Ethiopic
Ethiopic

Ethiopic

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ethiopicrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2026752066
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Ethiopian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Ethiopic
Ethiopic Restaurant focuses on Ethiopian cuisine and culture. Traditional Ethiopian ingredients are introduced to evoke the true taste of Ethiopia. Ethiopic’s authentic Ethiopian food menu will feature vegetarian, meat, poultry, and fish. Ethiopic Restaurant is proud to be the first Ethiopian Restaurant on the H Street Corridor and intends to cater to a wide customer base. We want everyone to feel welcome and entertained.
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Ethiopic reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)neighborhood gem (61)good for groups (36)special occasion (27)romantic (24)great for outdoor dining (21)hot spot (15)kid-friendly (10)great for lunch (9)notable wine list (4)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Ahmesugenalew
    Mom2Six
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A lovely dinner with terrific service. Our server was so helpful and a delight to talk to...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ethiopic
    JanandLouanneluv2dine
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This is a great place. We have been several times, dined in and gotten take out. Always good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lives up to the reviews
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Tried Ethiopic for dinner with a friend on Saturday night. Service was very friendly, and made good recommendations for first-timers (Ethiopic Signature Tibs and Doro Key Wot) . The food was delicious. Definitely will return to try the more on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious!
    Stephanie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Amazing Ethiopian food and nice intimate atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a blast!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    One of the highlights of our vacation in D.C.! Coming from South Dakota, where spaghetti is considered a foreign food, it was wonderful to find a place to experience something REALLY different! The ambience was good, the service was VERY friendly and helpful, and the whole experience was well worth it. The neighborhood is safe and fun to walk through from the Metro. Tip: split the Vegetarian II platter, and just go with it! Don't ask what it is, just enjoy the whole experience, which includes having no silverware!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't wait for the streetcar
    FormerFedVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went to Ethiopic before hearing Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians" performed by the Great Noise Ensemble at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The place was a bit noisy, due largely to the H Street Festival going on outside. The Azifa salad was the best version of that dish I had since the Red Sea in Adams-Morgan closed. The beef tibs were very tasty. Definitely worth the walk from Union Station.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful.
    Renz
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Delightful. We enjoyed our night out experiencing a high quality food with our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who Knew?!
    JillVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I were in DC for a few days and stumbled upon Ethiopic online when looking for cool places for dinner. Neither of us had ever had ethiopian food before and weren't too sure what to expect. We decided to get the beef and chicken sampler because we had not idea what all the dishes were. It was a great choice for first timers! Warning, however, most of the food we had was super spicy. That was fine for us as we like it that way, but you'd want to be careful to ask for mild dishes if you're not into hot. I also had no clue that you basically eat with your hands, which was a fun experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious as always.
    Rusty
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A little busy on a Friday night but that can be forgiven. The Lamb Tibs are amazing! Try the samplers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    icepuru
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Really enjoyed the restaurant! Delicious food and we couldn't finish it. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really delicious!
    Jakki
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've been to a bunch of Ethiopian restaurants and this was one if the best. Its a bit more upscale, but the food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service could get better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    the place was nice, food was not the best I've had (I'm Ethiopian) but it was good. But the service was bad. We sat outside and the waitress only came to take orders and to bring the food, one of us had to go inside like 3 or 4 times to find her to add something, ask for the bill....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Service!
    CheriCoCoVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I went in with a group of 15 people and the manager told us we had to be quiet because we were making too much noise. Well, it is difficult for a group of FIFTEEN to be quiet. Also, the manager would not accommodate us with separate bills. She was so adamant about not giving us separate bills that she told us to leave. What horrible service! What happened to trying to work out issues with the customer? They lost a huge amount of money that day simply because they accepted a large group reservation but could not actually accommodate a large group. Then to get nasty about it...how rude! I will not patron this restaurant again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for first timers
    SFnative
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This was my second time having Ethiopian food and my friend's first time. We agreed the dishes were very flavorful. The injera was not as sour as my previous experience, which made it much more palatable. Overall, the food was fantastic. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The decor is elegant, much nicer than I expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service has really dropped
    MLH13
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were really surprised at how much the service had dropped during out last visit. (We have been regulars for a while). They simply don't have enough staff to adequately manage all of the tables on a busy evening. We were pretty much forgotten after the food was delivered. The restaurant is dark and while they delivered candles to most of the tables, they forgot us.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodies delight
    Pate
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    FRESH! The vegetarian entree was delicious! Each flavor distinct to the palate We have been there several times but the chef outdid him/her self Wonderfully spiced Lovely presentation Our guests loved their meal as well
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    lovely and inviting space; warm and helpful staff; delicious food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • decent food, great ambiance
    pdxfoodster
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    went here with a group of friends, very cute restaurant! our server was great, friendly, and knowledgeable. the food was so-so for me, but everyone else seemed to really like it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food
    foodiegirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The vegetable medley and beef tibs are amazing and the service is friendly. My only real complaint is the noise level, which was overwhelming when we first entered the restaurant and at times interfered with our conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BirthdayDateNight
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    LOVE LOVE LOVE! I am an ethiopian food addic! The best place I had found in the area was in Silver Spring...until I tried Ethiopic out. So glad I found this restaurant. It is much closer and a much greater ambience. LOVED IT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Washington
    atwar
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I think this is one of the best restaurants in Washington. I love Ethiopian food and I have yet to find a better place in this country.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ethiopian food
    ohottamaleVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I'm not a huge fan of Ethiopian, but Ethiopic's food was delicious. Service was okay, but not great, but I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ethiopian excellence
    703dinersVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The sampler platters of wot are the way to go. We got the vegetarian and meat ones - plenty of food plus a great and delicious overview. One suggestion : add some South African wines to the wine by the glass list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dinner
    JCF345
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife grew up down the street from a fantastic Ethiopian restaurant in California, so she has pretty high standards. I brought her to Ethiopic on a colleague's recommendation and she loved it! Portion size was good, we got Lamb Tibs and Kik Alecha which both tasted superb, and the servers were very nice. We'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food was fast and delicious. I was surprised by the number of people there on a Sunday night, so I'm glad we made the reservation. We got the vegetarian 2 platter and the shiro for four people and it was the perfect amount of food.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Ethiopian food (with a caveat)
    sweetestbaboon
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My lovely bride & I were in DC for our anniversary & out of all the Ethiopian restaurants, decided on this one. We had a wonderful meal, some of the best Ethiopian food we've ever tasted. The vegetarian sampler (get the seven item one) was divine. Unfortunately, we also ordered their "Signature Shiro", which was very disappointing indeed. Whereas the veggie sampler has some of the best-tasting & uniquely prepared dishes we've ever had (& we've been all over the country eating Ethiopian!), this dish was the exact opposite- bland, much too hot (temperature), & very soupy. So we highly recommend Ethipoic, but with two caveats- sadly avoid the Shiro, & definitely take a cab- walking takes you thru some sketchiness (& my girl's from Trenton!).
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  • Fantastic!
    Chaneil
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We ordered the vegetarian platter with fish. It was delicious. We also loved the Ethiopian coffee and spiced tea. I highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great intro to Ethiopian food
    JonC
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had never eaten Ethiopian food, but had a great time. Staff were really helpful talking us through the menu, we got a tasting platter, and had a fantastic time. Great mix of spicy and milder food, all really well cooked. Excellent!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow service
    Kate
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Good food. Service extremely slow. Servers unable to describe menu options/ dishes. We had to flag down staff for every request – drinks, ordering food, wine,etc. then had to wait more than 40 minutes from the time we finished our food to get our bill & change.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Neighborhood spot
    DaniDines
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is a good place for a simple meal of good quality Ethiopian food. The price is a somewhat high and the service can be spotty, even though all of the staff is very kind. A Manhattan from the bar was really not mixed well, and it took quite a while to get our order, even though the place was not packed full. I would probably not recommend eating there, but rather the take-away is a better option.
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  • New Favorite
    JanandLouanneluv2dine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is our new favorite Ethiopian Place. Good food, clean, excellent service.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Remind me of Ethiopia
    Ethiopicrule
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food, service, and environment. My wife and I loved it so much that we both took our friends to dine with us on multiple occasions and our friends also loved the food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite and amazing flavors.
    Tea4two
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Gastronomic greatness and goodness for lovers of Ethiopian cuisine. Attentive and friendly wait staff make for an enjoyable dining experience in an intimate but comfortable setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt Rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    They were a bit overpriced for Ethiopian that I am used to in DC and was tasted just the same as cheaper places. I also felt rushed, the waitress basically told us that we had to leave because other people were waiting on our table shortly after we paid. We hadn't been sitting there that long and I do realize they were crowded, but it seemed kind of rude to me.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner at a charming eatery
    AAGVegetarian
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience. The menu was a little confusing as we had never had Ethiopian cuisine before. Our waitress was very helpful and made some excellent suggestions. She explained how to use the injera (flat bread) to eat our meal. The food was fantastic, very well spiced and unusual. Lots of excellent choices for vegetarians.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good spicy food as expected
    Diner42
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Spicier than some other places but good. Seating is table style and not in a circle. Great for a group of friends to share the meal.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time but not last
    mmassey
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The staff was very attentive without hovering. Our server was very helpful with our youngest member who was reluctant to try something new as well as our older members who were afraid of spicy curries. Everyone left happy and full. Looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Dineonthefly
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I enjoyed my meal. Great appearance and feel. No loud music playing so I didn't have to strain to hear my dinner guest. However, the restaurant is small and I imagine that it fills up quickly.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We really enjoyed trying the food and the staff was very helpful in explaining things and making suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites!
    New2DC
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is one of my favorite DC gems! Love introducing new people to the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.