Desta Ethiopian Restaurant

North Dallas

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In a Nutshell

Entrees such as extralean minced-beef kitfo served raw or slightly cooked & doro wot in contemporary, friendly atmosphere

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Promotional value expires Aug 1, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy multiple additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Dine-in only. Extra $5 fee for Lamb and Ribeye for meal options. $9.99 House salad valid only as an entree for meal options. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$25 for an Ethiopian meal for two (up to a $60.96 total value)

  • Two starters (up to a $5.99 value each)
  • Two entrees (up to an $18.99 value each)
  • Two desserts (up to a $5.50 value each)<p>

$50 for an Ethiopian meal for four (up to a $121.92 total value) * Four starters (up to a $5.99 value each) * Four entrees (up to an $18.99 value each) * Four desserts (up to a $5.50 value each)<p>

$15 for $30 worth of Ethiopian fare from the menu<p>

Chefs prepare authentic starters, such as vegetarian sambusa stuffed with lentils and diced jalapeño or meat sambusa stuffed with minced lean beef. A main course of cubed chicken tips comes sautéed in Desta’s special blend of spices, and the doro-wot weekend special serves up chicken marinated in seasoned butter and red-pepper sauce flavored with cardamom and served with rice. Meals conclude with a dessert, such as tiramisu italian lemon cake. Though this Groupon is valid for breakfast items and specials, please read the fine print for certain exclusions.<p>

Desta Ethiopian Restaurant

In Amharic, the word desta means "happiness," and it appears throughout the Ethiopian restaurant known as Desta, gracing the menus, signs, and walls with a constant reminder of hope. Here, it's a mantra as much as a namesake, a tribute to the tragic past. In 2012, the owners of Desta—Yared and Yenni, a husband-and-wife pair returning home from a 16-hour shift—were fatally shot on their front porch, leaving behind an infant son. Months after the couple's death, Yared's sisters reopened Desta, dedicated to continuing Yared's dream so that his orphaned son might grow up in a world defined by desta rather than grief.

Whether in the sleek, minimalist décor or the menu of authentic Ethiopian cuisine, Yared and Yenni's legacy remains in every part of Desta's second iteration. Atop the wooden tables, entrees such as fish kitfo—a serving of extralean tuna seasoned with mitmita-hot-chili powder—accompanies helpings of injera bread, an Ethiopian staple that can be formed into a scoop to pick up food by hand. To the tune of the modern lounge’s grand piano, Desta’s friendly staff serves diners inside or on the patio, happy to offer suggestions or answer questions about any unfamiliar fare.

Customer Reviews

What a cool experience! The food was delicious! We will definitely go back.
Candy M. · 8 days ago
good food, slow service
Janna G. · November 30, 2016
Great food!!!!
William N. · November 11, 2016
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    North Dallas

    12101 Greenville Ave.

    Suite 105

    Dallas, Texas 75243


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