Over three decades, Ethiopian restaurants have become a fixture of the Washington food scene– serving up rich stews, spicy meats, and a broad range of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Our “Local Restaurant World Tour” continues as we travel from D.C.’s (unofficial) “Little Ethiopia” to the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia in search of the best doro wat and kitfo.


  • Yared Tesfaye Owner, Etete Restaurant (Washington, DC)
  • Kelem Lemu Owner, Shagga Coffee and Restaurant (Hyattsville, MD)
  • Todd Kliman Food and Wine Editor and Restaurant Critic, Washingtonian Magazine
  • Getachew Metaferia Professor of Political Science, Morgan State; author "Ethiopia and the United States: History, Diplomacy, and Analysis" (Algora Publishing)
  • Almaz Dama Owner, Dama Restaurant and Pastry (Arlington, VA)

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Recommended Restaurants:

1942 9th St NW Washington, DC 20001
(202) 232-7600

Shagga Coffee
6040 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781-1506
(240) 296-3030

Madjet Ethiopian Restaurant
1102 U St NW Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-4779

Dama Pastry and Restaurant
1503 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 920-3559

Axum Ethiopian Restaurant
1934 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 387-0765

Chez Hareg
1915 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-6000

Sidamo Coffee & Tea
417 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 548-0081

Dukem Restaurant
1114 U Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009-4441
(202) 667-8735

Addis Ababa Restaurant
8233 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4503
(301) 589-1400

Meaza Restaurant
5700 Columbia Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 820-2870

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