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Merkato Restaurant

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Central L.A
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1036 1/2 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019-4401
+1 323-935-1775
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Showing 27: English reviews
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came to Merkato at 1pm on a Sunday in the mood for breakfast. I know it was well past breakfast but I asked anyway. They went out if their way to whip up Eggs Firfir for me and I was sold. The laid back family atmosphere and desire to accommodate were the selling points along with EXCELLENT food. The... More 

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Thank Jemal C
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

Just finished eating a meal of their Doro Wat (stewed chicken legs) and fried trout with veggie sides. It was more than enough for the two of us. This food is authentic - super tasty and generous portions. The restaurant itself has a very local feel - lots of people from the Ethiopian community are eating here so you know... More 

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Thank Patricia L
Dallas, Texas
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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 

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Thank dhultgren
Atlanta, Georgia
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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 

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Thank _MsBrendaGale
Baja California, Mexico
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172 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 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.

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Thank DrPaulagrace
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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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.

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Thank A J
Palo Alto, California
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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 

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Los Angeles, California
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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.

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Thank JoeH_LA
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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 

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San Diego, California
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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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, 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
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?