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Harar Mesob

African, Ethiopian
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542 S 23rd Street, Arlington, VA
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice food and Genial hosts

I was experimenting with Ethiopian food for the first time, the hostess was very helpful in helping us select our food. Excellent quality of food (We had chicken and vegetarian). The vegetarian option was also good for those for whom non-vegetarian is not an option. Overall a nice experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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86 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This was the second time I've eaten at Harar Mesob and it was just as good as it was several years ago. Because of the heat this evening, I opted to eat inside rather than on their small deck. The last time I was with friends and we ordered the assorted meat plate for two which had a variety of... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I was experimenting with Ethiopian food for the first time, the hostess was very helpful in helping us select our food. Excellent quality of food (We had chicken and vegetarian). The vegetarian option was also good for those for whom non-vegetarian is not an option. Overall a nice experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

Thought we'd try this place after reading reviews. Nice aosphere & good service. But....the quality of the meat was very poor. The decibed prime beef & lamb. Grisly and tough on all 3 entrees ordered. Good combo of spices and other sides, but the cheap meat ruined the meal. Prob will not return-too many other better Ethiopian restaurants with better... More 

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Met up with former Peace Corps friends for a nice dinner. One of our party lives in Hawaii and there are apparently few if any on Oahu. In any case, we ordered the combo plate (meat and veggies) and ate at one of the basket tables. For those who have not eaten Ethiopian, the food is served on injera bread... More 

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New York City, New York
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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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85 restaurant reviews
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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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Toronto
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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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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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New York City, New York
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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 542 S 23rd Street, Arlington, VA
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington

Price and Cuisine

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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?