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196 Caledonian Road | Kings Cross, London N1 0SQ, 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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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really nice place that we stumbled across and had a nice Ethiopian style meal that was delicious. Go for it people!!

Thank James S
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd like to wish a very Happy Ethiopian New Year to the staff at Merkato. I went there today because I'd heard it was their New Year. I had everything I could wish for! There was one of the most massive portions of food I've seen anywhere. There was excellent Ethiopian beer. There were incredibly helpful and friendly staff. They... More 

Thank Jonty08
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

Delicious Ethiopian food on Caledonian Road. As we are not experts in Ethiopian cuisine we had to ask the waitress for recommendations and she chose a perfect meal for us and it was fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant to all, we will certainly be back.

Thank Susanna D
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Lovely food in a great atmosphere with really friendly staff. Excellent value. Don't miss out on the coffee ceremony afterwards. Definitely coming back soon.

Thank Adam F
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit. Merkato is a friendly charming neighbourhood restaurant. The food is good with a wide choice for veggies. Staff are lovely. Highly recommend!

Thank travelling_londoner
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

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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28 reviews
19 restaurant 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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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$32 - $45
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Buffet, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget
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 0SQ, 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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