Fabulous food & location!. I am a frequent diner at Queen of Sheba, and I also know the owner/chef, Friesh. My husband and I have eaten Ethiopian food at many different places, and Queen of Sheba is our favorite! If you've never had Ethiopian food before, I would definitely encourage you to try it. If you have, I can attest to the quality and deliciousness of the food at Queen of Sheba. Regarding some of the Feb. reviews, I would just like to remind folks that there are always 2 sides to every story. I have NEVER seen Friesh or her servers be rude to a customer, but I have seen some rude customers. And sometimes people use the reviews to "punish" the restaurant even for ridiculous situations, requests, etc. In any case, this is one reviewer who completely and wholeheartedly endorses the restaurant (as do the majority of the reviewers for Queen of Sheba)!
dissappointed. I am writing this review b/c I just returned from a dinner at queen of sheebah. I thought the food was not much for the price AT ALL. The service was lame and water glass was only filled after 10 mins. Very dissapointed with amount of food and price of entries. Would not suggest to anyone and will not go there again. First and last time.
This place has very rude customer service. I made a call for reservations and did not get an answer. I left a message and did not hear back. I decided I would go to the restaurant early to avoid the rush. The place was completely empty. They told me that I did not call and leave a message for reservations.
When I stated that I had called for reservations, they stated that they must not have understood the message and did not even apologize. They would not seat me. The owner was not sympathetic either, basically insinuating that I would lie about leaving a message. Who does that?
I have never been treated this way in my life. Don't waste your time. AVOID THIS PLACE!
Queen of Sheba. I was really excited to try this place since I love ethnic food! First off, It was cold inside with the fans going, no hot tea on the menu to warm us up. It took quite a long time before they told me they didn't have what I ordered. We asked for more water, never got it. The food is all plopped on to a communal large (plastic) bowl lined with cold thin bread and I didn't think it had much in the way of taste. My daughter got the wrong dish. Very disappointed.
Worth any wait every time!. Yes, you will probably have to wait for your food. But hey, this isn't McDonald's, folks -- this is homemade, glorious, honest cooking. Rushed eating does a disservice to the labour of the chef and to your own experience of the food, so why not take the time to truly enjoy a meal here instead of bolting down your food and moving on to the next thing? If you wait, talk with your friends. Sip a cup of the fabulous spiced tea and try to identify all the flavours. Indulge in having absolutely nothing to do. Every meal we have had at Queen of Sheba has been a marvellous experience; all our friends from vegetarians to the most devoted meat-eater has a dish they adore and even the children like the food. The skills of the owner/chef are second to none and her warm personality infuses the whole place with a welcoming atmosphere. The new location is small and reservations are a good idea, especially on the weekends. Yes, you may have to wait, but that doesn't mean it isn't time well spent!
Terrible Service!. This place was terrible! The food is great, but not worth the wait and frustration of the place. We waited 45 minutes on our food and then ate and ran out of bread and had to wait 10 more minutes for more and by then our food was cold. The wait staff are terribly busy and our water glasses were empty the entire time. The food and experience together are not worth the price paid!
Please note that the restaurant is actually located at Timberlyne Plaza on Weaver Dairy Road now.
I am a huge fan of Ethiopian food after visiting Blue Nile in Durham a few years ago. The ambience, the injera, the amazing appetizers, the variety of flavors is astounding!
I took my 4 yo for the first time and now he wants to eat all his food by picking off bits of bread! We usually get the vegetarian sampler here because it is just so darn good. I had the meat dishes a few years ago, which were pretty good as well, but I still tend to favor the veggies there.
100% recommended if you've never tried Ethiopian or are a connoisseur already! For a more authentic experience, sit at a basket instead of the table.
Great Food!. I love Ethiopian food, and was thrilled to find Queen of Sheba re-opened! My first time in the new location was a little unsettling, but only from the service not the food. The waiter seemed lost in a sea of ineptness. We held on, and finally received water after waiting 30 min. He then proceeded to take another table's order that had just sat down. We had to wait 20 more min. until we could order food. I was happy once my food arrived because it was delicious!! I felt about offering to wait tables in exchange for food to help the owner out. Seriously! She is so gracious and welcoming, I feel like it is a disservice to have such a unorganized waiter. The second time I came in, it was for lunch and again wonderful food, but that same waiter. He was much more focused that day, and actually was attentive and nice. I have to remember sometimes that one can have an off day, and sometimes that day is our busiest day ever. I also wish they were open on Sat. afternoons!
What is with these absurd reviews?.
Okay, when someone starts raving about an AMAZING LOCATION that happens to be in a strip mall, I wonder. When they also say they would have "expected to pay at least $65 for THIS meal for two people," then I really wonder--since it's Ethiopian food! The prices are pretty much the same everywhere!
I love this place. The food is great. I tolerate the bad service, like I do at all Ethiopian restaurants, because the food is really good. It's not particularly cheap, but worth it since I get enough food for leftovers. And did I mention that the food is great?
Fantastic authentic Ethiopian food!. My husband and I ate at Queen of Sheba last week, and it was FANTASTIC! The new location at Timberlyne Shopping Center is absolutely beautiful, and there is plenty of parking, which is a nice change from downtown Chapel Hill. I have had Ethiopian food in NYC, Arizona, and several places in Washington, D.C. The food at Queen of Sheba is better than any other Ethiopian restaurant I have been to! We had the "Chef's Choice," which was a total delight. We loved everything that was served. It's hard to pick favorites, since everything was so good, but I particularly loved the "Ayib Begomen" appetizer, and the "Minchetabesh" (chopped prime beef). Of course, the seafood was also fantastic, and we really enjoyed the lamb as well! We had a wonderful wine with our dinner, and finished the meal with the traditional Ethiopian coffee. It was a fabulous, leisurely dinner that was very special. We have also been to Queen of Sheba for lunch, which is great as well (and very reasonable!). It does help to go early for dinner, as it gets pretty busy, but as others have said, it is worth any wait! Highly recommended!!
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