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Lalibela

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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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: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Family favorite

We have eaten here several times. Three of us ate there Christmas eve. My 88 year old mother loves this food. It's BYOB so we took a bottle of Riesling. We had salmon, lamb and shrimp tibs. Injera was delicious. The best part is eating the injera that has soaked up the sauce from the meat on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
champagnewishes
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New Jersey
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New Jersey
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We have eaten here several times. Three of us ate there Christmas eve. My 88 year old mother loves this food. It's BYOB so we took a bottle of Riesling. We had salmon, lamb and shrimp tibs. Injera was delicious. The best part is eating the injera that has soaked up the sauce from the meat on the serving platter.... More 

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Thank champagnewishes
Edison, NJ
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51 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We went to Lalibela on a recent Saturday evening. We had reservation and realized that it saved us from wait time. the place was busy as was expected. The chef/owner was very friendly and sweet. This is a small cozy place with about 8-9 small tables (3-4 people at each). This was our first experience with Ethiopian food. She chatted... More 

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Thank DesiMan
Denville, New Jersey
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

I live locally and visit here often. All the dishes I've tried have been well-prepared and tasty. The service is good, the restaurant itself modest but clean. Highly recommend to other foodies.

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1 Thank Cassie M
west orange, United States
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We visited the restaurant on 11/28/18 and found the food to be inedible. The appetizers - the sambusa was burnt and the azifa was so oily and the lentils were under cook. It was like eating rocks. The entree - we had the vegetarian combo which consisted of the following 6 items: Tickel Gomen which was very oily, under cooked... More 

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Thank Elizabeth W
Newark
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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 

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Thank Laura F
Buffalo, New York
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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!

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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 

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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 

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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.

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Thank Kathleen S
New Providence, New Jersey
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80 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 via mobile

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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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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?
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