Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

2434 18th St NW (Between Columbia Rd. & Belmont st.), Washington, D.C. 20009, United States
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • Noon–Midnight
  • Sun
    • Noon–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
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Authentic Ethiopian Cusine; Meskerem has been serving the Best Ethiopian Food that DC has to offer since 1985...


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32 tips. Filter by taste:

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  • kitfo
  • honey wine
  • Ethiopian food
  • spicy food
  • tomato salad
  • tartare
  • good service
  • great value
  • vegetarian food
  • minced beef
  • stout beers
  • tilapia
  • discounts
  • good for a quick meal
  • lamb
  • shrimp
  • sampler platter
  • dinner
  • fun atmosphere
  • exotic
  • Eric V.

    Injera yumm

    Eric V · 1 week ago
  • Charles O.

    Tilapia fantastic!, but where did my fork go?!

    Charles Owen · November 18, 2014
  • Cara

    Everyone knows U St. for Ethiopian, but that doesn't mean there aren't great places off the strip. Meskerem is a DC classic that beats plenty of the more well-known joins on U.

    Cara · September 19, 2014
  • Emily M.

    Get the vegetarian sampler plate! So delicious.

    Emily McNish · August 16, 2014
  • Serious Eats

    Go for the spicy, buttery kitfo, Ethiopia's take on tartare.

    Serious Eats · July 29, 2014
  • Scoutmob

    50% off ($15 max discount) $15 max discount at Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant. 1 per table. Dine-in only. 18% gratuity may be added. Can't combine offers.

    Scoutmob · February 27, 2014
  • Kat L.

    Special tibbs is delicious!

    Kat L · January 20, 2014
  • Lacey C.

    First & last visit. Save your money & make your way to Etete on U street or Ethiopic on H street or any of the others for that matter. Placed was dirty & food was mediocre. Service C+.

    Lacey Capps · September 16, 2013
  • Malik N.

    Visit us at:

    Malik Nafa · July 10, 2013
  • Malik N.

    At Meskerem, we like to bring to you the

    Malik Nafa · July 10, 2013
  • Stephen M.

    Avoid this place unless you like the tourist version of Ethiopian food. U Street is a better bet.

    Stephen M · March 19, 2013
  • Kathryn C.

    Fun atmosphere and great food! The sampler platter is a ton of food and lets you try a little bit of everything.

    Kathryn Clark · February 17, 2013
  • Sara A.

    Delicious! Get the sampler platter. It's so much delicious food! Go home happy.

    Sara Allen · February 17, 2013
  • Ivan V.

    Best Kitfo in the USA. Don't be afraid of raw meat!

    Ivan Vidyakin · January 5, 2013
  • Bruno M.

    Food was ok, service was below average!

    Bruno Muscolino · October 6, 2012
  • Joseph P.

    Great atmosphere. Most places have better enjera though: here it breaks easier.

    Joseph Peterson · September 2, 2012
  • Jeb G.

    Great Lamb, amazing mother and child, spicy and delicious tomato salad, but the lentils were a little cold and undercooked. I'd definitely come back, though.

    Jeb Gavin · August 30, 2012
  • DistrictBlake !.

    This was marginal Ethiopian food. Even with the Scoutmob 50% off it was not worth it. Food was very bland, vegetable were over cooked and the injera had no flavor. This was very disappointing.

    DistrictBlake !!! · July 6, 2012
  • Shaina B.

    Great food and service. If you're looking for good food and something different definitely go there.

    Shaina Boswell · July 4, 2012
  • Malcolm W.

    The lentils are good

    Malcolm Womack · November 23, 2011
  • Mahreen Y.

    worst macaroni grill ever!

    Mahreen Younus · November 18, 2011
  • Edith P.

    Honey wine is not to be missed!

    Edith Petrovics · July 31, 2011
  • Leila P.

    When u ask for water make sure u say tap or they'll bring out a bottle of water and charge u for it! Overall service suxed and the food was not appetizing at all. The beef & veggie samona was good tho

    Leila Party Girl👑 · June 19, 2011
  • CJ W.

    Now serving Enat Ethiopian Tej (honey wine). Not the best I've had, but much, much better than the others.

    CJ Wallington · May 13, 2011
  • Noah K.

    Get the honey wine!

    Noah Kunin · May 7, 2011
  • Ben C.

    The shrimp is amazing.

    Ben Cabangun · December 16, 2010
  • Evan M.

    best Shuro Watt you get in this city!

    Evan Moody · July 23, 2010
  • Spencer F.

    Get the Ethiopian Stout. I always get the imported 'local' beer when eating out at these exotic places and this beer was hands-down the best I've had.

    Spencer Flagg · June 21, 2010
  • Jenny Y.

    Share the communally-served Meskerem Messob sampler with friends - just make sure their hands are clean! Read more

    Jenny Yousfi · March 10, 2010
  • Catherine

    Eat with your hands and don't fear the injara. Ethiopian is a DC delicacy.

    Catherine · January 5, 2010
  • Steve M.

    Eat with your hands. Make a mess. Break the ice with someone.

    Steve Malloy · September 29, 2009
  • Jessica V.

    Visit DC. Don't miss the Ethiopian cuisine @ Meskerem .

    Jessica Valenzuela · May 26, 2009

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