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African, Ethiopian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
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Adams Morgan
1.5 km from National Zoological Park
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This family-owned and operated Adams Morgan spot easily gives its brethren a run for their money—the food is that good. Its interior is welcoming, floo...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
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All reviews injera collard greens stew red lentil beef bread peas ethiopian restaurant doro wot prices are very reasonable sambusa alicha spicy aromatic homemade entrees tender
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Reviewed 24 October 2020

Zenebech has a large menu with a lot of options. I devoured a plate of beef, green beans and lentils with the traditional spongy bread. Prices are pretty low for a DC restaurant with table service.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 4 October 2020 via mobile

So hungry. We had long waits at a few other picks before settling on this spot. There were over 22 Ethiopian restaurant options, that’s outstanding. We ordered the Doro wot and 10 veggies and homemade injera, stuffed jalapeño and a Ethiopian spiced tea. The spiced...tea is aromatic and smells of cinnamon, it’s not overwhelming, but good. The stuffed jalapeño is hot as heck, quite a bit of seeds left in it, whew. The doro wot chicken cubes tastes good, the chicken is a bit hard and maybe overcooked, not tender at all. I don’t get how it could be so hard when the sauce is like a stew, it’s almost as hard as jerky. The spicy red lentil as usual is my favorite of all of our veggies. The sauces weren’t bad. The spinach, collard greens, green beans, chick peas, red beet, split peas, cabbage, carrots and potatoes and salad were all decent. Nothing really stood out for me. The red lentil was the only one o would have eaten more of, but it too wasn’t out of this world. The service was good.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 10 August 2020

Ordered a gluten free meal (because of a serious allergy) and halfway through eating my meal, was informed that part of it was, in fact, pure wheat. And, to add insult to injury, my bill wasn’t adjusted at all. Used to love this place, but...after getting incredibly sick and paying to do so, will never eat here again.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 18 July 2020

This wonderful, family-owned Ethiopian restaurant is absolutely fabulous. It was pretty busy when we ate here, and for good reason - their food is outstanding. If you're new to Ethiopian food, make sure to ask your waiter for explanations of the different foods, as they...don't automatically do that. I loved their veggie sambusa appetizer. The best thing to do with entrees is to order one or two and to share with people at your table. We ordered two Mehaberawis (veggie and meat combo) so we could sample different foods, and were well pleased. The key wot and the alicha wot are both wonderful. Prices are very reasonable. Staff were a bit harried due to how busy this place was, so maybe I'll come back one day once things have settled down.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 1 March 2020

This is a mom and pops restaurant with amazing food. Although they were a little busy and I wish I had a more thorough introduction to the cuisine -I think we had a new staff member that later on was replaced by a senior one-;...the amazing new flavors opened up a understanding of the North Eastern African cuisine. We had individual dishes (3 different choices each), I feel we could have split a sampler too. In the end, this is a meal to be shared, no need for cuttlery since the delicious injera bread works as a plate and tool to scoop and eat. The honey wine was a perfect pair for the symphony of flavors presented (also an ingredient on the lentil dish I adored): our favorites were the lega tibs and keye wot. I can wait to find a local Ethiopian restaurant, but I am not sure if it will measure up. Funny side note, I had an interesting reaction after, that reminded me of when I eat asparagus ‍¯\_(ツ)_/¯ More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 11 February 2020

Very nice atmosphere, and attentive staff. The food is delicious, and very reasonably priced ($54 for two, with two drinks each, including tip). The sonic level is very comfortable given our 60+ years old ears. The booths are very comfortable, there are also two-seat tables...with chairs. Large bar in a separate room, with full range on offer.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 14 January 2020 via mobile

Had eaten at Zenebech a number of years ago and wasn’t very impressed but went back after seeing it was in the BIB list. Total perplexed about how that happened. Love Ethiopian food but this was just not anything special. The meat dishes were all...over cooked. The beef was so dry it was hard to eat and the chicken and lamb were only slightly better. The vegetables were, on the other hand, undercooked. The lentils were still hard. The greens were chewy. The only dish not poorly cooked was the salad which wasn’t cooked at all. The spices and seasoning were interesting but many of the dishes were also rather salty. All in all just not good, barely average. The service was friendly and helpful. The general atmosphere kind of bland, more like a diner with touristy Ethiopian artwork. The background music was pleasant. There are better options for Ethiopian food. And I think Michelin must be confused.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 31 December 2019 via mobile

I love Indian food. This place was good, but not spectacular. They have no system for getting a table, and by no system I mean they don’t even write names down. You have to literally remember who walked in the door in what order, and...then speak up when they wrongly try to seat people who came in after you. The food was good, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t worth the frustration of getting g seated.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 1 December 2019

A friend and I decided to go for Ethiopian one Sunday. I did a little research and I believe Zenebech was number one as chosen by the Washington Post. Admittedly the last two times I had Ethiopian food I was in Ethiopia, so my expectations...may be a little off. We were too lazy to pick off the menu ourselves, so we asked the waitress to do it for us - she recommended a mixed platter on the bottom of the menu, and overall it was very good. You can also pay $2.50 and get injera that is made from teff (as opposed to the default hybrid version) - we did that. I am not sure if it really was pure teff injera - but I think it was pretty close. Next time I will pick my own meat and vegetable dishes as I didn't get quite what I wanted, but I will definitely be back. The service was also very good. Based upon the ratings this seems to be one of the most popular restaurants on U Street.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 29 November 2019

First time I had ever tried Ethiopian cuisine. Loved it! Lots of amazing exotic dishes, I will be definitely coming back here. Lots of good Vegetarian dishes to choose from and lots of good platters. Excellent friendly service from the staff. 

Date of visit: June 2019
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Zenebech Injera is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5