more than 5 stars honestly speaking. Thank you!
My wife, father in law, and I really enjoyed eating here. It was our first time and Definately not our last. The food was great, and more importantly "AUTHENTIC" the service was fantastic. She was friendly, helpful, and on time with the food.
If your e looking for a great Authentic Ethiopian Restaurant, Bole is hands down the place to go.
We had Bole platter and omg it was delisioso. Definitely coming back. Great atmosphere great service and reasonable prices.
The food was delicious! It was my first time having Ethiopian food and the flavors where amazing! Not too spicy just perfect. Customer service was awesome and i had the coffee and it was to die For. Omg I recommend this a thousand times!
Quite possibly a perfect restaurant.
The ambiance was lovely.
The staff was hospitable.
They even gave my 4yo a couple lessons in ping pong. Lol
Oh and did I mention the food? YES! It was stupendous.
A special shout out to E! Thanks, man.
We will be back. :)
My husband and I went last night for dinner. Our son and his friend were on a layover and since I am Vegetarian and Hannah is vegan he decided we would try this since it was close to the airport in Atlanta. Hannah who speaks Ethiopian helped pick our meal along with our son. Well our first time and will not be the last. My husband and son had the Lamb and they shared the vegetarian/vegan platter with us. It was all amazing. Wonderful flavor, service was so professional of course it didn't hurt that Hannah could speak the language. We also had Ethiopian beer. I am hoping to go again even if it's not in my area and the Atlanta traffic makes me crazy ?.
Great restaurant in the heart of a great community. Not only will you enjoy the food, but Tigist and Sarah will make sure you learn about Ethiopian culture as well!
Wow! I recommend the Veggie Lovers Dish with honey wine. Excellent service. Very friendly. Very conveniently situated near airport.
I had a choice for an early dinner either at a Vietnamese pho or Ethiopian. The image of hot soup noodles in this temperature of 60 degrees was warming to the heart but I thought the spices of Ethiopian food may also warm my heart but I wasn't sure if I would use my hands to eat (that was the last experience I had in D.C. many moons ago).
My husband has already eaten here before and surprisingly, upon walking in, you restaurant was spacious and clean. There were high bar tables and it felt like a loungy place. We sat down on a square table and started reading the menu. I look up and there was the Christmas tree with lovely lights and decorations and thought that was why I choose that table. Behind the tree was a window that looked into a party space with a stage, a big TV monitor (I would guess for karaoke) more square table and chairs and happened to notice a digital keyboard was placed on the stage. They were preparing for New Year's Eve. Nice jazz standard music started to play and not because we requested because of the local music but the waitress decided to change the music. We were the only customers sitting at a table but there were customers sitting around in bar chairs.
My husband ordered the vegetarian combo (the $10 one and not the combo for two for $28). I ordered a hot tea which I did not see on the menu but the lovely waitress came back with a Lipton tea bag and a tall glass of hot water with cinnamon and ginger. I drank the water ignoring the tea bag because it was delicious. Then finally, I put the the tea bag in with the hot water that I ordered again and a spoonful of sugar (sugar is poison but a little wouldn't hurt). The vegetarian dish came out and we had i call "soggy bread"'which is probably called injero. It was chickpea, beets, lentils and cabbage. It was delicious and I get full rather than what should I order next? We finished satisfactorily after a plane ride from South Florida to Atlanta. Oh well....
Food was very good. Atmosphere Great. Waitresses very nice.
Delicious food, friendly staff and owners, pleasant environment = a wonderful dining experience!
I was looking for an Ethiopian spot on the southside of Atlanta, and Bole was suggested to me. Culinary authenticity is important to me as I have been severely disappointed by yelp reviews in the past due to zealous culture vultures that trend a restaurant and skew their scores. That said, arriving at this establishment I saw a number of people that were familiar with the food so I felt better. No lie the food is incredible. INCREDIBLE I SAY. and filling and health. these reviews are accurate. food is bomb. do a favor and go and eat and be merry!
The spices in the food is to die for. OMG!!!! I love Desta off of Clairmont but live a ways away. I have been looking for a spot comparable to them for a while. I have found it. I highly recommend this place if you live on this side of town.
Delicious! Flavorful! Great attention to detail. Amazing staff! Oh and the honey wine is oh so good!
WOW!!! What an amazing restaurant! Great flavors, friendly staff, and a wide variety of menu choices. A LOT of food for the cost -- a great deal! Would definitely recommend! Great options for meat eaters and veggies / vegans alike. Try it out and you will not be disappointed! Definitely exceeded my expectations.
Loved the people and food! Most definitely will return!! And soon!
We loved it! The service is amazing. Our waitress Esther was so helpful. Definitely ask for a recommendation. We had a huge combo platter with one of Esther's recommendations and it was great. We'll definitely be back.
The food is so good, the portions are large, and the staff is friendly. I'm so glad this is on my side of town.
My best friend and I come here often! It is never crowded and the food is so good! Also, try their coffee! It is fantastic.
Very good service the food was excellent and very friendly atmosphere also close to home
Bole is our absolute favorite Ethiopian restaurant in Atlanta. We have tried 7 Ethiopian spots in town and Bole by far is the one we keep coming back to. My wife and I always get two orders of the vegetarian platter and an order of the timatim fitfit. The regular and spicy lentils have this amazing savory flavor that we cannot find anywhere else. The owners are wonderful people and know us by name now that we come in so often. Highly recommend!!
This was my first time here. The food was amazing. I order the single sampler. My reaction to the first bite was "Oh, my God".
We came here from out of town and noticed there was an Ethiopian restaurant close to our hotel and decided to check it out. We were not disappointed!! Everything was delicious and service was wonderful. I ordered the sampler and it was a generous serving with many different samples of food served on injera bread. My mom ordered the Doro Wot and it was spicy and flavorful, she literally licked the bowl clean! Thanks Bole for giving us a great experience :)
Wonderful traditional Ethiopian food. Really friendly and nice staff.
I use to live in DC where there are Ethiopian restaurants galore. Now I live in Florida where there are none.
So while visiting Atlanta for the weekend, I woke up early with the spirit of Ethiopian food on my heart and stomach. I suggested Bole and my cousins were down!
My cousins and I enjoyed the vegetarian platter and some Sambusas (sort of like a crispy, flaky samosa). Menu suggest that platters serve 3; the three of us left stuffed and couldn't finish all the food.
We sat on the patio and they even turned the fountain on for us. Two of the chefs/cooks came out and asked us if we were enjoying our food. So, so friendly and sweet.
I will definitely suggest eating here again.
The food was amazing. We took a large group. We ordered the sambusa as our apps. They were very spicy. So don't go for this one if you don't like the heat. For the main course we had Bole Combination. It says it feeds three, we had six people eating off of that platter and it went far. We also ordered the Fish Dullet and the Fish Goulash. Everything was great, but the star of the show, for me, was the Fish Goulash. It was outstanding. The chef came out and checked on us to make sure that everything was good. IT WAS GREAT! The service was good and there was a musician that played music like a jukebox. It was great. I would definitely go again. Check them out.
Incredible staff, super delicious Ethiopian food, and the most funky keyboard player on a Saturday night. I couldn't ask for more. This place is a must! And get the Assa Gulash. That dish was the star.
Wonderful traditional Ethiopian food. Really friendly and nice staff.
I use to live in DC where there are Ethiopian restaurants galore. Now I live in Florida where there are none, so while visiting Atlanta for the weekend, I woke up early with the spirit of Ethiopian food on my heart and stomach. I suggested Bole and my cousins were down!
My cousins and I enjoyed the vegetarian platter and some Sambusas (sort of like a crispy, flaky samosa). We sat on the patio and they even turned the fountain on for us.
I will definitely suggest eating here again.
I'll admit, this was my first experience eating ethiopian. Thanks to this restaurant I have become an addict. Not only did I eat this repeatedly for weeks and weeks trying to find that same taste.. I tried multiple ethiopian restaurants in many cities and countries. Which NONE compare to BOLE! Not only is it hands down the best ethiopian food on the planet, Tigi, the women behind all the magic, is a wonderful, kind soul, and had an amazing staff along with her. The reason that her food is the best, is because she makes it with love, with passion, with soul. She takes the time to prepare her food, as she takes the time to get to know her customers. I travel the world for work, and try many different restaurants, but this place blows my mind every time! I would recommend this lovely place over my grandma's cooking. meseginalehu Tigi, you are a wonderful soul and preform magic in the kitchen!
The food and the service from "E" was outstanding. We really felt at home.
I love this place! The vegan/veggie platter is always delicious and filling. It's a little different than what I get at my other favorite Ethiopian spot in Decatur but that's why I love it. I wish they would make a few other items but I'm never disappointed with my veggie platter or veggie sambusa.
OMG! I have had Ethiopian food around the country but this by far my favorite. I had the Vegetarian combo and it was amazing. You can tell this food was made with love. The staff was very friendly and attentive from the moment we entered the restaurant. The atmosphere especially the music, transports you to Ethiopia. There is also a room for large events with a stage and sound system. I would highly recommend Bole.
I stopped in here on a work trip and was very impressed with the food. We had the veggie platter and it was so good, I ordered three slides of lentils. A coworker got the Tib in spicy broth and said it was very tasty with just the perfect amount of spice. The service was great. Will be coming back here for lunch every day!
The veggie plate is very flavorful and hearty. Wonderful portion. Great value for money. The injera bread is filling and has awesome texture. Also had Ethiopian coffee and that was a perfect finish to my meal. Would come here again for sure.
Amazing experience. A signature dish, with real fruit drink, and coffee (which you MUST try) for $20. Definitely worth it not only for the price but for the incredible flavor, service, and atmosphere which exceeded my expectations. I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking for an experience
Awesome spot. Great vegetarian options too! We had the sample plate and honey wine. Vegetables were fresh and meats were tender. This is definitely a casual spot- unlike other Ethiopian places I've been to where they tried too hard to be fancy. Service was excellent.
AWESOME!!!!! Great food and service. Can't recommend it more. Used to live in L.A. and ate in Little Ethiopia. Bole definitely a nice find in S. ATL. My wife and I had the Bole combo platter with injera and a Sambusa. All great. Had leftovers as well. Nice snack with a beer. Restaurant is simple and quiet located in a small strip mall. But don't let that fool you. Home cooking all the way! It's worth the trip to College Park (near Hartsfield Jackson). Can't wait to try the African beer on our next visit. Thx folks...and a special thx to our server Ewa (hope I got the spelling right). Very nice young man and best of luck to him. Will def be back.
My first Ethiopian cuisine experience and it was amazing! I will definitely will return for more injera. Injera is a spongy type of flat bread that is typically served with a variety of meats and vegetables with a salad in the middle. The coolest part about my experience is I ate dinner with my hands! Hahaha...it was a really cool experience and I can't wait to try it again.
Absolutely delicious food that is hot and fresh and full of flavor. Amazing vegetarian options
This is a jewel in the tri-cities area. I almost always order the vegetarian/vegan plate, and it never fails to be delicious. The carrot-green bean, cabbage, and collard greens sides in particular are exceptionally spiced and well-cooked.
So glad to have this place near me!! Especially in love with the veggie platter in light of my new vegetarian lifestyle
Great service and wonderful people. My food was delicious. The lamb was a little fatty, but tasted amazing.
I really love Ethiopian food & since I don't have access to it where I live, it's the first type of resto I look for when I travel. All this to say I've had Ethiopian food in lots of cities in the US and abroad. Bole is one of the best. Everything was perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked, just the right amount of seasoning, and as if all that awesomeness wasn't enough, the portions were really generous.
I got take-away, because I prefer to eat with abandon in private. If you've ever experienced "great sit-down resto food" become "sad take-away mess", have no fear, Bole does take-away right! My food was carefully boxed up and each item was contained and not all mixed together.
The injera was amazing, the lamb waze tibs tender and fragrant, the heat was strong and so so good.
If you've ever wanted to try kitfo but we're hesitant, take the leap at Bole. I'm not even going to try to describe how great it was. And the side of Ethiopian cheese gives the dish the finishing touch.
Go ahead and wear your stretchy pants when you eat here so you can make some room for coffee and baklawa. You will not be disappointed.
As if great food wasn't enough to convince you to visit, the staff is super friendly and professional.
And for the "judge a book by its cover" types, although the strip mall where it's located isn't pretty, Bole has a nice, clean decor with some great art and the whole place was spotless. The staff takes pride in their resto and it shows in the food, the service, and the ambiance. Bole is the total package.
I'm going back to Bole tonight for the first time in many years. I realized the last time that I was there, what I did not like about Bole is that their shiro wot is a separate dish by itself and not part of the veggie platter. A serious downer for me, because I love shirot but do not want to eat it by itself.....
Visiting Atlanta for the weekend, and I decided to try something different. Im not sure what I can say what hasn't been said about this family-owned business.
The vibe is awesome. The dining area is clean, open and inviting. Menu items for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert are clearly marked as vegan, and the staff were helpful and knowledgeable about vegan/plant-based foods.
I ordered the Vegan Fifi. The portion was huge and the food was spicy and delicious. I'm not use to spicy food, so I was hesitant to order this dish, however, it was a spice with flavor not heat. So, it did not linger, and was easily removed with a sip of water. I also ordered the Baklava for dessert. It was sweet, savory and perfectly crunchy.
I ate half of both, and look forward to enjoying the remaining portions tonight.
In case you're wondering, my entire meal cost $13 ($10 for the Fifi, $3 for the Baklava) and I'm eating it twice!
I'll be back every time I visit Atlanta. Give it a try.
We were staying near the airport and looked for a nearby Ethiopian restaurant and found a jewel in Bole Ethiopian Restaurant. Everyone was delightfully friendly in a charming Ethiopian style and the food is authentic based on our experience in Ethiopia. The Injera was sweet and moist and the spices were robust. The coffee was strong and the tea was sweet. We have a new favorite place in Atlanta and plan to make the trip often.
I ordered the sample plate delish! This is the best Ethiopian food I have ever ate! I can't wait to return! The staff was also a pleasure. Thank you.
Fantastic dining experience! Super friendly and helpful staff. Thanks, Selam! Beautiful décor, that blends old world with the new. Amazingly delicious food with desserts made in house. I am looking forward to my next visit and trying something new! -William (7-31-17)
I decided to try this place after a friend told me how delicious it is. I ordered food from here through Uber Eats. The service was quick, the food was hot, and as a first-timer of Ethiopian food I really did enjoy it. Definitely worth a try!
Exactly what I needed today. Greeted as soon as we walked in,...Wonderful. Friendly lady. We were seated and given a menu right away. I chose the Vegan Combo and water to drink...cabbage, collards, chickpeas, lentils, salad, injera, etc. What a great choice!! Absolutely delicious. I will definitely drive 2 1/2 hours for this meal soon. What a great visit!!!
My experience at Bole was beyond my expectations! Being Habesha, I expect a certain quality to my food and they made the food feel a reminder of home. Their food is as authentic as you can get. The wait staff and owners were so kind and phenomenal and make you feel like family. The restaurant is so nice and they even explain their coffee ceremony set up. Their homemade dessert are a great way to end the visit! You can tell that they put a lot of love into everything that they do! Will definitely be coming back!
This was truly a surprise
In an area of Atlanta I only drive to for work purposes
This gem of Ethiopian cuisine is tucked away in a no frills shopping plaza. The service was resembling of family. The food was seasoned expertly and the value is on point
Excellent and authentic Ethiopian cuisine. If you like tender meats, spice and utter goodness this place is for you. Food is seemingly made to order, so if you have the time to wait for a traditional meal, you will not be dissappointed. We ordered the Meat Bole Combination. It was amazing. The only pitfall was way too much inerja (traditional Ethiopian sponge bread). If you are getting your dishes to go as we did, your meat will be wrapped in the bread lol...it took us a minute to find everything. We also ordered the Kitfo---AMAZING! The hostess, cashier and waitress were very nice! Will return if in the area!
The service was good. Good music. I had the veggie combo! Just discovered...no utensils required! Bread is the tool for eating! Very very good!
We loved this restaurant! Extremely friendly and helpful waitress. Clean and interesting decor. We had never had Ethiopian food before and we were feeling adventurous during a quick stay in Atlanta so we figured we would try it. The food was delicious! Don't be intimidated by all the names of things you don't recognize, they will explain everything if you want them to and most of the dishes are familiar ingredients just prepared in a new way. We got the sampler and doro wat. The beef and red lentil part of the sampler were in the spicy side, but not mouth melting. The bole wat was VERY spicy. My husband finished the whole dish, and did enjoy it but it would have been difficult had he not had the injera (crepe-like sourdough bread) and parts of the sampler to break up the heat. Overall, great place to try something new or visit if you are already are familiar with Ethiopian!!! Sad that we don't live anywhere near here or we would visit quite a bit!
Very good! Huge portions and great fresh flavors in all of the food we had. The injera was moist, lentils seasoned well, potatoes cooked to perfection.
This was my first experience with Ethiopian food. It was amazing. I had the Single Order Sampler with a sambusa ( a spicy beef and lentil filler pastry) it was great. The friendliest servers I have ever had the pleasure to be served by. The Sampler is definitely the way to go. It has small portions of all their most popular dishes. My favorites was the lamb, spicy lentils and greens. But all of them were good!
This place is soooo good soooo good..... I love Ethiopian food and this place is one of the best I have ever been to. The servers are so nice. I would def go back
ditto on zellyn's hallelujah! i was so excited when i found out about bole, i went that very night. i had my new found favorite, shirot, so cant comment on anything else. the injera was probably the best i've had and i've eaten at almost every ethiopian restaurant in atlanta. i think i'm going back tonight! ;-)
We went here while staying on business at a nearby hotel. I love ethnic food, and so to be able to find a good restaurant while I am on the road, is a huge bonus! The food is excellent and staff very friendly and helpful. We had the Awaze Tibs and Vegetable Combination Plate. The food is outstanding and the level of spiciness can be adjusted to suit individual tastes. Tigist, one of the owners served us and was as delightful as the food. I will be back often.
Totally yummy. Very warm hostess. Music was authentic. Restaurant was quiet, so a great place to catch up with friends and actually hear what they are saying. I wish I lived by the atlanta airport so I could continue to explore their menu. Also very affordable.
not to sound clich, but this is my first time writing a review. I LOVE Ethiopian food and seek out the cuisine when I travel. I happen to be in Atlanta for the night and thought why not. The place is bright and cherry and they had two TVs to keep you occupied while waiting on your food. This comes in handy when you are traveling for work by yourself. The food was absolutely delicious! I am rarely able to order just one dish when eating Ethiopian and tonight was no different. I went all veggie with the veggie combo and then added the spicy chick peas. Fantastic! I live in Texas and I crave spicy food and Bole delivered. Both the red lentils and check peas were spicy not to mention the jalapenos in the salad. One of the owners happened to be work and she is also the chef. Such a delight! Keep up the great work and the great laugh, truly endearing. I'll be back by the next time I'm in town. If you're up for adventure stop in you won't be disappointed.
We tried Bole for lunch takeout today and it was just what I was hoping for. Calling ahead, the service was quick and friendly. I had the awaze tibs and others in the office got the lamb lega tibs and veggie rice.
The injera was good and plentiful and awaze sauce and diced green pepper was provided. Portions were large - the menu is their dinner menu with no special lunch menu. The prices are reasonable for what you get, even for lunch. They seem to have a good selection of beers and wines and I'm sure I'll eventually make it there for dinner, but its good to find something like this to throw into the lunch rotation!
The restaurant is in a strip shopping center in College Park just outside of Woodward Academy on Virginia Ave, and its seems pretty safe.
My husband and I had a really tasty dinner at Bole and enjoyed both the food and meeting the owner/chef, who came to our table after the meal. The food was delicious and very affordable.
Hallelujah! An Ethiopian restaurant on the South Side! The food was great: excellent flavor and lots of it - we shared a vegetarian and a meat dish, and had more than we could eat between the two of us. We will definitely be back, repeatedly.
I am so excited that we got an Ethiopian restaurant on the southside. It is a new restaurant located on Virginia Ave. near the airport. My husband and usually get the veggie combo and lamb. It is amazing. The dishes are fresh and seasoned very well. The only reason I cannot give it 5 stars is because they do not have the Doro Alicha Wot, which is my favorite at Ethiopian restaurant. I guess I will have to continue to go to Cottage Ethiopia when I am craving that dish. :)
I grew up outside of DC where there us a very strong Ethiopian community an as such a good collection of Ethio spots. Quite honestly, this I one of the better places I have been to. The atmosphere is small, but spacious due to a nice use of space. The hostess was extremely warm and friendly with a great smile for all the guests. The same can't be said for the bartender however. Bathrooms and handwashing area were very clean and overall appearance was nice. The Injera was not all Teff, but that is rare almost everywhere. The spice level was probably a 3 on a scale of 5, with 5 being authentic. The veggie combo was fresh and well laid out. If you are flying into Atlanta it's a short hop from the airport on your way into the city. It is definitely worth the stop!
This place is the perfect hole in the wall restaurant with fantastic North African food. Prices are extremely reasonable, and the staff was extremely friendly. It's a very family-friendly place. The waitresses were super friendly with our kids. Couldn't do better!
Tried lunch here a couple of times and came away very happy both times. The Injira bread (somewhat like a soft pancake texture) is great. The spicy dishes have the right amount of spicyness and had the home cooked feel to them. The salad that comes on the plate was fresh. Highly recommend it when you are near the airport or Delta offices.
Just finished my first and hopefully not last meal at Bole. Having never tried Ethiopian food before, I didn't know what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the authentic experience I had there. I tried the Doro Wot which was delicious, but oh my god, was it spicy!! My friend had the KiliKili which was a platter with a variety of different veggies and meats. She enjoyed it immensely! We also had their Meta Beer which I thought was great and something I'd like my bar to have on tap. All in all it was a wonderful meal.
Jewel on the south-side. One of my regular places. The unassuming strip mall location should not prevent you from trying this gem if you like Ethiopian cuisine or are interested in trying Ethiopian. While ambiance is not it's draw, the food is great. The vegetarian combination platter is an excellent choice for variety, and you cannot go wrong with any of the tib dishes. The Ethiopian smoothie is excellent (all fruit, no sugar added) and a meal unto itself; a good breakfast option on the run. The patroness is incredibly personable, so if you have any questions just ask. For those not familiar with injera (the bread with which one gathers and eats the food), it may take a few times to get used to it. Give it a try. Highly recommended.
We went to Bole this past weekend with a party of 15 and were met with warmth and hospitality. We ordered several Bole combinations since there were people in our party who never had Ethiopian food. It gave them a chance to try a number of dishes. The vegetarian combo is always my go to. We had a wonderful time and everyone enjoyed the delicious food. And it's in our neighborhood. Score!
Stopped in for a bite here when we were staying at the nearby Hampton Inn (had an early morning flight the next day) and it was wonderful! I have had Ethiopian food a few times in New York and Chicago and Bole was great quality. My boyfriend has never had Ethiopian and loved it.The place is nothing fancy but is comfy, the food is delicious, and the staff is great. We shared the combination platter and polished it off with Ethiopian beer (recommend both). We got about a block away and I realized I forgot my purse, when we went back the server was waiting outside with it. I don't live in Atlanta but I will definitely eat at Bole if I'm ever in the area again!
My family of five all enjoyed the meal. Everything was delicious and fresh and flavorful. Even my young children loved it and they are as picky as you can get. We all shared the vegetable and meat platter that comes with beef and lamb but we had chicken instead of beef. I personally don't normally like lamb and I thought the lamb here was excellent. The service was great and our server was very friendly and seemed happy to guide us through our first Ethiopian food experience. The place seemed Clean as well. We will definitely be back and would recommend to friends.
Excellent, authentic and nice people. Small, casual. Can't recommend enough for anyone exhausted from chain food blandness and awful atmosphere.
Excellent service and tasty tasty food. Ask for a side of spicy sauces and spicy powder, awesome kick. I got the Derek tibs mmmm
Ate here again several weeks ago with several co-workers. The food was great.
This time they had a coffee roaster set up on the floor, so I asked if I could have some. The waitress roasted the beans (actually not the most pleasing smell), ground them, then served the coffee at the end of the meal. I normally drink my coffee black, but she told me that traditionally it was served with sugar, so I said go for it. She put about four heaping teaspoons in this little demitasse-sized cup with the coffee. I told her it was a little sweet for my taste, so she kept diluting it with more coffee as I drank. Once the ratio tipped toward the coffee side, I was very pleased with it. A fresh, full, rich flavor. I'll be getting coffee next time.
This place is not show palace but the food is first rate Ethiopian food! Full of flavor and the food is cooked with such a full arsenal of spices. I really love eating Ethiopian food and Its hard to beat Desta Ethiopian Kitchen but Bole does a good job as a go to place when am craving Ethiopian Food. The service sometimes can be challenging but they make up for it in taste. The owner is very nice and polite person that is always welcoming when she is in the house.
What a great Virginia Ave dining option. This place serves home made cooked to order delicious Ethiopian food. They serve alcohol, have a television near the bar area, and the small staff is very friendly and accomodating. The lamb is very good, some dishes have bones in it, beware! Great injera. Spicy in the best way. This is my absolute favorite in the area. Try it!! Decor is limited, lighting a little bright, but the waitress is sweet as can be. Perfect airport area chow.
Wow!! I love this food! My very first time eating Ethiopian food, but it will not be my last. My very helpful server tonight walked me through the menu and recommend the spicy lamb. I me how better can it get, eating great food with your fingers. Lol harder than you think. Simple and clean decor and the service was great. I really appreciate the patience to introduce me to this wonderful cuisine. Before I leave Atlanta I will be back to try something else, Bole is well worth the trip.
Best part of flying out of ATL. Been to many Ethiopian places, and this is one of my favorites
Where do I start telling you how much I love this restaurant? I've been several times for lunch - and when my Book Club decided we wanted something different we decided to try here. 13 women to please - and many were skeptical about Ethiopian food. I called to talk to the manager, Tigi, and she bent over backwards for us. A big table, room for a dozen large White Elephant gifts, our own wine bottles were allowed and Tigi explained the dishes. We all had the nectar of the Gods - Ethiopian coffee, brewed in a little ceremony. Delicious. I'll never go there again without ordering that. The food was loved by every one of us. Even the skeptics! We had Bole Combinations, Doro Wat, Doro Tibs - many others - I can't remember... The cost was about $20 per person. It doesn't get any better than that. We'll be back. Thank you again Bole!
If you work in the area of the Atlanta Airport and are looking for a place to eat - they are on Virginia just west of I-85 and are open 7 days a week 10-10. Enjoy!
Being new to the area, I was lured in by all the positive reviews...and I wasn't disappointed! The hostess, Tigi, was very friendly. Overall very friendly and casual atmosphere. I had the meat and vegetable dish. The meat was very spicy, but tasty. The flatbread, injera, was unique, but delicious, as was the fruit drink I had before the meal. Looking up Ethiopian cuisine online afterward, I discovered Ethiopians eat exclusively with their right hands. Oops...strike another victory for ignorant Americans everywhere! I'll definitely go back next time I'm in town (and leave my left hand in my lap).
We went to this Ethiopian restaurant on our trip to Miami.We were planning to have breakfast but they even have some of the lunch menu by 10Am.We had traditional Ethiopian shredded 'Injera' stir fried with beef stew or spices the so called 'tibis firfir'.That was awesome and delicious.And we had a coffee after meal we do love that too.Me and my friend will definitely be back.one last thing the waitress was so sweet and friendly she was more than happy when we ask her to take picture of us.
Fantastic cuisine and wonderful ambiance
Is beautiful and very noteworthy food
A dining experience to remember
Great Ethiopian veggie combo! And the homemade ice drink was AMAZING. You've just got to try it. Healthy and yummy. I would like it if they re-painted their bathroom, it would just seem a little cleaner. But I'll go there again, definitely!
Amazing. My first experience with Ethiopian food and it was fantastic. The service was friendly and the food was awesome. Highly recommend!
Ethiopian is not something I encounter all that often, it is always surprising when I do
(So far it has happened 0 times on the road)
Restaurants rarely have nice walks on the way to them when parked so close to an airport
(So far it has happened 1 time on the road, it was in Georgia too)
Rarely do vegetarian options jump out on you
And you discover that their CD is skipping on the 1-e-and-a-2-e-and-a-3-e-and-a-4-e-AND of every song
And while you discover this delicious beer hinted with sweet honey and lager
Touch your lips and realize
You'll be home in three days.
Just three days
Food was awesome! Love the cinnamon tea. Espresso was great. highly recommend this place for those who want to explore Ethiopian food.
We live in College Park, walking distance from this restaurant, and LOVE Bole. In fact, every time my wife and I have a free evening to go out to a restaurant without our kiddos, it's almost always Bole.
Why? First, we love the food. I was introduced to Ethiopian food by a friend about 10 years ago, and have sampled it extensively since then. Bole is among the best I have tried. The ingredients are fresh and really flavorful. We almost always get the vegetarian platter because it is so good. But I've had the chicken dishes a few times and they are really succulent too.
Second, we really enjoy the reception we get when we come in, from one of the managers, Tigi. Her bright smile makes us feel at home.
I recommend Bole highly for those in the area, and even for those not living in College Park, it is worth a drive. The interior decor is a little plain/bright, but that's OK -- you will enjoy yourself.
Really very good Ethiopian food here. Particularly loved the lamb and spicy red lentils. Worth going out of your way to get there.
This place is awesome! The service was amazing. Made you feel like you were meant to be there. The food was absolutely delicious. Ordered a few different items, and everything was spectacular. The variety meat place is a great to try if you are a newbie to Ethiopian food.
Tigi she is an amazing host with an amazing smile and passion for life. We stop for one night at Atlanta looking for interesting food and found an culture experience with good food, good coffee and interesting stories.
I highly recommend to visit taste and enjoy the beautiful hospitality.
The food is amazing and the service very nice.
In addition to a fish dish, we took the vegetable platter. It came wonderfully served and each vegetable had its own fantastic taste.
My first experience with Ethiopian food and I enjoyed it. Food is rich and full flavored. Tables are pretty basic, but ambiance was fine. Based on the number of local nationals the food and service met their standards.
I love Ethiopian food and coming to Bole almost once a week now has definitely made my cravings grow. I always come here when I want great flavored food at generous proportions. I've taken several friends and they love it every time. I always get the kil'il'kil dish which is basically lamb, beef, and an assortment of seasoned veggies: a little plate go heaven I call it! Lol
If you don't like read meat, the fish is equally good and full of flavor. If you're a vegetarian, this is the place for you! They're vegetables are almost as good as their meat dishes.
We had a lovely dinner there last night. The veggie combo plater was delicious. Would also recommend the fruit drink. The service was friendly too.
Food was AWESOME! The Flavors are just TASTY! Spicy but just GOOD! I got the combo platter, I could not have been happier. GREAT portions. The service started off STRONG...and somewhere towards the end was still friendly but fell off. I would definitely come back when in the area. So tasty!!
Stuck by the airport again and recently a vegetarian, I sought out Bole again after more than two years. I found it to be much the same as before. Service is slow, but the staff is genuine and the food is well prepared.
The vegetarian combo will have me coming back again when next I find myself in the area.
I love Ethiopian food and found this place while on a business trip to Atlanta. I had the Bole combo with chicken and lamb and I loved every bite I could manage. The lamb was pretty spicy, a little more than I have seen with other Ethiopian restaurants. Bring a good appetite. I'll definitely be back.
We had our holiday book club party at Bole last night. I have only had Ethiopian once before so I was a bit apprehensive but as soon as I got there, realized I had nothing to worry about.
The food was delicious and the staff could not have been more accommodating. They also had some special touches - like roasting our coffee beans next to the table. I will definitely be back.
Fantastic place. Found it by accident while in GA. Food was authentic and very well priced. Ethiopian food is so delicious and addictive. The Doro Wot is always a good place to start, if they get this right you know the rest of the items on the menu will be up to par, needless to say, Bole was right on the mark. Located on Virginia Ave inside the shopping plaza, it's easy to miss unless you are specifically looking for it. The curve appeal or decor is nothing to brag home about, to be quite honest, I'm not sure I even remember it all that well. The food was the one thing that I'll always remember, and that's not a bad thing. If you are looking for authentic Ethiopian food in Georgia even if just for take out, look no further than Bole Ethiopian Restaurant. I was very impressed, my server took good care of me, she offered a special type of Beer that they serve, for the life of me I can't remember the name, but it was exceptional. I'll be coming back, no question.
One of my favorite places to eat. I tend to drop in weekly to grab dinner. The staff is awesome, they now recognize me immediately when I call in. It's ales great to have a Ethiopian restaurant on the south side.
Food is fantastic and so reasonably priced. Great vegan options and a great place to take a newbie to Ethiopian food. You can bring your own wine for a small corking fee.
Fresh off a flight on a Sunday, late lunch time. We were looking for a quick bite. The first couple places we looked were closed.
We re-filtered results for "Open now" and found the very favorable results for Bole. We were up for a little adventure, having little experience with Ethiopian cuisine.
The location is a nondescript shopping strip, but the interior is very nice and clean. The tables are set with linens and it is clear that this place can seat many diners. I suspect that our arrival was at a bad time as it appeared that only one person was holding down the entire operation when we walked in.
Our server (an owner maybe) was helpful, polite and exceedingly patient with us. The food was tasty and tangy. The bread was flavorful and clearly "just made". Everything was very pleasant and tasted very good.
The only complaint is that this was a very leisurely meal and we were in a bit of a rush, with a four hot drive ahead of us. I'm happy for the diversion, and a bit frustrated over the lost time.
Nice and friendly place, food is authentic and served with a smile. Great place for family, friends to share a meal together. Get a platter to share and enjoy, large place to accommodate big crowds.
Weary from a full day of travel that included a cross-country flight and an hour in line to get a rental car, my travel partner and I were in search of some yummy comfort food and good down-to-earth hospitality. We found both just a few minutes from the airport, at Bole.
What this little hidden gem lacks in modern ambiance is completely and utterly compensated for in quality of food and spiritual warmth. We walked in late -- 9:40pm on a Sunday night to find our smiling hostess more than willing to ensure we were taken care of and well-fed. One other table of gentlemen was also in the restaurant relaxing and enjoying a meal. We ordered a couple beers and the vegetarian combo platter. I am an Ethiopian cuisine fan -- one of my favorites -- and I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of flavors and quality of ingredients. This meal was surely made by someone who loves what she does and who loves to see her patrons cared for.
The menu is quite extensive and more than reasonable price-wise. I strongly recommend you seek out Bole if you're in the area...even as a side trip on your way to or from ATL airport...and especially if you find yourself craving those amazing African flavors that can only be satisfied by a belly-filling traditional Ethiopian meal.
Food was Fresh and beautiful. My first experience with Ethiopian food and I fell in love. The Bole Combination was delicious. Definitely coming back to try more.
This was a really good place. The Assa Dullet and the injera was perfectly cooked and super flavorful. It seems to be set up for parties and takeout, but it was warm and welcoming and run by native peoples, and you can't beat that. Will definitely be returning!
We survived "stuck at the Atlanta airport" for 3 days during the deep freeze storm of 2014. We were exhausted, bored, and hungry from an entire day at the airport. We discovered Bole via yelp. What a great find!
Not only did this place fill our stomachs with delicious food but also lifted our spirits. Eating with our fingers was fun and we laughed at ourselves for being so uptight with traditional European eating etiquette. They have flatware if needed. :)
This place was one of the highlights of our entire xmas vacation.
Delicious meal. We got the combo plate with tastes of everything.
HUGE portion for the single.
All cooked to perfection, great njera, really nice people.
There must be an Ethiopan enclave nearby and all who were there were enjoying themselves.
Wish we were going to be here for Friday's jazz music!
If you enjoy Ethiopian food you can't go wrong with this restaurant that feels more cozy and comfortable than the large space would have you suspect.
We were at the nearby Hotel Indigo looking for some hearty, quality, whole food, and Ethiopian was the front-runner. It didn't disappoint. Sweet waitress, tasty food. This place seems to be in business largely from the Ethiopian cabbie community, which is a good thing in my eyes. I don't dig the touristy, Westernized Ethiopian places inside the parameter. The chicken "tibs" was awesome.
I was told about this restaurant by co-workers and so me and a few went out to find this Ethiopian gem. The front door is wooden with a golden door knob, and you almost think you're entering someone's house...fitting since it's very inviting. I Ordered the Awaze tibs but it took some time getting to that decision, since I kept changing my mind because they had a nice little selection to try, and while I loved the flavor of the Awaze Tibs (not spicy at all), i'll be back for more.
Yes, the service was a tad bit slow, but we were back in the office just a few minutes over an hour, not a big deal. The wait staff was very friendly, had no problems telling you what the better selection was from two dishes, and was never too far away when you needed them.
My meal came to just over $8 and some dishes were $5 or below. Much to my surprise, there is a breakfast menu as well.
Welcome little addition that has my service.
This food was amazing! It is such a friendly environment! While visiting Atlanta, my
Boyfriend talked me into trying something different! We decided to check out this Ethiopian restaurant near our hotel. I had plan on "going safe" and picking something like pasta or wings, but the manager told us to try the platter. It was AWESOME! We also tried the honey wine and beer. We liked them both! It's a great spot. This will be our spot to go every time we visit for a Braves game!
The food was very tasty. I stopped by Bole on a Tuesday night because I was waiting on a friend to come into the airport. I wanted to be close by to pick her up. I was riding around and noticed Bole on my way to East Point from Virginia Avenue. The place was very clean and the servers were extremely friendly. There were many limo drivers there also - -on the outdoor patio area. I was the only female dining there at this hour but I felt safe. I ordered the Bole combination. I have had this dish before on the northside of town. I also ordered tea w/ Ginger. The service was speedy I was able to order, finish my meal and pick my friend up in 30 mins of sitting down at Bole. I enjoyed every bite. I am especially excited although I was the only woman, the servers were so friendly and welcoming. I am a FAN!! I will take someone who has never tried Ethiopian food back with me next time.
I've been a loyal customer of Bole's for 7 years now. Their food is authentic and very good, the service is great the waitress are kind and attentive. I would recommend Bole to anyone that's looking for a good meal and great service! ... veggie combo is a good choice for first timers.
First time trying Ethiopian cuisine and we had a wonderful experience at this restaurant. The inside was clean and tastefully decorated with colorful musically-themed paintings. Our waitress was very welcoming and tended to our every request. We told her we weren't too familiar with the cuisine and she quickly recommended the combo platter which serves at least 3 people. As our food was being prepared, we sipped on refreshing ice-cold Honey Wine served in mini carafes. It wasn't long before we were served a large platter complete with a large injera displaying individual tastings of multiple dishes containing multicolored lentils, collars greens, stewed vegetables, lamb, and beef. We were warned half the dishes would be spicy and they sure enough were. I have a high tolerance for spicy and even I had to take a few more swigs of water. But everything was delicious with their own individual flavor profiles and my family thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Would return again if we're ever in the area!
If you're staying near the airport and looking for something delicious to eat stop by Bole!! There weren't too many options close to the holiday inn that weren't packed like mellow mushroom so we went to Bole and we are sooo glad we did. We love going to desta and this actually can compete with desta.
I'm from out of town and we saw the Yelp reviews and thought we'd try it out. We stopped in late the night of the super bowl--and ate the best vegan Ethiopian of my life. Great service, beautiful restaurant, amazing food. I highly recommend it.
Nice quiet place that we enjoyed a combination platter. I really had a taste for Ethiopian food and my meal totally hit the spot. The staff thoroughly enjoyed my daughter dancing for them and left giving hugs.
I've been eating at Ethiopian restaurants for years and really appreciate a good one. Bole is a gem. Beautiful presentation; outstanding food (their salad.... their veggies... yum!), and meticulously clean. Very authentic. My family and I will definitely be going back!
After a long weekend of eating nothing but Southern food this was a super welcome respite. I had the single serving combo with veggies, beef and lamb (15.00) which is a pretty hefty amount of food for one people. The food came perfectly seasoned, but it would be nice if they had a combo with the awaze or another choice of meat. Service was prompt and if you don't like eating with your hands, they brought a fork without asking. The injera was good, but had a bit of a strange texture and wasn't as pleasantly sour as I'm used to; I suspect it's a pretty low teff flour blend. Overall, well worth the 10-15 walk to escape airport hotel restaurant hell. They also participate in Uber eats delivery which would have been useful to know.
Ordered twice in the same day from this restaurant this past weekend. Food was very tasty. Might've been the first time I've ever had Ethiopian. Ingredients tasted fresh. Food was not always warm enough to my liking. That might've been caused by The service that delivered as well but something to note.
The food here is amazing. Can't go wrong with the veggie platter but my other favorites include the lamb tibs and the bole special kitfo.
The people that work here are super nice too.
Give this place a try if you haven't been.
I've been to Bole at least 3 times and have enjoyed each experience. Authentic Ethiopian food, that not only taste good but is convenient to the airport. A definitely must try!!!!!!
Excellent food and service with a revamped atmosphere. Love the place, would love to see more on the north and westside of Atlanta .... Corey
Excellent dining experience, delicious authentic food, and very affordable pricing. The restaurant had ambiant lighting and really nice Ethiopian music playing.The service was excellent - prompt and very pleasant. Dinner was served within 15 minutes.
I had Doro Wot and my husband had lamb Bole Awaze Tibs. The Doro was excellent - rich and thick. The Bole Awaze Tibs was my favorite - fresh, spicy, tender lamb, and very flavorful. They give generous portions, with plenty of injera.
As we left, the restaurant owner or manager perhaps, a lovely woman, made sure to call out and thank us for coming.
P.S. To the ridiculous review that said they found a tooth in their mouth and claimed it belonged to someone else - either try going to the dentist more often, or give up trying to get your meal comp'ed by restaurants by carrying around an old tooth and throwing it in at the last minute.
Very clean and cozy place! Great food! Amazing staff! It was my first time trying Ethiopian cuisine and I honestly fell in love! I had vegetarian bole combo with traditional bread: delicious and very flavorful! The prices are reasonable. I'll be coming back for sure!
I had the veggie combo (as did a lot of other reviewers, apparently). That darn injera bread was so addicting. I ate more than my stomach could handle. But the spongy texture soaks up the food when you scoop it up and it's warm and delightful. The staff was very nice.
I did not try the beer, but I saw that they have various Ethiopian beers for only $4. Seems like value to me, since that's what I pay at most places for boring ol' Budweiser.
The decor was pretty plain and I would have been equally happy taking my food to-go, but overall a very good restaurant.
My FAVORITE place to eat Ethiopian food.
I come here so much everyone has become like family.
I travel for a living and tried Ethiopian in many different cities. None compare!!!
Best service I've had in a long time!
I had never had Ethiopian food before-- it is great!!
I got the Bole sampler and 2 of the 4 Ethiopian beers.
The food was a great mix of spicy, sweet, savory, pretty much everything you want to sample.
The food was a 4/5
But the staff was 5/5.
The two people who I talked to were very friendly and informative. One of them had only been working for 5 days and was still amazing!
The other was also incredibly friendly.
If I come back to Atlanta, I'll come back here!
Found this place as I was traveling through Atlanta and staying at a nearby hotel, made the trip and early morning flight worth it! Great little restaurant with some of best Ethiopian food I have had. The lamb Bole tibs was great, excellent flavor and spice and I loved the injera. I will be coming here again on my next stop to Atlanta. Give this place a chance, you won't regret it!
Delicious Ethiopian food, wonderful and polite service. Try the combination plate! Ask to sit outside if the weather permits and they will definitely accommodate you.
Great service and food . I always get the shyhe(spellcheck) tea. That tea is so good. I ordered the vegetarian plate which is my favorite dish there, its so flavorful with the injera. Great food decent prices and make sure you try the shyhe tea.
I haven't eaten Ethiopian food very often, this place was awesome!
Had the combo platter with the spicy lamb :)
Ps don't eat the green little hot peppers
(my boyfriend says eat the peppers)
I was pretty impress with the taste of the food. I had the bole combination ( chicken and beef combo). The vegetables were fresh and deliciously spiced to perfection.
If your looking for good service and a little taste of Ethiopia in Atlanta this is the place
The place has great potential. My only suggestion is to heighten the experience with live Ethiopian music.
OMG my new favorite Ethiopian restaurant!!! I've been craving Ethiopian food over the past few months and been to (what seems like) almost every Ethiopian restaurant around Atl (obviously exaggerating a bit) BUT the food here is friggin awesome!!! I mean hands down the best and pretty reasonably priced. I got the lamb platter to share and it was plenty of food for two of us. In addition, the staff is super super friendly and very polite and attentive.
I love Ethiopian cuisine and sample it any time I get the chance. Bole didn't disappoint. I brought a group of first timers with me, so we ordered a platter that everyone could eat from. My crew was impressed and we enjoyed a good meal.
This restaurant was hard to locate. We were tourists who took the train in from the city to eat here, and it was a challenge to find this place. Not necessarily their fault but I would recommend at least having good directions online somewhere from the train stop.
Nice shop. The food was great, though I think the veggie combo could have used a bit more salt. The injera was fresh and tasty. The service a tad slow but very friendly.
Visiting Atlanta to pick up my daughter and ran across this place. First experience with Ethiopian food. Might be my new favorite. Tried the Bole Combination Platter. EVERYTHING was great. The red lentils were the stand out for me. The lamb was very good. Just the right amount of spice. Definitely recommend this restaurant. I wish there was an Ethiopian place near us.
Ordered the Doro Wat and Vegetarian Sampler.... So amazing! Everything's heated to perfection. And the Baklava topped off the meal perfectly. Best Ethiopian place I've been to from Austin to NYC to St. Louis.
The best Ethiopian restaurant in the U.S. . All of the dishes are perfectly executed not "Americanized"! Portions are large and sufficient for sharing. Popular location for airport limo drivers!
The most delicious Ethiopian food I've ever tasted, hands down! The ambiance is inviting, the service is warm&friendly. And above all, the Food is undoubtedly delectable, it will make you thank the chef and the owners....I know I did! Try the veggie Samosas and the Veggie combo if you are an aspiring vegetarian like me. I'll be back tomorrow for the 3rd time this week!
Restaurant and taxi/limo driver hang out in a strip mall. Usually pretty empty, has a small bar with a couple of TVs. Alcohol is served at the bar. Has weird hours, call ahead to make sure it's open. Area around it is pretty sketchy, pay attention. Food is plentiful, flavorful and quick. Plenty of injera and attentive staff. If you're caught in a storm or another delay at ATL, get a car and visit. Nice break from awful southern chain dumps that are so plentiful in the area.
Had a wonderful lunch. Most delicious. Sweet and helpful waitress too. Would definitely go again.
The sambusa was excellent ... Warm crispy full of flavors with a spicy kick to it ... The tastes linger on after you swallowed every morsels and keep wanting more , but don't eat too much because your wont be able to eat much after. The lamb and beef were tender, succulent, spicy, and tasty. The different aromas was mouth watering ... The price was very affordable . I believe this is a family own and operate restaurant . They were super friendly ... I strongly recommend this restaurant . I have eaten at several Ethiopian restaurants in NYC, Las Vegas, LA, and Detroit and this is one of the better restaurant
Sidenote, the Ethiopia bread (Injera) on my empty plate pic is the best part of the meal, it has all the juices from the meat and veggies and can be enjoyed as well--if you have the room for it, lol!
OMG. I love this place. I'm so happy that I have been able to find a quality, clean, and oh so delicious Ethiopian restaurant . I looove the service. My favorite items on the menu are the lamb tibs and vegetarian platter.
Did I mention, I saw 2 Chainz here?! He's obviously a connoisseur!
I looove Bole!
A wonderful establishment to have since I'm from DC and I used to be able to get this type of food all around the city. Friendly service, good portions, legit taste.
I've only done carry out.
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