CLOSED: Makeda

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    ( 7 reviews )



338 George St (at Livingston Ave), New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, 08901

Serves meat, vegan options available. Ethiopian restaurant offering some vegan dishes, though menu is predominately meat-based. Convenient location just around the corner from the State Theater and George Street Playhouse. CLOSED: JAN 2015 REPORTED SHUT/CLOSED. CONFIRMED.

Categories: Ethiopian, Non-veg

7 Reviews

First Review by WriterGirl

Lots of beans! - Edit

Only been here once, and it was my first time eating Ethiopian cuisine. Since we were here for an office dinner, service was prompt and friendly. I wanted to try the vegetarian combination, but the price was very high considering its mostly beans and lentils. I decided to share the combination dinner with my collegue. This made sense since there is plenty for two and also more budget friendly ( not sure if we were charged extra for sharing). Ambience was nice, the food was good. First time having teff, it was quite interesting.

Pros: Ambience, Food, Customer service

Cons: Dinner menu price

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Lunch Only - Edit

Makeda serves good Ethiopian food that is made well. I only go there for the $8.95 lunch special. The dinner prices are pretty expensive and not really worth the money.

The service can be hit or miss. Sometimes it takes up to 40 minutes to get your food, other times, 10 minutes.

Pros: Good Food, Good Lunch Special

Cons: Inconsistent Service, Expensive Dinner

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Go for Lunch Not Dinner - Edit

The food is good. I suggest going for lunch over dinner as it's the same food but cheaper.

The only downside is that they charge for family style dinning even though that is the way the food is to be eaten.

Pros: good food, good location

Cons: charges for family style

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Subpar, expensive - Edit

Makeda is located in what New Brunswick has termed its "theater district," which means that it's trying to be classy. It is, but that also means that the prices are as well, which is no good. This is, by far, the most expensive Ethiopian restaurant I have ever visited. Prices are well over 50% higher than anywhere in New York or Philadelphia. You are not "allowed" to share entrees, though you may encounter a nice server who permits it.

Makeda is also the least good Ethiopian food I have ever had. It's not *bad* but it's just kind of there. If you've never had Ethiopian before, you will probably like it. Once you have it anywhere else, you will probably not think that Makeda is all that good anymore. I literally do not know a single person who likes this place and who has also eaten at other Ethiopian restaurants. Even Philadelphia has better Ethiopian than this.

If you can make it, just go to New York. It's not that much further, and pretty much anywhere you find will be WAY better.

Pros: Ethiopian

Cons: Not very good, Expensive, Highbrow

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wouldn't list it here, but it is good though $$$$ - Edit

Makedas is a VERY expensive Ethiopian place. Unlike most Ethiopian cafes around the country where a very filling meal will cost between $5-10; Makedas will break your bank. But if you can erase the notion of Ethiopian style beans costing double digit dollars, then it can be a great place.

Makedas has great green bean app, Loubia. The veg dinners are all vegan, but there are only 5. 5 entrees, which when ordering is like choose 3 for your dinner. The rest of the extensive menu is meat. It is not really in line with the terms of listing a non-veg place, in my opinion.

I have had service issues here. We were ignored for 30 minutes before we left without a goodbye or where are you going, can we help you.

Ethiopian food is inherently inexpensive, esp for vegans. Beans are cheap!!! These beans aren't og, nor are the veggies, yet they charge a premium for it. If you go to any real Ethiopian place in the country it will be $7 at most for just as delicious food.

Like Thai and Indian food that is not especially veggie, any run of the mill Ethiopian can suit a vegan, but it isn't otherwise especially vegan-friendly...

Makeda means table, which they have in the cafe. Novel, but not buying that decor as such is worth that much for beans. BEANS!!! Non-og BEANS!!!!

Pros: good Ethiopian

Cons: way to much $$$ for beans, service can be BAD, too trendy for style

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Ethiopian food is awesome! - Edit

I was so excited after eating at Makeda for the first time! The food is great, it just can be really expensive! Just ask about which items are vegan!

Pros: tasy food, big portions, unlimited injera

Cons: high priced, serves meat

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Ask questions - Edit

We ate there last night. It is terrific. Many of the vegetarian dishes have butter. Please ask about each one if you're trying to order vegan. The collard greens were vegan and the best I've had. I highly recommend it, but please be aware there are only a few vegan items.

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