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Walia Ethiopean Cuisine

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2208 Business Cir, San Jose, CA 95128-1660
+1 408-645-5001
Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Amazing place. Authentic place. Enjoyed the Ethopian beer and food. Quick service and great food. very cordial staff

Thank Amoghw
Torrance, California
1 review
Reviewed 27 October 2016

After facing the excruciatingly long wait time at Zeni I decided to try another Ethopian place in San Jose. Yelp threw up Walia Ethiopian Cuisine with good ratings so I decided to give it a try. It also had the added advantage of being able to order ahead so I went ahead and got what I generally get at Ethiopian... More 

Thank Ahmad_SFO
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

The food was great for the price, ambience not so great. The restuarant is very small and is almost claustrophobic. Also there was a homeless drunk guy who kept coming in the restuarant. Definitely not a place for family dinners. I would think twice before going.

Thank S_Asthana
San Jose, California
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

There are many Ethiopian restaurants in the Bay Area, and I've been to a lot of them. I love most of them, but I think Walia is a cut above the rest. You can tell that they are a family run operation, and they really care about their food and their customers. The vegetarian platter is excellent, and their Gomen... More 

Thank sanjosebarbie73
Minneapolis, United States
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Ordered in trough Uber Eats. I ordered the vegetarian platter, and it was just ok. I have definitely had better Ethiopian food.

Thank Gayani S
San Jose, California
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

All the items we tried were good but a little more on the oily side but this is Ethiopian and to be expected. The service is a little slow so either come in early or give some extra time if you are here for lunch during week days.

Thank kantheti
Bengaluru, India
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72 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

It was my first time experience at an Ethiopian restaurant. Limited vegetarian options but I liked the food. Heard it is usually crowded but we managed to get seats almost immediately. Good, friendly service too!

Thank Amrita R
Bengaluru, India
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111 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2016

I happened to visit 'Walia Ethiopian Cuisine' yesterday, thanks to my dear friend Abhishek who has been in California for last two years, was a great host fro the entire day and YES, certainly knows the best eateries in the state. We had been travelling throughout the day and the day could not have ended better, but by visiting an... More 

Thank TarunGirdhar
Princeton, New Jersey
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2015 via mobile

We chose to go to Walia looking at the great reviews. It did not disappoint us. We had the chechebsa for appetizers , it resembles Samosas but filled with lentils. They tasted good. Our entree was the veggie combo where they serve a bit of all vegetarian dishes on a large plate on top of the injera. Everything tasted good,... More 

Thank Janani V
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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156 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

The restaurant serves authentic Ethiopian cuisine which is very nutritious and of good quality. The style of presentation and sharing is fairly unique and interesting. The quality of service adds to a memorable experience. The prices are reasonable.

Thank RajeevP304

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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
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2208 Business Cir, San Jose, CA 95128-1660
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-645-5001

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