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The 7 Best Ethiopian Restaurants In San Jose

Updated: October 6, 2021

Hearty stews and veg platters with tangy injera are a few of the Ethiopian staples found at these San Jose spots. We analyzed the top blogs, restaurant review sites, and food blogs to find the best Ethiopian spots in town. Wash down an Insta worthy Mahaberawi platter with Ethiopian beer at one of these great San Jose restaurants.

Find the perfect Ethiopian restaurant

Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $$, West San JoseAfrican, $$San Jose, West San Jose
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Lyft

    Most Visited African Restaurants in West San Jose, San Jose

    Lyft
  • Michelin Guide

    The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019)

    Michelin Guide

Walia Ethiopian Cuisine

African, $$, Rose GardenAfrican, $$San Jose, Rose Garden
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Michelin Guide

    The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019)

    Michelin Guide

Yeshi Express

African, DowntownAfricanSan Jose, Downtown
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 5.0

LeYou Ethiopian

African, $$, DowntownAfrican, $$San Jose, Downtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $, San JoseAfrican, $San Jose
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Kategna Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $$, Rose GardenAfrican, $$San Jose, Rose Garden
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Mudai Ethiopian Restaurant

African, $$, DowntownAfrican, $$San Jose, Downtown
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

Why is this list better than others?

Figuring out the best Ethiopian restaurants can take awhile. We pored over ratings for 28808 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 3104661 restaurant reviews in San Jose and 1901 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Michelin Guide and Lyft had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. For example, we considered Michelin Guide - The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019) and Lyft - Most Visited African Restaurants in West San Jose, San Jose as we sourced this ultimate list. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Drink pairing tips

  • The ideal drink pairing for waze tibs

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for waze tibs can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some red wine, particularly a glass of Cune Rioja. This, smooth body, red wine balances the spicy waze tibs.

  • Pair Syrah with yebeg llicha

    When considering how to best enjoy your yebeg llicha, we would highlight how well a glass of Syrah complements the dish as it marries the richness of the dish.


  • A next-level pairing for Chenin Blanc

    Experts suggest pairing a kifto with a glass of Chenin Blanc, a popular white wine.


Factoids

  • A classic meal

    Often regarded as one of the most traditional dishes in Ethiopia, wat has long been prepared with stewed lamb or goat.

Parking info

Nobody likes to circle around the block looking for parking. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Ethiopian spot.

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