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Messob Ethiopian Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Central L.A
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1041 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019-4402
+1 323-938-8827
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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180 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

tonight one of several trips to this restaurant over the last decade. the tasty food continues. we again got the big dinner sampler for two, which comes on a large tray. the cuisine is based on flatbread, which is spongy and soft, with a slightly acid taste (like sourdough) from the teff, which is the main grain of Ethiopia. on... More 

Thank jeffrey k
Secunderabad, India
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We wanted to try Ethiopian food after having read about sambusas and injera. The sambusas were like the Indian samosas and excellent. Injeras are akin to dosas but one needs to develop a taste for it. The restaurant was nicely done up and the ambience was pleasing.

Thank Sraj52
Nanaimo, Canada
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I had never been to an Ethiopian Restaurant before, and neither had my daughter. We were delighted to have a super helpful waitress who suggested the platter for two as it sampled everything. We weren't very hungry so ordered the platter for one. It was about $32 but it was huge. The meal was served on one large plate with... More 

Thank Fayedrope
Pismo Beach, California
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66 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I have been coming here for two decades. Although there are new owners since then, this is still a fantastic place. We returned to Messob last weekend on a whirlwind trip to a birthday party in Anaheim. We were taking friends who'd never had the pleasure of Ethiopian cuisine. They had their dog along so we called ahead to make... More 

Thank Knabebug
Beverly Hills, California
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24 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

The food is heavy to digest or maybe the spongy pancakes looking bread. It taste alright though. Also bring your own forks as they have none of it, it's eat with hands of place. Outside that and the lack of ac and air it was a crowded place and we went there at 6 pm.

Thank French H
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

The best Ethiopian place and super yummy Doro Wot! I come here every time I visit Los Angeles and am never disappointed. Super friendly staff and good service as well.

Thank Allison N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

While on a search for classic Ethiopian music I asked a local shop keeper in Little Ethiopia for the best food stops in Little Ethiopia. She named Messob and 1 other establishment so I knew I had to do them both. I decided to do Messob first. I arrived to be greeted by a warm, well laid out establishment with... More 

Thank Jemal C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

You don't have to wonder why of all the restaurants in this block, this is the only one that is always full. Sometimes, but very seldom, you have to wait for an open table but most of the time there is ample seating. There are actually two dining rooms. The food is superior but the experience is enhanced if you... More 

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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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180 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

probably the fifth or sixth time eating here over many years. quality constant. service friendly portions generous food always a winner. not only is it a matter of spicing and presentation, it is a matter of having a very traditional shared meal experience, a group of people eating from the same large plate, sharing conversation, sharing the delicious flatbread.

Thank jeffrey k
Mojave California
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113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

Have eaten here several times over the years. Always enjoyed the food. Generous portions, interesting flavours. I like the injera bread. Only complaint is the very slow service. Had a good Ethiopian beer with dinner last time, nice accompaniment to the savoury food.

Thank jerjon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1041 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019-4402
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighbourhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: +1 323-938-8827
Whether you're in the mood for Vegan cuisine or whether you'd like to enjoy a really authentic Ethiopian cups of coffee, wine or beer, Messob Ethiopian Restaurant has become an institution in Los Angeles for serving authentic Ethiopian-style cuisine emphasizing the flavor and spice of our assortment of recipes.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?