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Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

2434 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2004 (Adams Morgan)
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Ranked #687 of 2,710 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $20 - $20
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
Neighborhood: Adams Morgan
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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Los Angeles, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Visited Meskerem on our trip to DC, with my brother and his kids. It was the first time the kids were trying Ethiopian food. The best part about Ethiopian is that vegetarian food is as good as the meet dishes. The restaurant was simple, but hospitable. The service was quick, and good. The food was so amazing, that we repeated... More 

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Wichita, KS
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We enjoyed the platter for two that provided several kinds of meats for our bread. The waitress we had was very sweet and attentive.

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Vero Beach, Florida
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My girlfriend and I had dinner in Adams Morgan last weekend and we were split between Asian and trying something new, Ethiopian. We decided to go light on the Asian and save some room for Ethiopian later that night. The Meskerem seated us around 9 or 930 and we shared a Meskerem Messob platter but for one person, even though... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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90 reviews 90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I grew up in DC, and used to go get the best Ethiopian food in Adams Morgan. I returned, 14 years after my last Ethiopian meal and went to Meskerem...was sure that was the restaurant, and it's the one everyone raves about online. it was not good. I've eaten Ethiopian in NYC, London, Amsterdam, Oslo - everywhere else, it's better... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I live in PA and we have Ethiopian restaurants in Philly, but I drive three hours to dine at Meskerem. Enough said!

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Top Contributor
257 reviews 257 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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334 reviews 334 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 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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188 reviews 188 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
281 helpful votes 281 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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Additional Information about Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

Address: 2434 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2004
Phone Number: 202-462-4100
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Adams Morgan
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20 - 20
Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

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