photo credit: Kerry McIntyre

Dahlak interiors with blue carpet, low cushion seating around small circular tables, and art hanging on the walls



West Philadelphia

$$$$Perfect For:Big GroupsCasual Weeknight DinnerCheap EatsClassic EstablishmentVegetariansWalk-Ins
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Dahlak in West Philly is a casual Ethiopian restaurant that feels like someone’s living room—one that just happens to have a bar in the corner. Order some affordable, delicious food like beef tibs and berbere stew that's brought out on huge platters atop injera bread. Along with a full bar that gets pretty crowded on most nights, the restaurant also has a ton of events where everyone who shows up already seems to be friends. There are concerts, poetry readings, and a weekly karaoke night that ends when the last person finally lets go of the microphone—which is usually pretty late.

Dahlak interiors with booth seating, art on the walls, pink ceiling, and carpeted floors

photo credit: Kerry McIntyre

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