Meaza Restaurant – Falls Church, VA

Meaza Restaurant

Along Columbia Pike near Bailey Crossroads, tucked into a strip mall parking lot is Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine and Café. It’s a large restaurant with a very open dining area, reminiscent of a supper club, Meaza boasts its selection as Staff Pick for Best Ethiopian in the Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. in 2009. 

Meaza Restaurant main-entreeMy companion and I stopped by for dinner without a reservation. There was ample room on a Monday night, but it was clear that Meaza  had a loyal following of regular customers. We started out with a mixed green salad, which served a basic palette cleanser. For our main dish, my guest ordered the Liyu Ye Tsom Wot, a vegetarian combo featuring lentil, peas, cabbage, shiro, tomato salad, timatim fitfit. Served family style, in the middle of our plate of injera was Ye Asa Dulet, featuring red snapper cubed sautéed in olive oil, tomato, onion, garlic, awaza, and green pepper. 

The red snapper was very good – the fish was cooked really well and it had a lot of flavor. As for the vegetarian combo, my guest and I enjoyed the collard greens, cabbage as well as the lentils and peas. 

While the food was delicious and the injera was plentiful, the service was less than stellar. We were quick to be seated and waited on for our initial order. However, once served, our waitress was slow to refill water glasses or serve the bill. 

The restaurant features live entertainment, for which the space is ideal for, during the week and conducts an Ethiopian coffee ceremony every Sunday from noon until 6:00 p.m. on demand. 

Overall the experience was good, but not great. The food is really authentic and filling, but maybe better suited for takeout or large groups. The prices are moderate, an appetizer, San Pelegrino, and two entrees cost $38

Meaza Restaurant

5700 Columbia Pike Falls Church, VA 22941

Written by M. Peacock