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196 Caledonian Road | Kings Cross, London N1 0SL, England
+44 20 77138952
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tasty, cheap and easy - no fuss service. Mess or money wine is a must. Tried injera with stew and sauces. Once it was finished the very kind waitress asked if she should fill it out again. Lovely.

Thank Pati S
London, England, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Ethiopian food can be an acquired taste - if I'm honest I'm not absolutely sure I have acquired it. This is a lovely small scale restaurant though. Food comes on metal trays covered with injera and your spicy stew on top. They do a brilliant vegetarian option where you get 6 small dishes and a 50/50 one where it is... More 

Thank Giles C
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

Hey Freta Fithi and Filee this Omar, just wont say hello and thank you for warm welcome, lots of love Omar.

Thank omarnurhussein
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

My first time trying Ethiopian food. Love the way they eat. Their native wet bread (can't remember the name) tastes very sour but kind of fall in love with it after a few bites.

Thank Siyao L
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

This colourful stand that is hand made is a traditional stand known as a mosob this is used on special occasions such as weddings. Soon in merkato I hope customers will get the chance to experience eating out if this mosob.

Thank Fretta W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

The kitfo here is amazing, there is a special spice used in it, that the chef and owner won't let the customer in on it. Kitfo is also one of the main Ethiopian traditional dish alongside dorowet.

1 Thank Helena B
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

If you've never tried Ethiopian or Eritrean food, make Merkato your first experience. The staff are friendly, welcoming and helpful. The food is delicious and unusual. The food presentation is unlike most other food and is great for sharing and socializing. There are many vegetarian dishes to choose from too. If you are a coffee connoisseur, the traditional coffee is... More 

1 Thank chrisbrad2015
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The injera is too sour. (And before you say, 'injera is always sour', I have been to Ethiopia and I know what injera tastes like. Although, to be fair, this could have been a bad night. The food itself is not bad, but not remarkable. Considering the price, I would definitely consider returning, though I wouldn't say I would definitely... More 

Thank geleisen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I totally advice this place for a tourist or anybody living in London. Very simple people, very nice staff caring a lot about you, delicious food, very exotic and tasty. We left full with my friend, I absolutely loved the food, it was my first time with Ethiopian food, I will go back there for sure !

Thank ZoRich
Paris, France
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Food is too oily, especially chicken dishes. Lack of taste in the food. I would not eat in this restaurant again. I will next time go to other Ethiopian restaurant. the previous owner of Merkato gave more better service, and food tasted better then.

Thank john c

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$33 - $46
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Buffet, Waitstaff
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 196 Caledonian Road | Kings Cross, London N1 0SL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 77138952
Tucked away on the New Caledonion Road near Kings Cross, London, Merkato has won critical acclaim for its authentic Ethiopian cuisine and warm, cosy atmosphere. Small, but perfectly formed, the dining room is a jostling space filled with live musicians and an animated local crowd, and the helpful staff are always on hand to help you navigate the extensive menu. Popular dishes include the wot ��� a thick prawn or chicken stew served over traditional injera bread; tibs ��� which is grilled meat; and the kitfo ��� a distinctive dish made with raw ground beef marinated in chilli powder. Vegetarians can choose from diverse selection of dishes, and the cheap prices and overall jovial atmosphere are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.

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