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Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

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1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
+1 408-615-8282
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11:30 - 22:30
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Dublin, California
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134 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

I have had Ethiopian food at plenty many places, homemade to restaurant versions so I know my Ethiopian food taste buds well. The food here is good. Our server was this beautiful charming young lady who was courteous and pleasant. Thank you for helping us enjoy the food. There honey winner is something we always look forward to with Ethiopian... More 

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Thank Ninaad D
San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Regular here for lunch. Good service and food ... They have live music on weekend dinners (though that is average!). The main issue is the wait on weekends and they have not much space to sit or even stand indoors. Vegetarian combination and Shuro-wot are my favorite. Sambusa is good but gets over many times if you come late for... More 

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Thank H P
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Nice place..very busy therefore expect an hour wait. Also you must be willing to share meals from a large plate. No individual plate for eating from. Ready to use your fingers as well. All the food was great - vegetarian, chicken and lamb. Only a single dessert option was available.

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Thank Rama A
Cupertino, California
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

I went for a weekday lunch with a friend. Seating was quick, friendly service, and excellent food. We shared a vegetarian combo and had leftovers for lunch - portion sizes are big. Single unisex bathroom in back of area but was clean.

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Bangalore, India
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344 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

A really warm Ethiopian restaurant in San Jose. I went for the sambussa which is lentil filled pastries with spicy sauce. The other item I ordered was veg combo plate but quickly realized that I will not be able to finish it so went for the spicy red curry with lentils - yemisir wot. The sambussa was delicious and crispy... More 

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Thank Pramod S
Santa Cruz, CA
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

We had the veg combo plater and a beef dish that was perfectly spicey and served with delicious cheese. The honey wine complimented the food well. The baklava was divine! I have never had Ethiopian food, so I cannot vouch for authenticity, but I considered my meal here to be very good. We went on a Sunday at 2:00. It... More 

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Thank Cassandra C
San Jose, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

My Ethiopian friend recommended this place to me. He suggested that we arrive early for dinner. We got there at 5:45 and we were seated immediatley. (Come early or be prepared to wait, this place is VERY popular.) The service was prompt and the suggestions of different dishes were very helpful to those in the party that had never had... More 

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Thank Lorin K
Bengaluru, India
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

This is always crowded regardless of the day. We were a group of four people each with a different choice of pallet and everyone was pretty impressed with the food. A must visit place to try ethiopian food.

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Thank manuks88
San Jose, California
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

Many friends have been here and have highly recommended this restaurant. I, on the other hand, found the food hard to digest. The bread made me feel I'll. I will try it again to see if I have the same reaction.

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Thank DarcyLynne1854
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127 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Zeni's is one of the most authentic Ethiopian restaurants in the area. The food is excellent. It can be spicy, but you if tell your server and they can make it less spicy. You have a choice as to whether you sit in the authentic Ethiopia section or the American section. If you choose the Ethiopian section, be prepared to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15
Cuisine
African, Ethiopian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 22:30
Saturday
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-615-8282

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