Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 6 reviews )

5071 Nicholson Ln (at Rockville Pike), Rockville, Maryland, USA, 20852

Serves meat, vegan options available. Ethiopian cuisine typically includes a range of vegetable and legume dishes that are vegan suitable. Here the kitchen also offers tofu and labels what's vegan. Holds vegan cooking classes. Open Mon-Wed 11:00am-9:00pm, Thu-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Ethiopian, African, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by kenvegan

Favorite spot for Ethiopian food in the DC area - Edit

Sheba Ethiopian is my go-to for Ethiopian food in the DC area. I order the same thing every time - the vegan sampler. It comes with about 8 different dishes including lentils, eggplant, beets, cabbage, and salad. The injera is wonderful and the coffee is great. They can make traditional coffee, but let them know at the beginning so they have time to roast it properly. Sometimes they would tell me that the coffee was not available. I joined their member program and would receive e-mail coupons 4-5 times a year for 20% off. The restaurant is never crowded and the staff are friendly. It is located in a small strip mall on the border of Rockville and North Bethesda close to Mom's Organic Market.

Pros: excellent food, clearly identified vegan options, rewards program

Cons: sometimes cannot do a traditional coffee ceremony

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It's Nice - Edit

This restaurant has a lot of vegan options, and it's reasonably priced. If you are new to Ethiopian food, this might be a good place. For someone who is more acquainted with this food, the food here might not compare to other Ethiopian restaurants.

Pros: Lots of options, reasonably priced

Cons: Food not as good as other Ethiopian places

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Still there - Edit

Since the last review for Sheba was posted over a year ago, this is to note that they are still there and still offer the vegan sampler as well as lentil sambusa. The food is very good although it is very basic and maybe not quite as well done as some of the Ethiopian restaurants in Silver Spring or DC. The service is always very attentive and pleasant.

Pros: Good vegan sampler, Very reasonably priced, Pleasant atmosphere

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Acceptable fare - Edit

Rockville is by no means a center for Ethiopian food, so it is welcome to have this restaurant in the area. However, food is food, and one must be honest.

The food is the same as other Ethiopian restaurants, nothing special, except that unlike many of them, they do note there is a vegan sampler. They also have vegan lentil sambusas, a beet salad (vegan) and a vegan broccoli appetizer. The sambusas had a bitter dark berbere sauce for dip. They'd be fine without the berbere dipping sauce, but the sauce moistened it a bit. The broccoli was rather salty and just tasted like steamed broccoli with some salt, oil and red pepper flakes - not worth the price.

With that said, it was comforting that they had a vegan sampler. The choices were standard fare for Ethiopian, with one exception: eggplant (bedergan)! That was a fun addition, but the flavor is just like other Ethipian dishes flavored with berbere and onions. The cabbage had a weaker flavor than I prefer, but I am glad it wasn't greasy. The red lentils/ key mesir was medicore - not spicy enough and a bit too salty. The gomen was fresh in flavor and execution, and it was not as salty as the others. The ater kik alicha was the best in terms of salting, and it had a nice flavor without being too firm/ al dente that can often happen. There was no salad offered, so they must have forgotten.

The injera was suitable in thickness and ability to stay together to serve the food. However, I do prefer a richer flavor (more fermented). Still, it was good.

I appreciate the commitment to vegan options, but, I would likely kept going back to DC/ VA for vegan options unless I am stuck in Rockville and in need of injera/ Ethiopian food!

Pros: Vegan sampler noted on menu, Not too greasy

Cons: Too salty

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Good vegan option in Rockville - Edit

It's nice to have an Ethiopian option outside of the city! They have a whole "Vegetarian/Vegan" section (though they don't specify which specific entrees are vegan). I got the Vegan Sampler which had about small portions of about 6 different dishes -- it was really good. Reasonably priced and nice friendly service.

Pros: vegan options, friendly staff

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Wonderful Ethiopian Food - Edit

I just enjoyed a wonderful vegan Ethiopian plate at Rockville, Maryland's first and only Ethiopian restaurant: Sheba Ethiopian. At a $7.99 special lunch-only price, I was a bit skeptical that the plate would be inadequate, because I skipped breakfast today, and was quite hungry. My assumptions were incorrect. The plate contained a more than ample sampling of delicious Ethiopian food, and I devoured every last morsel. I was told that the vegan plate for dinner is significantly larger, and has a greater variety of dishes. I am going to have to come back to try this! The restaurant is tastefully decorated in a modern style, and our waitress was very aware and informed of vegan food and their vegan offerings (which I find is rare at Ethiopian restaurants).

Pros: Excellent food, Reasonable prices

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