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Dama Bakery

1505 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
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Ranked #53 of 686 Restaurants in Arlington
Cuisines: Ethiopian
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- Sep 1, 2014
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English first
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Though I live less than a mile away, I first heard about this place from an NPR. Located off Columbia Pike near the Pentagon, this little bakery feels like you've been transported into a whole other continent. A staple in the Ethiopian community, this bakery/cafe/restaurant/ethnic grocery is a local hangout that goes largely unnoticed. The pastries and coffee reflect Ethiopia's... More

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Orlando, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Don't let the terms "Bakery" or "Pastry" fool you. This tiny place has great Ethiopian food. Good selection of meat and vegetarian dishes, everything well seasoned. Some of the best Ethiopian I've eaten at reasonable prices. One of my new favorites!

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Tucson, Arizona
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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157 reviews 157 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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210 reviews 210 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
298 helpful votes 298 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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276 reviews 276 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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