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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 8
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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A place with a unique Ethiopian vibe and great food

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
DrPaulagrace
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Baja California, Mexico
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Baja California, Mexico
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162 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank A J
Palo Alto, California
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank Otto27
Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank JoeH_LA
Kent
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank SandRKent
San Diego, California
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63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank kiwilelei
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Dirk-Jan v
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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Thank JoshATAK
Los Angeles, California, United States
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87 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

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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Thank Niketa C
Los Angeles, California, United States
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87 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?