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Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
+1 408-615-8282
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Overview
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Okay, try to ignore the fact that this place is in a run-down shopping mall. While the appearance might cause you concern the place is actually exceptionally good. Once you step inside you'll be wrapped up in the exotic aromas of Ethiopian food. Order anything,...More

Thank Carter T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fabulous Ethiopian restaurant in a humble strip mall. We ordered a veggie combo which consists of lentils, salad, greens, split peas, and a tasty cabbage/potato/carrot dish plus an additional spicy lentils with cheese. It all comes on a large platter covered with...More

Thank Mmarymomm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the outside, it doesn’t look like much. It’s located inside an older shopping area, just off the Saratoga exit in a San Jose. With so many great restaurants that also look great from the outside, I didn’t really know what to exoec5 from Zeni....More

Thank Shuweb-com
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is great for couples as well as families and larger parties. Half of the restaurant has regular tables, the other half traditional seating. The selection is large with something for everyone. Our food was delicious. The dessert menu is unremarkable however. We're definitely...More

Thank ladytaffer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We shared the meat combo (beef, chicken and lamb) and the veggie combo (see photo for plating) - if you like family style eating - this is perfect. The meats were moist and flavorful and the vegetables had great texture and nicely seasoned. A pleasant...More

Thank MrHCooksForYou
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Excellent place, I was surprised as cuisine was similar to Indian and even the taste. We ordered the vegetarian platter to share with Ethiopian breads and chicken dish. Food was fresh and delicious and restaurant filled very early and soon there were Long queues. Servers...More

Thank Anand1351
Reviewed 27 September 2017

I haven't had Ethiopian food in a long time. It used to be a fun outing in DC where I'm from, but I found that all the onion bothered my tummy so I avoided it. When invited to Zeni recently, I decided that it was...More

Thank h22101
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I absolutely love this place - the food is extremely well priced, they keep the injera coming, and the flavors are immaculate. You have the option of selecting the "standard" seating arrangement of table and chairs or "traditional." We love the traditional...More

Thank lifeexplorer437
Reviewed 7 August 2017

The sambussas are a nice way to start with a Ethiopian beer. We always order the vegetarian combo and then add 1 or 2 meat side depending on how many people we have. An Ethiopian friend recommended the beef kifto. We have tried most of...More

Thank robertinSJ
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Who would have thought to find such a great restaurant in a shopping plaza! There was quite a line when we arrived but the system they use to take reservations allowed us to go for a stroll nearby so we didn't have to stand outside...More

Thank petzjaromir
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$15
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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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