Meaza Ethiopian Restaurant

Baileys Crossroads

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Palatial dining room hosts Ethiopian dishes of doro wat, lamb stew, beef nibs, and fresh-baked injera

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Promotional value expires Oct 10, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Dine-in only. Must purchase a food item. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Minimum of 10 and maximum of 30 people for private party option. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $15 for $30 worth of Ethiopian cuisine
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In addition to ample beef and lamb entrées, Meaza Restaurant's menu includes appetizers of lamb short ribs ($6.50) and vegetarian entrées of shiro ($10.99)—powdered peas cooked in a clay pot with a fiery mix of garlic, onion, and jalapeño.

Meaza Restaurant

Ethiopian owner Meaza Zemedu's Meaza Restaurant, which has been featured in such press outlets as the Washingtonian and the Washington Post, was born of humble roots. Zemedu started her business by supplying local Ethiopian stores with her home-baked injera bread, a crepelike staple of Ethiopian cuisine. Demand for the tangy bread grew, allowing her to open her majestic restaurant, which welcomes guests to dine on traditional Ethiopian fare. Northern Virginia Magazine heaped praise upon the menu, including the doro wat stew—the national dish of Ethiopia—which includes chicken, red pepper, garlic, and hard-boiled eggs. Many of Meaza’s dishes are flavored with purified, spiced Ethiopian butter, from the ye beg kikil—lamb stew in spicy sauce—to the kifto—ground beef traditionally served raw or rare and mixed with cardamom and a mitmita spice blend. The chefs still bake Zemedu's injera from teff grain as an ubiquitous side and utensil alongside the fare.

The complex Ethiopian spice blends enchant guests throughout the 7,000-square-foot space—which comprises a dining room, grocery store, and banquet hall—as they admire portraits of Ethiopian emperors painted on lambskins along one wall. Throughout three elevated tiers, white and red cloths coat each table and patrons recline into patterned cushioned chairs. Sweeping bands of color swirl and draw eyes toward the ceiling, enhancing the dining room’s air of spaciousness.

Customer Reviews

We enjoyed our first Ethiopian food, picking milder dishes, beef tibs and Kitfo with a vegetable combination, all very flavorful. Great use of spices! Also two appetizers--too much food. No problem as we brought leftovers home. The injera was spongy and tasty. Nice room, very reasonable prices. Service was good. The manager came out to explain each component. A very good experience!
Lynne M. · January 14, 2017
Great food, slow service though.
Isaac K. · January 13, 2017
Wonderful food, welcoming setting, lovely proprieter
Elizabeth G. · January 13, 2017
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    Baileys Crossroads

    5700 Columbia Pike

    Falls Church, VA 22041


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