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Dama Bakery

African, Ethiopian
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1505 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
703-920-5620
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9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great tasting cakes!

This bakery is a perfect example of "not all that glitters is gold" - its shabby and crabby but makes great cakes! You can have a cafe in the Palace of Versailles but if you aint making stuff upto par - do yourself a favor and GTFO! Back to Dama and its crusty lookin cakes which actually are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
Ayesha C
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English first
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This bakery is a perfect example of "not all that glitters is gold" - its shabby and crabby but makes great cakes! You can have a cafe in the Palace of Versailles but if you aint making stuff upto par - do yourself a favor and GTFO! Back to Dama and its crusty lookin cakes which actually are amazing LOL... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Food quality is off the hook. Place is a right hand turn and 1,000 feet out of the Arlington air force monument, which is breathtakingly beautiful and a proper tribute to the worlds best air force! Highly recommend this restaurant and bakery to those seeking a unique experience infused with insanely great food and friendly service. I present dama with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The bakery was a short walk from the Sheraton where we were staying. We ordered French toast with eggs. It was the best French toast I have eaten. We enjoyed it so much that we came back a second day. The staff were friendly. They also had many pastries and beautiful cakes.

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Roskilde, Denmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Just down the road from the Pentagon, in an unlikely location more or less beneath the Sheraton Hotel, the Dama Bakery transports its customers from the Eastern US to the Ethiopian highlands in a few seconds. Like others I enjoyed excellent injera with spicy sauces and can highly recommend this surprisingly good café and restaurant. There's no license to sell... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We stayed at Sheraton and looked for a place for dinner. We found this on Trip Advisor and the reviews did not lie. This place is a gem, very tasty food, nice people and perfect service. As novices to Ethiopian cousine we had vegeterian combo and lamb and both were delicious. We highly recommend to visit this place.

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I really love this restaurant. It's cheaper than its DC counterpart and delicious food. It has a great bakery attached to it (the cakes made with Teff are quite tasty). It's a great restaurant with a low key vibe. You can even buy Injera from them. I will say this about the Injera, some folks will point out it doesn't... More 

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Centreville, Virginia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Okay. There are numerous Ethipionian resturants in the Metro DC area, this one is way above the crowd. Great food, family friendly envirnoment, fantastic customer service. Check it out, it's worth the trip!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The service was wonderful and the food terrific. The veggie combo is a must to get a sense of the Ethiopian food if you are a novice. The meat dishes were just so, so--very dry and over cooked compared to what I am used to. The baklava and the napoleon deserts were better than expected. The white chocolate cake was... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Had a great meal with good service. I have had Etheopian food on a few other occasions, this is the real deal. Very nice desserts as well at the Bakery connected to this restaurant.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I recommend this Ethiopian restaurant. I especially enjoyed the pastry and coffee. Additionally, their Ethiopian complete breakfast is phenomenal - simple, healthy, and original. In one dish you get to try 2-3 different Ethiopian varieties for breakfast.

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Additional Information about Dama Bakery

Address: 1505 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
Phone Number: 703-920-5620
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1505 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: 703-920-5620

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?