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Set on the second floor of a townhouse just outside Little Ethiopia, this tidy dining room may have the bright walls and exposed brick so often seen in...
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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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African, Ethiopian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here was excellent and the staff was very helpful. I had never had Ethiopian food before, but the staff was very helpful in selecting my food and telling me how to properly eat it. I liked what I had (a raw beef dish)...very much and the serving was larger than I could finish. They also had an extensive Ethiopian beer selection.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 12, 2022

Not all Ethiopian restaurants are built the same. I found that out the hard way when I ordered from a spot in DC once and the food had no taste. I live in New York City where ALL restaurants, even the sidewalk foodcart vendors, go...extra hard. Everyday. All day. There are no off-days in NYC fooding. There can't be, it's not possible. So it's difficult to compare New York City to any other city. That being said, I have learned, through experience, to keep my expectations low when traveling and eating out. Though today I ordered from Chercher Ethiopian expecting somewhat of a lackluster food experience. Thinking that there was a 20% chance that I'd get a quality Ethiopian meal. I was so, so wrong. I'm so sorry for doubting you Chercher. Please accept my apologies. You delivered! Not only did you deliver, but your food is seasoned like someone's grandmother is in the kitchen cookin'! Two grandmothers actually! The food is seasoned rich. Like people care. Like there's quality control. Like there's never a bad batch. Like the whole of Ethiopia is depending on Chercher's success to represent for the culture! I am so thankful for today's Special Veggie Combo order, and if I ever find myself in Washington, DC again, I will be sure to show Chercher some love. If I could rate Chercher 6 stars I would!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 4, 2022 via mobile

Our favorite dinner the whole week we spent in DC! Absolutely delicious! My husband and I ordered the Vegan Special (7 veg dishes) and the Beef Tibs (the smaller size) and it was more than enough food for the two of us. We left stuffed...but it was SO good! The injera was perfect. We walked to the restaurant from the Mt Vernon Metro station.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 3, 2022 via mobile

Great meal 🇪🇹 here! Service was good and the restaurant is located in an old row house. We shared the deluxe vegan special & the beef special tibs. The menu has full explanations of the platter, tibs, and all other dishes. It is customary to...not use silverware 🍴 and utilize the injera (a delicious type of sour fermented flatbread with a slightly spongy texture) as a delivery system. Just dig in! Amazing flavors and very filling. They had two Ethiopian beers 🍺 in stock. I want with a light one and it paired well with the meal.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed November 14, 2021 via mobile

Great location in the heart of posh DC. The building is cute and original. The food was amazing. I can’t handle spicy and the split pea lentil was perfect for me.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 26, 2021 via mobile

If you're looking for an authentic Eithopian food this is a place. There is a mini outdoor covered deck with about 4 tables. Plenty of seating inside. We got the special number 1 Chercher vegan deluxe plate and Chercher Beef Special Tibs. The two dishes...we ordered were perfect. The food came out quickly and staffs were attentive and friendly.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed April 4, 2021

I drove in from New York for spring break and checked in not too far from Chercher Restaurant (Homewood suites by HIlton in DC). It was Saturday night, expectedly busy evening (Good for them). We sat down and ordered Vegie delux+ Fish tibs & Vegie...special +Fish dulet (chopped fresh tuna) to dine in and to go consecutively. While waiting on the food, we ordered beer (Stella). 5 minutes went by and there's no drink. I had to go to the Bar counter to find out about the delay. The lady said, "I'm sorry there's no Stella, can I give you becks or Heineken?" she continued, "actually you you should go for Heineken, I only have 2 becks".. I was like do I need to come to the bar to learn about it. I said "that's fine, I'll take Heineken. Half an hour went by and no body came to check up on us at least for a second beer. After a solid one hour, the same lady (she was the only one in the front), came by visibly sweating and said "I'm sorry the dulet is no longer available." She left us speechless. We had to change the order to Fish Tibs. Another lady brought the food after a total of 1.20 hours. THE FOOD was delicious. I would say worth waiting but she leaves no stone unturned to surprise us. The entire check came in with the first order ($20 more). I tend to check the bills. She never said "I'm sorry" but went back and came up with we can't reverse it, here's $20 for your refund. Morale of the story: Habesha Restaurant owners 1- Do not bite more than you can chew. Only one person can't handle serving the entire floor. She was sweating too. Thank God she had mask (if you know what i mean). 2- Do not take habesha customers for granted. Every customer appreciates equal attention. 3. Focus on the quality of the service than the quantity. I can imagine the name has been around for a long time. so should your service be.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed February 10, 2020 via mobile

Delicious Ethiopian food with generous portions. I ordered more than I could consume but that didn’t stop me from trying. Loved every morsel.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020 via mobile

This is one of the best Ethiopian food places I cane across outside country. You will not regret if you visit. Compliments to kitchen and Ms. Mekdes for great service and recommendation.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 26, 2020

Twice we've come with 8-12 people without reservations and twice we've been able to eat at this popular, small row house restaurant. The waitresses are patient with those new to Ethiopian and they worked with me to get a collection of dishes so there would...be something for all palates. They were willing to do the kitfo medium although some of us would have preferred traditional and they have excellent tibs. Generous portions and a good mix of Ethiopians and non-Ethiopians there. Only downside is no metro particularly nearby.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed December 20, 2019 via mobile

Stopped in to Chercher for a quick Friday evening bite. I had never had Ethiopian food so was intrigued to try. I had a beautiful lamb stew. The meat and sauce were both absolutely delicious. It's served with a type of pancake which I wasn't...too fond of but I'm not keen on pancakes anyway. It's a personal preference so I wouldn't mark it down for that. Seems to be popular with locals. Give it a go.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 17, 2019 via mobile

The aroma when you enter the restaurant is worth it alone. What a wonderful atmosphere, and even better food. I would highly recommend.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 16, 2019 via mobile

So yummy! I got there in the middle the afternoon but they were pretty busy and sat at the bar and The vegan special was delicious! Some of it was quite spicy, but all fresh and well seasoned -the caramelized onions were wonderful!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 7, 2019 via mobile

Their 10 item vegan platter is the best. It's more than enough for 2 people to share. Great service, and love the atmosphere here too.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

This place is an amazing (big) hole in the wall; we love their veggie combo and their spicy red lentils are the best I have had

Date of visit: October 2019
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