Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant

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$30 and under
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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

m
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
42 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on Friday for my partners bday, it was perfect as always. We usually get all vegetarian but tried a chicken & a beef dish & both were outstanding. Service is always kind, quick & helpful. I recommend Mesob to everyone.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

My husband and I went to this place on Saturday. The prices and the amount of food that were served was very off putting. I sat down and 8:30pm and no one came to our table for 20 minutes. I have been here before and I absolutely loved it and now I will not be returning. I was very disappointed with the service and the food.

R
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just ok. Been to better Éthiopien restsurant. Bit on the pricey side

EH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

the venue handled my daughter's celiac disease well and there were many gluten-free options.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely quiet spot with excellent food and friendly but not at all intrusive wait staff. Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. As always. We had the starter sampler and meat sampler. Dessert also. The espresso torte is awesome!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were excellent as usual. We were out for a friends birthday and they played music to wish him a happy birthday. The whole night was a great experience. Would highly recommend!!

AA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is always good & filling at Mesob. Servers were friendly & nice. Place was noisy even though we were there at 6pm and only a few diners were present, it wasn’t the background music but I guess the place enhances sounds too much. Overall, it’s the good food & service that makes us come back.

KC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food wonderful staff just a little loud but an amazing dinner spot

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

If you are in the mood for Ethiopian food, this is a good place to go and one of the few around. Food is ok, but I have had better in other Ethiopian restaurant. The level of noise is way beyond acceptable

ME
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't had Ethiopian in a while, and it made me think I have to go back more often. Delicious, spicy & healthy!!

SS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mesob Ethiopian restaurant was exquisite. The staff was attentive and helpful as we were not familiar with the menu. The food was great and the establishment was clean. I will definitely be returning and recommending it.

DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant during the day is very chill. Me and my husband recently went on a Friday night and it was full and the level of chatter was very high. Great for groups Friday evenings. The food is just delicious

RC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time eating Ethiopian food. I have become a vegetarian 7 months ago and it was brilliant .

PO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently there for a fun birthday celebration. Always great food and great service!

BK
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Personally it just wasn’t my type of food. However, the experience was good

b
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always outstanding here!! Consistently through the years - never a bad meal. It just takes a long time ... but then that is what happens when everything is made fresh! Don’t be intimidated by Ethiopian food. If you were ever to try it then this is the place!

d
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After alerting our server to a food allergy she checked to see if the dish could be prepared without the particular ingredient. Upon determining no, she made a suggestion that proved to be a well chosen alternative. For a party of 3 we ordered 3 entrees that come with 2 sides each for a substantial platter of food served on injera. Highly recommend the shrimp tibs and the entree with portabella mushrooms. Also enjoyed the yellow peas, collard greens and both sides that included potatoes. Service was attentive without being smothering. We were able to linger, talk and finish our BYOB wine even after our table was cleared. A very enjoyable evening

BB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I go here all the time but this is the first time we brought our four-month-old. Everyone was very accommodating!

T
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and everyone was very attentive! We enjoyed the food and we plan on returning soon.

The price point was perfect and a wine store is right next to the restaurant.

EB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love going to Mesob ! The food is exceptional and the service excellent !!!
Thank you !!!

G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Choose Tuesdays or Wednesdays for a quiet dining experience - Avoid Thu-Sun - unless you prefer a really loud restaurant!

Service and food quality were good

OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good. Although if your not into spicy food then just order mild. I found the service to be good and the staff was very friendly.

S
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I’m a newbie to Ethiopian cuisine, but this is by far the best I’ve had in the greater NYC area. Excellent service and a chill atmosphere to boot.

BB
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy with everything; we had a lamb, beef, and chicken dish and liked them all (cubed lamb was our favorite, though I hit a couple small bones in one piece), as well as one of the puff-pastry appetizers. Nice atmosphere; a tad loud given that it wasn't that crowded, but with a family we wouldn't want an extremely hushed atmosphere either. Only reason for four stars is that it was a bit pricey for Ethiopian -- and was a tad pricier than the menu posted on Open Table (and the restaurant's website had no prices on the menu.) Portion sizes were just right. Easy to avoid heavy spice if desired. Would definitely recommend both for couples and for families with older (adventurous) kids. BYOB.

l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't say enough about Mesob. My current favorite restaurant in NJ.

You walk in the door and the wonderful smell of spices is in the air.

The staff is so nice and friendly.

But it's all about the food. Every time I eat at Mesob, I discover a new favorite.

Most recent visit, I particularly enjoyed the spicy beef, portabella mushrooms and ground chickpeas.

A full dinner, with leftovers was about $23 a person, including tax and tip.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding!

PB
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great good. Wonderful friendly servers. Always too loud tho...

SR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mesob is a treasure. It's a real treat to go there. The staff is very friendly and the food is consistently good. I highly recommend it.

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here multiple times, and each time, the food has been delicious. This is definitely one of our favorite date-night spots.

A
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Only two people serving the whole restaurant and I’m still not sure which one was our waiter. Not one time did either of them ask if we needed anything, even though they passed by the table several times. Horrible service!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is excellent but it is loud.

JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and great service. It’s always good. I recommend either the vegetable platter or the meat platter so you have a taste of many of the items.

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