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Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

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Japanese, Ethiopian
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1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
408-615-8282
Today
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
So far best Ethiopian we've had in San Jose

my wife and I have tried several of the Ethiopian restaurants around San Jose. So far this one is the one we like the best.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
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CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

my wife and I have tried several of the Ethiopian restaurants around San Jose. So far this one is the one we like the best.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Loved the food, the decor, the whole ambience and the courtesy of the entire crew. Usually I do not go back to the same outlet. But I went back to Zeni in my 2nd visit to the bay area for the experience and the great food that they have to offer.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

If you haven't tried Ethiopian food till now then it is a best place to start. The food is amazing and rich in flavours. There is a lot of variety on the menu as well. A good place for lunch and dinner.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This was my very 1st time trying Ethiopian food. I was expecting to taste an array of flavors, but my meat was pretty bland. It could very well be because I didn't order a spicy dish. I ordered a lamb dish and my friend ordered beef & we both thought the meat was bland. The salad definitely made the meal.... More 

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San Jose, United States
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I love their food and the the flavors are very exquisite and very vibrate. The presentation of the food is excellent and I really enjoy sitting in the small room with the baskets. The service was good but when they are very busy, which is often the service tends to be a little slow. I'm also very impressed by how... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Ethiopian cuisine is very interesting as they have a wide variety of meat and veggie dishes all served on this spongy bread called injera. Pace yourself on the injera as it swells up in your stomach when you drink fluids and you can feel very full very fast. The menu is very extensive and you can't go wrong with whatever... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

If you like international cuisine...........this is a nice place to experience it. The food is really nice ( not too spicy- as I dislike hot / spicy food). Ready to get messy eating with your fingers! It is quite an interesting experience to sit around the table and eat from the same plate breaking of the Ingera? sour bread, roll... More 

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frederick, maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We had an assortment of all the key veggie offerings (veggie combo plus two more items) which we split three ways. Drank mint tea, honey wine, and St George's beer. Total fun. Superb and very friendly service! Helen couldn't have been more helpful.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A colleague who is Ethiopian recommends this place, and it is one of the best places in the Bay Area for Ethiopian. The service is very friendly. They have traditional seating, with regular tables and chairs. The food is so tasty. If you do not know what to order, ask for an order of the meat and an order of... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

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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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 15
Cuisine: Japanese, Ethiopian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 408-615-8282

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Ethiopian
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

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