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Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant, Montclair, NJ

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant

4.5
4.5
844 Reviews
$30 and under
Ethiopian
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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Ethiopian, African, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (973) 655-9000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Akberet Mengistu
  • Catering
    Off premise and special catering available. Please call the restaurant for more information
  • Neighborhood
    Montclair
  • Cross street
    Park Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 844 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 2.5Value

NoiseModerate

844 Reviews
  1. MarilynF

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good & flavorful. First time having it.

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  2. Goaty12

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and attentiveness to our table was excellent. Our waiter gave suggestions on portion size which benefited our cost, not their profit. I liked the integrity of this response. The place is clean and relaxed. The little dishes of food were unmenorable. The excitement of their food presentation was better than what we actually ate.

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  3. Mark

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent date night on a Saturday night though glad we had reservations as it was busy around 730 but thinned our by 830. The waiters helped us select dishes and everything was delicious. Definitely end with an Ethiopian coffee which is also top notch. Will definitely be going back

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved our dinner at Mesob! We came in 10 mins before our reservations and were seated immediately in few mins. After twenty minutes or so, someone came up to get the order. I don’t know if they were busy or they want to give us time to decide. The food came out promptly and everything tasted amazing. We ordered one vegetarian entree and one non- vegetarian entree, both comes with Injera and two sides. We also had the appetizer. It was more than enough food for two people. Overall, it was good dinner. Service can improve a little bit. Nevertheless, we will go back.

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  5. JerryS

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A fantastic restaurant, very few Ethiopian restaurants, in New Jersey and this is a good one!

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  6. Jashell

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite Ethiopian restaurant. Always excellent service and great food. Highly recommend.

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  7. JohnL

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Pretty good food if you are in the mood for Ethiopian cuisine. The waitress had the personality of a stone and could not offer any recommendations and didn't even offer us dessert even though we wanted it. We had to ask her to bring back menus so we could order it.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Decided to try this place for my birthday this year and glad I did. Definitely did not disappoint. Highly recommend.

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  9. eatalot

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the food was excellent.

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  10. TFam

    New York City

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been here multiple times before & I love the food & the owner & her sister. My family always will love this place and we travel a long distance so come here. I've been to another Ethiopian restaurant in Westchester & Mesob still is way better and has a larger menu. I'm just mildly disappointed with the service, we really had to wait a long time to be seated, then a long time for water, then a long time for wine glasses & yet the restaurant wasn't completely packed. If I saw the owner that night I would've wanted to tell her myself that it felt like we were largely ignored. The food is fabulous and I always feel like this is the ultimate comfort food. I also don't love that they really squeezed the tables together, they used to have an island in the center of the restaurant and now it's as crowded with tables like a restaurant in Manhattan. I came to Montclair for some space so I don't love that I have to bump into my neighbors table to get to my chair. This may have been an off night for Mesob, but I hope the service does improve next time I come back. I will overall definitely be back.

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  11. Foodie

    New York City

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there for lunch. When the menu says "1 leg" they mean "1 drumstick". Very tasty, but didn't quite fill us up.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a prix fixe meal on Valentine's Day. As usual, service was prompt and helpful, especially whenever more injera was needed. The sauce on the portabella mushroom appetizer was just right and the potatoes were well flavored. We both had the lamb mixed with greens and the flavor was well balanced, the lamb did not overpower the dish. All of the bean and pea based veggies were light and nicely sauced. Dessert consisted of a almond cake for me and baklava for my wife, which we enjoyed (I preferred the drier almond cake). Vegetarians have many options but meat eaters can find beef and seafood in addition to the lamb.

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  13. Comfortador

    New York City

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our dinner at Mesob. We each got one entree (each came with two sides and injera) and split everything, which is a helpful way to go if you're less familiar with the cuisine, as we were. Service was efficient and the space itself is really pretty. We'd love to come back with a group so we can try even more things! I highly recommend the Doro Tibs (chicken) and then any of the sides--all of the ones we had were tasty.

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  14. KennyG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place to take your family, friends and business partner.

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  15. BillE

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    If you're never tried Ethiopian cuisine, you're in for a treat. The spices are unique and turn every course into an adventure. (Note that "spice" doesn't only mean heat. Each one adds a welcome complexity to familiar greens, starches and proteins.) Parking on a recent Friday evening was not fun, but we survived. One of the best things about Mesob is how vegetarian-friendly it is. There were two vegetarians in our party and they were impressed with the variety of plates offered to them, as well as the terrific flavors. We can't wait to return!

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  16. srm8

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. The service was terrible... after waiting for almost 30 minutes we flagged our server to take our order and her response was 'you haven't ordered as yet!?'. My inside voice ' you are our server, did you take an order from us??' Btw, there were only 2 other tables that were occupied...

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  17. Mark

    New York City

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent quality of food. First time here, so server could have warned that we were overordering; however, even though we couldn't finish everything, what we ate was delicious.

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  18. Redeye

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was pleasant

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  19. Live2eat

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    5 star food Best service

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  20. ProtectedDiner

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, for lunch not too busy which was good. I asked for my food spicy and it was great. The only issue is they try to give you privacy and don't check in enough to see if anything is needed.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, friendly service, beautiful atmosphere

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  22. Gopal

    New York City

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Meeting friends - good good , ambience, pleasant hostess , and BYO (What's not to like:))

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  23. GregV

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warm, cozy, smells so great in this restaurant and we absolutely love the food and the whole experience. It’s one of our favorite restaurants in North Jersey!

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  24. NEfoodie

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Mesob is our favorite Ethiopian restaurant- worth the trip, delicious as always!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service! A+

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and a very unique experience. Great time and opportunity to try something ew.

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  27. Frogdoc

    New York City

    60 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    So if you want a change of pace before any activity in Montclair, try this Ethiopian place. Setting is a bit noisy but service was quite good. Food was nicely presented, fresh and flavorful. That said some important factors: 1. You eat with your hands, using pieces of injera ( sort of like rolled up crepes!) to pick up your food which has been dumped on a huge piece of injera in the center of your table 2. With no disrespect, much of it all had the same flavor profile- replete with chick peas, lentils, onion and spices. 3. Since there is no liquor license, remember to BYO 4. Unless you are used to this, ask for MILD- with extra spices on the side!

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  28. Defoodie

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love to have dinner here, we can order all vegan, vegetarian, or meat for all our dietary needs. Pleasant environment and service.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and great service!

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  30. JohnD

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an excellent restaurant. I have eaten at many Ethiopian restaurants and this is one of the best.

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  31. Neumod

    New York City

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mesob is a fantastic restaurant. The food, the service, and the decor capture of the authentic experience of modern Ethiopian dining. The lamb dishes are perfectly prepared. The lentil vegan dishes are scrumptious. Well done!

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  32. C2KM

    New York City

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We never had Ethiopian fare before and quite enjoyed it. I'm not sure it would be up there with our favorite foods but a great experience , the ambiance was unique and the service was good for peak traffic time. The food was quite flavorful and prepared well. We enjoyed it and would definitely recommend Mesob to others.

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  33. GregV

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the minute we walk in to Mesob I feel comfortable, warm and love the scent and taste of the Ethiopian foods It’s truly an experience for all of the senses! Wish we could get there more often!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my gf’s favorite restaurants.

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  35. StephenR

    New York City

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A treasure!! One of a few restaurants I go on a regular basis. The servers are very friendly and welcoming. The food is excellent!!!

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  36. LaurenC

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time, and it was delicious! The staff was wonderful, the food even better.

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  37. RichardH

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was outstanding but the service sketchy. The waiter waited on the table that sat down after us first. Food was served well and in a reasonable amount of time. It was delicious. We sat for 15 minutes after we were done eating before they took our plates and waiter for fifteen minutes after that hoping for someone to offer coffee or dessert. Finally flagged down a waiter to get the check. We still would go back for the food .

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wife’s first time eating Ethiopian food and she loved it

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, superb service... I’ll definitely be going back again

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife showed me this place and I loved it. We will be back many more times

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Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 655-9000.

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 844 OpenTable diners.

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515 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Park Street
  • Neighborhood
    Montclair
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Ethiopian, African, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Akberet Mengistu
  • Additional
    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (973) 655-9000
  • Catering
    Off premise and special catering available. Please call the restaurant for more information
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