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Merkato Restaurant

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Central L.A
African, Ethiopian
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1036 1/2 Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 935-1775
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Interesting experience

Interesting experience, good Ethiopian food in a nicely decorated little place. Prepare to eat with your hands, dishes come with some large wraps / pancakes to scoop stuff. I had the popular trout and veggies combo, my girlfriend ordered the mild lamb stew. Both were good, lamb was a little chewy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Interesting experience, good Ethiopian food in a nicely decorated little place. Prepare to eat with your hands, dishes come with some large wraps / pancakes to scoop stuff. I had the popular trout and veggies combo, my girlfriend ordered the mild lamb stew. Both were good, lamb was a little chewy though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This place is so special. When youwalk in you have to check and make sure that you are in a restaurant. People are lounging and hannging out and generally using this as a gathering place. They do this for a good reason. This place has REAL ethiopian food. Fresh ingara and cooked to order food. This is a must try... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I love love the trout meal that comes with veggie sides. Or sometimes I will get the veggie combo with the zil zil tips. Either way you go the food is great. Just tried the Ethiopian tea that was delish.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

I love the veggie combo and the whole fish mean at Merkato. I also love the zil zil tips. Not to mention the food is delish and the prices are very resonable. Would go there after or before an event of just on the fly for lunch or dinner.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is probably the best Indian food I've had in the area. Owners are very friendly. Buffet is excellent!

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Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

If possible, I like to try Ethiopian restaurants when I am out on business meetings. This time, I happened to have a local "guide" - two old friends who live in West Hollywood. They love Little Ethiopia and have tried many of the restaurants in the area, and they keep coming back to Markato. This certainly isn't because of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

What a great spot for a relaxing, inexpensive feast with family or friends. The simple, intense flavors really sing; the service is brisk and professional. We loved the earthy collard greens, the two kinds of delicately spicy lentils and--best of all--the trout, a real surprise. Five of us made short work of three fish. We kept nibbling long after we'd... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Competition is tough up and down Fairfax avenue as there is lots of good Ethiopian food to be had. Vegetarian choices. Standard Ethiopian restaurant fare. If you have never had Ethiopian food or don't know what to expect, look for a video on the internet. Really good cuisine, but the variety in N. American restaurants is limited. Most commonly, there... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

One of my favorites. It always feels good to be there and the food is excellent. Among my favorites: Zil Zil Beef, the lamb dishes, the vegetarian platter (be forewarned that the innocent looking chopped salad part is actually chock full of peppers and quite spicy, but the rest of the platter is not spicy at all), the grilled chicken... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

This is our favorite Ethiopian Restaurant in Little Ethiopia, L.A. We love it! On our last visit, we noticed the prices seemed a little higher than in the past, but still more than worth it in value! Had our favorites: injera with vegetables, a whole fish, and dora wat (a spicy chicken stew type of dish). It was a weekend... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1036 1/2 Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: (323) 935-1775

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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