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261 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
+1 973-327-4840
10:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri 10:30 - 22:00
Sat 12:30 - 22:30
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Bayonne, New Jersey
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Best out of the three Ethiopian restaurants I have eaten in NJ. It's a cute local place, away from the downtown restaurants. It takes a little while to get your food, but it is worth the wait, but then again that's how I feel about all the times I have Ethiopian food. :)

Thank Rina V
South Orange, New Jersey
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I have eaten here a few times and it has always been quite good. It is inexpensive and you can bring your own wine or beer.

Thank BigTimeTraveler2015
Summit, New Jersey
Level Contributor
28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Lalibela may look like a hole in the wall from the outside, but the food is unique and delicious. Their prices are fair as well. It is cozy inside, and is a BYOB.

Thank Am1121
Jersey City, NJ
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

We love this little but culinary impressive restaurant. The Ngira is always fresh and delicious. In my opinion it is as good or better than any of the other Ethiopian restaurants including the other one in South Orange, and the one in Montclair. The staff is also very friendly. The restaurant is also very Vegetarian friendly.

Thank aelroy
Wharton, New Jersey
Level Contributor
71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

The food here was pretty good. Lots of flavor. Not the best I've had but I would go again. Portion size was good.

Thank DBrownCT
South Orange, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

Lalibella serves the best Ethiopian food I have had anywhere. The chef personally imports spices from her home town, and every dish is made with an excellent balance of flavors. Guests can require hot or mild, to taste. The vegetarian plate of 6 dishes is my family's favorite, as well as what many of my guests favor. I wish this... More 

Thank Rk L
New Jersey
Level Contributor
35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

We have eaten here several times. Three of us ate there Christmas eve. My 88 year old mother loves this food. It's BYOB so we took a bottle of Riesling. We had salmon, lamb and shrimp tibs. Injera was delicious. The best part is eating the injera that has soaked up the sauce from the meat on the serving platter.... More 

Thank champagnewishes
Edison, NJ
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64 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

We went to Lalibela on a recent Saturday evening. We had reservation and realized that it saved us from wait time. the place was busy as was expected. The chef/owner was very friendly and sweet. This is a small cozy place with about 8-9 small tables (3-4 people at each). This was our first experience with Ethiopian food. She chatted... More 

Thank DesiMan
Denville, New Jersey
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30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

I live locally and visit here often. All the dishes I've tried have been well-prepared and tasty. The service is good, the restaurant itself modest but clean. Highly recommend to other foodies.

1 Thank Cassie M
west orange, United States
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

We visited the restaurant on 11/28/18 and found the food to be inedible. The appetizers - the sambusa was burnt and the azifa was so oily and the lentils were under cook. It was like eating rocks. The entree - we had the vegetarian combo which consisted of the following 6 items: Tickel Gomen which was very oily, under cooked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 261 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  South Orange
  • Phone Number: +1 973-327-4840

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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?