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Merkato Restaurant

1036 1/2 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019-4401
+1 323-935-1775
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“trout” (5 reviews)
“veggie sides” (2 reviews)
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African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1036 1/2 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019-4401
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Reviewed February 23, 2018

I like Ethiopian food and Merkato is one of the best Ethiopian restaurants I have ever eaten in. Tibs, lentils, sambusa all were delicious. Service is very attentive and responsive. They even have valet parking in the evening. The decor is lovely and authentic.

Thank Leslie B
Reviewed December 10, 2017

I frequent Merkato because the food is consistently delicious! The servings are generous, the trout is my favorite but I also enjoy the vegetarian combination plate. I like this restaurant so much that I crave the food. I generally visit Merkato a minimum of 2...More

Thank 613judyf
Reviewed October 17, 2017

I make this place a stop at least one a month to every 6 weeks or so. My employees name this as a place to eat 75% of the time. Have never had a bad experience here - the wait staff is very friendly and...More

Thank Brad G
Reviewed August 10, 2017

I love this restaurant. I first came here in the year 2002 when I'd moved from India to LA. I fell in love with the food and became good friends with some of Little Ethiopia's restaurateurs. At one point, I was a regular. I'd go...More

Thank Rohan V
Reviewed April 9, 2017 via mobile

I really wish we had an Ethiopian restaurant in Cancún because I simply adore it. The incredibly tasty dishes with their distinct flavors and textures are just fabulous. It is also fun to eat with your hands. Please try the honey wine, it is unlike...More

Thank IndraRojo
Reviewed February 12, 2017 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...More

Thank Jemal C
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...More

Thank Patricia L
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...More

Thank dhultgren
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...More

1  Thank _MsBrendaGale
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...More

Thank DrPaulagrace
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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
  • Neighbourhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: +1 323-935-1775
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