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Went to 3 Ethiopian restaurants recently in Fairfax; Genet, Rosalind's and Messob. Food was fine but service terrible. Anyone else experience this? Maybe it happens on Saturday night, but... ??

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  1. i've always had good service at rahel.
    only went to meals by genet once, the service was fine.

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    1. re: westsidegal

      I have the best service at Rahel, too. Keep in ind, ethiopian diningh habits are similar to those in france. We would consider the service very slow, because ehtiopians use mealtimes as gathering times, and traditionally take several hours per meal.

    2. I usually go to Genet's, and the service has always been good. In fact, once I was having a goodly leftover portion of my dinner wrapped up to take home, and Genet personally came out to inquire if there was anything wrong with the dinner/could they do anything to make it up to me (dinner was excellent, I just was just full).

      I've never been on a Saturday night, though.

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      1. re: sidwich

        Yeah, we went to Genets this weekend and service was fine, if anything a little fawning (When I ordered my Kitfo, they made sure I knew I what I was getting into... LOL!!)

        --Dommy!

      2. I've always found the service at Messob to be wonderful, no matter if I was there alone, as a couple, or as a large group. I'm surprised to hear that the service was poor.

        1. I've always found the service at Messob to be wonderful, no matter if I was there alone, as a couple, or as a large group. I'm surprised to hear that the service was poor.

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          1. re: glutton

            I was at Messob again last Thursday night. No problems to speak of. They patiently described each dish to the table while I translated (it was a table full of Colombians who speak no English) and the service was attentive throughout. The food, was great, as always.

          2. I have not been to any of those you mention, but have been to Merkato (my fave) and Messob. Service is very slow at both (I have been to Merkato several times and Messob once (last week), but service seems to be better at Merkato. At Messob we ordered our drinks and they came one hour later when she decided to take our order. Then food took another hour to get our food! And it wasn't as good as Merkato. I have been told that the laid-back style of the servers may be a cultural thing (don't rush, relax and enjoy). That is why when I go for Ethiopian, I know I have to expect for it to take much longer and be at a much slower place than anywhere else.