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!)
Montclair, NJ 07042
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Mesob has become a staple in our dining options in this town. Food is always authentic and tasty. Great for groups and lots of vegetarian and non vegetarian options. We love coming here with damily and friends. Staff is damily fron ownership and they take pride in the food and service.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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