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Etete Ethiopian Cuisine

Etete Ethiopian Cuisine

(Now Closed)
Ethiopian Restaurant and African Restaurant$$$$
U-Street, Washington
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  • Fletch 🇹🇹heart icon on user image
    Fletch 🇹🇹September 24, 2013
    A must have in the DC area. Best in town and highly recommended. Food is delicious! - make sure to come hungry. You don't want your taste buds to miss out. Beautiful and friendly staff at your service
  • Yuval Z.heart icon on user image
    Yuval ZukermanApril 2, 2016
    Tasty food. The entrees (other than the platters) vary wildly in size. The signature chicken and egg consisted of one chicken leg and one hard boiled egg. Waitress was incomprehensible.
  • Caraheart icon on user image
    CaraOctober 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite Ethiopian restaurants in DC. Everything is great, but the vegetarian messob (w/ or w/o fish) is definitely the best. Deceptively small - there's seating upstairs + a small rooftop.
  • Mike t.heart icon on user image
    Mike the ElderAugust 7, 2015
    Food is amazing!!! That said, the decor and service are terrible. Just go for a good meal, don't expext more. Try the steak tibs and avoid Harar or any other Ethiopian beer. Solid vegetarian menu.
  • Sandhyaheart icon on user image
    SandhyaAugust 18, 2015
    The portions are huge, so definitely split things (or have a lot of leftovers.) Comes out to be fairly cheap, too. Did I mention it's also delicious?
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MaioranaJanuary 4, 2013
    Yewaz tibs are good and have good spice. One of those and veggie platter is a solid dinner for two people. Especially if you get the sambusa thingies.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelDecember 6, 2010
    The hottest ticket on this city's dining scene is Ethiopian food. Restaurant Etete is jam-packed with locals and Ethiopians, which always says to me it's the real deal. – Samantha Brown Read more
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineOctober 21, 2011
    We recommend: Sambusas; yebeg wat (lamb); doro wat (chicken and hard-boiled egg); kitfo (beef tartare); kik alicha (split peas); gomen (collards); azifa (green lentils).
  • InternsROCK!
    InternsROCK!June 3, 2013
    Are you a interning in D.C. this summer? Grab a key tag from The Washington Center and enjoy a free appetizer with your meal during InternsROCK! June 7 - 16th 2013. #InternsROCK
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BemusSeptember 2, 2014
    I had the ZilZil Tibs. Very good for the price. This place is great if you're looking for something different.
  • Mike J.
    Mike JohanssonFebruary 20, 2014
    Ask for a sampler platter for the whole table - you can't go wrong. Great food.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 19, 2010
    Chef Tiwaltengus Shenegelgn's doro wat, a berbere-spiced stew that includes a chicken and a hard-boiled egg, takes five or six hours to cook and begins much the same way a French onion soup does.
  • Neal J.heart icon on user image
    Neal JosephMarch 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Etete's Special Kitfo is the best kitfo I have ever had (and I love kitfo). Wow.
  • Vincent B.heart icon on user image
    Vincent BoucherFebruary 3, 2014
    The true unbeatable Ethiopian Cuisine in Washington DC - Thank you for making it a day to remember !
  • Daniel A.heart icon on user image
    Daniel AveytiaMay 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the sambusas, goden tibs, veggie combo and fried fish. They are delicious.
  • Mike R.heart icon on user image
    Mike ReidMarch 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lega Tibs......cubed pieces of marinated lamb sautéed in onion, jalapeno, spiced butter = yumm-o.
  • Nikki M.
    Nikki MurrayNovember 4, 2011
    Washintonian listed it on the 2011 cheap eats. But it is a little pricier than I was expecting. But very good and very filling.
  • Zeynep D.heart icon on user image
    Zeynep DundarNovember 29, 2014
    I love how they serve the food and everything was tasty. service was ok...
  • Susan W.
    Susan WhitesideJuly 5, 2010
    While many of the meats are good, the veggies are excellent. Be sure not to miss the first veggie combo on the list.
  • Alaa S.
    Alaa ShakerNovember 3, 2014
    My first Ethipoian restaurant. Delicious food, great experience!
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BlockNovember 17, 2012
    Delicious food. A like the spices. Very decent pricing.
  • Robin
    RobinApril 10, 2011
    Excellent! The kitfo is delicious, and the veggie combo also highly recommended.
  • Nick B.heart icon on user image
    Nick BaroneNovember 18, 2011
    The Yemisir Kik Wat (spicy red lentils) are excellent here.
  • Jared B.
    Jared BrewerJune 27, 2011
    Bring cash. They can't split checks apparently. I just sat for 10 minutes with a pen and paper doing the math to split the check between 5 cards.
  • Les T.
    Les T.February 17, 2013
    Do yourself a favor and don't eat here. Walk across the street and go to Habesha Market instead. The veggie combo was a joke. The put a tablespoon or two of the veggie dishes and they were tasteless.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HuangJanuary 12, 2010
    Pick a meat dish, order a veggie combo dish and share! my favorite Ethiopian restaurant in DC.
  • azewdeheart icon on user image
    azewdeDecember 1, 2012
    Worst Ethiopian food I have had in a long time. Awefuly done Kitfo not cooked to order, tasteless Tibs with hard meat to chew and friend's veggie combo also not very good. Overcrowded, poor cust srvc.
  • Alex O.
    Alex OrrMay 28, 2013
    Best Kitfa I have ever had. Get it raw.
  • Mimi s.
    Mimi smileJuly 11, 2013
    their vegetarian platter is so good!
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RicksSeptember 26, 2010
    Ask for a Vanilla Absolute Vodka and Ginger Ale. It taste like an adult cream soda!
  • Gina C.
    Gina ConenelloSeptember 18, 2011
    Try the potato dishes they are soooo delicious!
  • Matt R.
    Matt RobinsonNovember 12, 2011
    Veggie combo with fish. Do it.
  • FERheart icon on user image
    FERMarch 11, 2015
    Amazing veggie options---
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CobbMay 26, 2014
    Beef tibs + veggie
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge ChavezNovember 14, 2017
    Elderflower cocktail
  • Hamed N.
    Hamed Negron-PerezJuly 18, 2013
    Actually very good food.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WhiteAugust 29, 2011
    really tasty injera! Read more
  • Graham H.
    Graham HApril 9, 2012
    Get the sambusas. Yum!
  • Anthony N.
    Anthony NicaloOctober 5, 2009
    Quite possibly the best ethiopian food in the world.
  • LiJia G.
    LiJia GongSeptember 22, 2010
    Good for groups
  • Joanna C.
    Joanna ChampagneJuly 23, 2010
    Best Ethiopian Food
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