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Lalibela

261 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
973) 327-4840
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Ranked #2 of 53 Restaurants in South Orange
Hours:
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Most recent review
- Sep 10, 2014
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
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89 reviews 89 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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NJ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I will start with, that I want more places like this to exist. I almost did not write this review, because Lalibela don't need more praise...lot of it on Yelp. But I have to give my two cents in. Eevry single time we came, it was special. I am not sure whether it is my love for Ethiopian food and... More

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Springfield, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We are regulars at this restaurant and love it! The food is always fresh and tasty and the wait staff is very friendly. The only suggestion is to try to avoid it on a busy Friday or Saturday evening as it is a small place that fills up quickly.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I went there with some friends and I had a great time. The server was extremely nice and knowledgable about the food. He was extremely helpful on choosing the meal I had explaining Ethiopian culture. Will def come back!

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Maplewood, NJ
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67 reviews 67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We go to Lalibela a lot -- ethnic food is our thing, and Ethiopian food is near the top of the list. The quality of the food is consistently good -- savory, tasty, and mouthwatering. Servings are generous, and the wait staff is very friendly.

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Newark
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I love this place. I haven't had anything on their menu that isn't wonderful. I love that all the dishes come with two vegetables sides. The only difficulty there is choosing between them, but it's impossible to make a mistake. The service is warm and friendly. I will probably stick with going on the weekdays, however. I drove over there... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

We'd been going to a nearby Ethiopian restaurant for years when Lalibela was recommended to us, and have never gone back to either of the other close by restaurants, or back to New Brunswick. Hands down the most flavorful Ethiopian I've ever tasted!!!

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Livingston nj
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Lalibela is a small family run place. The food is so unbelievably good, every single time. Austin is such a warm, welcoming host and we are very lucky to have his wife cooking our food.

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Went here on a Saturday night, so it was pretty busy- busy in the sense that the place itself is very small and cozy, and there are a limited number of tables. It is BYO, so we just stood in the back and opened some of the beers that we brought while we were waiting. The only problem with this... More

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