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Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

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1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
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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Dublin, California
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105 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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28 reviews
10 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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327 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 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
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This is always crowded regardless of the day. We were a group of four people each with a different choice of pallet and everyone was pretty impressed with the food. A must visit place to try ethiopian food.

Thank manuks88
San Jose, California
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Many friends have been here and have highly recommended this restaurant. I, on the other hand, found the food hard to digest. The bread made me feel I'll. I will try it again to see if I have the same reaction.

Thank DarcyLynne1854
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123 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Zeni's is one of the most authentic Ethiopian restaurants in the area. The food is excellent. It can be spicy, but you if tell your server and they can make it less spicy. You have a choice as to whether you sit in the authentic Ethiopia section or the American section. If you choose the Ethiopian section, be prepared to... More 

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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
Good for
Families with children
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?