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Keren Restaurant

1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2658
+1 202-265-5764
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“injera” (21 reviews)
“veggie combo” (12 reviews)
“beef” (26 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 23:00 Hours
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2658
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I love Ethiopian food, and have eaten it at dozens of restaurants, mostly in the DC area. I had been to Keren before, years ago, and remembered liking it. This time, the food was mediocre. I ordered the Keren Special with beef tibs, disappointed to...More

Thank KarenTLevine
Reviewed 2 days ago

Ask questions! They were very informative but to make sure you enjoy the meal. The flavors were great!

Thank Hawaiiantraveler66
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this place via trip advisor. We arrived 7.15 Friday evening and the queue was around 30 minutes, which was to be expected from others via TA. This place is an amazing find and one of the best meals I’ve had in a long...More

Thank antenna5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fist time here the food was great, and we had never tried this type of food before and it was delicious.

Thank Mayra T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I chose Keren because there was a line out the door on a Monday night. There’s a reason for the line - the food is fabulous, it’s got a wonderful vibe and it’s great value. I haven’t eaten Ethiopian food before so decided on the...More

Thank Lisa K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place had a great down to earth feel. I felt I was in the owner's lounge. The waitress was so helpful, making sure we didn't over order. It's very busy and we had to queue outside but worth the wait. Went for the fish...More

Thank Robin S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommended. I was there for an early dinner. Food came very fast and was quite tasty. I had never had east African food served this way. Very friendly place, too!

Thank Will H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went there based on the great TA ratings and having never tried this type of food. If you read this review, make sure you try Keren rather than just thinking about going. The variety of flavours is so good and I loved that with just...More

1  Thank Nad1462
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This small and cozy restaurant offers great food and friendly/homey service. Any of the enjera dishes is highly recommended, the fish option was a surprise of a balanced spiced taste and texture. Ethiopian beer was a discovery for me too. I'll miss Keren now that...More

2  Thank Alberto C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lively place with friendly service. The wait was long though the meal was worth it. The fish dulet was excellent and the kicha silsi with kuanta was tasty. The only complaint was the read overpowered the meal at times. Have a pot of tea,...More

1  Thank HitTheRoaders
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Tina B
20 July 2018|
Response from Chuck S | Reviewed this property |
I would call the restaurant to assure they receive this message. They don't strike me as the size of business to have someone monitoring this site. In any event, I LOVED the food here and can't wait to travel back to DC... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2658
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-265-5764
This is one of DC's many Eritrean restaurants, but it tends to be overlooked by the better publicized and established Ethiopian community in the city. It's a small place, but offers a fantastic dishes, coffee, and service. There is no review on TripAdvisor for this restaurant (there is one on Yelp!).
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