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196 Caledonian Road | Kings Cross, London N1 0SQ, England
+44 20 7713 8952
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 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We could have been in Asmara - the dishes were unpretentious the njira was delicious and not bitter like some chain Ethiopian restaurants. Delicious meal for two in a relaxed quietly soothing environment and I should have brought more friends. Superb food awesome service unpretentious surroundings and good hearty north East African food. Solid choice :)

Thank Tindo J
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Great Eritrean/Ethiopian food, and very friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere. I like the fact that you can combine a half-portion of a meat dish with a vegetable dish. The coffee was very good, too. Will certainly be going again.

Thank silvatica7
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$32 - $44
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Buffet
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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 7713 8952
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?