I’ve been to this restaurant a handful of times, as I love Ethiopian food and would have it every day if I could. Luckily, Denver has a good selection of Ethiopian places on or near Colfax and I’ve frequented all of them over the past few years with mostly very pleasant experiences.
With that being said, Axum is solidly in the middle of the pack. They don’t do anything spectacular but they don’t drop the ball either. Their prices are in-line with the other places as well, so no issues there. The food is always prepared well and tastes very good, but again, there’s nothing really that separates them from the pack to make me want to eat there any more than the other Ethiopian places.
The 4-star rating encompasses more of my love of the cuisine than a reflection of the restaurant itself. If Axum was the only Ethiopian place in Denver, I’d eat there every few months, be blissfully happy, and give them 5 stars. However, since there are others in the area that I enjoy slightly more, they rate a 4 in my book.
Tasty food compensates for indifferent service. Hope they will provide separate plates for vegetarians in a group and not serve both veg and non-veg in the same plate, for mulitple people's orders. Also a finger bowl to wash fingers would be nice to have when we ask for the bill. But would go again!