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“great service, good variety Ethiopian” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Messob Ethiopian Restaurant

Messob Ethiopian Restaurant
1041 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019-4402 (Central L.A)
+1 323-938-8827
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Ranked #2,008 of 8,660 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
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Dining options: Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Central L.A
Description: Whether you're in the mood for Vegan cuisine or whether you'd like to enjoy a really authentic Ethiopian cups of coffee, wine or beer, Messob Ethiopian Restaurant has become an institution in Los Angeles for serving authentic Ethiopian-style cuisine emphasizing the flavor and spice of our assortment of recipes.
Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“great service, good variety Ethiopian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Recommend all the vegetarian entrees, doro wat and yaser wot. All have great flavor with lots of spices. Some of the other meat dishes like the ribs were a bit overcooked and under spiced.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Getahun A, Owner at Messob Ethiopian Restaurant, responded to this review, October 15, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to review us! We're glad you enjoyed your meal overall and that you found most everything very flavorful. We're not sure how often you're in the area but we'd love to welcome you back soon for even more of what's on the menu!

Hope we'll see you soon,
Berhanu & Getahun Asfaw, Owners
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Utah
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Great experience, good food and so-so service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

The food was very enjoyable. It was an entirely new experience in flavors and the manner the food is consumed. The waitress was not very friendly or attentive and the food took quite a while to come out. All in all I would try it again.

Visited March 2014
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Getahun A, Owner at Messob Ethiopian Restaurant, responded to this review, October 15, 2014
We know you wrote this awhile ago but we're new to TripAdvisor and we wanted to follow up. We're disappointed to hear your service fell a little flat and we apologize if it wasn't top-notch. You said you planned to return and we hope you did, and that your service made for a fantastic meal!

All the best,
Berhanu & Getahun Asfaw, Owners
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Bellmore, New York
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70 reviews 70 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Very good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Food was excellent and the staff was attentive. Lots of fun eating with my hands, too. The owner came over and wanted to know why I didn't finish - was there something wrong? Didn't I like it? Kind of strange, but at least he cares about the food.

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Getahun A, Owner at Messob Ethiopian Restaurant, responded to this review, October 15, 2014
We hope you weren't put off by someone coming to check on you like that, Michelle. It's really just our version of quality assurance -- we want to make sure everyone absolutely loves their food and if they don't we want to take their feedback to the kitchen ASAP. We know you wrote this a few months ago but we're new to TripAdvisor and we wanted to thank you for your review. Hope we'll see you again sometime soon!

All the best,
Berhanu & Getahun Asfaw, Owners
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Santa Monica, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Wish we tried Doro Wot”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We liked the strip beef on a steaming skillet but the rest of the dishes were alright. The server, perhaps with a afternoon coma, wasn't too helpful when we asked about recommendations or during the meal (couldn't find her for any help). We wanted to find a local go-to for Ethiopian, but won't be returning here sadly....

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Getahun A, Owner at Messob Ethiopian Restaurant, responded to this review, October 15, 2014
Really sorry to hear you didn't totally love your food and that your server might have disappeared during your meal. We're confident we can do better and we hope you'll consider giving us another opportunity to prove that we do have stellar service, and that our Strip Beef isn't the only delicious thing on our menu!

Sincerely,
Berhanu & Getahun Asfaw, Owners
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Agoura Hills, California
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Interesting Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

I had dinner one night with some friends, one of whom was Ethiopian, and she seemed eager to have us taste her native cuisine. This was my first time, and my friend ordered for us all since the we were unfamiliar with the menu. We had the Super Messob Exclusive, together with some Ethiopian bread. I would order the "Doro Wot," which tasted a little bit like Indian food. I also liked the Ethiopian bread. I would order those two again if I came here next time. We also ate with our hands. The rest of the food was OK, not spectacular, but maybe because my palate wasn't used to its taste. Overall, I wouldn't mind coming here again.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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