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Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant


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$7 - $18
African, Ethiopian
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Fresh boiled green lentils mixed in red onion, green pepper & special lalibela dressing
Sambusa Veggie
Freshly stewed veggie mix or lentil is hand wrapped in a thin pastry shell & pan fried to a crispy golden brown. Comes 3 piece per order
Sambusa Meat
Freshly stewed beef or chicken is hand wrapped in a thin pastry shell & pan fried to a crispy golden brown. Comes 3 piece per order
Yetimatim Fitfit
Pieces of injera mixed in w/ chopped tomatoes red onions, green pepper & Lalibela’s special dressing.
Yaterkik Fitfit
Seasoned split yellow peas mixed in w/ green peppers, red onion & injera.
A spread of seasoned Ethiopian butter & berbere on toasted injera.
Meklit's Kitfo
The delicacy of Ethiopian dishes, Minced beef tossed in kibe (spiced & clarified home made Ethiopian butter)and mitmita (Ethiopian Chili powder).Served w/ aiyb (fresh Ethiopian cheese) & gomen (collard greens).
Gored Gored
Tender beef cubes sauteed in kibe (spiced & clarified Ethiopian butter) w/ onions, green peper, garlic & Ethiopian chilipowder
Tibs Wat
Chunks of beef slowly simmered in an red onion & berebere spice based stew.
Yequanta Firfir
Smoked & dried beef (on wooden charcoal) seasoned w/ Ethiopian spices mixed in w/ pieces of injera.
Lalibela Tibs
Lalibela’s specialty, beef cubes marinated & sauteed in olive oil, red onions, green pepper, garlic & exotic Ethiopian spices.
Gomen Besiga
Chunks of beef is marinated in a ground roasted chick pea sauce & sauteed.
Bozina Shiro
Chunks of beef is marinated in a ground roasted chick pea sauce & sauteed.
Yebeg Tibs
Tender cubes of lamb sautéed w/ onion garlic, rosemary, tomatoes, green pepper & exotic Ethiopian spices & herbs.
Yebeg Alicha Fitfit
Tender cubes of lamb cooked in homemade herbal butter, seasoned w/ onion, green pepper & mixed w/ in w/ injera. (Mild dish
Yebeg Alicha Wat
Tender strips of lamb slowly simmered in homemade herbal butter seasoned w/ onions, garlic & Ethiopian spices
Doro Wat
Ethiopia’s National Dish. Tender chicken parts are gently simmered in an onion & berbere based stew.Served w/ one hardboiled egg
Doro Alicha Wat
Ethiopia’s National Dish. Tender chicken parts are gently simmered in an onion stew. Served w/ one hardboiled egg
Doro Tibs
Marinated tender chicken breast, cut to chunky cubes & Sautéed in a homemade herbal butter mixed w/ berbere sauce, onion, tomatoes, & spices.
Salmon Tibs
Salmon cut into cubes sauteed in onions, garlic & exotic Ethiopian herbs & spices.
Shrimp Tibs
Tiliapa marinated in Ethiopian herbs & spices lightly fried in olive oil.
Asa Tibs
Tiliapa marinated in Ethiopian herbs & spices lightly fried in olive oil
Aterkik Alicha
Split yellow peas is gently & slowly cooked w/ red onion, garlic & various Ethiopian spices
Tickel Gomen
Delicious curried vegetable stew made w/ cabbage, potatoes, green pepper & onion
Lalibela Salad
Lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, carrots, & green peppper mixed in Lalibela’s special homemade dressing
Atkilt Salata
Skinless boiled potatoes, red beets, carrots, freshly minced jalapeno skin & red onion mixed w/ our in house signature salad dressing
Fresh cut string beans & carrot sautéed in caramelized onion & garlic.
Chopped fresh collard greens is simmered in olive oil, garlic & herbs
Shimbra Asa
Chick peas flour molded (dumpling) sautéed in a red onion & berbere stew
Misir Wat
plit‎ red lentils slowly cooked w/ onion, garlic & blend of hot Ethiopian herbs
Misir Alicha
Split lentils slowly cooked w/ red onion, fresh ground garlic, & turmeric powder
Chick peas are milled together w/ a perfect blend of mild herbs & onion, slowly-cooked into creamy dip.
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Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

Why is this hidden gem the best Ethiopian restaurant in the tri-state area? They use native Ethiopian spices that the owner personally gets from Ethiopia on her semi annual trip home and an unwavering dedication in providing an authentic Ethiopian experience without tainting or watering...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank everypath
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

Been coming here for years and never disappointed. I’ve eaten at other Ethiopian restaurants but this is always my family’s favorite. We love the yellow split peas, the portobello mushrooms, the salmon tibs and the beef tibs. Chicken is good too. Samosas are a good...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank GikoKadampa
Reviewed January 29, 2018 via mobile

If you like spicy food and want to try something different, this place is a great choice. Eat with your hands and dig into exotic cuisine. You order family style and everyone at your table eats from the same large platter so it’s cozy and...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank GikoKadampa
Yohannes Z, Owner at Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2018

Thank you so much for 5 star rating Please come again

Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

Been going to this restaurant since it's opening years ago. Great for spicy authentic Ethiopian. Owners are very kind and try their best to please. Can get crowded on weekends.

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank GikoKadampa
Reviewed November 16, 2016

Best out of the three Ethiopian restaurants I have eaten in NJ. It's a cute local place, away from the downtown restaurants. It takes a little while to get your food, but it is worth the wait, but then again that's how I feel about...More

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

I have eaten here a few times and it has always been quite good. It is inexpensive and you can bring your own wine or beer.

Date of visit: January 2016
Thank BigTimeTraveler2015
Reviewed June 15, 2016

Lalibela may look like a hole in the wall from the outside, but the food is unique and delicious. Their prices are fair as well. It is cozy inside, and is a BYOB.

Date of visit: June 2016
Thank Am1121
Reviewed May 23, 2016

We love this little but culinary impressive restaurant. The Ngira is always fresh and delicious. In my opinion it is as good or better than any of the other Ethiopian restaurants including the other one in South Orange, and the one in Montclair. The staff...More

Date of visit: May 2016
Thank aelroy
Reviewed May 19, 2016

The food here was pretty good. Lots of flavor. Not the best I've had but I would go again. Portion size was good.

Date of visit: May 2016
Thank Denisha B
Reviewed February 11, 2016

Lalibella serves the best Ethiopian food I have had anywhere. The chef personally imports spices from her home town, and every dish is made with an excellent balance of flavors. Guests can require hot or mild, to taste. The vegetarian plate of 6 dishes is...More

Date of visit: February 2016
Thank Rk L
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