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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!)

515 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Ethiopian, African

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Park Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 655-9000

Website:
http://www.mesobrestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Akberet Mengistu

Additional:
BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

5
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Good for Groups (18)
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Creative Cuisine (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Spicy (14)
Healthy (13)
Casual (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Cozy (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Fun (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Vegan (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Kid-friendly (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Romantic (6)
Organic (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent, authentic cuisine. Very unique dining style. Wait staff could be a little friendlier.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Organic, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent quality meal. My group enjoyed the shared sampler platter. The platter for five easily fed six of us.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Spicy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vegan, Tasting Menu
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·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing experience. Vegetarian platter was delicious. Service and ambience was very good.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Vegan, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

I love this place. Warm atmposhere, BYOB, and really authentic delicious food. Try it, you’ll like it! Plus you get to eat with your hands which is always fun.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Very good as usual

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great experience – really unique cuisine, very tasty and very friendly service.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great as usual, delicious and different, friendly staff and great surroundings.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fantastic food, great service and a different dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Spicy, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great Ethiopian restaurant! Food was fantastic and the staff was very polite and kind. Highly recommended!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This is my family’s favorite place to eat. I brought a group of friends this time, some of whom are picky eaters and not very adventurous when it comes to food. Everyone LOVED the food and the service was great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Good food. Very loud

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I love this restaurant. On this occasion, there was no air conditioning on a hot, humid night, and it was really loud. The times I went before, neither of those things were happening. Still some of the best food around.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal. All the food was excellent and the overall atmosphere is fun. Service was good, not great, but it did not effect our night at all. Will be back as soon as we can.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was really good , service was a bit slow . We were taken to our table which was at the very corner of the restaurant and was asked to sit immediately as they felt we were blocking traffic . My friends have 2 children and they were trying to get them settled and hence it took us a bit to sit down and we thought it was rather insensitive of the hostess to rudely ask us to just sit down . Took them forever to take our order ,again kids were hungry and we wanted to get our order in to get them something to eat . Our waitress dropped my food on me and apologized but it did not seem very genuine . She just didn't seem to care . Place was extremely noisy . Food was excellent though. I would go back one more time to give them the benefit of doubt , maybe it was just a busy night and people who were mildly rude were just having a bad day .

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

I had loved the food here and had forgotten how terrible the service was. It took almost 45 minutes to take our order. The meal took almost 3 hours, and really didn't need to.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food, ambiance and staff are all great. I have noticed that they are under-staffed pretty often (Fridays) which happens to be a very busy time. So it is quite hard to get a servers attention and to get your food. Unfortunately, will hurt this gem of a restaurant. Otherwise, this place is great and I hope they fix that issue so I can continue enjoying this place.

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Birthday celebration. Place is ok and quiet but I was not impressed with food

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We celebrated my mom's birthday and reserved for 8,, 16 people showed up, the staff was polite the food was wonderful and came out quickly and they all made us feel welcomed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

took a while to get service, but once we did, it was great.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

It was quite busy so the service was a little slow but the staff was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and the ambiance is great. I recommend it and will be going back.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Comfort Food, Spicy, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent food, great service.

I'd like to request that the restaurant stops playing birthday greetings at full volume on their speaker system. It disturbs the rest of us, and cheapens the atmosphere to that of Chuck-e-Cheese. Whatever happened to just singing around the table of the person celebrating? Why do the rest of us have to stop our conversation for the deafening crass music? It's almost reason NOT to eat there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I have been to Mesob several times. While I love the food and cultural exchange, I have to say I hate the service. I always feel ignored. Ignored to the point where I have had to stand up and go over to the manager or some other server to get water, or ask where a missing items was or even the check. Once the check came they never came back to take it back. It was a good thing we paid cash and could just leave. The ONLY reason why I come back is for the food. The AYIB BEMEETMEETA is very good with just the right seasoning. I highly recommend the MEAT SAMPLER (for dinning in only), A combination of the following 5 meat entrées:
Tibs Wet (Beef), Minchet Abish Kay Wet (Beef), Minchet Abish Alicha (Beef), Ye'Beg Alicha (Lamb), Doro Tibs (Chicken); & 4 sides of vegetables, my favorite was the lamb and the MINCHET ABISH KAY WET. For sides we got the DINICH WET, BUTICHA, MISIR WET and ATKILT ALICHA, I think I loved the MISIR WET the best! If you don't get that then try the TASTE OF MESOB
2 starters, 2 beef, 1 lamb, 2 chicken, 1 seafood & 4 sides of vegetables.

Tags: Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

15 years of dining at Mesob. Food is outstanding and creative

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

2nd time at this restaurant. Awesome food! We asked for more of the light flat bread for use of grabbing the food since it runs out fast. We were told it would be refilled when it's empty. It was empty for 10 minutes before it was refilled. I would have liked the request fulfilled when i asked for it the first time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Spicy, Authentic, Romantic, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This place is a MUST HAVE! Authentic is the name here! I always order a plate with almost everything! And everything is amazing here! It's a BYOB and totally worth the travel into beautiful Montclair!

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

I would have given 5 stars, if the service was better. Our waitress seemed easily annoyed by our questions and requests.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

We just went for our anniversary because this is our favorite restaurant in NJ! So much variety--whether you are interested in pork, lamb crab or vegan--everyone finds something delicious. The atmosphere is warm. A perfect date or family night. The service is pleasant and swift. You must try Ethiopian food at Mesob!

Tags: Vegan, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Fun, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Had a nice dinner with my husband and son, who is vegetarian. There are so many great vegetarian options. We all agreed it was a great meal. The staff is a friendly too. I highly recommend the Ethiopian coffee!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Our favorite treat, and so much fun (eating with your hands) - love it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 30, 2017

It was great. Good always Great. Service always great.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

A good location, when we were there there was a table that was quite loud, which took away from the dining experience.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Amazing!! We travel very far to eat here and they never disappoint!! One of our favorite restaurants.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

We had never had Ethiopian food but had a general idea of what it was like. We ordered the appetizer sampler and the meat sampler because we weren't sure what we would like and wanted to try a little bit of everything. There was SO much food and it was SO good. Best part is that it's pretty healthy too. Definitely going back and definitely have a new respect for Ethiopian food.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

While the food was delicious the service wasn't so good.
They lost my friend's reservation which was gluten free and kept mine which I had called
To cancel.
It was difficult to get a drink and I was served a
Bottle that wasn't twist off and it took ten minutes to get it opened.
I would recommend for food but service needs to be improved. Also many servers didn't smile at all.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

As always, Mesob was amazing. Food was fast and delicious. Baklava was especially tasty!

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