Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine

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$30 and under
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Ethiopian

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Ethiopian owner Meaza Zemedu, whose Meaza Restaurant, Cafe and Gourmet Grocery Store have been featured in such press outlets as the Washingtonian and the Washington Post, was born of humble roots. Meaza Zemedu started her business by supplying local Ethiopian stores with her home-baked injera bread, a crepelike staple of Ethiopian cuisine.

Demand for the tangy bread grew, allowing her to open her majestic restaurant, which welcomes guests to dine on traditional Ethiopian fare. Northern Virginia Magazine heaped praise upon the menu, including the doro wat stew—the national dish of Ethiopia—which includes chicken, red pepper, garlic, and hard-boiled eggs. Many of Meaza’s dishes are flavored with purified, spiced Ethiopian butter, from the ye beg kikil—lamb stew in spicy sauce—to the kifto—ground beef traditionally served raw or rare and mixed with cardamom and a mitmita spice blend.
What 57 People Are Saying
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Wewah
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is excellent, the patrons were excited and patient! It's known that the food is slow in coming out of the kitchen, which really means that it's being made to order, not microwaved. Everyone alerted to the sight of a trolley coming out of the kitchen and was happy for the recipients. Eventually our turn came to enjoy the fruits of the kitchen and we were not disappointed. Yummy, flavorful, colorful puddles of happiness spread over injera bread! It was pure love!

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vipTonyB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We had a communication issue with the server and ended up with raw ground beef. Service was slow. Once cooked, the food was good, not great, but good.

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HappyTummy
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall1food5service2ambience5

The waitress was nasty , threw our to go box together with an attitude, then refused our money said they weren’t comfortable with our $100 bill , so we paid with two twenty dollar bills. Very sad. We won’t go again.

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vipMomRucifi
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Meaza and recommend it all the time to friends who love Ethiopian food. It's an absolute gem. The service is warm and welcoming, the pacing of dining is great, and the food is beyond wonderful. We especially love the yellow peas dish and the special tibs.

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Simsim14
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Had a reservation, but they seemed surprised when our group of eight came in. We waited for water, then after ordering we waited about 45 minutes for food (at first we thought only one person was serving the whole dining room, but I guess there were a couple more). The food was just OK—not as well spices as other Ethiopian restaurants I’ve been to (I seriously make a better chicken door wat at home). My husbands lamb cubes were chewy. Had to wait and wait for the bill—one of us finally went up to the bar. Overall just not worth it. Did all of the five-star reviewers go to the same place?

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BridgetB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good value and yummy Ethiopian food! The restaurant probably needs a paint job, but was crowded with a mix of Ethiopian and non customers.

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Steve
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The waitress was very helpful in recommending different dishes and the chef was more than accommodating when we needed to make a few changes. Very reasonable prices, too. Can't wait to go back!

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Outnabout
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

We went for a very early dinner and I think we were served leftovers from lunch. Some of the food wasn’t warm and nothing tasted fresh. I was surprised bc this place had positive reviews. I took my wife who had never had Ethiopian food. Now she thinks she doesn’t like Ethiopian, too bad for me, I usually really like Ethiopian.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been eating Ethiopian food since I lived there in 1971, and Meaza is no doubt a standout for quality in the DMV (District, Maryland, and Northern Virginia).

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vipIl9091
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is good. We had lamb stew. Would have loved to try Ethiopian dessert.

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vipChicChick
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Our waitress was very slow and not very welcoming. She was no the owner who is very friendly and nice. The food was good and delicious but service is lacking a bit. It was slow for a Tuesday and we had to wait a while before being greeted, or to receive our menus. I think they need to staff up a bit to improve the experience. Furniture is dated as well but not a big deal. Bathroom seems to be a bit neglected and needs an upgrade.

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EricaC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It's been several years since we went to Meaza and decided to take our kids (1 and 4). The first thing that I noticed was that the furniture (seats and tables) were looking worn, particularly the fabric on the chairs. We were able to order quickly, but were only given two waters. While it's understandable not to give glassware to children, our kids had to share our glasses with us. This wasn't a big deal until we ran through our first glasses of water quickly and didn't see our waitress again. The food was spicy, so we had to pause eating because we had no water to drink. We also ran out of injera (bread), so we had difficulty eating.

We finally flagged down another waitress, who brought us refills and thankfully left a pitcher of water to refill ourselves. She also brought us more bread.

The food was quite good, but service seems to have decreased.

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vipTmo2013
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was very, very good!

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DeniseN
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I would recommend this restaurant to a friend only if he or she has time to wait. My husband and I waited for one hour with the food. It was hard to wait I’ll track down the waitress. They were too busy

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Rubysmom
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food. Went for lunch on a Thursday with friends who had never had Ethiopan food before. We had the special vegetarian platter with kitfo and beef tenderloin (special of the day recommended by the server; it was fantastic) added. For some reason service was quite slow, unlike when I've been there for dinner. We were not in a hurry so it didn't matter much; just wanted my friends to get the best impression. One of the things I love about Meaza is the quiet. If you want to be able to have a conversation over great food, Meaza's a great place.

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VivianA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This restaurant was recommended to me by an Ethiopian friend who is very familiar with places in Northern Virginia. We were not disappointed!

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MargeT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was good and plentiful. Prices were very reasonable and the servers were very attentive and helpful.

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vipRmjs
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The spicy items had a lot of flavor with the “right” amount of heat. The mild items need more herbs or spices that don’t add heat; they were bland. The decor needs an upgrade but the service was respectful without being too friendly.

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vipJayL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

First time had Ethiopian food and it was really good. My only issue is that service was slow. That said, we would still go back.

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Rubysmom
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had not had Ethiopian food in ages and thought I would drag my husband and son out for some. Food was fantastic. Atmosphere was very nice: quiet, easy to have conversation.

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HappyTummy
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reunion with a longtime friend!

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vipTermXX
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall5food4service3ambience3

We went for the new lunch buffet, a bargain at $10. Options were limited, but I expect that for $10.

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vipCitizenNomad
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great veggie options

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HerrRidgeInn
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great choice for those of us who enjoy Ethiopian food. service can be a little slow sometimes but the food makes up the slowness

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Awful service. We had an open table reservation. They did not seem to care
We sat down. They brought silverware but no napkins. We waited an hour for food only to be told 1) that they could not do one of the dishes. We walked out

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was very good. We had the special vegetable combo platter along with tibs and kitfu. As always, the service staff was friendly and attentive. Finally, the very good food was an excellent value with respect to the price.

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vipdf2013
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Over 45 minutes from order to arrival of food. Had to request water refill, waitress avoided table due to delay.

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Jake
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Family oriented food, decor and service, but with tired ambitions to be something better. Not a standout for standard fare, but a great, consistent value.

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AndrewA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great time sitting outside with the local crowd. Nobody was in a hurry, including us, which was good when the food came - tons of it. The waitress helped us make sense of the menu and picked a sampling of dishes. Incredible food.

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vipVAFoodie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is my second visit to Meaza, which is a shame. I should be a regular. It is friendly, has great service, and the food is authentically superior. The only issue is that the place looks a bit worn. Some fresh paint and new linens would go a long way. But nevermind, the food is spectacular, and the prices are incredibly reasonable, even for the beer from Ethiopia.

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GinaK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall3food2service1ambience2

I just went for my 4th time on Mother's Day. Every other time, the service was poor, but the food was pretty good (not downtown DC good, but good and close). This time, however, everything was bad. It took 40 minutes (no exaggeration) to get a check for two people (the table next to me was so frustrated that they were yelling at servers about it). The food was served half cold (yes, actually cold). I ordered the special vegetarian platter because I wanted the additional dishes that the "Special" version afforded (and it cost more money). When they brought the dish, it was missing (the potatoes and carrots and salad). When I asked they said that they were busy and ran out. So I did not have the option to switch to something else, or anything. They just brought me a lesser dish with half cold food. No thanks. Never again.

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Brian
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was fantastic.

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AK100
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

really good food and ambiance. friendly staff. You get good value for the Price too.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food

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vipChicChick
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food is great! Always predictable and delicious. Good portion sizes for your money. The dining chairs need a serious upgrade though as there are unsightly stains all over the cushions. There was just another couple there besides us so the place was pretty empty on a weeknight compared to weekend night. The women’s room had a bathroom that has been “out of order” for months. They really should get that fixed as it speaks volumes about the lack of care for the restaurant and its patrons. In addition, it’s always so cold in there.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

really enjoyed the food here. Injera was perfect, special kitfo was excellent. The injera for the table came with a spice, hot sauce and some crumbly cheese too. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

After reading reviews we expected the food to be great. The special veggie combo was fine but the beef awaze ribs were so tough we couldn’t eat them. We told the waitstaff but she brushed it off. Overall not worth a second trip.

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vipTermXX
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience3

A reliably good Ethiopian restaurant. Well priced. We highly recommend the asa dullet (spicy snapper), veggie combo, and beef tibs.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here on a Thursday around 6:30 and got seated right away. The service was great and the server offered several good suggestions. We had the sambussa appetizer, which was crispy and very tasty. We had the Meaza beef special, lamb and vegetarian combo, which all came on a very large dish. It looked great and the food was delicious. I'd go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Nice Mother's Day dinner after my sons soccer game. Used a groupon. Well worth it, even w/o the discount.

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Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 820-2870.

Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine is rated 4.2 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

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