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Merkato Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Central L.A
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1036 1/2 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019-4401
+1 323-935-1775
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

My wife and I finally worked the courage to stop into Merkato today. We had talked about it often but we were not familiar with the cuisine and parking always looked formidable. Today, though, we were passing by at 5pm and parking was plentiful. We had beef and lamb at our server's suggestion. The flavors were great! Our server was... More 

Thank dhultgren
Atlanta, Georgia
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016

Thumbs up all around. My daughter decided to introduce me to something different and now I'm back home...having withdrawals (smirk) - Everything was so delicious. If you appreciate Ethiopian food....you must not leave Los Angeles before enjoying a meal here. We ordered the Asa Tibbs and it was enough for 2 people (generous servings) - Everything was fresh and perfectly... More 

Thank _MsBrendaGale
Baja California, Mexico
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171 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is located on the boulevard with easy access to the valet parking. The service was kind of slow (only 2 waitresses for all the tables) and also the food took some time to arrive but it was worth the wait. Very tasty, classic Ethiopian presentation of the food and flavor.

Thank DrPaulagrace
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2015

Looking for the best Ethiopian on Fairfax? Merkato didn't disappoint. We shared one vege combo and one meat combo between two, this was plenty of food. Service was faultless and food came out quickly after ordering. All the dishes were very tasty and overall was good value for money.

Thank A J
Palo Alto, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2015

We walked in for a late lunch last week and despite the late time the staff were quite kind. The food (the vegetarian combo) was well flavored, interesting, and served in large portions. The Injera was light and delicious. Lunch for 2 with a beer was $24 and one of the best value to quality experiences you can find in... More 

Thank Otto27
Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2015

If you want something a little different for the night, then you will find it here. The other reviews correctly describe the atmosphere as that of a community hangout. Prices are reasonable. Although I would typically avoid places with laminated picture menus, since I have no experience with Ethiopian food it's a bonus. The coffee. Wow.

Thank JoeH_LA
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145 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2015

Noticed the Ethiopian restaurants while driving along Fairfax and decided to return that evening. What an experience, the place was buzzing but we were found a table in shirt time. Very friendly staff, who took our order promptly and brought our drinks without delay. The food arrived on a large platter accompanied by a plate of flatbread, it was a... More 

Thank SandRKent
San Diego, California
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99 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

I love Ethiopian roasted and brewed cappuccinos and straight up regular coffee...Merkato never disappoints our crew....we go for the coffee and enjoy their finger styled meals presented authentic Ethiopian communal style....the food took a while to get used to..and the restaurant could do with some modernizing as far as the main dining room....but the service is way better than the... More 

Thank kiwilelei
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

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.

Thank Dirk-Jan v
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank JoshATAK

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1036 1/2 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019-4401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: +1 323-935-1775

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