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Bete Ethiopian Cuisine & Cafe

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811 Roeder Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 588-2225
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Ethiopian Wonders

We were two couples, good friends, out for an evening in Silver Spring and we enjoyed a varied wheel of food. Great flavors, varied vegetables & beans, tender meats including a raw beef dish. The St. Joseph's Ethiopian beer was likewise tasty (leaning to the lighter end of the scale). It's not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2015
dlosea
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Maryland, United States
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I don't know what makes Bete better than the other Ethiopian places in Silver Spring. But there's plenty of competition, and this is the one I go to when I want the best. Something about the freshness and flavoring in their food puts them over the top.

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Thank Chava Z
Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We were two couples, good friends, out for an evening in Silver Spring and we enjoyed a varied wheel of food. Great flavors, varied vegetables & beans, tender meats including a raw beef dish. The St. Joseph's Ethiopian beer was likewise tasty (leaning to the lighter end of the scale). It's not my favorite cuisine in the world, but Bete's... More 

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Thank dlosea
Frederick, Maryland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Went here before a show at the Fillmore. Great food, they give plenty of injera and comes out fairly quick. We ate our leftovers on the car ride home after the show YUM!

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Thank Laura N
Missoula, Montana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Traditional Ethiopian - served either in plates to share, or personal bowls. Both options with the bread (excellent) and set up to eat with fingers. As is traditional, some dishes were appropriately spicy, but lots of milder options. I would highly recommend the beets and the lentils!

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Thank 007Katie007
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
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103 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Bete's Ethiopian café is a lovely restaurant with a pleasant outdoor garden or indoor seating. The food is very reasonable, tasty, and features a wide range of Ethiopian classical cuisine. The staff are attentive and helpful providing subtitles for all dishes with which you are not familiar. This is one of our classic birthday outing places, as the ambiance is... More 

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Thank DianeVOC
Laurel, Maryland
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

We have been wanting to go to an Ethiopian restaurant for sometime and finally made it today. After reading several of the reviews we decided to try this place, but also decided we would prepare ourselves for a wait. Upon entering, its small but quaint, like a little house with each room set up to accommodate tables for eating. Our... More 

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Thank partners1989
Dominica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

simple fare. Good food - authentic but spiced for an American palate. Not traditionally served on a platter of injera, but pretty close.

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Thank LaFemme01
Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

We had an enjoyable dinner. The menu had a good selection. The wait staff was very slow. Only beer and wine is served. The atmosphere was nice.

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Thank Maryland_Family4
Fairport, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We stopped for dinner about 90 minutes before closing and were seated in the courtyard with only one other couple present. Service was incredibly slow as it appeared most of the staff was hanging out inside. It took them about 15 minutes to even get us a menu. It took quite a while for our food to arrive as well.... More 

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Thank JohnandSarah196
Laurel, Maryland
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We ate here on the recommendation of friends. What was great was eating in the courtyard in the back - perfect for an early summer outdoor dinner. NIce atmosphere. Unfortunately, I need more from a restaurant than a pretty place to eat. The food was only so-so. We've been to a lot of different Ethiopian places over the years, and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 811 Roeder Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Silver Spring
  • Phone Number: (301) 588-2225

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

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