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“No frills EXCELLENT FOOD” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Warka Ethiopian Restaurant

Warka Ethiopian Restaurant
275 Sunset Park Dr, Herndon, VA 20170
(703) 435-2166
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Ranked #58 of 184 Restaurants in Herndon
Cuisines: Ethiopian
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Lagos, Nigeria
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55 reviews 55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“No frills EXCELLENT FOOD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Nigeria doesn't have any Ethiopian restaurants and I love their traditional dishes. The restaurant is located in a very small business strip down a side street. It's a little tricky trying to find it but it's well worth it. I ordered my favorite dishes which I always order when going to Ethiopian restaurants, vegetable combo (5) and the Kitfo (raw) with a side of collard greens. The service was very quick and within 10 minutes the platter with all my food was at my table. The food was excellent, I didn't even have to ask for mitmita (red pepper). I plan on going back before I go back to Nigeria.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Corning, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Don't be scared of Ethiopian food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was our first try of Ethiopian food. So we had a lot of questions and the server was able to help us understand the ingredients and preparation. We chose three dishes, two with chili pepper and one that was plain meat. It is served family style on a big platter with the special flat bread. To eat, just pick up a piece of the bread (like a pancake) and grab a bit of the food. The tray also had vegetables on the edges. We asked for mild and that was more like medium with a bite on the lips and tongue. It was a good first time and we would return if we could.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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PENNSYLVANIA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Something different”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We are here with family visiting DC. The food was excellent. We asked for mild. Tried the Ethiopian beer. The kids enjoyed eating with the bread for a whole . Then we asked for plates. The platters for two can feed 3 or 4. Honey wine or mead was different. I'd definately go again.

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DC
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47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We have been going to Warka for years. They recently changed owners but the food is still fantastic. It's nice not to have to drive all the way to DC for good ethiopian food. We always get the mixed veggie platter with the chicken curry and sometimes the lamb. The lamb is very good and the spicy chickpeas are my favorite. The servings are huge, my husband and I can barely ever finish the mixed platter for one (we do have tiny appetites). Can't wait for our next visit!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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State College, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Excellent Food, OK atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Even though the atmosphere is lacking, the food at Warka was excellent. I've eaten at many Ethiopian restaurants throughout the eastern US, and the food here is the best and most authentic Ethiopian food I've had in a long time. I was happy that they were playing modern Ethiopian music. I wish the seating and plates were a bit more traditional, but I've had a hard time finding any place recently that has traditional seating or serving wares.

If I'm back in the area, I will certainly go out of my way to come back to Warka. Thanks!

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