Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine

4.6
22 reviews
$30 and under
Ethiopian
Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine is one of the best Ethiopian restaurants in the heart of Washington DC offering a fun-filled, casual dining experience! Cherecher strives to always serve you fresh and affordable Ethiopian cuisine. This is what our customers say about us.
What 22 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.6
Value
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience. Food was fresh and very delicious!

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Susy
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

I love Ethiopian food but this was decidedly not good. First off we ordered a large vegan dish and 4 meats. When they brought it to the table the meats were dumped on top of the vegetables - I could hardly eat anything since I don't eat meat. The vegetarian portions were small and not very good at all. Unfortunately the other Ethiopian place in Bethesda, Lucy is now closed. Their food was much, much better. I also ordered a vodka tonic which had neither vodka nor tonic - basically melted ice. So, not impressed. This is the second time I have given this restaurant a chance, but will not return.

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BobR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our favorite for Ethiopian food in the Silver Spring/Bethesda area. Very friendly staff, great food and great value.

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DmitriyS
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance. Arguably one of the best Ethiopian restaurants in the DMV area. Every dish is unique in profile and is bursting with flavor. Portion sizes are very appropriate and the price for the experience is modest. It's one of the few places in Montgomery County that I and family make a habit of enjoying when back to visit.

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Robyn
Switzerland
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A friend and I shared lunch at Chercher and really enjoyed the meal. The service was good, food fantastic, and ambiance was casual and nice. Would definitely recommend.

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vipnoisy
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

It was amazing and this is my favorite restaurant.

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vipRichardB
Washington DC
657 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

I have been a fan of Ethopian food for more that 55 years. Since moving back to the DC area in 2013, I have been to more than a score of Ethiopian restaurants. I was, therefore, enthusiastic try yet another. The first dish, the avocado salad, was very good because it was made with very fresh ingredients, the natiural textures and flavors of which were not overcome by the dressing. Unfortunately, the Yebeg Alecha Wet was a big disappointment because much of the lamb was still on the bone and there was a considerable amount of grisle. As more people came in, the slow service got slower and slower. After waiting almost 15 minutes for the espresso with which I hoped to finish the meal, I told the server that if I could not have it within five more minutes, I would ahave to cancel the order because I had to be somewhere else. I was told that wouldn't be possible. Then came an annoying wait for the check.
To end on a positive note, the two glasses of wine I had with the food (sauv blanc and malbec) were reasonable choices and reasonably priced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Flies all over the walls. Served us cloudy warm water. We had to ask twice for utensils, plates, napkins. Really a terrible experience. I’ll be surprised if they last another month.

Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine
Responded on 5 February 2020

We apologized . We have recently had a water leak and due to that we have been experiencing a certain amount of flies. It took us a while to find the leak and fix the problem. The leak required us to change our hard-wood floors which attracted more flies. We have now taken care of the problem. We are deeply sorry you had to experience this while visting our restaurant. We will take care of the cost on your next visit. We hope you can come again and get a better experience. Regards, Alex

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was amazing!

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Daph
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

first time at chercher. love the ambience. it's small, intimate. not noisy with a lot of people. we had a party of 9 for a birthday celebration. they set our table in the middle of the room. food was delicious, and service is attentive. will be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Excellent :)

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Mcxfour
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Interesting

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Kkkk
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are thrilled that Chercher has opened a restaurant in Bethesda. The food is first rate, and I consider myself an Ethiopian cuisine foodie. Nice and spicy, although there of course are milder dishes. The vegan combination platter is a must complement to any group meal. The restaurant is small and intimate, with excellent service. Parking is always available in nearby Giant lot.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Service is a bit slow but excellent food compensates.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there. Nice setting. Small homey tasteful vibe.

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vipJanet
Washington DC
194 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our lunch at Chercher. I;ve been to their downtown location, so was anxious to try Bethesda. They did not disappoint! The portions are very generous and the service welcoming. The Lamb Stew and House Special Tibs were excellent. I look forward to going back with a bigger group to try more things.

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vipSSonny
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food, clean. Really enjoyed

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vipLbouvier
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely family feel

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vipwinxalot
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Try the sampler, which will feed two people easily. The chicken and the lamb dishes are well prepared. The spongy njera appears to be made from darker wheat, and is quite tasty. Nice to have Blue Moon and Samuel Adams on tap!

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TandV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Exceptional food, nice ambiance, and cozy (Bethesda location). Food takes some time to arrive, but is well worth the wait. I highly recommend the 10-item Deluxe Vegetarian Combo; the beets are particularly good, and I've not seen them at other Ethiopian restaurants. And if you are a pescatarian, the Fish Dullet (chopped tilapia with olive oil, onion, garlic, lemon, and green pepper) is a spicy treat!

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vipNY2World
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner here last week when we decided to finally stopped in here after walking by many times. We started with a fresh salad with greens, bell peppers and avocado, plus a crispy lentil-filled pastry. As mains, my husband had sautéed strips of savory beef while I had a spicy Tilapia fish and vegetable dish, all delicious. The fish was a little spicier than I would have liked, something the waiter told me they can easily adjust if mentioned when ordering. The spices are a cross between Middle Eastern and Indian food, to me. They do serve the flat, spongy Ethiopian bread used to scoop food if you are eating the authentic way, I'm not a fan of it yet. Ethiopian food doesn't normally beckon us in, and it must have been over 15 years since the last time we had it. The ambiance here is upscale and very mainstream American, with standard tables and chairs, knife, fork & bread plate place settings. The waiter gives you the option of individual entrees or traditional communal-plate food presentation. There is also a reasonable wine list and full bar. Ethiopian decor is limited to a few wall hangings rather than the highly atmospheric immersion decor at other places. The staff is very sweet and solicitous, we will certainly be back!

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Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine is rated 4.6 stars by 22 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.