We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 1,922 San Jose Restaurants

Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
408-615-8282
Menu
Improve this listing
Write a Review

41 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    27
    12
    1
    1
    0
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
frederick, maryland
Top Contributor
379 reviews 379 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
430 helpful votes 430 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Jose, California
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Christchurch, New Zealand
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego, California
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
86 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Jose, CA
Contributor
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Zurich, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?