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Harer Messob Ethiopian Restaurant

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542 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

The food is great and the serving sizes are huge. This place will become a favorite and one or two entrees are enough to feed a family.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Came across while wandering for dinner while staying at local hotel. My wife eats a vegan diet and there were at least half dozen choices for her. She got the sampler and loved it. I eat meat and had the crispy beef and it was delicious. Great service too!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This was the second time I've eaten at Harar Mesob and it was just as good as it was several years ago. Because of the heat this evening, I opted to eat inside rather than on their small deck. The last time I was with friends and we ordered the assorted meat plate for two which had a variety of... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

Hope it was just us, but the food was not pleasant, the after smell in your sinuses is terrible and the prices are outrageous.

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michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We walked to this restaurant from our hotel. We had been told to try Ethiopian food in Dc and this place worked out perfectly. We were able to find an open table and were quickly served. We tried the platter of everything and some chicken and rice. It was so much food for 3 people! The food was fantastic! We... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I was experimenting with Ethiopian food for the first time, the hostess was very helpful in helping us select our food. Excellent quality of food (We had chicken and vegetarian). The vegetarian option was also good for those for whom non-vegetarian is not an option. Overall a nice experience.

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Aptos, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

Thought we'd try this place after reading reviews. Nice aosphere & good service. But....the quality of the meat was very poor. The decibed prime beef & lamb. Grisly and tough on all 3 entrees ordered. Good combo of spices and other sides, but the cheap meat ruined the meal. Prob will not return-too many other better Ethiopian restaurants with better... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

It wasn't one of the best meals of my life, but it was really quite delicious and Ethiopian cuisine is not your everyday choice so it hit the spot. We ordered the vegetarian sampler platter as well as a lamb and beef dish, and were not disappointed. The food was tasty, not too spicy but quite flavorful. Walking distance from... More 

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Met up with former Peace Corps friends for a nice dinner. One of our party lives in Hawaii and there are apparently few if any on Oahu. In any case, we ordered the combo plate (meat and veggies) and ate at one of the basket tables. For those who have not eaten Ethiopian, the food is served on injera bread... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I'm very fond of kitfo -- the steak tartar of ethiopian cuisine -- and this place makes an excellent kitfo. It's a casual restaurant across the street from another ethiopian place in the ethnic strip across the jeff davis hwy from the many hotels of crystal city. This place is very friendly and also has a lunch buffet which i... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
Cuisine
Ethiopian, African
Meals
Dinner
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 542 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?