Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 150reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Ethiopian Restaurant. Been here a long time so experienced and fresh. Apr 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great good and always friendly staff. Feb 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 Great food and a welcoming staff. Dec 2, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by No nakin, folks, or plates severed. Had to ask for water. Nov 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by We always love Meskerem, especially since our kids will happily eat everything on the plate-- er-- the injera. :)We were sad to see the traditional seating on the main floor was replaced with regular tables, though. That was always a fun part of the dining experience. Nov 12, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Be sure to try to Ethiopian been. Different but nice. Oct 1, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by The sambusa was under cooked. We ordered a Meskerem specialty dinner for two and what we received was only enough for one person! The dish was supposed to be a mix of lamb, beef, vegetables and chicken, but we only got chicken, beef and lentils and it didn't even taste good. We left hungry. We will NEVER go back to this restaurant. Sep 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Attentive waitstaff, timely service and GREAT Food. Sep 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by It was the first time my 17 year old nephew tried Ethiopian. I was happy it was a pleasant experience. Sep 22, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by The food was really good and we had a nice private table Sep 19, 2013


2434 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 462-4100
Fax: (202) 362-5812
Cuisine: Ethiopian/African
Price: $$

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  • Hours
    Monday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Tuesday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Wednesday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Thursday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Friday: 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Saturday: 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Sunday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Special Needs Smoking Section, Non Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access
  • Atmosphere Romantic
  • Attire Casual
  • Amenities Dancing, TV, Private Party Room
  • Payment Methods Amex Diners Club Mastercard Visa


Dining in Ethiopia is characterized by the ritual of breaking injera and eating from the same plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty and friendship. The quintessence of those bonds are often demonstrated in the form of gursha-that is, the placing of food in the mouth of another diner from one's own (hand] Injera, the traditional Ethiopian bread, is part of every entr?e. It is a large crepe/pancake upon which the various stew-like dishes are served. The traditional way of eating is with the fingers, which is in itself a delicate art. In this manner, a bite sized piece of injera is broken off to pick up a mouthful of the chosen dish. Ethiopian dishes are characterized by the variety of spices used to give them their exotic taste. Watt, which is a stew-like dish, comes in a variety of forms-beef, lamb, chicken, and vegetables. These rage from hotly spiced (with barbered- a typical Ethiopian red pepper) to very mild. The more delicately seasoned watt are called alicha which contain no berbere. Fifit, another exotic staple, is a combination dish prepared with broken bits of the injera itself. Nitter kebbeh, a specially prepared butter, is a key ingredient used to give these dishes their exotic flavor. Vegetarian dishes are also a staple of Ethiopian cuisine, especially during Lent, a period of fifty-five days before Easter. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians are prohibited from eating all meat and meat by product such as milk, cheese and butter until Easter. Yet the variety of watts and other dishes made of lentils, peas and other vegetables are just as exotic and tasty as those containing meats.

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