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Harar Mesob

542 S 23rd Street, Arlington, VA
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Ranked #144 of 653 restaurants in Arlington
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Most recent review
- Mar 17, 2014
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English first
New York City, New York
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167 reviews 167 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I'm very fond of kitfo -- the steak tartar of ethiopian cuisine -- and this place makes an excellent kitfo. It's a casual restaurant across the street from another ethiopian place in the ethnic strip across the jeff davis hwy from the many hotels of crystal city. This place is very friendly and also has a lunch buffet which i... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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92 reviews 92 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Our party of three had a great meal here and were able to catch up with good conversation during dinner. At first glance it doesn't appear as much as it is a pretty simple and small restaurant. The menu had so many options it was hard to pick so we chose one of the combos that had more food than... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

While staying at an area hotel, I decided to try my 1st stab at Ethiopian cuisine. I took the server’s recommendation for a dish – spicy lamb, potatoes & tomatoes served in bread with more bread on the side. I ate sans utensils in Ethiopian fashion. It was very tasty with just the right amount of heat. Server was slowish... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Great food with an full menu of options. The vegetarian combo gave me 8 or so delicious dishes to sample with plenty of injera. I ate until I couldn't and still walked away with what felt like a full take away order. Definitely worth a return with friends for a traditional Ethiopian dining experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

What a find! I walked in to Harar in the late afternoon not expecting much as the exterior is quite bland. The interior though basic, is warm and comfortable. It was quite empty (only two tables of diners), but it was only 4:30 in the afternoon. being that i was solo, i sat at the bar. I ordered the vegetarian... More

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Miami, Florida
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20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Fabulouse food,clean,great service,fun Need to try if in Washington dc or Arlington Loved the food, freshly made and great flavors. Food is paprika spicy but not hot spicy. Highly recomend it. A must eat if you like different kinds of foods

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We came here for a family dinner before a show. My kids (teenagers who like ethnic and spicy food) wondered why we had never taken them out for Ethiopian food before. I wondered that, too. We had a very tasty meal of the combination meat and veggie platters, plus a couple of lamb dishes. The service was good, and we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

I ordered a vegetarian meal, my husband had meat, and we shared. One of my lentil dishes was especially tasty, spicy with maybe allspice. I tried the honey wine and found it to be much too sweet (Ethiopian beer was much better). The service was excellent, all our food was delicious, and the atmosphere was attractive.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

We stumbled upon this small Ethiopian restaurant while at a local conference in Arlington Virginia. My wife and I enjoy Ethiopian cuisine but find it rather pricey for the usual amount of food served. No worries at Harar Mesob where we enjoyed a small but tasty lunch buffet. Several of the vegetables were probably out of a can; however, the... More

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

Our waitress guided us to some great choices for our group to enjoy our first experience with Ethiopian food. The incense was a little strong when we first came in but they may have just started some and it thinned out quickly.

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