Permanently Closed - Etete

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56 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Ethiopian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Warm chic decor, and creative cuisine, Chef Christopher Roberson has
collaborated with the original chef owner 'Etete' , ensuring he incorporated her special spices in his dishes, and he continues to serve her most popular classics. Try the Injera Tacos, Crispy Green Lentil Rolls, Berbere Short Rib, Derek Tibs. Crafted cocktails infused with Global spices and Tej Honey Wine. Happy Hour Monday thru Friday with Sliders, Sweet Spicy WIngs and Berbere Fries.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Ethiopian, Vegetarian, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Bar: 5:00pm - close
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Phone number
(202) 232-7600
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christopher Roberson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
U Street
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Parking details
There is a parking lot on U Street, behind the restaurant.
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Public transit
Metro U Street Yellow and Green Line
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Entertainment
1942DC Lounge & Event Space is open late night lounge with crafted cocktails and DJ Friday & Saturday.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Open table or the restaurant should let people know we’re coming in from out of town if the restaurant has been closed permanently.

EC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I arrived at this restaurant to find that it's no longer in operation. OpenTable needs to discontinue taking reservations for it.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience4

The food was cold and lacked flavor.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Great food! Great service!
Most grateful! Many Thanks!

DH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was s frequent consumer of ETETE before the renovations.
The first time I tried after they had a private event, second time something else happened.
Got in on the third try. Glad I was persistent.
The remodel was nice. The menu was cut down a bit but you still are fed well.
Prices went up a bit but hell I always thought they were cheap before so now they are charging their worth and who can be upset with that.

Always loved Etete and always will.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've heard amazing things of this establishment and have been anxious to try it since I moved to DC. This restaurant did not disappoint, and over-exceeded any expectation I had entering the door.

The ambiance was divine, the craft cocktails were delicious, and the wine list was superb.

The crispy-fried whole red snapper was so tasteful and perfectly seasoned, the beef was among the best I've ever had, and the fries appetizer was wonderful — we're still reminiscing on our meal!

Mario, our server, was so attentive and very knowledgeable.

We will certainly be back! Thank you, Etete!

C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience!

D
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very unsatisfied with the packed full restaurant. We reserved tables early this month but was still seated in the window seat where the 90 degree weather had just begun to cool down. The food, if it's actually authentic, was plated nicely but that was the best part of the meal. The drinks were more ice than anything else. My party and I rushed to finish in order to go to another place to have my a filling dinner. The 4 of us ordered 1 appetizer each (which is all they serve per the waiter) but the check was over $150. My advice would be to keep your money and go to an authentic Ethiopian restaurant with entrees and a main course, possibly even dessert. The same waiter never introduced himself, which was surprisingly rude since there are waiters at Denny's that introduce themselves. Maybe it's just a DC thing. I'll never go back and I wouldn't recommend to anyone unless you're looking for expensive lackluster "appetizers"

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time going my girl friend and I love this place

D
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not my first visit~ food is consistently superb~ service is always 5 star~ wonderful wine list~Love received from everyone!

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Good food, but you don't feel "authentic" like you do at other Ethiopian places in & around DC. I get they want to make the place more upscale, and I appreciate "tacos" made of injera, but... where are the Ethiopians? None of the workers nor the patrons. Some may not think that's important, but I do like to see ethnicity when eating ethnic food. I'll stick to my usual spot down the street, Dukem, unless I need it quiet since Etete is much quieter compared to them.

SY
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy meal, superb cocktails and a staff who is committed to their guests enjoying a memorable experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was lacking, no explanation of menu. Food was overpriced.

s
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

While visiting from Minneapolis, I asked an Ethiopian taxi driver to recommend the best Ethiopian restaurant in DC. His favorite is Etete. I went for an early dinner and had a wonderful meal and exemplary service. I wasn't familiar with the dishes on the menu so server Harry asked questions to determine what I might like. He was spot on, even with the beverage to accompany those dishes. I had the spicy red lentils, smoked carrots & cabbage and lamb stew. Everything was flavorful and had just the right amount of spiciness. Heaven on a platter. Harry was charming and funny and the other staff were friendly and welcoming as well. This restaurant is a little gem that I will frequent when I'm in DC.

PS
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Average food, noisy

RT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Not sure I’d go back unless in a group. The place was incredibly loud. I couldn’t even hear the server at times.

TA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went here for a date last weekend. They gave us a great table for two right in the window and picked up on the fact we were there for a date. The service was quick and accurate, and for the most part they left us alone and let us chat. We really enjoyed the veggie platter. I'd definitely go back!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I like exotic eats and fusion, but I just don't think the fusion here works. It's no improvement on regular Ethiopian, and for someone who is hesitant to try Ethiopian, it's not going to help. It took more than an hour to get the restaurant week menu, which was supposed to be somewhat quicker, and they were out of all the desserts that we ordered. I'd say go for the ambiance and order the most traditional-ish foods. Roasted cauliflower salad and the beets were good. Cocktail and wine menu looked good, too, as did their happy hour specials.

YS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Visited for restaurant week. Struck by sentiment from diners on both sides that the ‘new’ Etete does not seem authentic.
In addition food was very bland; not the Ethiopian dining experience expected.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good Ethiopian food. We shared lamb stew, red lentils and smoked carrots and cabbage. While the food was excellent, the bespoke cocktails were delicious! Various options that used Ethiopian inspired spices to change and add to the original. Well worth going just for them.

T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience5

The food was delicious and came quickly - my main concern here is just that it's overpriced. There's so much good Ethiopian food in DC, and this was significantly more expensive without being significantly better. Our waiter suggested that since there were two of us sharing a vegetarian platter that we double up on some of the pieces. We doubled up on lentils and kale, which was a great call, until the check came, and we learned that an extra scoop of lentils and an extra scoop of kale cost of $24. Again the food was great and the restaurant was charming. But it just felt pricier than it needed to be, and that was a bummer.

d
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very enjoyable, contemporary Ethiopian food. Interesting menu with build your own platter instead of all inclusive. Maybe more expensive that way but very nice.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfect - they do a great job with the Ethiopian classics, with a few unique additions. Service was attentive and fun, ambiance was intimate but casual, and the location is ideal. It was telling that the place was full of Ethiopian couples - it is the real deal, plus a great for a date.

L
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the cocktails and a delicious veggie sampler platter here. The food was excellent, though pricier than other Ethiopian restaurants in the neighborhood - in keeping with a more upscale ambiance and efforts to do a little bit of "fusion" on the sides menu. The charming owner/namesake was sat in the window seat while we were there and insisted that we have more injera to finish everything in front of us - which we ultimately were too full to do, but it was a sweet touch. I would come back here, especially if trying to introduce this cuisine to someone who is a bit pickier or more skittish, since the servers seemed very good at explaining the food and how to approach it (as they did to the large group eating next to us, who seemed unfamiliar with Ethiopian food!).

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Etete has continually exceeded our expectations! They treat us like family and always provide exceptional service and food! Franco (the manager) has taken care of us every time and made Etete our go-to spot when we have family or friends in town! We can always rely on the food to be consistent and delicious!

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Our group was happy with this restaurant. We're a diverse bunch with different dietary needs. We ordered family style and everyone had plenty of things they could try. The fried fish was amazing. We paid about $35pp including drinks. Great deal!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Disappointed that were out of lamb and chicken. Good cocktails.

DN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved our meal at Etete! Excellent service and Ethiopian fusion items.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a group for my birthday. We all loved it! The food was great, the staff were friendly and the atmosphere was very classy.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in DC. Don't sleep on this gem. Get the whole fried fish, golden beets, lentil hummus, and coconut or hibiscus cocktails.

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Staff was friendly but food was slightly bland and just didnt taste super authentic. The restaurant was recommended to us, so perhaps it was just not their best menu.

GK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous renovation. Really beautiful space. I enjoyed the concept of Ethiopian/global fusion. I love Ethiopian food, and liked a different, creative take on it. The teriyaki beef tips were jaw-dropping! My friends and I agreed that they were incredible. Injera chips = tortilla chips = delicious!

P
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable dinner - an intro to Ethiopian for my friend. We had the vegetable platter with enjira - spicy red lentils, yellow peas, cabbage and carrots and yellow beets. I had chicken in coconut sauce - fabulous - crispy on the outside, melt in your mouth tender in the inside, coconut sauce delicious. Small venue, not too many tables, quiet, great for catch up conversation. Heartily recommend. One block from U and 10th Street metro exit.

a
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was a fantastic Ethiopian restaurant... and, they have made the decision to change and let their menu evolve towards small plates, modern American cooking... we went back to Etete for their Ethiopian food and have been a bit disappointed since we could not find the same level of awesomeness we experienced in the past. All in all a good experience !

DR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I dined at Etete a couple times prior to its recent makeover, and the change is for the better. The food is good quality, inventive, well-spiced, and thoughtful. The menu has been remade into tapas portions for the most part, but since we were craving classic Ethiopian we went for the Vegetarian Plate in addition to a couple of the tapas. It was all good... the vegetarian plate was quite pricey at $30, though, and I could have done without the potatoes in the middle. Really enjoyed the red spiced lentils and their take on the fish tacos. And stay for dessert -- the cardamom scented cake was very nice indeed. The service was a little on the scattered side -- the restaurant was still doing some construction upstairs and that seemed to distract the staff, but I won't hold that against them. Oh, and the bar staff? Great eye candy. :) I'll be back.

MS
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Excellent service. I especially appreciated his explanations of some of the items. The green lentil rolls, little fish tacos and the red lentils were great. A few of the veggie dishes were pretty bland. They took one off our bill when they saw we hadn't eaten it, which I also appreciate. The meat eaters in the group loved the beef dish. If you order carefully, this place is a fun night out. Price was quite reasonable too.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative food, cool atmosphere , nice decor and great location. The resturant is small and chic. The menu is not huge but full of interesting options. The staff was polite and very personable. Both, my friend and I, really enjoyed our dinner and drinks :) and we will be coming back soon.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience! The drinks and food were amazing I will definitely be coming back with friends.

OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was great. Although the tacos were good and unique the more tradional Ethiopian food was good not great.

D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Wouldn't return. Food & service were tolerable at best, but not good. The location was completely empty during restaurant week, which should've been a telltale sign for me.

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