Welcome to Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine
Ethiopian owner Meaza Zemedu’s Meaza Restaurant, Cafe and Gourmet Grocery Store have been featured in such press outlets as the Washingtonian and the Washington Post, was born of humble roots. Meaza 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.
Our complex Ethiopian spice blends enchant guests throughout our 7,000-square-foot space—which comprises a dining room, gourmet grocery store, and banquet hall—as they admire portraits of Ethiopian emperors painted on lambskins. 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.
What Our Customers Say About Us
Been here a few times during the afternoon. Not very busy during these hours but still great food and great service.
Very friendly staff, food is delicious...bread flown in daily from AFRICA!
I had a groupon to this place and I thought it was great. In fact i bought it 3 times. The food and service were good. They bring you a big pancake with meat and veggies on top. You rip up the pancake and grab the food. The only thing the place needs is a liftup because it does look old inside. There are a lot of Ethiopian people that recommend this place.
Delicious foods, nice service