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The 6 Best Ethiopian Restaurants in San Jose

Updated: February 26, 2021

Did someone say Ethiopian food? We created the ultimate list of the best Ethiopian restaurants in San Jose by analyzing the best restaurant and review sites, expert rankings, food blogs and review articles. Compare ratings, reviews, prices and hours easily by scrolling down and checking out our top 10 list.

Find the perfect Ethiopian restaurant

Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

San Jose, West San Jose
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Walia Ethiopian Cuisine

African · $14 avg. main dish
San Jose, Rose Garden
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Yeshi Express

San Jose, Downtown
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 5.0

LeYou Ethiopian

San Jose, Downtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Kategna Ethiopian Restaurant

African · $13 avg. main dish
San Jose, Rose Garden
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Mudai Ethiopian Restaurant

African · $15 avg. main dish
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 31320 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 1095134 restaurant reviews in San Jose and 1539 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Michelin Guide, TimeOut and Zagat had to say, and applied our Feastfox magic sauce. For example, we considered Michelin Guide - The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019), TimeOut - The 10 Best Restaurants In San Jose and Zagat - Best Restaurants in 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.


  • 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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