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Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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390 reviews 390 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
442 helpful votes 442 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
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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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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