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Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
408-615-8282
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Ranked #38 of 1,902 restaurants in San Jose
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Most recent review
- May 31, 2014
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  • English first
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English first
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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
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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.

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San Jose, CA
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8 restaurant reviews
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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130 reviews 130 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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265 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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