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Lalibela

African, Ethiopian
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261 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
973) 327-4840
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10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 6
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 1
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
great little restaurant

The food is great. Each entree comes with two additional vegetarian "sauces" as well as injeera. It is a great value and the food is terrific. The owners and servers are great!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
coolbreeze1st
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Buffalo, New York
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Buffalo, New York
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The food is great. Each entree comes with two additional vegetarian "sauces" as well as injeera. It is a great value and the food is terrific. The owners and servers are great!

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New York City, New York
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

On a first date with a special guy, I was introduced to this restaurant and the entire extended family that runs and cooks the food at this gem. When speaking about my gluten allergy they didn't hesitate to say it would be easy to accommodate me and many dishes were pointed out that are already safe. Having never eaten this... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I hadn't been to Lalibela in a while. It was pleasant surprise. They have upgraded. Nicer décor, interesting music (which they will turn down if too loud), more staff, prompt service. The food was delicious, as it always has been. I tend to go there with vegetarian friends and we order the vegetarian platter for two, so I know those... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

this place is amazing. I dont usually fill these reviews out but when I saw "worst ethiopian food..." I had to say....this is pne of those places I treasure in this area! go. eat well.

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New Providence, New Jersey
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66 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We dine here quite often as the selection of food, including vegetarian, is terrific! The food is consistently good although at times some of the dishes can run on the saltier side. The decor is simple and understated. If you're looking for fancy this is not your place. However if you are looking for great authentic food at a good... More 

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Newark, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I had the joy of eating here and it was truly a wonderful experience. The food is magnificent serve hot and fresh. The waitress is friendly and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. There were so many items to choose from I did not know where to begin. I sampled a little of everything and was thrilled.

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New York City, New York
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I went to Lalibela for the first time last week and I can't wait to go back. The people who run it are friendly and warm, the vegetarian selection was outstanding- the pumpkin was particularly delicious- the lentils were great too.

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United States
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Visited to this place for first time. Its a cozy, small place with good food. The people were friendly. Their menu has some good selections....We also found some deals on yelp for this place. In all its a good place to try out....

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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89 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I cannot understand all the superlative reviews for this very average restaurant. It is simply furnished, and we had careless basic service with little explanation of the dishes. The lamb dish we ordered was far more bone than lamb, really difficult to both eat and dispose of the bones in this group dining situation. Credit to them for removing it... More 

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. I've been to other Ethiopian restaurants in South Orange, Montclair, New Brunswick, and New York. This place is one of the best in New Jersey. This restaurant deserves it's great reviews. My most recent visit was during the summer. My party of five arrived at 6pm and enjoyed nearly 3 hours of beautiful sunlight... More 

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Additional Information about Lalibela

Address: 261 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
Phone Number: 973) 327-4840
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  South Orange
Open Hours:
Monday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 261 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  South Orange
  • Phone Number: 973) 327-4840

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?