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Letena Ethiopian Restaurant, Washington, DC

Letena Ethiopian Restaurant

4.9
4.9
55 Reviews
$30 and under
Ethiopian
Letena is a farm-to-table Ethiopian restaurant serving dishes made with natural, premium ingredients. Located in the heart of Columbia Heights, Washington DC, Letena is a family-owned destination centered around authentic, quality Ethiopian food.
Owner Yamrot Ezineh opened Letena’s doors in October 2016. Yamrot and her team love welcoming new and old friends to enjoy Letena’s delicious, fresh food. Their goal is to make the unique experience of Ethiopian food approachable for everyone, from vegetarians and vegans to meat-lovers alike.
Letena’s original Ethiopian dishes have won accolades from various publications and review platforms including Food Network, Washingtonian, TripAdvisor, and Yelp.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Ethiopian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 733-4830

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Abay Mengestu

  • Catering

    Letena caters for all occasions, please contact us on www.letenadc.com

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia Heights / Brightwood

  • Cross street

    Entrance on Park Road

  • Parking details

    Parking: $1.50/hr, Target/USDCA Shopping Center

  • Public transit

    Metro: Columbia Heights, one block

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 55 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. L

    Lindsay

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Great spot for date night or dinner with friends. First time trying Ethiopian and this place was great. Very friendly service
  2. B

    Beth

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    THE BEST! I love Ethiopian food and make a point of finding a new restaurant when we are in DC because my hometown does not have it. I can say this was my absolute favorite ever. We had the veggie and meat sampler plate for two and an order of the Beef tibs. WOW to taste, Wow to value.
  3. LR

    LaurenR

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would give this place 10 stars if I could!! Can’t wait to go back.
  4. T

    Travelingdiner

    Minneapolis

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice variety of vegetable and meat dishes with a good Washington state Cab to go with the meal. Service was attentive and helpful.
  5. AV

    AnnabelleV

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and warm customer service! The food was divine - we loved every bite!
  6. m

    marialc

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Tasty food, nice ambiance and friendly service. I will definitely be back!
  7. TD

    TDVegetarian

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Letena is always delicious. This is my family’s go-to Ethiopian restaurant in DC
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great dinner with kids. Did the samplers and it was a lot of fun. Delicious!
  9. AS

    AllysonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My young daughter and I went to dinner. The menu had a lot of different choices to satisfy us both. The spices seasoning the food were delicious. The waiter was welcoming and polite. We will be back to enjoy the food again.
  10. R

    Rich

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fresh, well-prepared Ethiopian classics. Veggie combo always a good idea, and the kitfo was high quality. The restaurant was in exemplary physical condition - super clean and comfortable.
  11. LD

    LilyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful neighborhood spot. It's always a good choice anytime we dine there.
  12. NS

    NSY4

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always one of my favorite places!
  13. RF

    RobertF

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I love having this as a neighborhood place. The food is good and very reasonably priced.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, each dish had it's own unique flavor, and tea tea was amazing.
  15. NS

    NSY4

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always reliably delicious and creative. A slightly different take on traditional Ethiopian food. Highly recommend it!
  16. TH

    TomH

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Letena was an unexpected charmer. The ambience is wonderful. The food delicious. The prices reasonable. And the service great. Our waitress was very helpful and friendly, with a constant smile. I'd definitely go back again.
  17. KJ

    KaraJ

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place! The meat and vegi platters are a great deal and delicious! Highly Recommend. You can order Gluten Free (Full Teff Flour) injera, which I always do. You have to ask for the traditional plating on the injera, otherwise the platters will come in small sides.
  18. CL

    CatLover2

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love good Ethiopian food and therefore love Letena! The food is delicious and definitely is less oily and greasy than other Ethiopian places (yet equally tasty if not better!). We got the kik wot ("infinity thumbs up" from my daughter), lamb tibs and the kitfo dullet (which was incredible). We also love their veggie sides, like the yemisir wot, cabbage and mushroom tibs. The food is also very reasonably priced because with each main dish, you get a side dish to to with it, so you can try a lot of different dishes. The restaurant is very comfortable and the service is super-friendly. It is also very kid-friendly. It is always our go-to place when we are in Columbia Heights or nearby. Tip--it is a bit confusing but the restaurant is actually located on Park Road versus 14th Street (close to the parking garage entrance)!
  19. KK

    KarenK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I love that the restaurant is woman owned!! I enjoy coming here with friends to share this cultural treat in food and in ambiance!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Amazing service too!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    72 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The Yebeg Wot was good. The Ethiopian beer was tasty. The rest not so much.
  22. DS

    DelaneyS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was excellent and the coffee martini was percect
  23. j

    joblow

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Food was delicious. Good selection of beer and wine
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary in every way.
  25. JR

    JohnR

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food, helpful staff, and good value! Very enjoyable. Cold Ethiopian spiced tea was a new treat for me. Entrees were excellent.
  26. A

    Albarinho

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food for very decent price. I highly recommend the meat platter, as one can try different variety.
  27. W

    Winter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were amazing! Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy this restaurant!
  28. NS

    NSY4

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious and the service is great.
  29. V

    Vera

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dining at Letena is always great. The food is excellent and inexpensive; you get a lot of bang for your buck. Our server was very friendly and helpful. Great for large and small groups alike.
  30. NS

    NSY4

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Second time here and the food was just as delicious as I remembered. Highly recommend!
  31. AW

    AngelaW

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff delivered great customer service! This was my first time there and the food was delicious. I had the vegetable sample and enjoyed every bite. I will definitely go back.
  32. C

    Claire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Really enjoyed this restaurant! Easy to share, yummy food, nice vibes. Would go back again.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is beyond amazing as is the service. I cannot recommend this enough as my new go-to Ethiopian restaurant in DC.
  34. LT

    LynT

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Should have written this a few months ago when a friend and myself visited. Really lovely experience. Food delicious. Lovely, friendly staff. I would recommend this restaurant to try out for authentic Ethiopian cuisine.
  35. e

    epicurean

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Letena was a lovely surprise. I’ve been eating Ethiopian food for years and it was wonderful to dine at Letena - not only is the food delicious, but the ambiance and service are fantastic too. The restaurant is stylish and elegant. The injera was very good, I kept wanting more. We had the meat sampler and chef’s special tibs - everything was flavorful and tasty. We were visiting from NY and I wish we had an Ethiopian restaurant like Letena in the city.
  36. BJ

    BethJ

    Fort Lauderdale

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    It was lovely inside and the food was fine. While the waiter was friendly and helpful in ordering, our meals were not all served at the same time and our drinks didn’t make it to the table until we were nearly done eating. They seem a bit disorganized.
  37. M

    Madie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Dear Letena, The setting is fabulous. You have A+ for the decorations and design. Unfortunately, our food had very little taste. It was well cooked but had almost no flavor. PLEASE make the food as if all your customers were Ethiopians. DO NOT DILUTE IT. Though it is the fanciest place in town, we will not come back if you do not serve authentic flavoring. We have been in small Ethiopian restaurants where the food was more authentic. My husband worked in Ethiopia and our family has visited your beautiful country. We have eaten there some of the most delicious food in the world. So we are not Ethiopians but we know the difference. Kind regards, Madie

    Letena Ethiopian RestaurantResponded on April 11, 2019Hello Madie, We are sorry you did not enjoy your food experience at Letena. We are committed to offering our customers healthy Ethiopian dishes without compromising quality and authenticity. We use high quality ingredients (including imported spices) and fresh and natural produce. We do not use flavor enhancer chemicals. We are grateful to all our customers (including Ethiopians) who appreciate the authenticity of our offerings. A more specific comment would have been more helpful.

  38. P

    Peggy64

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Letena lived up to its good ratings! The food was delicious, and my vegetarian companion in particular appreciated the wide range of choices. Service was friendly and attentive from the moment we were warmly welcomed when we first walked in. The decor was attractive and authentic. It was also a rare pleasure to be able to hear ourselves talk - the acoustics were great. The location is also handy, just a block from the metro.
  39. BG

    BellG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a hidden gem in Columbia heights, it’s my second visit and I was blown away by the authenticity of the food , the creative cocktails that represented the best of both worlds, great ambience and service. The place is extremely clean, with gorgeous and tasteful decors. Loved our server Yamrot, will definitely recommend and be back!!!
  40. JV

    JosieV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food, service and value. Friendly staff. When we first got there the noise level wasn't bad but when music was on and place was full, it was loud. This would be very attractive to us if it were quieter.

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You can order delivery directly from Letena Ethiopian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Letena Ethiopian Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Letena Ethiopian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 733-4830.

Letena Ethiopian Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 55 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Letena Ethiopian Restaurant

3100 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Entrance on Park Road

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia Heights / Brightwood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Ethiopian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking: $1.50/hr, Target/USDCA Shopping Center

  • Public transit

    Metro: Columbia Heights, one block

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Abay Mengestu

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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