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ZENI Ethiopian Restaurant
1320 Saratoga Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
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- Sunday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
- Wednesday: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
- Thursday: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
- Friday: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
- Saturday: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: African Restaurants
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4.7 of 5.0 from 34 reviews
price range:$11 to $25
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Blogger Reviews of ZENI Ethiopian Restaurant
Musings and Mutterings of a Montreal Madame on Sep 22, 2013
There are 2 sections to the restaurant – and we were fortunate to score a table in the more traditional section with its wicker tables and low stools. These are perfectly suited to the very traditional way the meal is served – on a single large platter with a pancake like flat bread serving as the base on which the food is lovingly placed.
ZENI Ethiopian Restaurant Reviews
Ye Beg Tibs - get them sizzling!
by Matt A.
Very good food.
by T M.
Very similar to indian cuisine... spicy n lots of it in the combo
by Deep P.
RiquÃsima la comida nueva experiencia pero q le den gas al mÃºsico hahaha :D !!!
by Maximo C.
If possible get the table in the inner room, they play Africa music inside.
by Shriyansh J.
The food is 100% off the hook.
by Clark B.
Be mindful of seats vs side tables. I sat on a table apparently.
by Clark B.
I guess It's one of good Ethiopian Resturant around the Bay Area the food is nice But they let you stay is crazy they don't have a host or a proper place so that we can seat & wait. .
by Dj Phatsu
Must try the Ethiopian honey wine - "enat tej"
by Prabhu Hari
As with all Ethiopian meal adventures, bring a patient stomach. Its cooked to order and a social experience - you take your time, food and service takes time. Do that and all is gonna be alright.
by Gisele M.
Yum yum fried lamb!
Great food but really slow service.
by Abhishek M.
Get the Kitfo tere (raw). The Doro, Shuro, and Yemsir Wot are excellent here. Make sure to order the Goden Tibs on the weekend. This place is almost perfect except occasionally tough lamb.
by Arian E.
Just came by for some coffee. Their coffee comes in a small cute cup and saucer, it's quite strong with a slight surprising after taste. Different but not bad. I think it's best without sugar.
by Karen W.
Vegetarian combo to share between two people. Affordable and tasty. Make sure you get some water as their salads can be sour. Also, the tastiest part is the injera containing the dishes. Don't miss.
by Renganathan R.
Try awaze sauce next time you are here (or any other Ethiopian place) .. It is spicy but sooo good
by Jatin S.
The yedoro kitfo special here is amazing. Not only is it spicy and delicious, it is served with the house made cheese which you can make a meal out of on it's own.
by Anna B.
Excellent restaurant, very popular not big enough for the demand. Friendly family atmosphere. Don't be in a hurry. I enjoyed a lamb dish, spicey but tasty.
by Scott H.
Try the Ethiopian (via @Foodspotting)
by Bill B.
Wow, what an experience! And don't miss the Baklava fit dessert.
by Ganesh V.
The veg combo is brilliant value for money. Also try the honey wine
by Sujatha S.
Closed Mondays. Order the doro tibs (juicy and mild) and the vegetarian platter. The kik alicha is to die for!!
Worlds best baklawa :)
by Govind K.
Try out Doro Dips juicy...best chicken dish here
by Snehal S.
Closed on Monday! Bummer
by Neha H.
place gets crowded very fast. groups of more than 6 should really come earlier or be prepared to wait for ~30 minutes
by Parag M.
If you like spicy ask for "Awazee" -- spicy sauce and it really is.. be prepared to take on the extra heat
by Parag M.
If you are wussy with spicy food, beware. The food is delicious (best Ethiopian I've had in the Bay Area), but it can absolutely be spicy!
by Tom M.
Order the baklava for dessert.
Try out Sambusa here. Awesome!
by Swapnil S.
Closed on Mondays. The vegetarian combo is probably the best deal here. The spiced tea and Hakim Stout are the best drinks. Try the yebeg tibs fried, not juicy.
The yemiser wot (red lentils) and yebeg tibs (sizzling lamb) are great.
by drew h.
order the vegetarian combo. It gives you a taste of the best dishes.
by George G.
order sambussa for appetizer, entree ye-bere tibs (cubed beef, onion, green peppers), and a side of iyeb (cheese). comes with salad and injera.
by John B.
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