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Keren Restaurant

1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2658
+1 202-265-5764
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“injera” (22 reviews)
“veggie combo” (12 reviews)
“beef” (27 reviews)
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African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2658
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

This restaurant is considered a local gem. The food is excellent, with great flavor. There are plenty of options for vegetarians, including lentils and split peas. The venue is small, so plan on waiting for a table. The staff is friendly, and there are as...More

2  Thank EconomistTravels
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Each year I visit my friend that lives in the DC area. Part of my visit includes a tour of the world via food. :-) Keren was AWESOME. The venue is very small but also very good. You could tell by the line of people...More

1  Thank Flor_De_Amarilla
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

I’ve eaten at Ethiopian restaurants all over the US as well as many in Ethiopia when I lived there. We got there special platter and another vegetarian dish everything was very good and the injera was very great. It got busy after 6 on a...More

2  Thank Dslemaire
Reviewed 10 November 2017

First time out for Ethiopian cuisine...wish I could move this restaurant to NY! Everything was very flavorful. The enjeera (pls forgive my spelling) is interesting but works with the rest of the meal. Servers were quite friendly and helpful. Food was plentiful. Everything tasted fresh...More

1  Thank Debbie C
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed the food and the staff are amazing. Location was a bit tight because we got there during lunch. The offered sandwiches, spaghetti and macaroni all of which I have never seen at other local Ethiopian spots. I stuck with the traditional veggie combo...More

1  Thank Y8050OFericw
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

We were visiting my son in DC. He loves Ethiopian food and had never been to Keren. My husband had it in his mind that this cuisine was so-so. We entered the cozy restaurant and were at the bar until a table opened. Well, the...More

2  Thank Nytex1130
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Fun place to experience east African cuisine that is excellent. Big, affordable plates of food to use your injera to sop it all up. Because it is good and doesn't take reservations, you may have to wait for a table.

Thank Kirk47
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Keren is a local favorite and often frequented by the taxi cab community. The location may be small (call for reservations) but the service is grand and the food is delicious and affordable.

Thank loveDCA
Reviewed 14 October 2017

We got here on a Saturday evening around 7:30, and had a wait of 30 minutes - this restaurant is popular, and the seating is a bit tight but cozy. Overall, a good dining experience, though not great since we have had better Ethiopian food...More

Thank FrancisFern
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

I had dinner here and would become a regular were I living in DC. I had a beef stew plate, spicy. Though the heat level was moderate, and I love spicy hot food, it was delicious. This place is as good as any Ethiopian place...More

1  Thank John P
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Tina B
20 July 2018|
Response from Chuck S | Reviewed this property |
I would call the restaurant to assure they receive this message. They don't strike me as the size of business to have someone monitoring this site. In any event, I LOVED the food here and can't wait to travel back to DC... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2658
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-265-5764
This is one of DC's many Eritrean restaurants, but it tends to be overlooked by the better publicized and established Ethiopian community in the city. It's a small place, but offers a fantastic dishes, coffee, and service. There is no review on TripAdvisor for this restaurant (there is one on Yelp!).
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