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About 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!)

515 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Ethiopian, African

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Park Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 655-9000

Website:
http://www.mesobrestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Akberet Mengistu

Additional:
BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (22)
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Cozy (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Spicy (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
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Kid-friendly (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Fun (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
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Organic (4)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 17 hours ago

Would go back!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Always very good

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·Dined 5 days ago

The abrupt announcement of a Birthday was by blasting a song loudly. It interrupted the ambiance, the conversation and the overall mood. My guests and I plugged our ears, and we noted other guests at neighbouring tables doing the same. There were three different occasions in the evening when everything halted for a birthday. Understand, we are young and enjoy loud music. This was loud enough to distort the song. We would expect this at a chain restaurant like TGIFridays, not at an adult oriented establishment, one who presents itself with such an intimate vibe.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

The food is always amazing. Seems like we had to wait forever to get a server to order, but the taste of the food more than makes up for what they lack in service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Great tasty food, the place is small so make sure to make reservations.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It was our first time eating Ethiopian food and it was a pleasant surprise. Very different experience yet very good and inviting . We loved the whole experience from eating with your hands tonthe injera bread which is so soft and so good

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

As a connoisseur of Ethiopian food this is by far the best in NJ and possibly NYC. Every aspect of the meal was excellent. If you’re famished beware because you’ll have to wait a bit.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful!!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Eclectic food choices were either bland or spicy. The chicken dish was very good. Everything else was boring.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very nice staff, excellent decor and delicious food. Amazing flavor and taste without the issue of leaving with your cloths smelling like the food. Great date spot - bring your own wine/beer.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Mesob is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is amazing, and I just love the smell of the cloves and spices as you walk in. I always have a great meal here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I love Mesob! I brought my team from work here for dinner, 5 of us all different ethnicities and they all loved the food, the variety

The only bump this night was the service. I think they were understaffed and very slow to open our wine, slow to take orders.

Montclair is a BYOB and the hostess gave us some BS about not putting our liquor on the table and then waiter said it was cool. I think she was in a bad mood because they were busy

But I've had so many good meals there I would give them the benefit of the doubt

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My 2nd or third visit to the restaurant. Once as a carnivore and once as a vegetarian. Both times plenty to choose and preppared with love.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Healthy, Authentic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food and very good prices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food! Absolutely love this place. The atmosphere is lovely.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 30, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Montclair NJ!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This is always a great experience! One caveat-noise level on Saturday nights is intense.
Wonderful food-BYOB

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent food quality and presentation. Great service, nice decor, energetic feel and lively ambiance. They were busy when we went, but service was flawless and welcoming. Overall, a good value for the money in an authentic setting. Very enjoyable.

Tags: Vegan
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I love this place! It is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fun, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was great. The greens were awesome. Our leftovers didn't make it past breakfast the next day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My friends (visiting students) who live near Ethiopia told me that the food is very authentic and even better than what they have back home. It was so much fun sharing the meal and the staff was very welcoming!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent, authentic cuisine. Very unique dining style. Wait staff could be a little friendlier.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Organic, Authentic
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent quality meal. My group enjoyed the shared sampler platter. The platter for five easily fed six of us.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Spicy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was outstanding, no arguments about that. No alcoholic beverages sold at the restaurant but you are welcome to bring your own from outside. There is a store located right next door.

We were having a drink and they came to ask if they could bring us our bill....I was stunned as we were not ready to go. A few minutes later they took our glasses and started clearing the table. We had no idea what was going on. Later one of the ladies came to tell us that they only hold a table for 2h30mins as it’s very busy on Fridays and Saturdays. I’m assuming they thought we knew, but we didn’t and we were just so made that our table was cleared and it felt like we were being chased away.

Overall it’s a great place. Food and ambience is awesome. You must however make plans because of the 2h30 reservation rule.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vegan, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing experience. Vegetarian platter was delicious. Service and ambience was very good.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Vegan, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I love this place. Warm atmposhere, BYOB, and really authentic delicious food. Try it, you’ll like it! Plus you get to eat with your hands which is always fun.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The hostess was very rude when we arrived which threw us for a spin as Montclair restaurant are typically known for their warm demeanor and neighborhood feel. Fortunately the food overcompensated for her terrible attitude and poor service of our waiter who dumped appetizers on our table and tried to run off before I could ask him for shared plates. The portions although good were very overpriced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Very good as usual

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great experience – really unique cuisine, very tasty and very friendly service.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great as usual, delicious and different, friendly staff and great surroundings.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food as always! Very loud and slower than normal service.

To be fair it was a nice weather evening in November so everyone was out and about. It took a while for the server to take our order and bring us our bill.

It would be nice if they put some fabric panels in the ceiling and/or on the walls to dampen the noise of all of the guests. It is hard to have a conversation with others at your table, especially if the others are over 55.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fantastic food, great service and a different dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I love Ethiopian food and Mesob did not disappoint. I ordered the Vegetarian Combo and one thing was more delicious than the next. Shiro and the red lentils are my favorite, so flavorful, yum. The parking wasn't bad for Montclair. I was able to find a spot in the garage right behind Mesob off Park. It's a BYOB which is nice so that you can have an incredible meal, good wine and the price is not bad at all. Definitely going back soon.

Tags: Cozy, Spicy, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great Ethiopian restaurant! Food was fantastic and the staff was very polite and kind. Highly recommended!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This is my family’s favorite place to eat. I brought a group of friends this time, some of whom are picky eaters and not very adventurous when it comes to food. Everyone LOVED the food and the service was great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

As noted in other reviews, the service was a bit slow so be prepared for that. However, the server was helpful once she got to us and the food was amazing (and very filling)! Also, I found the callouts in the menu for dishes that required longer preparation time to be very considerate and helpful in choosing my entree.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Good food. Very loud

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I love this restaurant. On this occasion, there was no air conditioning on a hot, humid night, and it was really loud. The times I went before, neither of those things were happening. Still some of the best food around.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal. All the food was excellent and the overall atmosphere is fun. Service was good, not great, but it did not effect our night at all. Will be back as soon as we can.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was really good , service was a bit slow . We were taken to our table which was at the very corner of the restaurant and was asked to sit immediately as they felt we were blocking traffic . My friends have 2 children and they were trying to get them settled and hence it took us a bit to sit down and we thought it was rather insensitive of the hostess to rudely ask us to just sit down . Took them forever to take our order ,again kids were hungry and we wanted to get our order in to get them something to eat . Our waitress dropped my food on me and apologized but it did not seem very genuine . She just didn't seem to care . Place was extremely noisy . Food was excellent though. I would go back one more time to give them the benefit of doubt , maybe it was just a busy night and people who were mildly rude were just having a bad day .

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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