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Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

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1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were table for 5, a tight fit in the Zeni family dining room. We enjoyed being a part of the family for an hour, including meeting the owner/chef & her colleagues. Our host from Campbell recommended meat combo, veg combo, the lamb, the poultry (first items on each respective list). Wonderful diner :-) Lovely dry red de Ethiopia too!

Thank Jackemeyer
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited here with a family of 4 and as a couple of folks in the party were fasting we ordered just 2 dishes. The waitress told me I had to order more.... My jaw dropped and I told her no that was my order , she said with 4 people table that is less order, I walked out and... More 

Thank Dheeraj G
Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got there earlier, so we didn't deal with any wait to be seated. The food is really good and the staff is friendly. I asked for the waitress suggestion and she nailed it, everything was delicious! Can't wait to go back!

Thank marifmelo
Dublin, California
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110 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

I have had Ethiopian food at plenty many places, homemade to restaurant versions so I know my Ethiopian food taste buds well. The food here is good. Our server was this beautiful charming young lady who was courteous and pleasant. Thank you for helping us enjoy the food. There honey winner is something we always look forward to with Ethiopian... More 

Thank Ninaad D
San Francisco, California
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Regular here for lunch. Good service and food ... They have live music on weekend dinners (though that is average!). The main issue is the wait on weekends and they have not much space to sit or even stand indoors. Vegetarian combination and Shuro-wot are my favorite. Sambusa is good but gets over many times if you come late for... More 

Thank H P
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

Nice place..very busy therefore expect an hour wait. Also you must be willing to share meals from a large plate. No individual plate for eating from. Ready to use your fingers as well. All the food was great - vegetarian, chicken and lamb. Only a single dessert option was available.

Thank Rama A
Cupertino, California
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

I went for a weekday lunch with a friend. Seating was quick, friendly service, and excellent food. We shared a vegetarian combo and had leftovers for lunch - portion sizes are big. Single unisex bathroom in back of area but was clean.

Thank SPtravels2016
Bangalore, India
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329 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

A really warm Ethiopian restaurant in San Jose. I went for the sambussa which is lentil filled pastries with spicy sauce. The other item I ordered was veg combo plate but quickly realized that I will not be able to finish it so went for the spicy red curry with lentils - yemisir wot. The sambussa was delicious and crispy... More 

Thank PramodKSrikanth
Santa Cruz, CA
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

We had the veg combo plater and a beef dish that was perfectly spicey and served with delicious cheese. The honey wine complimented the food well. The baklava was divine! I have never had Ethiopian food, so I cannot vouch for authenticity, but I considered my meal here to be very good. We went on a Sunday at 2:00. It... More 

Thank Cassandra C
San Jose, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

My Ethiopian friend recommended this place to me. He suggested that we arrive early for dinner. We got there at 5:45 and we were seated immediatley. (Come early or be prepared to wait, this place is VERY popular.) The service was prompt and the suggestions of different dishes were very helpful to those in the party that had never had... More 

Thank Lorin K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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

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