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Messob Ethiopian Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Central L.A
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1041 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019-4402
+1 323-938-8827
11:00 - 23:00
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Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the first time I ate Ethiopian food and asked for help from the server not knowing what to order. He was extremely helpful and gave great advice. The food was fresh and plentiful.

Thank Anna V
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49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

We went to Messob for some Ethiopian food and enjoyed ourselves. They have a wide variety of Vegetarian/vegan food as well as an extensive selection for meat eaters. We ordered a vegetarian and a meat plate to share. The quality and quantity of the food was awesome and between the four of us we could not finish the food. The... More 

Thank Hetsnz
Seattle, Washington
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37 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Pros - Absolutely delectable fare - period! - Fun to eat in a share-a-plate fashion Cons - Service - we were made to wait in an adjacent room for a good 30 min, then for another 15 min till we could place our order and for another 15 min to get our food - Space - small place with an... More 

Thank mohnish j
Coppell, Texas
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110 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We ate here with three Ethiopian friends -- it was their recommendation. The restaurant is small, but there were plenty of tables. As we ate, there was an interesting mix of Ethiopians, Asian-Americans and others (okay, we're Hispanic and white). We had two ENORMOUS platters of food (no, we didn't expect them to be that big). We had the Vegetarian... More 

Thank raroberto
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303 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

This restaurant has been a staple in Little Ethiopia for some time. We ate here some years ago and liked it a lot. It is just as good as it was then. We are vegetarians and the vegetarian (vegan, in fact) combination for two fit our desires perfectly. There is more than enough tasty/heatlhy treats. We had Ethiopian beer which... More 

Thank Lorne29
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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202 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

tonight one of several trips to this restaurant over the last decade. the tasty food continues. we again got the big dinner sampler for two, which comes on a large tray. the cuisine is based on flatbread, which is spongy and soft, with a slightly acid taste (like sourdough) from the teff, which is the main grain of Ethiopia. on... More 

Thank jeffrey k
Secunderabad, India
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We wanted to try Ethiopian food after having read about sambusas and injera. The sambusas were like the Indian samosas and excellent. Injeras are akin to dosas but one needs to develop a taste for it. The restaurant was nicely done up and the ambience was pleasing.

Thank Sraj52
Nanaimo, Canada
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

I had never been to an Ethiopian Restaurant before, and neither had my daughter. We were delighted to have a super helpful waitress who suggested the platter for two as it sampled everything. We weren't very hungry so ordered the platter for one. It was about $32 but it was huge. The meal was served on one large plate with... More 

Thank Fayedrope
Pismo Beach, California
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102 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

I have been coming here for two decades. Although there are new owners since then, this is still a fantastic place. We returned to Messob last weekend on a whirlwind trip to a birthday party in Anaheim. We were taking friends who'd never had the pleasure of Ethiopian cuisine. They had their dog along so we called ahead to make... More 

Thank Knabebug
Beverly Hills, California
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

The food is heavy to digest or maybe the spongy pancakes looking bread. It taste alright though. Also bring your own forks as they have none of it, it's eat with hands of place. Outside that and the lack of ac and air it was a crowded place and we went there at 6 pm.

Thank French H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
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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: 1041 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019-4402
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighbourhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: +1 323-938-8827
Whether you're in the mood for Vegan cuisine or whether you'd like to enjoy a really authentic Ethiopian cups of coffee, wine or beer, Messob Ethiopian Restaurant has become an institution in Los Angeles for serving authentic Ethiopian-style cuisine emphasizing the flavor and spice of our assortment of recipes.

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