14 Essential Ethiopian Restaurants Around D.C.

Ethiopian food is an integral part of D.C.’s restaurant scene. Refugees who fled their war-ravaged nation in the 1970s and ’80s settled in the District and kept their culinary traditions alive. The District became home to so many Ethiopian restaurants near the intersection of Ninth and U Streets NW that the area became known as Little Ethiopia. Adams Morgan’s much-loved Meskerem set the standard until its 2015 closing, but for the most part, options for Ethiopian food have only grown and improved with time.

Standout Chercher is in the midst of an expansion, with current locations in Northwest D.C. and in Bethesda. Beloved Zenebech returned to action in Adams Morgan following a 2017 fire. From U Street to Silver Spring to Falls Church, the region’s hungry residents are never far from an Ethiopian feast. In Park View, Tsehay is one of the most recent additions to this map. In late November, Mimi’s Ethiopian BBQ opened for carryout and delivery from an underserved area east of the Anacostia River.

Here is where to go for the best doro wat, injera, tibs, and more.

D.C. is shutting down indoor dining from Christmas Eve through January 14. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

—Updated by Lisa Ruland

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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