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DAS Ethiopian

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 6 reviews )
Contact 202-333-4710
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1201 28th St NW (at M St, Washington D.C.), Washington, District Of Columbia, USA, 20007

Serves meat, vegan options available. Ethiopian food typically offers some vegan suitable choices. Under the vegetarian section, all dishes without cheese are vegan and the ones with cheese can possibly be made vegan; ask your server. White tablecloth set-up. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-11:00pm.

Category: Beer/Wine, Delivery, Take-out, Catering, Ethiopian, African, Non-veg

Reviews (6)

First Review by cookiem

Ethiopian food + white table cloths and higher prices - Edit

The DC area is known for Ethiopian food. Do you have out of town guests who want to try Ethiopian food, but you know they would prefer white table cloths? Then DAS Ethiopian is for you. And this is a genuine need! I’ve been once: when out of town work colleagues were visiting and requested that we have them try Ethiopian. It was good, and there were vegan options. But there are so many awesome Ethiopian places in DC, all of them cheaper, that you may as well eat it somewhere else if you’ve got no one to impress with fancy ambiance. The higher price is really just paying for that ambiance.

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oleiah 27 Feb 2017 - Yes about the out-of-town guests! I brought my parents here when they visited... they're from the midwest and had never tried anything like Ethiopian. I didn't want to take them to a hole-in-the-wall place, in fear of scaring them off. DAS was the perfect choice!


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great tasting vegan options - Edit

I was a bit concerned at first about accurate the vegan options would be. But they pass my vegan inquiry and understanding quiz. The flavors r great. The service is great. And the experience new and different. I recommend the vegan sampler plate.


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Interesting and unique experience - Edit

Absolutely delicious. The pricing of items are quite odd, as a sharing platter which can feed up to three people is priced reasonably, but for a bowl of spicy lentils at nearly $9 doesn't quite add up.
The mushroom starter was lovely. And yes, by the way, there is no cutlery, the experience is hands on, you eat by using this type of bread to grab the ingredients, but can be an issue if some ingredients are like liquid.
Also, do not forget your ID, as I haven't been asked for my identification in years, I completely forgot and I'm nearly 30.
Had a lovely cinnamon vanilla rooibos tea to finish.
The ambiance is very relaxing, could easily lay back for hours at this place and the staff are very friendly.

Pros: Delicious food, Caring staff, Ambiance

Cons: Don't forget your ID even if you're 30+, For people who like cutlery, it's not for you


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Vegan-friendly not wallet-friendly - Edit

I'm the first to jump for joy for Ethiopian food - the delightful vegan-friendly fare of stewed veggies and legumes scooped out atop a fully injera-coated platter and served with more injera on the side. However, I am not enthusiastic about prices for a vegetarian sampler that nearly double the standard price around town. I will add that this restaurant must keep up with the proverbial Joneses, so because of the GTown location, rent may be higher, expectations snobbier and more attention needed overall to ambiance, but does that justify the price: flavor ratio? I am not sure.

The food tastes good, but it does not excel above any other place I can think of. The menu is clearly marked for veg*n choices, and unlike any other Ethiopian venue around town, they advertise and have cauliflower. Still, I don't feel the need to trek out here again just for the Ethiopian when for about half the price, I can get better food with larger portions.

If you want to impress out of town guests who have high standards for linens and Western-style decor, ok, I guess this is for you.

If you have a budget and are hungry, this place is probably best avoided.

Pros: Cauliflower, Well-marked menu, Table presentation/ ambiance

Cons: Small portions, High prices


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