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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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star food
Best service

PD
New York Area
13 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
7 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
7 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
1 review
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
44 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.

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food1service1ambience5

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
66 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

EH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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