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Dukem

Ethiopian Restaurant$$$$
U-Street, Washington
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  • Liz T.
    "The lamb tibs are killer and the veggie plate is tasty, too."(5 Tips)
    Abby
    "Some of the best Ethiopian food in DC."(2 Tips)
    DC Dining Adventures
    "... Beef Tibs, Key Work, Doro Wot, Minchet Abesh, and homemade cottage..."(2 Tips)
    Josh L.
    "... great and came with good service."(6 Tips)
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  • DC Dining Adventures
    Feeling hungry? Order the Combo 6 consisting of Beef Tibs, Key Work, Doro Wot, Minchet Abesh, and homemade cottage cheese.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Sofia C.
    Sofia CaseJanuary 10, 2016
    Vegetarian platter with 16 items serves 3-4 easily. I actively crave injera so this is heaven. Don't be a noob and eat with a knife & fork. Eat with your hands!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 29, 2011
    It might not seem like all that much from the outside, but Dukem is authentic Ethiopian in the heart of a city that takes its Ethiopian food very seriously. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Liz T.
    Liz TaylorMay 7, 2013
    Ethiopian is one of those foods you have to try once, and Dukem is a good place to start. The lamb tibs are killer and the veggie plate is tasty, too. Service is meh, but food makes up for it.
  • Mariana B.
    Mariana BernasconiMay 18, 2013
    Gluten free peeps- This restaurant imports injera from Ethiopia to sell and it is GF. For 7$ they will sell you a pack and use it in your meal (4-enough for the table!) it's better than the standard.
  • Shane T.
    Shane TewsJuly 13, 2014
    Best Ethiopian food I've had in DC and we've tried almost all of them. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinNovember 25, 2013
    The best Ethiopian food. Don't overthink what to order, just go with the combo platters for however many people are in your party. Look ma, eating with hands!
  • Numuque
    NumuqueJuly 7, 2015
    reasonably priced delicious Ethiopian food in D.C. friendly staff & nice location on U-Street.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 29, 2014
    The doro wat, a stew of chicken drumsticks and hardboiled eggs, is rich, spicy, and lipsmackingly good.
  • Josh L.
    Josh LefebvreApril 20, 2013
    Very great atmosphere. I thought all the food was too spicy though. When I was able to get past that, it tasted great and came with good service.
  • NightScene
    NightSceneNovember 23, 2010
    Bar dominated restaurant, come here any of day of the week, at night, you wil be surrounded by people, live music, beer selection, culture, and atmosphere feeling like you just landed in east africa
  • Mars
    MarsOctober 10, 2012
    Beef is good for some, but I crave flavorful vegetarian combos -- and they MASTER it here. Lunch is great time to visit!
  • Casey D.
    Casey DaltonFebruary 28, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The vegetarian here is awesome. Most Ethiopians don't eat meat or dairy for 55 days during lent so the veggies and bread are all vegan friendly. Go big and ask for the 16 item fasting special.
  • Xavier A.
    Xavier AJuly 6, 2014
    They'll only let you use one card per table, so if you're here with a group bear that in mind and bring cash.
  • Dion H.
    Dion HJune 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Lamb Tibs - Tender lambs chops cut and sautéed in traditional Ethiopian spices, onion, tomatoes and peppers
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LuddyJanuary 5
    Great for a group meal. Try a larger platter and share. Very friendly staff with great recommendations.
  • Dion H.
    Dion HJune 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Dukem Tibs - Beef rib tips sautéed in traditional Ethiopian spices, onions, and hot peppers
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzFebruary 20, 2015
    Great Ethiopian restaurant, everything is good! Gets busy, make a reservation
  • Bikabout
    BikaboutJanuary 28
    Fantastic Ethiopian cuisine with an outdoor patio. Travel guide - www.bikabout.com/washington-dc
  • Dion H.
    Dion HMarch 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Wednesday evenings are fantastic! See the traditional Ethiopian tribal dancers and a take part in the coffee ceremony!
  • Nikki M.
    Nikki MurrayNovember 26, 2011
    The veggie delux platter is easily enough for 3 people. Super good food!
  • Sara A.
    Sara AkhavanFebruary 26, 2012
    so amazing! a fun experience. delicious food & very friendly service.
  • Cara
    CaraOctober 27, 2014
    Touristy Ethiopian option in an area w/ tons of smaller, better places. Injera is usually dry & flavorless & the food is average at best. But if you're new to Ethiopian, you won't know the difference.
  • Jason P.
    Jason PerryDecember 31, 2012
    Free presents for the kiddies under the Christmas tree. Definitely makes the visit even better.
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FarleyApril 17, 2010
    If it's your first time with Ethiopian, go for a combination platter. Stay away from the kitfo (raw beef)... unless you know you can handle it.
  • Quinn R.
    Quinn RaskOctober 6, 2014
    The Dukem special tibs are the way to go.
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 28, 2011
    Do brunch here when they host a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. A unique experience, indeed.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TMarch 17, 2013
    Beware of the $10 side salad. Authentic Ethiopian food.
  • Faith P.
    Faith PippinDecember 8, 2011
    Don't bother trying to use the $10 check-in coupon, this place won't honor it :P. Also has pretty shoddy service. I know it's top-rated in DC, but there are other good places in DC with better service
  • Marie Claire A.
    Marie Claire ASeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    On Wednesdays evenings they have live traditional music and dancing!
  • Kris Z.
    Kris ZabaloieffJuly 27, 2014
    Delicious! Get the Lamb Tibs!
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaMarch 1, 2015
    Incredible Ethiopian food. Among the best in dc
  • Craig S.
    Craig SJanuary 15, 2012
    The lamb tibs are amazing. Must order!
  • Dion H.
    Dion HJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Goden Tibs with the greens and spicy lentils. It's such an outstanding meal.
  • Abby
    AbbyApril 22, 2010
    The vegetarian platter here is amazing. Some of the best Ethiopian food in DC.
  • Alyssa W.
    Alyssa WMay 18, 2016
    just okay - we got the meat/veggie platter and it wasn't as flavorful as I'd hoped for.
  • H A.
    H AdamsMay 31, 2014
    Food was great. Service was prompt.
  • Walter S.
    Walter SodenMarch 8, 2010
    best ethiopian food in dc, hands down. you won't be disappointed.
  • Becky B.
    Becky BockJuly 24, 2013
    Wednesday night @ 7:30 music and dance.
  • Nitin A.
    Nitin AlaburNovember 17, 2014
    Try the sambusa and the wots
  • Matilda H.
    Matilda HoNovember 20, 2012
    Get the #6 - for two!!
  • Fati H.
    Fati HussainJune 23, 2015
    Get the lamb tibs!!
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSMay 6, 2012
    Try the Combo Platter #27 - So yummy!
  • Diego
    DiegoNovember 12, 2015
    Very authentic Ethiopian food!!
  • Casey D.
    Casey DaltonJuly 19, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the asa dullet, amazing fish dish.
  • DerekGM
    DerekGMJanuary 4, 2014
    Sambusa and the music and drinks
  • Beth S.
    Beth SantosMarch 11, 2011
    best ethopian in town, definitely.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth McDonaldJanuary 19, 2016
    Doro wot to die for
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangAugust 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can handle it, try the Gored Gored raw. It's a LOT of food though. Be warned.
  • Larry C.
    Larry ChengFebruary 4, 2010
    Try some amazing Ethiopian food. Not exactly for vegetarians.
  • R. Zachary G.
    R. Zachary GebeleinSeptember 15, 2013
    Great fun with the fingers!
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangAugust 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The bar is made from old bottles. Pretty cool.
  • Steven N.
    Steven NascimentoFebruary 10, 2011
    Stick to the vegetarian dishes.
  • Catherine
    CatherineMarch 1, 2010
    Make reservations or be prepared to wait.
  • Nicia
    NiciaJuly 2, 2011
    Wasn't thrilled with the service or the meal
  • Merone A.
    Merone AbrahamMarch 19, 2011
    Love this place
  • Casey D.
    Casey DaltonJanuary 16, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the tea.
  • Eliza
    ElizaJuly 27, 2014
    Food was cold and tasteless, and slow service
  • Megan
    MeganJune 7, 2010
    The service is the worst. Not worth the hype. Go down the street to etete.
  • Suzanne H.
    Suzanne HebertJune 5, 2011
    Greatest ethiopian restaurant in dc!
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