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ZENI Ethiopian Restaurant



1320 Saratoga Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129

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(408) 615-8282

Hours

  • 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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4.8 of 5.0 from 64 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.

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  • 板津 魁.Meat combo w injera

    55555 by 板津 魁.


  • Steven K.There is no wrong thing to order here, and it's surprisingly inexpensive. The combos are big enough for 2 people.

    55555 by Steven K.


  • Alex F.Get the veggie and the meat combo - delicious and plenty of food for 4 people!

    55555 by Alex F.


  • Dhruva KEthiopian honey wine is awesome

    55555 by Dhruva K


  • Sumukh D.May be the best Ethiopian in South Bay and it shows in that it's always crowded and end up having to wait an hour for a table.

    55555 by Sumukh D.


  • Deenash FBest place for a dinner. The ambience was good.

    55555 by Deenash F


  • Romit M.This place is ALWAYS packed. Be there by 6.15pm on Friday to get in and seated quickly.

    55555 by Romit M.


  • Dejon JTasty, spicy, flavorful ethiopian food. We had thr Beef kikil kitfo and lamb fir yebeg tibs fir. Come hungry leave satisfied.

    55555 by Dejon J


  • Prabhakar K.Foule is a good for veggies. Chicken doro tibs is good chicken lovers.

    55555 by Prabhakar K.


  • Tripti BurmanHoney Wine!

    55555 by Tripti Burman


  • Christine WuMy favorite Ethiopian in the South Bay. Both of their samplers (meat and veggie) are perfect for four to share!

    55555 by Christine Wu


  • Harshad R.Honey wine is awesome!! Took two bottles home.

    55555 by Harshad R.


  • Sunil J.Vegetarian combination is just ok but their Sambosa is the best I've ever had.

    55555 by Sunil J.


  • Romit M.Veggie combo + side order of Shiro Wot = heaven for vegetarians.

    55555 by Romit M.


  • Jaydeep S.It's cheap and it's good. We had the veg platter and tried the chicken.

    55555 by Jaydeep S.


  • JonSpicy beef & lamb wrapped with porous wet bread. Never been to Ethiopia but heard this place is very authentic.

    55555 by Jon


  • Adil MajidAbsolutely amazing food and great service. Been coming here regularly for years. Great environment for anything - big family dinners or a date. Try the raw kitfo and the bozena shiro!

    55555 by Adil Majid


  • Arian E.Kitfo tere, Doro Wot, and the spicy lentils are all to die for here

    55555 by Arian E.


  • Tripti BurmanFood is excellent, service is slow and long waiting time. Besides the combo, sambussa is a nice appetizer. Avoid on weekends. Closed on Monday.

    55555 by Tripti Burman


  • Venky GAll the veggie stuff

    33333 by Venky G


  • Ashish KAwesome veggie combo

    55555 by Ashish K


  • Adriano C.Food is great and the place is very nice. Just make sure you plan for anywhere between 30 mins to an hour wait before getting seated, and then another 30 minutes to actually start eating.

    33333 by Adriano C.


  • Gunjan MishraWith the food I have never got disappointed. Veggie combo is so tasty and filling.Service is little slow & there is a long wait on weekdays too. They Don't take reservations either.

    55555 by Gunjan Mishra


  • Brian Y.Great for groups as long as your companions are ok eating with their hands. We had the meat combo which has a little of everything. The coffee ceremony is a nice end but order it in advance.

    55555 by Brian Y.


  • Hilary M.Service will be slow here. You must accept this in order to enjoy your dining experience.

    55555 by Hilary M.


  • Ignacio R.Great food and experience! Ask for honey wine

    55555 by Ignacio R.


  • Venkat ViswanathanAmazing veggie options and the baklava a must try.

    55555 by Venkat Viswanathan


  • sunil p.Bakhlava is an absolute must here !

    55555 by sunil p.


  • Vaidehi K.Very slow service. Food is amazing though. Really good for vegetarians.

    55555 by Vaidehi K.


  • Franklin H.The honey wine is delicious

    55555 by Franklin H.


  • Matt A.Ye Beg Tibs - get them sizzling!

    55555 by Matt A.


  • T M.Very good food.

    55555 by T M.


  • Deep P.Very similar to indian cuisine... spicy n lots of it in the combo

    55555 by Deep P.


  • Maximo C.Riquísima la comida nueva experiencia pero q le den gas al músico hahaha :D !!!

    55555 by Maximo C.


  • Shriyansh J.If possible get the table in the inner room, they play Africa music inside.

    33333 by Shriyansh J.


  • Clark B.The food is 100% off the hook.

    33333 by Clark B.


  • Clark B.Be mindful of seats vs side tables. I sat on a table apparently.

    22222 by Clark B.


  • Dj PhatsuI 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. .

    55555 by Dj Phatsu


  • Prabhu HariMust try the Ethiopian honey wine - "enat tej"

    55555 by Prabhu Hari


  • Gisele M.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.

    33333 by Gisele M.


  • TajYum yum fried lamb!

    55555 by Taj


  • Abhishek M.Great food but really slow service.

    55555 by Abhishek M.


  • Arian E.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.

    55555 by Arian E.


  • Karen W.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.

    55555 by Karen W.


  • Renganathan R.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.

    55555 by Renganathan R.


  • Jatin S.Try awaze sauce next time you are here (or any other Ethiopian place) .. It is spicy but sooo good

    55555 by Jatin S.


  • Anna B.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.

    55555 by Anna B.


  • Scott H.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.

    55555 by Scott H.


  • Bill B.Try the Ethiopian (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Bill B.


  • Ganesh V.Wow, what an experience! And don't miss the Baklava fit dessert.

    55555 by Ganesh V.


  • Sujatha S.The veg combo is brilliant value for money. Also try the honey wine

    55555 by Sujatha S.


  • KENDRAClosed Mondays. Order the doro tibs (juicy and mild) and the vegetarian platter. The kik alicha is to die for!!

    55555 by KENDRA


  • Govind K.Worlds best baklawa :)

    55555 by Govind K.


  • Snehal S.Try out Doro Dips juicy...best chicken dish here

    55555 by Snehal S.


  • Neha H.Closed on Monday! Bummer

    55555 by Neha H.


  • Parag M.place gets crowded very fast. groups of more than 6 should really come earlier or be prepared to wait for ~30 minutes

    55555 by Parag M.


  • Parag M.If you like spicy ask for "Awazee" -- spicy sauce and it really is.. be prepared to take on the extra heat

    55555 by Parag M.


  • Tom 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!

    55555 by Tom M.


  • VOrder the baklava for dessert.

    55555 by V


  • Swapnil S.Try out Sambusa here. Awesome!

    55555 by Swapnil S.


  • SarahClosed 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.

    55555 by Sarah


  • drew h.The yemiser wot (red lentils) and yebeg tibs (sizzling lamb) are great.

    55555 by drew h.


  • George G.order the vegetarian combo. It gives you a taste of the best dishes.

    55555 by George G.


  • John B.order sambussa for appetizer, entree ye-bere tibs (cubed beef, onion, green peppers), and a side of iyeb (cheese). comes with salad and injera.

    55555 by John B.


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