Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Ethiopian

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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TF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

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.

F
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for lunch. When the menu says "1 leg" they mean "1 drumstick". Very tasty, but didn't quite fill us up.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

C
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

KG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to take your family, friends and business partner.

BE
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

s
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

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...

M
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was pleasant

L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star food
Best service

PD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Meeting friends - good good , ambience, pleasant hostess , and BYO (What's not to like:))

GV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

NE
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Mesob is our favorite Ethiopian restaurant- worth the trip, delicious as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! A+

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a very unique experience. Great time and opportunity to try something ew.

F
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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!

D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to have dinner here, we can order all vegan, vegetarian, or meat for all our dietary needs. Pleasant environment and service.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service!

JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent restaurant. I have eaten at many Ethiopian restaurants and this is one of the best.

N
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

CK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

GV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my gf’s favorite restaurants.

SR
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A treasure!! One of a few restaurants I go on a regular basis. The servers are very friendly and welcoming. The food is excellent!!!

LC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time, and it was delicious! The staff was wonderful, the food even better.

RH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

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 .

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wife’s first time eating Ethiopian food and she loved it

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, superb service... I’ll definitely be going back again

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife showed me this place and I loved it. We will be back many more times

MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

$125 wasted. Food is very average and over priced. Some dishes were too bland and tasteless. One of the things we ordered was dinner for 3 for about $80 and the quantity of the veg dishes was very small I.e probably 2 table spoons each. I will never go there again.

BL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. As always. Will be back soon.

NP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I loved the food in Mesob. Would come again. It was super busy. The waiter who served us was good but we wanted to order something more later but none of them would even look at our table or would come and ask if everything was fine. We just let it go and had our dessert somewhere else.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious rich flavors of Ethiopia!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I continue to enjoy Mesob and believe it is one of the best culinary experiences in Montclair!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious selection for vegetarians & vegans, and many options for meat eating friends. Just be careful to get a separate plate!!

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Food is consistently good and great service. Very relaxing BYOB atmosphere.

m
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with a wonderful service. I went there with my friend on Friday night and was very pleased. If you like to try new things and flavors this definitely a place to go.

BV
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was unique and excellent; the portions were perfect. You can order some dishes mild, medium or spicy, but the medium was less than "medium" so if you like a bit of a kick, go for the spicy! A fun place. BYOB

L
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always magical. Although I miss the beautiful “bar island”. The open space makes it look more like a cafeteria.