Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant
Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mesobrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9736559000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian
  • Executive Chef: Akberet Mengistu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant
Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant of Montclair, NJ is a favorite for both vegans & meat lovers with its authentic Ethiopian food. All of our foods are prepared with imported Ethiopian spices prepared daily. The friendly staff and warm decor makes Mesob the perfect place to relax with family and friends. Our Injera, a delicious sourdough Ethiopian flat bread that you wrap your food with, makes Mesob a favorite with kids, where it’s a treat to “eat with your hands.” (but we also have silverware, if you prefer!)
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (52)neighborhood gem (50)good for groups (34)special occasion (32)romantic (22)great for lunch (15)kid-friendly (13)great for brunch (8)hot spot (8)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Betam Konjo!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Haven't been to an Ethiopian retaurant in years. There are a couple of really good ones in New York. Mesob was just as good, if not better than the fare I remembered. I had the Doro Wat and my co-worked had the beef Tibs. My dish was really tasty and the injera was pretty good. It had that little bite real injera has. The waitress (owner?) told me that the injera they serve is a mix of tef and wheat. All in all a very tasty bread that serves as both the plate for the dish and he medium to scoop up the tasty morsels of stewed chicken - sauce and all - and scoop it into my mouth. Good meal, good place and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Ethiopian food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Mesob is truly one of New Jersey's jems. I have been to practically all of the Ethiopian restaurants in Nj and Mesob is by far the best one in the the state of Nj. The food is fresh (not canned) and the Ethiopian coffee is truly authentic. You are really in for a treat when you visit! LOVE this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and different dining experience
    Tryit
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food. Parking in the area can be challenging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Sublime Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been going to Mesob for many years now, and it is without a doubt one of the few restaurants that consistently puts out simply perfect food. Words cannot describe exactly how you will feel when you put this food in your mouth, but you will surely be satisfied!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing food
    Foodlover
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A great place to eat and a restaurant my family keeps going back to. We are never dissapointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Ethiopan Place
    kmkm
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We keep coming here for years, this has been one of the favorite places in Montclair for a mildly exotic dinner. The restaurant features a rich ethnic menu, the food is always delicious, the service is classy and overall experience is great. Definitely try the coffee, they roast the beans right before they make it and let you smell them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Danielle
    Dani
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great as usual! Can't wait to get back there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but...
    srm8VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We have been coming here for over 5-6 years now. The quality of food is pretty much consistent, prices have been raised (which is ok) but the portion size has been reduced drastically over the years. Also, this restaurant is definitely no longer $$. It should be changed to $$$ on opentable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go Wrong
    CharStan
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Every time I go to Mesob I love the food. The atmosphere is nice, but very loud and if you get a table without a spot light directed on it, then it is very dark. Otherwise I love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service is okay it could be better. I like the food. The restaurant has nice decor. The prices are double for dinner. If you want to try the restaurant go for lunch not dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as Always
    Kathy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Mesob never disappoints. I have been coming here for a number of years and went there this past Saturday night because we had a craving for Ethiopian. The meal was outstanding, the 3 of us ate everything put in front of us. We ordered two of the beef dishes and one of the chicken all family style to share which also included 6 vegetable sides. Everything was delicious and flavorful and just an amazing dining experience. Plan to be back here very shortly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding service
    RaiRod
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was the first experience Ethiopian food and I must say; "it is amazingly delicious" and the service at Mesob is OUTSTANDING!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, fresh ingredients, interesting way if dining. Service excellent - all are friendly and respectful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday Celebration
    Anex43VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went for a friend's birthday celebration. The food was great and service excellent. It is really nice to go or a place where everybody takes pride in what they are doing. We will be back many times in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Find
    BooBear
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great place to eat with friends. The menu is so different, it is quite an experience. Love it
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great . . . all the way around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've never had a bad experience at Mesob. I'm a vegan, and always have a choice of options that are healthy and delicious! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining
    Goodfood1
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Comfortable, Fun and delicious! Servers had great recommendations, ambiance was nice and food spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Dinnarren
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Dining should be all about the experience. Mesob provides an atmosphere and incredible food served in a way that is meant to be shared - creating a great opportunity for conversation with a friend or loved one. The only real drawback is the noise level. It was very difficult to hear because of the room design and everyone having great conversation. Highly recommend this for couples who like to try new things together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Matt
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    If you are open to trying new types of food this is definitely the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum!
    REMC926
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Everything was great! Service, food, friendliness + wonderful. Our table was right by the window which was awesome! Second time at Mesob and there will be a third, fourth, fifth.....:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegetarian
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is our second time at Mesob. This time we brought another couple with us. We went on Saturday night for dinner. We had a 7:00 reservation and were seated as soon as we arrived. The staff were attentive and very friendly. Three of us had the vegetarian sampler and one had the meat sampler. The food was amazing. We had a wonderful time. We will be back and so will our friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Night Out at Mesob
    Suze
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a great time dining with our friends at Mesob. The food was very good and the service was wonderful, as was the atmosphere! The almond cake for dessert was a bit of a disappointment though
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food...Great atmosphere
    Jean
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great overall experience....would definitely come again with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesomesauce
    Jackie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    You will not be disappointed going here. Ethiopian food is different and unique and if you are up for it, you will be pleasantly surprised and leave very happy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pride And Care
    Anex43VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We were back again, this time with a friend. Great service and delicious food. Served on a platter covered with the traditional Ethiopean flat bread. One of the things we love is being able to eat with our fingers but our friend opted to use a spoon as well. We all had a great time. BTW, they are BYOB.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ethiopian in Montclair
    koko
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Good food..legal to see could have been better...our waitress was nice but not attentive when we wanted to pay our bill and leave. By 8pm...it was very loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun experience
    alison621
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've been wanting to try this restaurant for some time and finally went for my birthday. My fiance and I really enjoyed the different dishes and the entire experience of eating with your hands. We got the appetizer sampler and then I got the vegetarian sampler and he ordered the meat sampler for our entrees. It gave us a great chance to experience all different dishes to determine what we really liked for next time. The mushrooms were phenomenal and we loved the lamb! The staff was also so helpful and guided us as this was our first time eating Ethiopian. All in all, fun and delicious! Also, BYOB never hurts! Love that!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I know there are a lot of places in the area but if I'm going to make the trip, I have to go there. The food is wonderfully different and the staff is very friendly. I recommend it highly but make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting food excursion
    StanVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our first visit and intro to Ethiopian food. Took us back to our childhood "fingerfood" days as we ate with their crepe-like bread instead of a fork. Quite tasty and fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Always outstanding food and service at Mesob. We've never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice find
    pmdining
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were visiting and found Montclair a good location to meet up with a friend. I got the vegetable sampler which was a great way to taste a variety of dishes. My friend ordered Gomen Be-siga which is lamb, collards and seasonings. This was my favorite dish by far! My husband ordered a vegetarian mildly favored lentil dish that was a little bland for my tastes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed atmosphere with yummy food!
    San81
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was great as always. Their dishes taste like real homemade food made from wholesome and fresh ingredients.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW....
    Angelman
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This was an awesome experience for my wife & I. It was her birthday & I wanted to do something new for her by taking her to a place she had never eaten at before. All I have to say is that Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant is the place you want to go to have an authentic, wonderful, Ethiopian experience with extremely delicious food. You won't regret it! :-)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    Paradise
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food is fresh & staff is friendly. The place is set up for all different types of occasion. It can be romantic, fun & quiet all in one place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 328 reviews are from the Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • love it!
    atanis
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My husband and I have been going to Mesob for years. Wonderful and knowledgeable staff. The food is amazing. We have gone for date nights, with friends and family, even with young family members 6 months to 2 years old. Brunch is very good too! I have gone to other Ethiopian resturants and they don't even compare to the quality that Mesob brings to their food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you want to try something diff
    Allkindsoffoods
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Amazing food. Different than you might be use you, but amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite spot in Montclair!
    Kala
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I've been coming to Mesob for some time now. It's my go to place for delicious food, great service and overall, a great night out. As a vegan, they have many wonderfully delicious foods for me to choose from. They also have a bounty of foods for carnivores. My meat eating friends have never left hungry and I've never left without a smile on my face.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nothing like I've been to before
    cmai
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Presentation great Server friendly Mild medium and spicy was confusing though.. -medium and spicy tasted the same -I love spicy but this was too spicy, maybe make a separate category called fire or something The desserts were FANTASTIC!! wow the 4 chocolates were amazing! The cake was as well I found the coffee to be on point. No sugar or milk even needed. Good Job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ethiopian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We have been to Mesob more than 10 times.. we drive 30 min plus to get there. We love their food, service and hospitality. We would very highly recommend this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    LL318
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Yes, you eat with your hands! And it was great! Food was amazing and the staff was super nice and helpful with menu suggestions (for a first timer i needed some guidance). Love the location and the restaurant was very clean. Great find!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet