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Harer Messob Ethiopian Restaurant

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542 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
11:00 - 23:00
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Key West
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

I'm not strictly vegan, but I eat vegan wherever and whenever possible. When I was a militant vegan, I discovered Ethiopian food at a food market in London, and I dreamed of it ever since. My sister eats meat. Until the other day, in Alexandria, my sister and I stumbled upon this place (having no idea what cuisine it was... More 

Thank AbsolutS
Newport News, Virginia
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168 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2015

The food is great and the serving sizes are huge. This place will become a favorite and one or two entrees are enough to feed a family.

Thank Dan B
Baltimore, Maryland
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136 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2015

Came across while wandering for dinner while staying at local hotel. My wife eats a vegan diet and there were at least half dozen choices for her. She got the sampler and loved it. I eat meat and had the crispy beef and it was delicious. Great service too!

Thank MrandmrsT84
Atlanta, Georgia
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154 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2015

This was the second time I've eaten at Harar Mesob and it was just as good as it was several years ago. Because of the heat this evening, I opted to eat inside rather than on their small deck. The last time I was with friends and we ordered the assorted meat plate for two which had a variety of... More 

1 Thank ColumbiaMDPercolate
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2014 via mobile

Hope it was just us, but the food was not pleasant, the after smell in your sinuses is terrible and the prices are outrageous.

Thank Hilda R
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152 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2014

We walked to this restaurant from our hotel. We had been told to try Ethiopian food in Dc and this place worked out perfectly. We were able to find an open table and were quickly served. We tried the platter of everything and some chicken and rice. It was so much food for 3 people! The food was fantastic! We... More 

Thank budbrlady
Bengaluru, India
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2014

I was experimenting with Ethiopian food for the first time, the hostess was very helpful in helping us select our food. Excellent quality of food (We had chicken and vegetarian). The vegetarian option was also good for those for whom non-vegetarian is not an option. Overall a nice experience.

Thank Somtr
Aptos, California
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317 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2014 via mobile

Thought we'd try this place after reading reviews. Nice aosphere & good service. But....the quality of the meat was very poor. The decibed prime beef & lamb. Grisly and tough on all 3 entrees ordered. Good combo of spices and other sides, but the cheap meat ruined the meal. Prob will not return-too many other better Ethiopian restaurants with better... More 

Thank soifdawg
Alexandria, Virginia
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94 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2014

It wasn't one of the best meals of my life, but it was really quite delicious and Ethiopian cuisine is not your everyday choice so it hit the spot. We ordered the vegetarian sampler platter as well as a lamb and beef dish, and were not disappointed. The food was tasty, not too spicy but quite flavorful. Walking distance from... More 

Thank DD S
Washington, DC
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505 reviews
291 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2014

Met up with former Peace Corps friends for a nice dinner. One of our party lives in Hawaii and there are apparently few if any on Oahu. In any case, we ordered the combo plate (meat and veggies) and ate at one of the basket tables. For those who have not eaten Ethiopian, the food is served on injera bread... More 

Thank Decoamie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Ethiopian, African
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 542 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?