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5.3 /6 Excellent 141 Reviews

Lalibela

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About Lalibela

Do you want to take your date somewhere out of the ordinary, where dining isn’t just about flavour, but rather about sharing a cultural experience? At Lalibela Ethiopian restaurant, the food is experienced with all of the senses, enhanced further by eating with the hands and soaking up all of the delightful flavours with injera, a sourdough flatbread. Located on Fortress Road in London’s Tufnell Park, the restaurant is easily accessible by public transit, so there’s absolutely no excuse not to give this tasty cuisine a try.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 18:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 18:00 - 23:00
Lalibela, 137 Fortress Road, NW5 2HR London

Further Information

If you’re a newbie to Ethiopian cuisine, then London’s Lalibela is the ideal place to experience it for the first time. Usually consisting of a variety of wot (thick stews made from vegetables or meat) served atop a sourdough flatbread called injera, this cuisine is enjoyed best with the hands, utilizing the injera as a sort of eating utensil. Although the touch, taste and smell of the food is likely enough to make you a lifelong fan, this Tufnell Park restaurant’s beautiful décor is the icing on the cake, featuring intricate wood carvings and tapestries that give the interior a cosy yet refined atmosphere.

Lalibela has an extensive menu consisting of options for vegetarians, omnivores, and even coffee lovers. Decide between ordering platters to share, or getting something on your own, like the Duba (Pumpkin) Wot, a stew made with chunks of pumpkin slow-cooked with tomatoes. Lalibela on Fortress Road has a number of great desserts for a sweet conclusion, as well as coffee served in the traditional way. If you’re up for a culinary adventure, this Tufnell Park restaurant is sure to please!

CHEF'S CHOICE

141 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 141 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
06.08.2017 07:49

Excellent service and fantastic food. Can't wait to visit again and try new dishes. Service was very attentive and the food so different to anything I'd tried before.

1 review so far 6
03.08.2017 13:31

Food was great and the venue was really nice. Good choice of food on the menu and the personnel was very helpful. Will be back.

1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 09:07

Went last night for the very first time and both me and my friend absolutely loved it!Gorgeous food,great chilled atmosphere,the waiter was polite and helped us choosing.We will definitely be back!

1 review so far 6
21.07.2017 07:48

We had such an amazing meal - the decor of the restaurant is amazing and the staff very attentive. It was as though we were not in London at all .

4 reviews so far 5
20.06.2016 13:46

Lovely restaurant that has an authentic feel - staff were very polite and friendly and the food was very interesting and full of flavour. For starters we tried the grilled injera with smoky aubergine paste, which was really crispy and went well with the smokiness of the aubergine. I did find it slightly oily though and only had a little (one portion provides three pieces) despite the addictive nature of the snack. We ordered a sharing platter as a main, as it was our first time trying Ethiopian food in a restaurant. This gave us a variety of dishes to try, served on a fermented pancake (injera). The idea is to break pieces of the injera with your hands and use it to wrap the different dishes in. It was a different experience and the food was well seasoned without it being too spicy. We also tried an Ethiopian beer which was light and refreshing and went well with the food. We couldn't resist trying a dessert and the fluffy balls of fried dough with a sweet sticky sauce caught our eyes on the menu immediately. They were served fresh and warm and rounded off the adventurous dinner perfectly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an all-round authentic Ethiopian experience.

1 review so far 5
27.04.2015 19:58

We enjoyed our visit to Lalibela on 23rd April - though we were a little disappointed that they were not celebrating St George' Day (given that he is patron saint of Ethiopia as well as England). They were out of St George beer too - a delivery hadn't turned up - but the alternative Ethiopian brew, Amber, turned out to have a picture of George and the Dragon on the label anyway, which pleased me. Lots of fascinating things to look at downstairs and the food was great too. We will come again when next in Tufnell Park!

1 review so far 6
30.07.2015 12:32

Lalibela is a wonderful place to eat. Their food is delicious, flavorful, and healthy. They are able to cater to many different dietary requirements including soy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. The air is scented with frankincense from the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and the atmosphere is conducive to good conversation. Lovely, friendly staff and an overall warm experience. Highly recommended! But do plan to spend some time there enjoying the full experience, as everything is prepared from scratch and this takes time.

2 reviews so far 6
07.10.2016 10:26

I went to Lalibela with my date after one of my customers advised me to try it, and I must say I'm very surprised. The atmosphere is very nice, and the food is definitely worth a visit, I loved every bit of it. At some point someone in another table had a coffee ceremony and I think things got a little out of hand with the incense, but apart from that everything was very satisfying and I will visit again.

1 review so far 6
27.01.2016 10:30

We had a fantastic time at Lalibela, the food is second to none, the ambiance is great and the staff understand the meaning of good customer service. They are SUPERB. Please, Please Lalibela sort out your toilets and you will be one of the best restaurants in the Land. I love the place.

1 review so far 6
16.04.2017 22:08

We had a brilliant dinner here, quick service and it was really well priced. We shared lentil samosas and citrusy injera for starers although turns out we probably didn't need any as the mains are huge! We had a whole injera bread with pumkpin and lamb tibs, aubergine and chickpea spicy wot and spinach complete with injera rolls to scoop the mains up. Having had no experience of Ethiopian food, I have no idea how authentic it was but it tasted amazing and we ate with our hands so it felt like the rustic experience! For a round of drinks, starters, two mains and a side it cost £40 (£44 with service charge).

1 review so far 6
05.09.2016 06:39

Excellent food, very friendly service, although the food takes quite a while to arrive. We didn't mind but if you're after a quick "get in, eat, and get out", then I don't think it's a good place. However, if you like to enjoy an evening at a leisurely pace then Lalibela is perfect.

1 review so far 5
30.04.2016 10:33

This was my second visit to Lalibela, and the food did not disappoint. The service was a little slow with our drinks taking a while to arrive, but it was a but it was a busy Friday night with lots of groups. The staff were really nice in any case, so I would recommend coming here.

1 review so far 6
22.10.2016 13:31

WE have been going to Lalibela for many years and we really love it. The food is delicious, and the staff are wonderful, really friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere is lovely with beautiful decoration. Fully recommended. =)

2 reviews so far 6
07.03.2016 13:01

A beautiful restaurant with great cuisine and some of the most charming staff you could hope for - really welcoming, especially with my parents, who weren't familiar with most of the dishes and got some great recommendations! Worth visiting if you have time on your hand as it is a small team, so don't expect fast food. I've been half a dozen times now, and I've never had a bad experience!

1 review so far 5
12.10.2016 18:44

Excellent food, and very friendly service. I hadn't eaten at Lalibela for years, but it still has the same great atmosphere. We had a mix of dishes with injera, a lovely variety of flavours. I'm sure we'll go back for more.

1 review so far 6
02.12.2015 12:54

We have eaten many times at Lalibela. The food is always wonderful, everything we have tried has been delicious. The staff have always been welcoming, friendly and offered a great service. Recommended!

1 review so far 5
01.03.2015 09:05

My friend and I had a lovely, relaxed Wednesday dinner at Lalibela. The food and wine were absolutely delicious and the atmosphere with incense and traditional African crafts on display really took us a thousand miles away from rainy London. The waiting staff was friendly although quite laid-back which meant slightly slower service than we're used to, so I would recommend this place for slow dinners in good company (they have great dishes for sharing, too!)

1 review so far 6
15.05.2015 09:35

Incredible food at a super reasonable price. The staff were so lovely and attentive. It was really relaxed and fun. We went as a big group (8 people) and the service couldn't have been better. Great menu selection (especially if you have anyone at your table that is vegetarian/vegan or glutenfree). Cheap and fantastic drinks menu. Love this place!! Will definitely be back!

1 review so far 5
23.02.2016 10:12

Very interesting, enjoyable food. Enjoyed trying various dishes. Very filling. Good value for money. Friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Be aware, Tufnell Park tube station is closed until around March so we had to use the buses. The menu and variety of food looks great to us, but we would like to come back with teenagers and are not sure if there is something they would be happy with as they are less adventurous with food.

2 reviews so far 5
25.04.2017 12:02

Warm and friendly reception and service. A pleasantly lively and happy atmosphere, which I didn't necessarily expect on a Monday evening. It was great to taste some authentic Ethiopian spiced dishes again with injera made from teff, not to mention Ethiopian beer and coffee. Very satisfying portions. A minor mistake with the order could have been avoided if the order had been written down. Total bill £60 for two, including service. Would certainly recommend.

3 reviews so far 6
20.09.2015 08:13

Second visit to Lalibela and still as excellent as always. A great range of authentic Ethiopian dishes and the best place to try gluten free injera and Tej honey wine.

2 reviews so far 4
03.07.2016 09:12

Food was, as usual, really good. Staff kind. But something was causing havoc in the kitchen and we waited about than 40 minutes for our food, and more than 15 minutes for coffee until we asked again and were told that it hadn't been recorded. At the end staff also forgot to bring us the portable card payment system for several minutes. There was no clear responsibility for the table. Having said that, staff was nice and food was good. But more professionalism would have been nice.

2 reviews so far 6
05.07.2016 09:34

This was my second visit to Lalibela and the I've had a great experience both times. The food is great and the atmosphere nice. Would recommend to everyone.

1 review so far 6
13.07.2017 07:24

We had a lovely evening at Lalibela - enjoyed all aspects: the decor (so lovely), the delicious food and really friendly people. WI'll definitely go again.

1 review so far 6
13.03.2015 13:24

Lalibela is a very interesting restaurant. The food was special and excellent, and even healthy, the atmosphere relaxing, the staff friendly. I highly recommend a visit!

1 review so far 5
31.07.2015 07:14

Wonderful decor, high back carved wooden seats, it has a calm, earthy rustic vibe. The food was good, not mind blowing but certainly an experience eating with no cutlery. Must try the the Ethiopian Wine, that was outstanding! The beer is good also. The service was great, really welcoming, felt like I was in someone's home rather than a restaurant. Top Marks!

2 reviews so far 5
22.02.2015 11:05

We had a really nice time here. The sour bread (injera) took a little bit of getting used to but it was fun and delicious. We had a platter which was probably the best way to have a little taste of everything. Milk and honey cake for dessert also delicious! Service was very polite and great. Thanks for a fun evening!

3 reviews so far 6
19.07.2015 09:04

Amazing restaurant, great food and setting. The sharing plate plus a vegetarian dish was exceptional. The okra was succulent and the two types of lamb were completely different, so much flavour and texture. The injera was some of the best I've ever had. A must visit restaurant!

1 review so far 6
06.05.2015 17:55

Excellent restaurant, fabulous dishes on the menu. I used to come in the 90"s and came back last week during a short trip to London, and that's the only things that has not change in London ! which is good ! The cafe is fabulous.

2 reviews so far 6
23.04.2016 08:42

Exceptional food and service. The place is beautifully decorated. It was fun to eat with our fingers. We ate one of the platters for two to share, which was a selection of tasty lamb chicken and vegetable dishes served on a huge injera bread.

2 reviews so far 6
05.02.2017 11:03

The wait staff are helpful with the menu, making good suggestions & giving helpful advice. The food was excellent; no over use of sugar or salt to season; just tremendous, tasty variety, from starters & sauces to coffee. The drinks list is wide.

1 review so far 4
03.02.2016 11:06

Went with a few friends for dinner on Saturday evening. Atmosphere was nice and the staff were friendly. I enjoyed the food for my first experience of Ethiopian cuisine. Only complaint was that there was small mix up with our order (they thought we only ordered vegetarian options) they were however quick to correct this and brought us the meat dishes we had ordered.

1 review so far 3
15.06.2016 10:24

We had a problem with the gluten free option. After eating a third of our injeera, they came saying that there had been a problem and that injeera was not gluten free :O They took it from us automatically and came back later with a gluten-free one. Thank goodness I'm not allergic. I have to admit that it was my third time there and the previous times we had no problem with the gluten free option, but this time, I don't know what happened.

1 review so far 6
12.05.2016 09:58

it was amazing like always!!!!ive been going to lalibela for3 years now and everytime is perfect the food is delicious and the atmosphere is so relaxing.Tha guys and girls that work there always go the extra mile to make you happy!!!!

3 reviews so far 6
06.04.2015 21:03

This place is a little gem, very friendly staff and great food. The sharing plate is great and very rich. Only recommendation is to go early as it is a tiny place and gets quite noisy as people start flowing.

1 review so far 5
26.02.2015 16:49

Wonderful food, lovely staff and most of the menu is gluten free. Service was a little slow at times, as a family run business I think they might struggle with a lot of covers, but the staff are so nice about everything you don't really notice.

1 review so far 5
03.06.2016 22:00

Excellent Food, lovely service. You must try the Ethiopian Wine and Tajj. I would give the 6, but there is always room for improvement. We had a group of 10 and everybody was happy with the food, their patience and service. I would highly recommend.

1 review so far 5
10.03.2017 07:26

We had passed by Lalibrla many times and it always looked like an interestingplace to go. Finally And on the spur of the moment I booked it having checked out the menu which looked delicious. Lovely friendly service, relaxed homely atmosphere and tasty food

1 review so far 5
02.01.2016 00:20

The service was friendly as always. We didn't have starters but every single dish we had was excellent. Our favourites were the chicken and boiled egg dish as well the the Okra and spinach dish. Coffee at the end was very good, too.

1 review so far 6
10.04.2015 14:38

Excelent food and atmosphere! Great Service, you need to be patient as food is cooked on the order, it will take a while. It's my second visit and would go again whenever in London

1 review so far 6
04.03.2015 10:26

Very plesent experience, staff was very friendly and made us feel comfortable and welcome. Cultural escape with a culinary twist. Would recomend it for anyone looking for a out of the ordinary dining experience.

1 review so far 5
24.08.2015 07:46

Second time at Lalibela, still delighted. Food is very nice, service very friendly. I had the beef kifto with injera for mains. It was very nice and in such a large portion I couldn't finish it all. Will definitely return.

1 review so far 6
19.01.2016 10:10

Went as part of a work team dinner. Excellent food and great service. This place came recommended and I concur. Definitely worth a visit and shared dishes work as a bonding experience :-)

1 review so far 5
06.07.2016 09:52

The food was good. The sour flat bread is an acquired taste though. Great atmosphere over all. Service was a little slow but this was probably because the restaurant was packed, which is a good sign. Glad I went.

1 review so far 6
20.12.2015 07:47

A gorgeous restaurant, with the sweetest staff. The food was simply delicious and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, wishing we could fit more food in. We will most definitely be going again!

1 review so far 6
02.06.2015 21:52

Fantastic restaurant with lovely food and we will certainly be back there again to get our fill of wot and injera. Such lovely ladies too - they couldn't have been more hospitable

1 review so far 6
10.01.2016 14:11

First time eating at an Ethiopian restaurant and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The food and surrounding were lovely. I enjoyed the communal eating that was encouraged - had a very relaxed atmosphere.

1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 08:01

A warm beautifully creative environment, it felt such a treat to sit and be there and the food was out of this world, friendly, relaxed staff made for a delightfully exotic time

5 reviews so far 4
08.12.2016 10:05

Friendly, welcoming staff and venue. It took a while to get our meal, but portions are generous. It all feels very authentic, and while not all of the dishes were amazing, overall it's a fun experience and great food for sharing. Gets a little messy!

1 review so far 5
06.06.2016 16:30

The food was delicious and reasonably priced, staff were friendly. I really liked atmosphere and ethiopian decor in the venue. Presentation of the food was also great, we really enjoyed eating off the big injera breads.