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Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
408-615-8282
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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

I was at Zeni's Restaurant in October with a few friends and we had a very nice evening. The food was very good, it was very nicely presented, and the best thing is: you can eat with your fingers!

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San Diego, California
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116 reviews 116 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We had a family dinner here late one night (9PM). The service was great but the food was even better. Unique presentation and delicious food eaten with fingers and wrapped in the best bread ever! You cannot leave hungry or disappointed. the prices are very reasonable.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Ordered all veg platter with 4 currys and Ethopian Honey wine.Injeras,salad and currys were great.I wonder whether Injeras can be served fresh from cooking plate like Indian Dosa.Liked the food very much.

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Austin, Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I try to go to Zeni each time I am in the area. The food is consistently excellent. The reason this restaurant does not get a five star rating is that the service is very slow. This time, even though there were empty tables, we waited at the door for a good five minutes to even be acknowledged. Once we... More

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San Francisco, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

My brother raved about this place and I know it has a major following. This was my first time eating ethiopian food and I just wasn't impressed. The sauces were good but the bread that is used to eat the sauce was rubbery and bland. It felt like alot of filler instead of real food.

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San Jose, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This place is very busy during weekend evenings when we usually go there. We eat a snack before going to this place because of the long wait. Food is great Wait times are long Service is relaxed and slow They have two areas: traditional eastern-style seating and western-style table and chairs. Eastern-style seating can be uncomfortable if you are not... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Great vegetarian platter, everything tasted really good and different. The service can be better, but it can be completely overlooked given the food.

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California
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137 reviews 137 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

I loved our meal at Zeni. The vegetarian platter, at $14, was delicious with lots of interesting and delicate spices and generous in size. The lamb stew was great, too. Our house wines were only about $6.50, I think; the wine portion was smaller than usual, but it was good and compared in price to other restaurants if you take... More

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Santa Clara, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Good veg options and quite a portion! Loved the greens. Honey wine reminded me of the Weihnachtsmarkt experience. You need to make reservations before you are there.

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Fremont, California
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421 reviews 421 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Great Ethiopian food. Many vegetarian & vegan options. Nice service. Can seat & eat Ethiopian style with a shared platter. We always get the spicy beans. I also like the collard greens. Service is nice - its an all female crew.

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Additional Information about Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

Address: 1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
Phone Number: 408-615-8282
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 15
Cuisine: Ethiopian

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