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“Great food, long waits, and unique setting”

Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant
Ranked #24 of 2,320 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Ethiopian
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

This place is very busy during weekend evenings when we usually go there. We eat a snack before going to this place because of the long wait.

Food is great
Wait times are long
Service is relaxed and slow

They have two areas: traditional eastern-style seating and western-style table and chairs. Eastern-style seating can be uncomfortable if you are not used to it, but it is cosy and can be fun.

We have been going to this place for more than 10 years and the quality of the food has been very consistent and impeccable. This is the main reason to dine at this restaurant.

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Thank RamKunda
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

Great vegetarian platter, everything tasted really good and different. The service can be better, but it can be completely overlooked given the food.

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1  Thank Hiking01Glory
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

I loved our meal at Zeni. The vegetarian platter, at $14, was delicious with lots of interesting and delicate spices and generous in size. The lamb stew was great, too. Our house wines were only about $6.50, I think; the wine portion was smaller than usual, but it was good and compared in price to other restaurants if you take the portion size into account. When we arrived at about 6 on a weekend night, most of the tables were already taken. I'm so glad that we read about this on Tripadvisor!

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1  Thank CaliforniaElizabeth
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Good veg options and quite a portion! Loved the greens. Honey wine reminded me of the Weihnachtsmarkt experience. You need to make reservations before you are there.

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1  Thank DeepaHiriyanna
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Great Ethiopian food. Many vegetarian & vegan options. Nice service. Can seat & eat Ethiopian style with a shared platter. We always get the spicy beans. I also like the collard greens. Service is nice - its an all female crew.

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2  Thank MihirMeghani
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