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Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

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African, Ethiopian
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1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
408-615-8282
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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: Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 43
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  • 21
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
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  • 1
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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
Great place to try Ethiopian food.

This is always crowded regardless of the day. We were a group of four people each with a different choice of pallet and everyone was pretty impressed with the food. A must visit place to try ethiopian food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
manuks88
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This is always crowded regardless of the day. We were a group of four people each with a different choice of pallet and everyone was pretty impressed with the food. A must visit place to try ethiopian food.

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San Jose, California
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Many friends have been here and have highly recommended this restaurant. I, on the other hand, found the food hard to digest. The bread made me feel I'll. I will try it again to see if I have the same reaction.

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Thank DarcyLynne1854
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70 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Zeni's is one of the most authentic Ethiopian restaurants in the area. The food is excellent. It can be spicy, but you if tell your server and they can make it less spicy. You have a choice as to whether you sit in the authentic Ethiopia section or the American section. If you choose the Ethiopian section, be prepared to... More 

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Thank BeckySD
San Jose, California
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We've been there multiple times, Food has always been good. The only complaint - it just takes a long time before the food arrives, so be prepared for that.

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Thank dprav
San Jose, California
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Restaurant is split between regular tables and chairs and the more traditional Ethiopian furniture. You can choose to eat in either section. Service is always excellent and attentive and most of all welcoming and friendly. Food - I prefer to get the veggie and meat combos which all come on a giant injera. I'd guess there are about 8-10 different... More 

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Thank R H
San Jose, CA
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

This is the best Ethiopian food I found so far. I had the vegetarian sampler and the regular sampler. They are both good. Service varies, depending on the server. Overall, service is just ok. Good place to bring a vegetarian friend.

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Thank SnobotSanJose_CA
Vail, Colorado
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67 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

There aren't a lot of Ethiopian options in the area, but I'm glad Zeni is around. It is so good. We usually get the mixed vegetable and mixed meat platters to share and everything is delicious. They don't take reservations which is really difficult sometimes when you have a big group and wait for a long, long time. Their seating... More 

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Thank lcoconut
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

We ordered a veg combo and a beef dish. The food is tasty and perfectly spiced. The beef was very tender and went very well with the injera. The wait staff is very helpful, made great suggestions. Ended with the Ethiopian tea, a fragrant concoction. Will definitely visit gain. Reasonable for the quality and quantity of the food.

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Thank SandraRey
SARATOGA CA
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

My daughter and I absolutely love Zeni. We always order a veggie combo and a meat combo to share. All 10 of the items are served together on a large platter, and sit atop a larger injera crepe. Each items is delicious! Now, I must mention that my husband cannot stand injera, as it does have a sour taste, so... More 

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Thank ChodieCA
Rome, Italy
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Food was good, service was ok. Restaurant is casual tho a section is set up like the Ethiopian authentic dining. Nothing extraordinary.

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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
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?