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Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
+1 408-615-8282
12:00 - 21:30
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Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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san jose
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Good food and very good service.. but dont think a repeat visit is in the cards anytime soon. They dont take reservations and the wait is quite long...

Thank tsr21
Los Angeles, California
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78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Ethiopian food is delicious, fun, social, and communal. If you've never tried it, the food comes on top of amazing, spongy Injera (think spongy crepe bread) that you tear and use to grab/sop up the different toppings/foods. They also give you cut rolls of Injera in baskets as well, but the ones under the food get the spices and sauces... More 

Thank lilicedt
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Excellent food and friendly service. Try the meat and the vegi combos. It is also fun to eat with your hands.

Thank Rodrigo Z
Hong Kong, China
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

If this is your first time you will be pleasantly surprised by both the cuisine and the service . Had the platters .. Vegetarian and non vegetarian. The beef and the chicken were outstanding . The lamb was mediocre at best. The lentils and the vegetables were tasty and had interesting flavors. If you like Ethiopian food you will adore... More 

Thank Saansaax
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Great surprise today!! Eating at Zeni for lunch come and try their food. Presentation was absolutely lovely. Food I had vegetarian combo and my son had of course the meat combo platter. Everything was delicious and flavorful. They do not take reses so come early or late. Enjoy

Thank Lpeake
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 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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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

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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134 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 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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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-615-8282

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