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Queen of Sheba
Posted by Paula from Chicago on 07/19/2005
We arrived here at 6:00 on a Saturday and it was not at all crowded. We chose to sit at a "mesob" (African Basket Table) at the rear of the restaurant. Although the chairs were not especially comfortable, it was a unique setting. Two of us shared the meat sampler and the vegetarian sampler which were served together on a tray which fit perfectly into our basket table. Each dish was perfectly spiced and while we loved every bite, I could have made a whole meal of the green bean dish - - it was truly superb. Our servers were friendly and professional and wore white cotton costumes (which I assume were Ehiopian). The entire experience was delightful. Although this restaurant sounded like it was located farther away from the theater district, it was only a block and a half from "Restaurant Row". It was well worth the extra walk, especially after dinner because we were simply stuffed!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/07/2005
My girlfriend took me here for a birthday dinner. We both LOVE Ethiopian cuisine. We ordered the meat combo and the veggie combo. All meat dishes tasted the same, and all veggie dishes had little or no flavor, opposite of what we are used to. This is in addition to the poor service. It felt like the servers didn't even want us to be there. Would not recommend this restaurant.
Posted by designerlights on 06/27/2005
I went to lunch at Queen of Sheba to scope it out as a possible location for a friend who wanted to have an Ethiopian b-day dinner. The food was great, but the staff ignored me and was rude to me. After my meal, when the waitress was still gabbing with her friend behind the bar and refused to come give me a check, I went up to her and said, very nicely, "Hi, can I pay for my meal, please?" the friend whose conversation was interrupted said nastily, "What did you think, it was free?" and the waitress laughed at me. Needless to say that was my first and last trip. Too bad because the food was better than the other Ethiopians in the city.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/06/2005
This was my 6th Ethiopian restaurant. Food here was very, very good and atmosphere was very nice. I always order vegetarian so cannot say much about other dishes. The menu like in other Ethiopian (except DC) was limited and I would welcome more original vegetarian recipes. I definitely would love to try new flavors and little more zest. But what I had was delicious. Desserts - what desserts? Practically none and when I ordered baklava, they were out of them. The restaurant wasn't very spacious to say the least. I had a table by the restrooms where it was always crowded. Waitresses couldn't get to the table next to mine so I constantly had to move around with my chair. No big deal but would have preferred a different spot. I still highly recommend it for great food and atmosphere.
Posted by Yohannes on 01/30/2005
The best Ethiopian food in the city; need I say more. The service leaves much to be desired, but unfortunately this is not uncommon to Ethiopian restaurants. Nevertheless, I recommend Sheba wholeheartedly.
Posted by Joementum on 12/15/2004
I really love this place (still not my favorite- Genet is)- can't really attest to the atmosphere, as I always order out, but the food is always very, very, good. Great deal for the quality of food you get.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/26/2004
This place was excellent. Reasonable prices and portions along with great tasting food. The service was very friendly as well. I would recommend any of the lamb dishes, all of them were good.