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Harer Messob Ethiopian Restaurant

542 23rd St, Arlington, VA 22202
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Ranked #170 of 675 restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Most recent review
- Sep 22, 2013
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19 reviews from our community

78% Recommend
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English first
Southeastern U.S.
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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

Austin, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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.

Arlington, Virginia
Top Contributor
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

Western NC
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

Leeds, United Kingdom
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

Nashville, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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

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.

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

Top Contributor
224 reviews 224 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

I have never eaten Ethiopian food so on our recent visit to Crystal City we took the plunge. I was pleasantly surprised at our meal. We had the vegetarian Sambussa (a bit like a samosa), Awaze Yebeg Tibs (spicy lamb stew) and the veggie combo which consisted of small portions of red and yellow lentils, chick peas, tomato salad, potato... More

Spokane Valley, Washington
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012 via mobile

Convenient walk from my hotel but they have off street parking which is a plus in this area. Ate an enexpensive dinner but the lunch looked like a even better bargain. My partner and I had the combination platter for two but next time weare going to bring a couple of friends to help us finish it off! The food... More

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