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African, Ethiopian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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Go ahead and order breakfast all day long, since Keren keeps the morning meal front and center. However, before you show up expecting bacon and eggs, t...
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Reviewed 9 February 2024

I stopped at Keren Restaurant as it was not too far of a walk from the hotel I was staying at. The wait staff were all friendly and efficient and it took no time at all to get seated. I ordered the special beef Tibsi...with injera which came with a side of Shiro (chickpea stew) and a side salad of lettuce and tomatoes. The side salad was fine and the tomatoes and lettuce were fresh although I do object to the usage of a sour vinaigrette as the injera was already sour. The injera was good but I'm not too good with sour foods so I wasn't a huge fan but the Tibsi was great, the meat was cooked well and the seasoning with the berbere spice was excellent. The Shiro was good as well. For the value, I think it's a worthwhile stop to try an interesting ethnic cuisine.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 7 November 2023 via mobile

3 stars service, 4 for food. I think I was expecting to be really blown away from the reviews so maybe my bar was too high going in. Delicious and satisfying, service was not great but i think it was due to just one person...serving but … not great. I had to keep getting up to ask for things. It’s not a big place but fine if you avoid busy times. I would return :)More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 31 October 2023 via mobile

We called about 20 minutes before closing to ensure they could accommodate our party of 6. Not only did they encourage us to come in, the staff all were warm and welcoming and made our dinner so delicious and special. EVERYTHING was fire, and amazing....The customer service and food was so great, we went back 2 days later for breakfast. The portions are huge, and the prices are incredibly reasonable. I can’t recommend this place highly enough. The trip here is very worth it.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 7 September 2023

Authentic East African cuisine that pleases! Dibs (grilled meat), Shiro and tilapia all were fantastic! Just the right amount of spice and packed with flavor. Nice selections on the vegan/vegetarian side. Service was spotty, place was busy. Atmosphere could use a freshen up.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 15 August 2023

Exactly the place to go if you're looking for delicious Eritrean food in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 30 June 2023 via mobile

We had one night in DC. This is where we chose to go. It was a great call. The reviews and ratings are all correct: This is an amazing place at a ridiculously good value. We showed up on a Wednesday at about 7:30 and...got the last table available. While we were there, we noticed quick turn around of tables. No one seemed to have to wait for more than a few minutes to sit. I imagine there is more of a wait on weekends. There is seating for about 20-24 people. Service = A+. Our waitress was awesome and food came out with bewildering speed. The lady that was managing everything was sweet as can be, too. Food = A+. I don’t eat Ethiopian food enough, but when I do I am in heaven. I love the flavors and the experience so much. Value = A+. It was $23 for the platter with beef and it was more than enough to feed two adults and a hungry teenage girl. We were all blown away by this incredible, wonderful gem of a place. Go there, even if you only have one night in DC.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 17 June 2023 via mobile

Outstanding authentic Ethiopian cuisine. Friendly staff. Small dining area so usually a wait (worth it) for a table. A wonderful experience.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 23 April 2023 via mobile

Everything was superb. From the service and charm, to the copious amounts of the most delicious food. This restaurant in Adams Morgan needs to be on everyone’s list who enjoys flavorful food!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 30 March 2023 via mobile

Wonder family owned restaurant with extremely limited seating. Service was great. Very casual but excellent food. Our waitress was very patient with our one daughter who is extremely picky and not open to trying ethnic foods. Make it a priority to dine at this casual...gem.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 30 January 2023

Rated #6 restaurant in DC right now, and it's clear why. Nice choice in menu items and delightful tastes!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 20 November 2022 via mobile

Small restaurant near Adams Morgan area. Standard choices, all well done. Warm, pleasant service. Lentils were particularly good.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 12 September 2022 via mobile

It’s a small restaurant and quite popular. We had to wait in line, but only for a few minutes. The staff is friendly and efficient. The food arrived faster than we anticipated. It was delicious!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 27 June 2022

Me and my friend are visiting DC for a weekend and stopped by this place because of the reviews, and will be back if we come again. The flavor was so good and mine had a little bit of a slow burn.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 23 June 2022 via mobile

Pleasant and competent service at a low price. Good food and quickly served. Haven't been in an ethiopean restaurant for some time, but in Wash, DC there are great choices!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 24 May 2022

🔥🔥AMAZING PEOPLE come here just do it ahaha i know details are important I just passed it and remembered from a year ago but this app is forcing me to like, expound. It's GOOD WHATEVER haha. Usually a wait tho and you have to stand...outside when that happens. Research. Mosquitos abound here in summer so spray upp. Anyways, it's good so it doesn't matter. Life is short. Everybody eat good food and drink water and love your mamas if you can and forgive yourself regardless ahahah bye 🙃👋🏾 go with the flowwwwww☄️🌍⚡️🔥🪐❤️More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Keren Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4