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Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

261 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079-2509
+1 973-327-4840
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
29 Jan 2018
“Dinner take out”
11 Apr 2017
“Favorite local eatery”
Ethiopian, African
$$ - $$$
261 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079-2509
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Reviewed 30 January 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

Thank GikoKadampa
Yohannes Z, Owner at Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2018

Thank you so much for 5 star rating Please come again

Reviewed 12 April 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.

Thank GikoKadampa
Reviewed 17 November 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

1  Thank Rina V
Reviewed 23 August 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.

Thank BigTimeTraveler2015
Reviewed 15 June 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.

Thank Am1121
Reviewed 24 May 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

Thank aelroy
Reviewed 19 May 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.

Thank DBrownCT
Reviewed 11 February 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

Thank Rk L
Reviewed 28 December 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...More

Thank champagnewishes
Reviewed 13 December 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...More

Thank DesiMan
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$7 - US$18
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
11:45 AM - 9:00 PM
11:45 AM - 9:00 PM
11:45 AM - 9:00 PM
11:45 AM - 9:00 PM
11:45 AM - 10:00 PM
12:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 261 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079-2509
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  South Orange
  • Phone Number: +1 973-327-4840
Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant offers traditional African cuisine from Ethiopia with vegan options. Entrees include beef, lamb, chicken, and seafood specials. Causal dining for the entire family.
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