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Ethiopic Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ethiopicrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (202) 675-2066
  • 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

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  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Superb food and presentation. The service was gracious, impeccable, never intrusive. A calm environment, no loud music, a treat to dine."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We, as a group, were there for the Friday lunch and it was fantastic. The sampler was a good way to experience the different side dishes & include the fish offerings with it. The fish was succulent and moist on the inside and crispy on the outside, what a treat!! The clay pots of beef and lamb were moist and spice just right. What a great find!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Ethiopic is a very pleasant place to dine, but the food is just okay. The meat in the lamb dish we ordered was very tough and hard to chew."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was my first time eating Ethiopian food, and it certainly will not be the last. I shared a lamb and a chicken dish with my sister, and they were both outstanding. The food was flavorful, filling, and very reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was incredible and it was in walking distance from home. No longer need to schlep across town for incredible, tasty, delicious, finger-licking good Ethiopian food!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "My boyfriend is vegan and sometimes menus are challenging: there is never enough variety. Ethiopic had many options for both of us."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "First time trying Ethiopian food. Our waitress was very pleasant and helpful. We all enjoyed the variety offered by the Sampler Platters. The food was delicious and ranged from mild to spicy. We ordered two sample platters at the suggestion of our waitress since there were four in our group. We also ordered the lamb entree. Way too much food. One platter plus the lamb would have been plenty. The price was extremely reasonable. A bargain for the quality of the food and the level of service. If you haven't tried Ethiopian and the fun of eating with your hands (using their bread) you need to go! They do offer utensils but much more fun eating the authentic way."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Ethiopian community can be proud of this restaurant in every way. And washingtonians dont know what lovely food and joyful atmosphere they are missing until they try this. My main guests at the table were a South African vegetarian and a South Asian. Both loved the food and the happy vibe."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Really spicy but excellent food! We brought our young kids who eat Pakistani and Indian food but they could not eat the spicy dishes here, there was one chicken dish that my 12 year old non spice eater liked and they all loved the Injeera. My husband ordered lamb which he devoured and I tasted only the vegetable part of as I dont eat meat and it was delicious! I would come back here only problem is not the best neighborhood and got lost getting there from 395."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Comparing to other restaurance in DC area, the food was OK. The server was great. However, owner/manger does not give you time to enjoy. They rush you out."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My friends and I had a lovely time there. The help staff helpful, the food really good. Very nice time"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Visiting Washington DC and wanted a special dinner --did research and this restaurant was everything that the reviews said it was. The service was great, the food very special, you will want to make reservations--it will be worth it!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "First time eating Ethiopian food. I miss it already!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Unlike typical ethiopian restaurants in the DC area, Ethiopic pays attention to the details of presentations and give you visually appealing, fresh, perfectly seasoned dishes! They also bring an ethiopian bread basket on the house while you are waiting for your food!! I love this place👍👍!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food seemed as expected for Ethiopian, that is to say, tasty, and service was friendly. But we rushed to finish and get out of the incessant din."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Usually I find the best Ethiopian food at holes-in-the-wall, but Ethiopic, with it's high end feel, contemporary decor, and classical music, absolutely delivered. The food, though a bit pricier than most Ethiopian restaurants, was excellent. For four of us, we split the largest vegetarian sampler and two meat dishes, and there was more than enough food. Great flavors, Ethiopian wine and beer, and great service. Make a reservation or get there early because it filled up very quickly."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Went to celebrate a birthday and graduation with a small group of people, none of whom had ever tried Ethiopian food before. The waitress was extremely friendly and helpful, providing suggestions from the menu and wine list based on our spice and meat preferences. I'd highly recommend the restaurant to vegetarians as well--while the lamb and beef dishes we had were both spectacular, we also greatly enjoyed the vegetarian sampler. I'm already hoping to go back a second trip!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We arrived about 30min late for our reservation. I had tried to call in advance, but their phones were down. The hostess was SUPER accommodating and really friendly. She even ensured that we got a quiet-ish table, as requested on the original reservation. After being 30min late, I would have been happy to get ANY table. In addition to the above-and-beyond customer service, the food was fantastic. Our server was really helpful with making recommendations (we would have ordered WAY too much food otherwise). The quality of the food was great - perfectly seasoned, quality meats and a great selection of vegetarian dishes. Probably some of the best Ethiopian food in town."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Injera bread and sauce on the lamb tibs were awesome. Atmosphere was nice."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I've had Ethiopian food a few times before in DC and Richmond. This place was perfectly acceptable - the food was nice, especially the fish - but not exceptional. My soda was also pretty flat. The service was also acceptable but not exceptional - there were times we almost felt forgotten by our waitress. The ambiance is nice enough, but overall I don't see a reason to return anytime soon."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Ethiopian is a must-have in Washington, and Ethiopic is a pleasant, welcoming spot to get a great Ethiopian meal with a glass of honey wine or a Harar. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Love Ethiopian and they do a great job.very spicy red lentils so watch out"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This little gem northeast of Union Station offers wonderful vegetarian food and great lamb dishes. Service was efficient, friendly, and helpful. Food tastes as homemade as a mom and pop place, but the atmosphere is more upscale."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This restaurant is spectacular. It's perfect for a date or to have launch/dinner with friends. The place has a very classy feel to it, and is just plain beautiful at night. The food is indescribable as the food leaves you speechless. It is a different way to eat which is a fun new experience and they ask you if you've ate there before as to guide you through your meal, what to eat and how to eat. The staff is just as good as the food, always smiling and very helpful. I recommend this place to everyone and if you don't go, you are truely missing out."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I were visiting from NYC for the weekend and we decided to try this location out. The food was great and the owner was great. I would highly recommend the restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The restaurant is very clean and the food delicious, but there was only one server and she was clearly overwhelmed. We had to ask for everything. She also was not very forthcoming on how to increase dishes to accommodate more people. It was almost as if she thought we knew what everything was and the serving for each. She just needed another server to help and perhaps she would have been a little more chatty. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Really nice food, just a tad spicy but not overwhelming. The lamb is a must and all the vegetarian options are very good...."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Delicious Ethiopian food in a pretty setting full of small tables of lively people. Injera too light, not enough sour dough like pungency. Knowledgable and friendly , efficient wait staff. Too noisy if full. Perfect for lunch or early dinner. Thanks for great veggie plate , tibs of all sorts. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Although my experience with Ethiopian food is limited to San Francisco Bay Area, I find "Ethiopic" to be in line with the best Bay Area ones. It has a nice balance between flavor and exoticism, so one gets the idea of Ethiopian spices without being overwhelmed by them. "
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My spouse and I very much enjoyed the great food, service and lovely atmosphere! We will likely return again to experience it all again!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great food and ambiance! Made me a complete fan of Ethiopian food!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "First time, great food, really attentive staff...must go if you are a fan of Ethiopian."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "From the time we walked in the door until the moment we left our dining experience was absolutely fabulous. We we greeted at the door and please to know our reservation got us a window seat. The wait staff were very attentive and extrememly helpful while placing our order. The decor is very trendy and upscale. Another review stated Ethiopic delivered an upscale dining experience and I definately agree. Cannot wait to go back! I'd be remiss if I did not mention how delicious and flavorful the food is. Presentation was exceptional! Loved it!! Sheila M"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "A really wonderful Ethiopian restaurant just across the bridge on H Street. Really wonderful ethnic food served in traditional style. Eat with you hands. Order several items and share with your table. Servers were very patient and helpful. Clean and fresh. A true gem in DC."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We like spicy foods, but this was REALLY spicy! The food was very good, but by the end of the meal I only tasted the spiciness. Server was great, however, and we had a really nice table by the windows."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food and service at Ethiopic were excellent as usual. My mom was visiting from a small town and I wanted to make sure to expose her to food she would never be able to try. Ethiopic is always good at providing suggestions for first timers. They warned us when they thought we were ordering too much food for three people (instead of going for the possibility of a bigger tip). The only downside is the volume. The restaurant is very loud but the wait staff is soft spoken, making it hard to hear them."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This was the best Ethiopian I've had in the DC area in 20 years, combining the menu options, the food, the service, and most of all the ambiance."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This is one of the best Ethiopian restaurants we have been too in the district. The food was very good and the server was super nice. It is tricky getting reservations, so try to book early in the week. We will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We called ahead that we'd be late - they held our table, right in the window seat (great view of the street). After leaving us water, the waitress was alittle late getting back to us but other than that, great service. Its not often that a server tells you that you're ordering TOO MUCH food but she was right. We ordered on sampler dish instead of 2 and still took food home. And it was delicious! The spicy and the mild. Beautiful interior in a hip location (H St. NE). Excellent food and superior service. I'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have dined here about ten times so far and love the food. It is always super fresh and consistent. I now know what to order for our family based on our preferred dishes and it makes for an even better experience. Love the cooked lamb dishes and the raw Kitfo."
    Dined on 3/14/2014