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Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine

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Central L.A
African, Ethiopian
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1076 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019-4401
323-936-5918
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Good for:
Families with children

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food but don't expect American standard portions

Was out there for lunch. .. the menu has choice of vegetarian and non veg. .. the veggies, pulses have similar prep as Indian style minus the spices. .. the chicken or lamb or beef is almost like rustic Indian prep with spices minus the heat... value for money .. yes. .. taste .. good. . Ambience... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Was out there for lunch. .. the menu has choice of vegetarian and non veg. .. the veggies, pulses have similar prep as Indian style minus the spices. .. the chicken or lamb or beef is almost like rustic Indian prep with spices minus the heat... value for money .. yes. .. taste .. good. . Ambience. .. nice and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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26 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Went on Sunday afternoon for early dinner. Service was very fast. Ordered one vegetable sampler and one meat sampler. Many Ethiopian restaurant are stingy with the injera. This one is not. Had more than enough. As some reviewers have noted, the decor has seen better days, but the restaurant is very clean. Our server was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable about... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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97 reviews 97 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Nyala was one of regular favorites when we lived in Los Angeles 15 years ago. Being able to walk to casual dinner in a large city was wonderful. While Fairfax Ave. has many Ethiopian restaurants, Nyala is still the best. We were not disappointed with the meal and realized how much we missed having access to this restaurant on a... More 

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California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We've been to Nyala several times and the vegetarians & meat eaters in our group are always happy. The food is tasty, mildly spicy & served with a spongy large flat bread - the idea being to eat everything with your fingers, scooping it all up with the bread. ( Of course, if you asked, they would bring silverware )... More 

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Conifer, Colorado
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38 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I enjoyed my spicy lamb dish. My husband doesn't like spicy food and got a really tasty, but not spicy, fish dish. Very reasonable lunch prices and all the injera you can eat.

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Wilmington, Delaware, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

On a previous visit, my wife experienced eating at Nyala. She insisted that I try it on our current visit. This was a great meal. You can choose between a meal with meat or go vegetarian. We tried both. A special bread is provided and you break a piece off and scoop the food. It was difficult to stop because... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

My friend and I went for lunch on a Saturday. There's a small African display in back, but otherwise there's no specific atmosphere aside from some pictures/paintings. The food was okay (I've had better Ethiopian). The chicken had some gristle, which under a heavy dark sauce is hard to see until you bite down. The lamb was okay, but the... More 

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Bellevue, Washington, USA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

This is a quiet restaurant with a strong Ethiopian atmosphere. We went on a Friday evening and had no trouble getting a table. Three of us shared three dishes (chicken, lamb, and beef) served along with a salad and a lentil dish on an injera "platter". There was more injera in a basket which we tore off to eat with... More 

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SF Bay Area
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60 reviews 60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We discovered Little Ethiopia on a previous visit to LA, and were determined to go back. We decided to try Nyala this time. We arrived early on a Saturday night, and had no problems getting a table for two. We ordered the meat combo and the veggie combo to get a good cross-section of the offerings. We liked the spicing:... More 

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Denver, CO
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307 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We were enjoying a drive towards a friend's house when we passed a number of Ethiopian restaurants and decided to stop. Nyala was convenient so we entered. We had very good food and were very well served. We had primarily vegetarian food but the fish was the greatest hit. I recommend this place. A

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1076 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019-4401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: 323-936-5918

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 30
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?