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Lalibela

#1,422 of 17,833 Restaurants in London
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137 Fortess Road, London NW5 2HR, England
+44 20 7284 0600
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18:00 - 23:00
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Sun 18:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first time for me to try Ethiopian food. I had Injera. It was very good. What really impressed me is the outstanding level of service the guys did deliver. We first sat on the ground floor, but decided to go upstairs. Once upstairs the table we were sitting on was too small for us. We did not... More 

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Thank 39londoner
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Delicious main meal food, but terribly slow service and no obvious renovation, despite recent claims on website. Starters were disappointing and just tasted of greasy oil. Bit rough and ready, probably won't rush back.

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Thank Sunshine_720
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I'll always hit this place when I have a craving for Ethiopian food and need me some injera!! It's got the best Doro Wot in town! It's a really lovely place, lots of atmosphere with the African wood carvings, textiles and panels. They'll also do you an Ethiopian coffee ceremony if you're so inclined. Big fan!

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Thank Stefanie J
London, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

I only had Ethiopian food once. It was a few years ago in a nearby restaurant. I quite enjoyed it. But Lalibela is something else. The place - which I assume - looks authentic is already quite a treat but the food is absolutely delicious. I've had lamb, which was good, but my girlfriend had some lentils dishes which were... More 

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Thank Renton2B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Never tried Ethiopian cuisine before and dining at Lalibela was a really nice experience. We loved the food, meant to be eaten with hands, which was generously served, and with a unique taste, very enjoyable - not so much the white wine we had, which was definitely not one of the best I've ever tried, though still drinkable. Apart from... More 

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Thank Antonio T
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Stop reading reviews and go already, it's delicious, really. I can also recommend the Ethiopian spiced tea!

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Thank ArieDeBeuker
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We always like to eat out and try something new. This was the case for us, so we were happy to travel an hour to Lalibela. The restaurant itself and decor was lovely, and authentic. The people there were really nice and the service was excellent. The Ethiopian food of course was something we had never had before so could... More 

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Thank Milan P
London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The food here is amazing. Fresh and healthy and traditional. Staff are very polite. Service can be a little slow but the food is worth the wait, recommend the lamb and the slow cooked pumpkin.

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Thank Kay P
Coral Gables, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We went on a Tuesday night and there were a descent amount of dinners at the restaurant. The service was average to above average and we had no complaints. The food was nice, extremely tasty with rich flavors. The only complaint in the food was that the pancake bread had a touch too much vinegar for my liking. A good... More 

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Thank Simon B
lalibelarestaurant, Owner at Lalibela, responded to this review

Hi Simon, We're really glad that you enjoyed your meal at Lalibela! Just to let you know, we don't put any vinegar in our sour dough Injera. It's simply fermented bread which is why you get the sour flavours but these tend to complement the richness of our main dishes. We also have some alternatives in the "Essentials" section on... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Rare Ethiopian restaurant. interior design is interesting. Not a large menu but the quality is good. It was a good dinner for us but for some it may be challenging. We had mostly non meat dishes but they were all tasty and really enjoyed. Their thin pancake may need getting used to but contains lots of good nutrients. It takes... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19
Cuisine
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 22:00
Monday
18:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 23:00
Thursday
18:00 - 23:00
Friday
18:00 - 23:00
Saturday
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 137 Fortess Road, London NW5 2HR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7284 0600
Description
Welcome to Lalibela Restaurant, the home of Ethiopian cuisine in London serving you the best home-style Ethiopian food since 1993. We pride ourselves in the quality of our food and the wide selection of meat, vegetarian, fish and poultry dishes on a menu we've been perfecting for over 20 years. Enjoy the wonderful collection of art imported from all over Ethiopia giving you a window into our rich culture and History.

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