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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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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, Takeout

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    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
Buffalo, New York
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English first
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The food is probably still good, but customer service seems to have gone down. I was in at 3pm on a Thursday. The place was completely empty; not surprising for the time of day. I was with another woman and we wanted to split a $22 dinner entree. That would cost us an extra $4, we were told by the... More 

Thank Laura F
Buffalo, New York
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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!

Thank coolbreeze1st
New York City, New York
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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 

Thank luvs2go
South Orange, New Jersey
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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 

1 Thank Marc P
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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.

Thank Kathleen S
New Providence, New Jersey
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73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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 

Thank KamilandPatty
Newark, New Jersey
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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.

Thank Willa B
New York City, New York
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26 reviews
14 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.

Thank Jennifer H
United States
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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....

1 Thank 123ARO
Cincinnati, Ohio
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91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
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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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
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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?