Dahlak Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 4708 Baltimore Ave

    Philadelphia, PA 19143

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  • 215-726-6464

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This place is the best for Ethiopian food and the seating is traditional. They have two large dinning rooms to eat and the lighting is mellow. When you have dinner in this restaurant, you eat the tablecloth! The "tablecloth" is a pancake where the food is placed and you eat with your fingers.

I like the SEGA WAT (Ethiopian Lamb, chopped onions sauteed on all sides until quite dry and well done) and they make it spicy for me.

BUT, eating dinner at Dahlak restaurant isn't the only experience go to the back of the building where the Bar is that's where Neighborhood people hang. The Bar is like going to the Islands.

-Al B. For

4
★★★★☆

This place is the best for Ethiopian food and the seating is traditional. They have two large dinning rooms to eat and the lighting is mellow. When you have dinner in this restaurant, you eat the tablecloth! The "tablecloth" is a pancake where the food is placed and you eat with your fingers.

I like the SEGA WAT (Ethiopian Lamb, chopped onions sauteed on all sides until quite dry and well done) and they make it spicy for me.

BUT, eating dinner at Dahlak restaurant isn't the only experience go to the back of the building where the Bar is that's where Neighborhood people hang. The Bar is like going to the Islands.

-Al B. For

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Everytime I eat at Dahlak it remind me of the time I spent in Africa. The art work of the beautifull african men and women, remind me of my next door neighbors back home. The smell of the "tibs" cooking in the kitchen reminds me of when my mother prepared it for me. The setting and the atmosphere, inside the restaurant and out in the patio, reminds me of the small town I lived in back home. So, for me when I come to Dahlak, im not only coming for the authentic Ethiopian/Eritrean cuisine, Im coming to get a little taste of how I lived both in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Im coming for the friendly service that I usually dont get anywhere else in the city. And I also come for the Doro tibs, with salad, and greens on the side, and to top it off you must have the Ethiopian tea after your meel. Best nights to go for me are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I usually get there early to snag me up a table outside and enjoy my meal back home style.

2
★★★★★

Everytime I eat at Dahlak it remind me of the time I spent in Africa. The art work of the beautifull african men and women, remind me of my next door neighbors back home. The smell of the "tibs" cooking in the kitchen reminds me of when my mother prepared it for me. The setting and the atmosphere, inside the restaurant and out in the patio, reminds me of the small town I lived in back home. So, for me when I come to Dahlak, im not only coming for the authentic Ethiopian/Eritrean cuisine, Im coming to get a little taste of how I lived both in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Im coming for the friendly service that I usually dont get anywhere else in the city. And I also come for the Doro tibs, with salad, and greens on the side, and to top it off you must have the Ethiopian tea after your meel. Best nights to go for me are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I usually get there early to snag me up a table outside and enjoy my meal back home style.

Pros: prices, culture, service,food, parking,family friendly

Cons: none

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Dahlak, known for its Ethiopian/Eritrean cuisine, is located not far the The University of Pennsylvania and gets a huge play from the academic community. In fact, the bartender told my husband that he was a grad student there, working on his doctorate. Although they have a liquor license, Monday-Friday from 5-7 P.M. there's a BYO policy, a nice touch for those who wish to bring their own wine.

Ambiance is a word that doesn't apply, but it matters not a whit. The food is different, abundant to put it mildly, delicious & shockingly cheap. The menu is quite large and everything is served on one large, round platter & accompanied by crepe-like bread with which you scoop up your meal. Considering the communal aspect of dinner, it's best to go with a group,

Our serving dish consisted of a spicy beef stew that must've had plenty of garlic & chile powder in it, a pureed chickpea concoction, a similar lentil entree but with different spices, a mixture of eggplant, carrots, potatoes, & goodness knows what else, & a Greek salad. Each & every selection was excellent & we were more than satisfied, too satisfied & too stuffed to sample the baklava or carrot cake they serve for dessert. And then came the bill. With three beers, without the tip: $45. I wish I could claim credit for finding Dahlak, but this time we just went along for the ride.

4
★★★★☆

Dahlak, known for its Ethiopian/Eritrean cuisine, is located not far the The University of Pennsylvania and gets a huge play from the academic community. In fact, the bartender told my husband that he was a grad student there, working on his doctorate. Although they have a liquor license, Monday-Friday from 5-7 P.M. there's a BYO policy, a nice touch for those who wish to bring their own wine.

Ambiance is a word that doesn't apply, but it matters not a whit. The food is different, abundant to put it mildly, delicious & shockingly cheap. The menu is quite large and everything is served on one large, round platter & accompanied by crepe-like bread with which you scoop up your meal. Considering the communal aspect of dinner, it's best to go with a group,

Our serving dish consisted of a spicy beef stew that must've had plenty of garlic & chile powder in it, a pureed chickpea concoction, a similar lentil entree but with different spices, a mixture of eggplant, carrots, potatoes, & goodness knows what else, & a Greek salad. Each & every selection was excellent & we were more than satisfied, too satisfied & too stuffed to sample the baklava or carrot cake they serve for dessert. And then came the bill. With three beers, without the tip: $45. I wish I could claim credit for finding Dahlak, but this time we just went along for the ride.

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One word: yuck! I was minimally hopeful that there would be a good marriage between Eritrean and Indian food. All hopes were shot. We ordered from the Eritrean section of the menu, and we had to force ourselves through the meal. The food was awful: the chicken dish tasted more like Campbell's chunky marinara; the injera tasted like a lightly used kitchen sponge; the yellow lentils tasted like the cooks ran out of ingredients. The service was equally terrible. The male server was racing around but only spinning his wheels. The female Eritrean server/host was better. Overall the service was inefficient and unfriendly. I would not recommend this restaurant to an enemy and the two stars is quite generous.

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★★☆☆☆

One word: yuck! I was minimally hopeful that there would be a good marriage between Eritrean and Indian food. All hopes were shot. We ordered from the Eritrean section of the menu, and we had to force ourselves through the meal. The food was awful: the chicken dish tasted more like Campbell's chunky marinara; the injera tasted like a lightly used kitchen sponge; the yellow lentils tasted like the cooks ran out of ingredients. The service was equally terrible. The male server was racing around but only spinning his wheels. The female Eritrean server/host was better. Overall the service was inefficient and unfriendly. I would not recommend this restaurant to an enemy and the two stars is quite generous.

Pros: The decor was colorful and beautiful

Cons: The food and service were poor

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people have always raved about how good the food is here, but i was quite disappointed. having tried many other ethiopian restaurants in other cities, the food at dahlak was a little bit blander. also, the lentils were undercooked on my last trip, and my boyfriend saw an insect (i'm apparently not allowed to use the word on this site, but you can guess) run under the table (yikes!). i guess if there aren't other options, it's okay, but i don't think it's worth the hype.

1
★★☆☆☆

people have always raved about how good the food is here, but i was quite disappointed. having tried many other ethiopian restaurants in other cities, the food at dahlak was a little bit blander. also, the lentils were undercooked on my last trip, and my boyfriend saw an insect (i'm apparently not allowed to use the word on this site, but you can guess) run under the table (yikes!). i guess if there aren't other options, it's okay, but i don't think it's worth the hype.

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Dalak is superb. Unlike another reviewer, I have never had a problem with no soap in the bathroom and I can't imagine the staff laughing at such a request. The food is excellent, although Ethiopian/Eritrean cuisine may not be to everyone's liking. The staff is courteous.

2
★★★★★

Dalak is superb. Unlike another reviewer, I have never had a problem with no soap in the bathroom and I can't imagine the staff laughing at such a request. The food is excellent, although Ethiopian/Eritrean cuisine may not be to everyone's liking. The staff is courteous.

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Dahlak is a famous Ethopian restaurant in West Philly. It has earned it's reputation with hearty meals at great prices, in a great atmosphere.

2
★★★★☆

Dahlak is a famous Ethopian restaurant in West Philly. It has earned it's reputation with hearty meals at great prices, in a great atmosphere.

Pros: Delish!

Cons: Somewhat small

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I took my fiancee to Dahlak on the recommendations of some friends, and think that maybe I need to send them Thank you cards. The entire evening was absolutely wonderful; from the wonderfully flavored and prepared dishes,( of which we tried as many as we could) to the friendly, most accomodating service, to the cultural experience, I have found one of my new favorite restaurants. I would highly suggest that anyone who enjoys dining out should try this restaurant. Bravo!

2
★★★★☆

I took my fiancee to Dahlak on the recommendations of some friends, and think that maybe I need to send them Thank you cards. The entire evening was absolutely wonderful; from the wonderfully flavored and prepared dishes,( of which we tried as many as we could) to the friendly, most accomodating service, to the cultural experience, I have found one of my new favorite restaurants. I would highly suggest that anyone who enjoys dining out should try this restaurant. Bravo!

Pros: Food, atmosphere, service

Cons: none

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Went with a couple of friends, the place is ok and in a bad part of town. The food was ok too... was not too impressed with the bread. One of my lady friends used the restroom and there was no soap.... and when she asked the hostess for soap, they were laughing at her. I wonder ihow the chef uses soaps to wash their hands????? Not recommended.

1
★★☆☆☆

Went with a couple of friends, the place is ok and in a bad part of town. The food was ok too... was not too impressed with the bread. One of my lady friends used the restroom and there was no soap.... and when she asked the hostess for soap, they were laughing at her. I wonder ihow the chef uses soaps to wash their hands????? Not recommended.

Pros: Different kind of food

Cons: Bad area, bad food, no soap in restrooms

 

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