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Harer Messob Ethiopian Restaurant

African, Ethiopian
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542 23rd St, Arlington, VA 22202
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Dining options: Dinner

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Outstanding food

The food is great and the serving sizes are huge. This place will become a favorite and one or two entrees are enough to feed a family.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Dan B
Newport News, Virginia
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Newport News, Virginia
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77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is great and the serving sizes are huge. This place will become a favorite and one or two entrees are enough to feed a family.

Thank Dan B
Baltimore, Maryland
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83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Came across while wandering for dinner while staying at local hotel. My wife eats a vegan diet and there were at least half dozen choices for her. She got the sampler and loved it. I eat meat and had the crispy beef and it was delicious. Great service too!

Thank Stuart T
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Hope it was just us, but the food was not pleasant, the after smell in your sinuses is terrible and the prices are outrageous.

Thank Hilda R
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119 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 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 

Thank budbrlady
Alexandria, Virginia
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64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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 

Thank DD S
Southeastern U.S.
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224 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 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 

Thank WhirldWind
Austin, Texas
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95 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 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.

Thank NewYorkLonghorn
Arlington, Virginia
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59 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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 

Thank michaeldurmont
Western NC
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank ryansherby
Leeds, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 542 23rd St, Arlington, VA 22202
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian


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