Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant

4.6
828 reviews
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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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G
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mesob never fails to deliver, food is always fresh, perfectly prepared and infinitely delicious!

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BE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 4

We have gone here since around 2000. Portions now cut by at least 1/4. Prices increased about 20%. Service poor. We will not be returning.

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible restaurant. Our fourth visit, definitely won’t be the last.

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DK
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Some of the best Ethiopian cuisine around! Wonderful and quaint BYOB spot.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Usually a great experience. Today left a lot to be desired ...both the food and service were poor.

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SB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome restaurant. Food was wonderful. Didn't realize it's a BYOB, but there is a wine store right next door

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal at Mesob. Staff was really courteous and the food was on par with our favorites in Manhattan.

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QF
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere and friendly service. We will definitely be back!

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BD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant. Everything about this restaurant was top notch , although a little expensive.

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w
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My family and I really enjoyed dining there. The food was delicious. We were seated right away. Soft music and soft lighting makes for great ambience.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a first time experience for me and I must say it was a hell of an experience. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was perfect, & the staff was very attentive. It was a beautiful cultural experience that I would recommend to anyone!!!

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JA
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had never been to an Ethiopian restaurant before but I am not picky when it comes to food. I knew that there was no utensils and that you eat with your hands going in, but I didn't realize how much fun it would be. Everything was so flavorful, similar flavors to Indian food I would say, but not as spicy or rich. Want to go back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant is one of my favorites ! its such a gem! The service is wonderful, everyone is nice! Staff also is patient enough to answer any questions you may have about the dishes. Its BYOB so that's always a PLUS! its spacious and the lighting makes for great ambience. I highly recommend to anyone who is afraid to try something new !!

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BT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Experience was cool if you have never been at an Ethiopian restaurant. The service was non existent though. We sat for 10 minutes before someone came over to fill our water (not our waitress). Then we waited another 10 minutes to get the cork out of our wine (not our waiter). When our waitress finally showed up she did not fill us in on anything even though we told her it was our first time. So we were thoroughly confused and did not even realize we were eating with our hands...lol. Then the food was brought by someone else (not our waitress). She never actually came back... all night.. we sat there and had to wave down a waitress like 20 minutes after we finished our meal, and 5 minutes after our wine bottle was complete. Overall mediocre experience, won't be back.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great people, great place. Amazing experience. Delicious food!!

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BD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the area. Always great food, phenomenal service, BYOB, and you can sit and chat for a long time with friends.

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KE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for Ethiopian food with a laid back atmosphere and friendly, attentive staff.

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JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! We’ll be back

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The waiter brought us water, I cant believe I had to ask for glasses. Waiter there was not attentive at all. Service was absolutely horrible, we almost didnt tip. They took our plates, didnt even ask if we wanted dessert and then took about 1/2 to bring the bill. The restaurant was not even busy. It was my first and last time going there. Great food terrible service.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food every time! Good value and variety with the samplers.

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l
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Mesob so much on my first visit, I had to go back a few days later! great variety of delicious choices. Vegetarian options galore. Spicy isn't that spicy. Order the sampler to get a taste of several dishes. I will be back soon. Enjoy!

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e
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tasting food, arrived hot

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BN
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish and authentic. Great all around vibe. Wine shop right next door.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome outstanding meal. Food, service and the uniqueness of authentic outstanding Ethiopian Food. Loved it.

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Second visit to Mesob. We had the meat sampler for two. Food was good but somehow we were underwhelmed. Not sure if it was because of our high expectations, or it was not as we had previously. We won’t be back so soon.

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TW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Simple but elegant environment meets delicious food!

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DW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service here is amazing. The servers are super nice and never rush you. Great place to meet with friends and catch up over some great food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was great. First time eating with our hands only snd we had s great experience

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l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such delicious food! Spicy is not that spicy. Great variety and many choices for vegetarians. Cozy atmosphere. Very nice people.

Don't expect utensils! You eat by scooping with injera - a pancake with a most interesting texture.

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VM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are only 3 Ethiopian restaurants in New Jersey and this one is very good. So enjoy an Ethiopian food experience.

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SR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy going there. I love the food and it's fun eating it in the traditional way. I highly recommend it.

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r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food had so many spices that everything tasted the same.

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AC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I've eaten at a lot of ethiopian restaurants. This one comes up short for several key reasons:
1) Most places I have been used cubed meat and cook until tender. This place relies heavily on ground beef, which is cheaper for the restaurant and not as tasty in my opinion.
2) The lentils are underdone. The red lentils were cooked properly which is why I know they goofed up with the yellow lentils. They were way underdone.
3) Injera was served cold. Most places I've been serve it warm. It is okay to serve it room temperature, but it's another thing entirely to serve it cold on a cold winter's day.

I think this place, historically, gets high reviews from people who don't know what they should be tasting.

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BV
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is deceptively large (doesn't look so large from the street), and so are the portions - huge! The food was very tasty; I had never been here before and I found the flavors and spices to be enjoyable. The service was extremely friendly but also slow - it looked like there were only a few people taking care of the whole place - so be prepared to have a nice, leisurely dinner and enjoy the meal!

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AF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cute restaurant, friendly staff and great food. Service is a little slow but I think it’s just the relaxed atmosphere compared to the usual busy lifestyle. It’s actually good to slow down and relax a bit.

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DW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Ethiopian food. Great place for casual dinner with friends. Remember, this is a BYOB and there is a liquor shop just next door.

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LJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food and service

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and ambience. Comfortable space, attentive service and friendly vibe.

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious Ethiopian food!! Very fun to eat without utensils!!

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CC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I frequent Mesob often. I love the food, the staff, and the selection. I’m never disappointed.

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