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Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

2434 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2004 (Adams Morgan)
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Ranked #675 of 2,720 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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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I come to DC at least once a year and for the last 4-5 years have made a point to visit Meskerem due to the food, decor and location within Adams Morgan. This time, I wanted my girlfriend to experience Ethiopian cuisine for the first time. She generally enjoyed it. I was disappointed, compared to previous visits. The sambussas (samosas... More 

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Lilongwe, Malawi
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Both my husband and I maintain that this is the best Ethiopian restaurant in DC located in Adams Morgan. It's not one of the fanciest restaurants but serves its purpose well if you are planning to have a cozy night out with your friends and have delicious food. Their Veggie menu also provides decent options. The only reason I gave... More 

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Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We got there early which was good, there was a queue of people waiting for a seat just after we arrived. The food was excellent, a wide variety of flavours and textures but all complimentary. Hadn't eaten Ethiopian before so this was an excellent intro. Service was very friendly, not a great deal of enthusiasm but definitely enough to make... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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
263 reviews 263 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
228 helpful votes 228 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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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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