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“No WONDER It Is Always Crowded!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dama Bakery

Dama Bakery
1505 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
703-920-5620
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Ranked #160 of 654 restaurants in Arlington
Cuisines: Ethiopian
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Arlington, Virginia
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65 restaurant reviews
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“No WONDER It Is Always Crowded!”
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 be a really popular place for that community. Prices are very reasonable, too. And the bread - very tasty.

Parking is not easy but the food is really nice. Try it out!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Washington, DC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Delicious Ethiopean food, good service”
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.

Visited March 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“If you don't already know Ethiopian food...”
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. Too bad; I love all types of ethnic food and would have been back for several more meals had they shown the least bit of interest in introducing me to Ethiopian cuisine.

Visited December 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia
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“Interesting Experience”
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 wonderful - spicy enough to let you know you were trying something new, but not spicy enough to be uncomfortable. We had Ginger Tea to drink and it was unique as well. On our way out we stopped at the attached bakery for cookies and they were very good - perhaps not as sweet as their American counterparts.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ava
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“Breakfasts were unbelievable in price and quality!”
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!

Visited August 2012
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