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Dama Bakery

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1505 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
+1 703-920-5620
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Killeen, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

the real deal when it is packed with locals. Prices affordable, large servings, and delicious food. Bakery items were tasty and smelled wonderful.

Thank Hayley F
Marietta, Georgia
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667 reviews
484 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 322 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Our first Ethiopian dinner and we were very favorably impressed. We walked there from Sheraton Pentagon. The meals and desserts were excellent See photos

Thank william s
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223 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

My nephew wanted Ethiopian so we headed over to check out this place which is essentially 3 venues-- a bakery, a food store and a restaurant. We had an early dinner in the restaurant. I'd highly recommend the vegetarian sampler which was excellent. The meat dish was huge but not very good. Then we went to the bakery and got... More 

Thank Urbanfarmgrl
Lansing, Michigan
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2016

Our son and daughter-in-law took us here for dinner while we were visiting. They ordered a vegetarian combo and a second, smaller vegetarian dish; it was enough to feed the four of us. The food was delicious. Our waitress offered to bring more injera after we ate our first portions. I don't think we would ever have found this place... More 

Thank Marcy T
Peaks Island, Maine
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72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016

Title says it. Staff were very patient and helpful to us, as we were not at all familiar with Ethiopean food. This is really three places -- a restaurant, a coffee house with great pastries, and a place to buy baked good to take out

Thank ArthurFink
Calgary, Canada
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72 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2015

The owner's name is Hailo Dama, and his sister does all the baking. It was mentioned to me that his sister learned the trade from the White House baker during the Regan era. So I guess the pastries you eat at Dama will have the same favor as Ronald when he was in the White House. This is an interesting... More 

1 Thank Y C
Springfield, Virginia
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2015

It was Friday evening and we just wanted to try something new. After reading all the great reviews, we decided to try this place because it was close to Pentagon City. The outside looks like a hole in the wall. We were lucky to find a parking spot. We were seated right away. We ordered vegetarian combo, fish and beef... More 

Thank kung_fu_chick
New York City, New York
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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2015

A bakery with great Chocolate cake, capuccino, grocery store with pre-made injera and Ethiopian restaurant; all rolled in one! My friend who took me there said the owner used to be a pastry chief for the White House! The restaurant was packed with Ethiopians on a Friday afternoon. Great food! We had the vegetarian combo and the beef ribs. Not... More 

Thank Pathgurl51
Jonesborough, Tennessee
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

We tried to eat here one morning at around 8:15. I had read great reviews about the breakfast. The menu on the wall had a breakfast menu. We entered the restaurant and the chairs were upside down on the tables. We were then told they didn't open until 9:00. We then went to Bob and Edith's Diner.

Thank bike2ride
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2015

This bakery is a perfect example of "not all that glitters is gold" - its shabby and crabby but makes great cakes! You can have a cafe in the Palace of Versailles but if you aint making stuff upto par - do yourself a favor and GTFO! Back to Dama and its crusty lookin cakes which actually are amazing LOL... More 

Thank Ayesha C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
African, Ethiopian
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1505 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-920-5620

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