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Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

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2434 18th St Nw, Washington, DC 20009-2004
Washington, DC 20009
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(202) 462-4100
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Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant - Washington, DC

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Everytime I'm in D.C., I visit Meskerem and my companions are always impressed and grateful for the experience. The previous review sums up the food and atmosphere very nicely. ...

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When we arrived to our hotel, we checked the tourist guidebooks for the highest-rated Ethiopian restaurants. We saw Meskerem, and it had the Zagat logo, and positive testimonial r...

Editorial review from GrubHub 7/18/2013

As usual, very reliable and delicious! more

Editorial review from GrubHub 7/6/2013

Very good dinner. Order from here always never from the awful Zed's. more

Is this the best you have to offer? 4/3/2012

When we arrived to our hotel, we checked the tourist guidebooks for the highest-rated Ethiopian restaurants. We saw Meskerem, and it had the Zagat logo, and positive testimonial ratings on their Website from other news publishers. We figured that with the large Ethiopian community in Washington DC, and high ratings from the locals, we should try it. Ethiopian is one of my favorite ethnic cuisines, and I have tried many Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurants in the SF Bay Area. I was anticipating greatness to come from this place, and walking out with a fulfilled and happy tummy. We ordered vegetarian sambusa (which reminds me of an oilier version of an Indian samosa), and a vegetarian sampler platter. We asked them if they could make chicken tibbs for us because we don?t eat beef, and on their menu it showed that they make special beef tibbs, but they said, ?no?. So, we played it safe and settled for the veggie sambusa and veggie sampler plate. As we were waiting for our meal, this silver-haired male server offered us some bottled waters; we accepted. He did this show and dance presenting us the bottled water, and poured it as if it was fine wine. We thought, o-k-a-y, this place has a lot of character, and accepted his display of service as a part of the restaurant?s ambiance. On their Website, they advertised that their sambusa was a dish, which, ?? is lightyly [sic] deep-fried in vegetable oil to a golden perfection?. Yes, they are deep-fried, but not lightly. It was soaked in deep-fried oily goodness, and my partner and I needed to use napkins to absorb most of the oil. When our main course arrived, the portions appeared to be small, and the food was sparsely spaced apart to give it more of that effect. At the cost of $21 for a plate for two, this was overpriced; we were sort of expecting a little bit more, especially for a vegetarian sampler. The food served was luke-warm, and tasted like it came out of a can. What surprised me was this potato salad looking thing. It was ice-cold and tasted like an American potato salad that you would get in the deli section of a supermarket. In addition, it had been dressed with pickle relish and mayo. I was saddened that this restaurant did not live up to my expectations, and that the positive reviews of this place were misleading. I thought maybe the cook was just having a bad night, or that the servers knew we were not from there, and they gave us crappy food because they thought that we did not know better, and real Ethiopian people got the good stuff. What really disturbed us at the end of our dining experience there was when we saw our bill, we were charged $3 for each bottled water, which we did not requested and it was offered to us. I thought to myself??seriously?? Is this how you want to represent your cultural cuisine? Is this how the people of Ethiopia eat? This is what they call fine Ethiopian food? Especially with a large community of Ethiopian in D.C., and advertised as one of the best Ethiopian restaurants that Washington D.C. has to offer? If that is the case, I prefer to settle for the West-coast version of Ethiopian cuisine, which is at least, fresh, flavorful, fulfilling, and hot when served. more

Maybe once but now is stale dirty and uninspired 12/11/2010

In contrast to the pictures that portray this space as vibrant warm and inviting, this restaurant is actually incredibly dirty and the food leaves much to be desired. Stained napkins, musty odor, shabby furnishings and apathetic service are all made worse by the ultimate indictment: very bad, un-fresh food. Obviously this spot has been coasting on its laurels. There are clearly much better spots out there! more

Once upon a time... 8/10/2010

This used to be a great place, but these days, it's nothing but a tourist trap. The food is boring, the service is slow and stoic, and the space is tired. more

Exceptional Service 6/10/2010

We have reserved a table for 13 on Tuesday June 8th, 2010 for our office team at Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant. While the food was moderate the service we received from our waitress named Alen was exceptionally great. We have been talking about employees representing their company and she was an extension of our meeting, that employee really represent the establishment. Great service, great food. Julie Ward. more

The Meskerem 3/7/2010

I've been eating there since the early eighties. The Meskerem is truly a wonderful place from the honey wine through the entrees. Renee more

This place is great to have a mini office... 8/29/2007

This place is great to have a mini office party, or a farewell party. The staff is very helpful. The... more

This place is great to have a mini office... 8/28/2007

Michael Provided by Partner
This place is great to have a mini office party, or a farewell party. The staff is very helpful. The portions are large. The service is quick. The ... more

Can't Miss! 10/21/2005

Everytime I'm in D.C., I visit Meskerem and my companions are always impressed and grateful for the experience. The previous review sums up the food and atmosphere very nicely. Plenty of vegetarian selections. Prices are extremely reasonable and the neighborhood is usually fun. more

Authentic Ethiopian Cuisine 3/22/2003

My Ethiopian friend recommended Meskerem and she was right. Delicious doro-watt (chicken and eggs, eaten with injera ((sponge bread)). We had a great time eating with our fingers, sitting on cushions around a communal table of food. The berbere sauce was spicy and flavorful. Honey wine, while too sweet for most tastes, was a nice complement to the spicy platter of greens, chicken, and chic peas (similar to hummus, but thicker). Pros: doro-watt, berbere, injera more
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    Mon-Thu noon-midnight; Fri-Sun noon-2 am
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Adams Morgan, Northwest Washington, Northwest

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