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Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

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Adams Morgan
African, Ethiopian
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2434 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2004
202-462-4100
Today
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 28
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice

I really liked this place. The street that it's in has lots of bars and restaurants. The food was really good. The service was fast and polite. They got one or two drink orders wrong. But after we pointed this out they were happy to correct their mistake without any complaining.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Rory H
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Large groups
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I really liked this place. The street that it's in has lots of bars and restaurants. The food was really good. The service was fast and polite. They got one or two drink orders wrong. But after we pointed this out they were happy to correct their mistake without any complaining.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The food was great, and the service was excellent. I recommend getting some warm tea with your meal, its some of the best Ive ever had. One of the best restaurants in Adams Morgan.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

It was good food but there are better Ethiopian food available. No harm in trying though! Good service and does get crowded at dinner time.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

It was years since had an Ethiopian meal and Adams Morgan seems the place to do it. The two of us ordered a sampler for one and then an additional two dishes. All the food comes on a puffy bread and there are plates of the same soft pita-like bread to pick up the food with. after a while had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The second level is more quiet and secluded. Food is very typical Ethiopian cuisine but just an average in flavor.

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Columbia, Missouri
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We went as a group of 7 and had a good time at Meskerem. Reasonable (but small) wine list and several Ethiopian beers to choose from. The appetizers were quite good and our waitress was very pleasant. However, the meal was largely average. Flavors were reasonable, but only the spice lamb was memorable. Needs more lentils and chick peas, not... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Brought my husband and son to Meskerem for their first foray into Ethiopian food--success was mine! The food was yummy and plentiful--as always we shared everything and they were surprised at the the items they liked. Portions were good value for the money and service was very attentive. One downside is the wine list--awful and limited. Highly recommend they get... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

There are way better Ethiopian restaurants in DC. This place is not worth your time. I've been here 3 times (I will not be going back). Each time the food was mediocre AT BEST. the last and final time I was there I ordered the vegetarian combo. ALL of the food that was supposed to be hot was cold. ALL... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is my friend's favorite Ethiopian restaurant in DC, and now it is mine too!!! I have to say that of all the Ethiopian restaurants in the DC area, this is the one I've liked the most, not only because they have amazing food but also amazing service and prices. The staff is very nice, they were very patient with... More 

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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2434 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2004
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Adams Morgan
  • Neighborhood: Adams Morgan
  • Phone Number: 202-462-4100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 20
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?