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Dama Bakery

1505 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
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Ranked #123 of 675 restaurants in Arlington
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Most recent review
- Jun 2, 2014
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10 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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English first
Tucson, Arizona
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This was the closest walking distance restaurant to my hotel, it had been a long time since I had Ethiopian food. The bakery serves up wonderful pastries (pick anything, you will like it) and anything can be served up from the restaurant to go. If you can not decide, try the sampler. One order was more than enough for me.... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This is a hole in the wall that was simply amazing. You can also buy the Ethiopian bread in the attached store. I am going to try some Ethiopian dishes tonight.

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Arlington, VA
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Five star rating for desserts. This is a terrific hidden gem in Arlington, on Columbia Pike just down from the Air Force Memorial. The bakery is attached to the Ethiopian restaurant, but the variety and types of cakes and cookies are what you might expect from any very nice local pastry shop. We have had dessert here twice and each... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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154 reviews 154 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We have driven and walked past Dama for years and I always noticed how crowded the parking lot was. Well, we finally took time to STOP and eat. Yum! We went for a late breakfast and were very happy. The service was friendly and fast and the food was delicious. The vast majority of clientele were Ethiopian - it must... More

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Washington, DC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We've dined at Dama a few times now for their vegan selection. The food is good, and the service is good. You know this place is good by the fact that it draws people from the Ethiopian community.

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Seattle, Washington
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209 reviews 209 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
301 helpful votes 301 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I had no idea about Ethiopian food but was keen to try. The woman behind the counter could not have been less helpful at explaining what the various dishes were or how they were prepared. I ended up with what were some pieces of warm bread with a side of plain yoghurt, which was the best part of the meal.... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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249 reviews 249 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I heard about Dama on NPR and asked an Ethiopian co-worker who enthusiastically recommended it. A buddy and I, without much prior Ethiopian food experience, split the Awaze Tibs and the Vegetarian Combo. The waitress suggested that we cut the Tibs with tomato (likely the Gringo option) and we readily agreed. The food, eaten with the provided injera, was all... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Wonderful pastries!! Check out their breakfast menu. You can get many different kinds of bread, all whole grain, and eggs cooked to order. Very friendly Ethiopian establishment. There is also a restaurant serving true Ethiopian dishes a couple of doors down. Each serving could feed at least two people. SPICY, but fresh and delicious!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2010

There is a fantastic bakery, but the adjacent restaurant is great too. They're known for their kitfo (raw beef drenched in spices and butter). I usually take my friends here to try Ethiopian food if I'm on a budget (Dukem in DC is a bit better but expensive). I order the veggie combo, kitfo, and tibs. I guess I should... More

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2009

While visiting DC for a weekend, I searched for a bakery that sold first rate pastries and birthday cakes at justifiable prices. After checking out 3 VERY well know, trendy bakeries, where prices for a cake for 6 people started at $45 (and same size carrot cake, $85), I gave up. Next day, upon checking out of the Sheraton National... More

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