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8626 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3915
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Washington, DC
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423 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Picked up some vegetarian take out (combo #1) for dinner and everything is just delicious! I am not often in Silver Spring and was impressed by the number of Ethiopian choices there, but stumbled upon Abol first, so they got my business. I sat at their very tiny bar while I waited and listened to very interesting Ethiopian music. The... More 

Thank Decoamie
Kailua, Hawaii
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Food was excellent, and our server was fabulous in working with me as I'm not a person that eats spicy, where my husband was spicier the better! Never had Ethiopian food before but enjoyed everything!

Thank Chickie73
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

I had the Ethiopian desert wine and fish lega and it was delicious. The Young Lady that welcomed me was very pleasant and patience. This was the 2nd time that I've had an Ethiopian dish and I was once again very pleased.

Thank Valencia P
Ashland, Ohio
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77 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016

The restaurant was less than a block from my hotel (Homewood Suites), so I decided to give it a try. Wow! I ordered a sampler platter of three meats and I believe two vegetable dishes. The spicy beef was definitely my favorite! While the decor is a bit outdated, I actually enjoyed that it was a smaller place with lots... More 

Thank MelHes
Park City, Utah
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

Everything on the menu is delicious. The server was very helpful to my dining partner, who'd never had Ethiopian food before. I try to get back here every time I can.

Thank wendy c
Front Royal, Virginia
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

Having eaten in Ethiopia, I think I can offer an opinion. The vegetarian platter is by far the best here. Either of the two on the menu will give you a taste of authentic ethnic dining. So what if the waitress barely speaks English, it's good enough to make you visit an enjoyable, and palatable, visit.

Thank David M
Takoma Park, Maryland
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2016

Delicious Ethiopian food, generous portions. Servers are always sweet. TV is usually on, and atmosphere is casual. Right across from AFI. We usually get chicken tibs, beef tibs (both served on sizzling pans-- hot!) and a vegetarian combo. Makes a great balance.

Thank eater70
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2015

We've been there a couple of times. Food and service are consistently good and would match any fancy, higher priced Ethiopian restaurants in downtown Silver Spring or DC. Would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to have Ethiopian food at reasonable price

1 Thank Jaisankar S
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142 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2015

While staying at a nearby hotel, I ordered food for delivery - the beet and potatoes, lamb and teff bread. The service was a little disorganized, I think the woman on the line was a new employee, but the food was delicious. I attended a vegan wedding on this stay and returned to get vegetarian dishes to bring with me,... More 

1 Thank PAM_from_LINY
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2015

I have visited Abol several times in the last year or so, and every time I know I can count on a wide range of flavors and foods. Unlike many restaurants, it is easy to enjoy a variety of vegetables, lentils and beans along with meat in their combination plates. Abol has become my go-to Ethiopian restaurant.

1 Thank Evan K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $20
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8626 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3915
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Silver Spring
  • Phone Number: 301-650-0061

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