Lalibela Restaurant

District of Columbia, USA

Ethiopian food

Restaurant, Bar

Lalibela Restaurant serves cheap and tasty Ethiopian food in an authentic setting. The menu starts off with a vegetarian section and all the veg items are vegan. You can order individual items (like chickpeas or lentils or split peas) with injera for about $8. Otherwise, the vegetarian combo platter is $10 and comes with all the veg options (about 6 or 7 items). The only vegan appetizer is the spinach sambusa.

Lalibela is a small restaurant with a small bar and is frequented by both Ethiopians and non-Ethiopians. The food is said to be authentic.

Added by Ramona on Mar 26 07 (last updated Jan 18 09)

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My friends and I ordered the veggie combo platter (the only thing I've ever ordered in an Ethiopian restaurant) and it was pretty cheap, $10, but was only so-so. Two of the items, the tomato salad and the potato/carrot mixture, were both very good, but everything else was so-so.

I was especially disappointed with the yellow split peas and the lentil dishes, as they were very undercooked so were a bit hard. I'm not sure if this is authentic or not, but I prefer the overcooked mush that I've been served in every other Ethiopian restaurant. Fortunately, the non-veg friend I was with really liked the food.

We also had the spinach sambusas but they didn't have much flavor. All they had inside was spinach (no potatoes or other veggies), were slightly dry, and aside from being spicy, weren't very well seasoned. This place is slightly cheaper than Meskerem but I don't think the food is nearly as good.

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I liked Lalibela a lot. I had craved good Ethiopian food for a while and I was very happy when I found this restaurant! The food was much cheaper than at Meskerem as well as more authentic. I ordered the vegetarian sampler and everything on it was very yummy.

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Logan Circle area. At the corner of 14 and P.


$ - inexpensive


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  • Ethiopian/Eritrean


  • Outdoor Seating


main image for Lalibela Restaurant two vegetarian combo platters (each platter is for 2 people)


9am - 11pm

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