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michigan
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We walked to this restaurant from our hotel. We had been told to try Ethiopian food in Dc and this place worked out perfectly. We were able to find an open table and were quickly served. We tried the platter of everything and some chicken and rice. It was so much food for 3 people! The food was fantastic! We... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

It wasn't one of the best meals of my life, but it was really quite delicious and Ethiopian cuisine is not your everyday choice so it hit the spot. We ordered the vegetarian sampler platter as well as a lamb and beef dish, and were not disappointed. The food was tasty, not too spicy but quite flavorful. Walking distance from... More 

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Southeastern U.S.
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217 reviews 217 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Harar Mesob is a great little place in Crystal City’s “Restaurant Row” (23rd and S Eads in Arlington.) Never tried Ethiopian but looking for a culinary/cultural adventure without jet-lag? This place is a great option. While they also have traditional American-style tables with silverware, go for a great experience and try one of the traditional woven tables (the mesob). Order... More 

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Austin, Texas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

After a long day, a group of us decided to try this restaurant. We were not disappointed. The veggie combo dish was varied, colorful, appetizing and delicious. The service was good and the price fair. This restaurant is well worth a try.

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Arlington, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Live in the neighborhood and been here a number of times. Food is delicious! I tend to order the meat and veggie combo most of the time, or order the spicy beef tibs (the best!). The restaurant has Ethiopian mead (honey wine) and also Ethiopian beer - recommend trying them. Food is consistently good, and service is consistently slow (I've... More 

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Western NC
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Food OK. Wife ordered the vegetarian platter, which was good. I had beef which was not too good. I only ate half, and not being able to eat read meat due to my cholesterol, I usually an inhale at the opportunity. It was tough, grissly if that's a word. So, we would have just written it off as another place... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Stopped here for my dinner. The place is a bit loud and not too welcoming. Even if you are not into exotic foods, the food here looks and feels authentic and delicious. While it is in America, diners are expected to eat with their hands (no cutlery provided). Asking where to wash my hands, I was shown to the toilet,... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

After reading the great reviews I was very excited to try this place out. We were in Crystal City for a family vacation. My family and I ordered the "sampler" platter and an order of the chicken and rice. The Chicken and rice plate was very good but the sampler plate was just okay. One of the lentil dishes was... More 

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Navarre,FL
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

We ordered a traditional meal for 2 and enjoyed the variety of different dishes. Enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant as well.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012 via mobile

This was my first Ethiopian food. good prices, outdoor and indoor seating, and great tasting food made for a great meal. I didn't try the desserts or coffees, but they seemed to have a good variety. Waitress was patient and in good spirits, helping us pronounce and understand the menu items. I plan to go again when I'm back in... More 

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Additional Information about Harer Messob Ethiopian Restaurant

Address: 542 23rd St, Arlington, VA 22202
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Ethiopian

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