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Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
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Ranked #19 of 1,886 restaurants in San Jose
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Most recent review
- Mar 15, 2014
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32 reviews from our community

96% Recommend
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Zurich, Switzerland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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125 reviews 125 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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360 reviews 360 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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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Kuala Lumpur
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

good portion of well cooked food served in a traditional style, on a large spongy bread. Service can be a little slow but be patient. Its worth the little wait. Prices are great.

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Austin, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

The food here is consistently excellent. This is a restaurant I try to visit every time I am in the area and have never been disappointed. If you want dinner and don't want to wait, I suggest getting there by six. We got there tonight at 6:30 and had a 45 minute wait. The place is small and in a... More

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San Jose
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Zeni is by far the yummiest and freshest and tastiest Ethiopian fod with ample options for Vegetarians. The only reason for 4 star is their service can be much improved. Its a smallish place in a pretty non descript strip mall, but its worth it to come all the way here to try their food. I am a vegetarian, so... More

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

The coffee service here is an amazing experience. Make a reservation for this some afternoon. They roast the coffee at the tableside, then grind the aromatic beans before serving excellent coffee. The fragrance of the roasting beans is "to die for"!

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

First of all, I love the cleanliness of the restaurant. It is A+++++ Second, the food is freshly made and it is exceptional Third, the waitresses with their smily, attractive and rich tradition adds to your enjoyment A group of us went there and enjoyed the food. There was plenty for everyone and more. We went there 3 times and... More

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Belgrade, Montana
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

We went to Zeni based solely on the reviews we read on tripadvisor.com. The reviews accurately portrayed the experience. Had to wait about thirty minutes to get in, it was crowded and the food was fabulous. For those who have not had Ethiopian food before, it is spicy hot. Expect the experience to take some time so plan to linger.... More

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