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Lalibela

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261 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
973) 327-4840
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Today
10:30 am - 10:00 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: Reservations
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Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lovely Ethiopian food in a far corner of town

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 20, 2015
Marc P
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South Orange, New Jersey
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26 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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South Orange, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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

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
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 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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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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: 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?