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Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
+1 408-615-8282
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“injera” (16 reviews)
“lamb” (9 reviews)
12:00 pm - 9:30 pmAll hours
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-4336
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Reviewed 3 days 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 1 week 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 4 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 28 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 4 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 8 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 22 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
Reviewed 9 June 2017

We recently went here for the N-th time, this time with an out of town relative visiting. Normally the wait time during the weekend is about an hour or more, we were surprised to get a table within 15 minutes on a Saturday.. nice change.....More

Thank JupiterNine
Reviewed 7 June 2017

This was the first time my boyfriend and I had Ethiopian food and it did not disappoint. There was no seating on the floor, everything was at a table, just everyone knows. (I honestly was hoping to sit on the floor). But the staff was...More

Thank SammiDeRosa
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Tried a farewell dinner for my friend here. We had a wait time of 1 hour to avail a table. But is worth waiting. The food is delicious and seem like traditional Ethiopian. Should try once.

Thank Meiyappan K
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
USD 15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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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