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Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

2434 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2004 (Adams Morgan)
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Ranked #724 of 2,635 restaurants in Washington DC
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Price range: $20 - $20
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Adams Morgan
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121 reviews from our community

60% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
226 reviews 226 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We decided to try Ethiopian food for the first time at Mekerem, and it was a good meal. We're not able to compare it to any other Ethiopian restaurants, but it was tasty and provided the change of pace we were looking for. We ordered the combo platter of several meat and vegetarian dishes, and liked all but one of... More

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Horsham, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

First time we have tried Ethiopian food. We met up with some local friends who knew the restaurant. Place feels like a bit of an institution, very well established. Diners sit on low stools and share from a large plate. Food is eaten with the hands using bits of pancake. The food is delicious. Our friends drank the honey wine... More

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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I'll couch this review by stating that I have never eaten Ethiopian food before, so I am not a reliable source for how authentic Meskerem's food was. I can say, however, that I went to Meskerem looking for a new dining experience, and I came away with exactly that. The menu provided descriptions of the various forms of preparation, which... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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288 reviews 288 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Haven't been to Meskerem for something like 15 years. So went back the other day with the incentive of a groupon and a friend who is into Ethiopian food. The place has not changed much, probably no change at all. Still a relatively attractive restaurant with better decor than most of the other newer Ethiopian restaurants (this was one of... More

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Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
282 helpful votes 282 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This place isn't modern. It's not uber artistic. It's not artificial. It's classic Ethiopian, solid good food. I was impressed to find a bottle of wine on the menu for not a lot more than store price. For 2 people we got the large shared platter, with tomato salads each which was more than enough food. We didn't quite finish... More

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Rhode Island
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

This was our first experience eating at an Ethiopian restaurant. Our friends, who are old pros, ordered for us. It was wonderful and we will be back there next time we are in DC.

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Atlanta, Georgia
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We wanted to take our kids out for Ethiopian food and give them a good first experience. This was right on target. The menu has a diverse selection and everything is cooked to perfection. The only reason, I'm not giving a perfect score is that the service was a little disorganized, but it was a crowded Monday night and they... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

My husband and I wanted to try some Ethiopian food and choose this restaurant because it seemed reasonably priced and offered a sample plate. The restaurant is small but served very good food. We would definitely recommend this as a place to try.

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Charleston, WV
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95 reviews 95 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Visited as a group of 3 and got the sampler plate. I'd recommend that as a good introduction to the cuisine as it has a wide range of food (though from my perspective the texture was pretty much all the same - mushy.) I'm not familiar with Ethiopian food but as best I can tell it was very well prepared.... More

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New York City, New York
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90 reviews 90 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The meal here was good. If you like Ethiopian food, it will hit the spot. Prices were reasonable. Service was prompt and pleasant. Definitely a good find in DC.

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