Kokeb Ethiopian Restaurant

4.5
176 reviews
£25 and under
Ethiopian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Outstanding Value
The consummate chef/hostess/waitress/owner of Kokeb Ethiopian Cuisine – exotically named Getenesh – must be secretly wearing a cape under her clothes as she runs this restaurant like a superhero. Treating every customer like a house guest, Getenesh runs an immaculate eatery on London's Roman Way, and her home-cooking is a wholesome and adventurous affair. The cosy and colourful dining room at Kokeb is filled with African textiles and lively music, and the restaurant is also conveniently close to the Emirates Stadium and Caledonian Road station, making it a good place for pre-game feeds. Don't miss the chicken cooked in a light tomato sauce with coriander and onions, the fresh injera bread and the huge portions of chocolate sponge cake.
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vipRajMaan
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cannot go wrong with the quality and choices on the menu. The owner is a treat to engage in conversation with- makes a very special dining experience

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JillW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we arrived late due to challenges finding Kokeb, otherwise we loved it - the ambience is simple, the food is authentic and delicious, and the owner is absolutely lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really nice place with great food. I will surely come back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice decor in a cosy restaurant, the hostess was really lovely and explained about the dishes well. Excellent njera and really tasty dishes. The vegetable dishes were really good so an option for vegetarians.

JC
JoeC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience! Delicious food and a lovely hostess.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good experience, great food! The lady of the restaurant was very helpful in explaining about Ethiopian food and suggesting dishes.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's like a communal dining experience without actually being one. Super friendly atmosphere and great food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The owner was friendly and talked us through the menu as it was our first experience. It is clean, quiet and well kept. We enjoyed it and will be back again.

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KirstieD
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Realky surprised to find this place just off Cally Road!

Getenesh was friendly and welcoming from the start, making sure we were fed in time for our show at theatre. We let her pick a selection of dishes for us and everything was outstanding (and such good value). How she does everything alone is a mystery!

Will definitely be back.

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veggiedinnerplease
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal at Kokeb, delicious food and very friendly welcoming experience - it also felt like we had been invited over for tea! Will recommend and visit again

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BenS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is on our "must eat" list whenever we are in London. Fantastic meal again here. We picked the spiciest dishes and wow! Did it deliver. The owner does a brilliant job greeting people, serving and cooking.

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Delicious Ethiopian food, eaten with the hands (optional!). Our host was very welcoming and we were chatting like family within minutes of arriving. Discover new flavours and you won't be disappointed. Don't be in a hurry - it's a small and friendly, one woman operation. Take your time and enjoy the food and the experience. The spicy options were very tasty, and we'll be back to try more of the menu. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a brilliant birthday meal here recently with 5 friends! The owner was so welcoming and helped us choose a selection of dishes, all of which were delicious and plentiful! The service was great, she went out of her way to make us happy and our food arrived very quickly. Thank you for a wonderful night

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Johnny
London
35 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The lady who runs this place is great, she really makes you feel at home and it does feel more like someone's house than a restaurant.

The menu is explained where needed and we had some dishes that we could share. The food is lovely, you can tell that they love making it and do what they do well.

It was a good introduction to Ethiopian food.

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vipGabrielle
London
12 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous home-style Ethiopian food! We love this place. The owner is so friendly and the food is so good. I'd never had Ethiopian food before, and asked for her recommendations about what to have, and they were spot on. Since then I've also tried some other things, all of which have been excellent. As a vegetarian it is refreshing to have so much choice and variety, and I love the injera. Brought my toddler along too and it was very child-friendly and she enjoyed it too.

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SS2012
London
18 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food is not consistent - some days the food is amazing other days it seems to disappoint. Make sure you call ahead to make a reservation. Unfortunately due to just being one person manning the restaurant she can't seat a large number of people.

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cfaulkner
London
122 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have been here on several occasions and always enjoyed the warm welcome from the lady who runs and cooks. The food is fresh and appetising, but it is easy to over-order so do take advice!

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Sanch
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful time here. It felt as though we were having dinner at a friend's house. The woman running the show is absolutely hilarious and extremely helpful with suggesting what to order. I'm not a connoisseur of Ethiopian cuisine so it was much appreciated. The food was also top notch.
Would definitely return!

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Eatupyum
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at Kokeb last Friday. We liked the food so much we did a take out to have on Saturday. We've eaten a lot of Ethiopian when living elsewhere but this was some of the best we've eaten. The food is fresh, rich in flavour, perfectly cooked. The portions were of good size and there's plenty of choice for meat eaters and vegetarians. We at two vegetarian dishes or red lentils and the chickpea dish. We also had the chopped beef in spicy sauce plus a delicious salad. The owner takes great pride in getting to know her customers, helping them to choose, and sharing her story about why she cooks. It's amazing value for money too. Very inexpensive. Highly recommend this one.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
15 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent experience where the charismatic and sassy host will make sure you enjoy the most authentic experience possible.

Would highly recommend.

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jodi
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kokeb is by far the best Ethiopian food I have had in London. The food is fresh and delicious. There are numerous vegan options. The owner is very friendly and remembers you when you return, even if it has been a while.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A one women as show with a host of flavours... We told her we had to leave within an hour 15, she was great and served us the most incredible food... worth it and we managed to eat and pay within the hour... wish we weren't as rush soo lovely

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Karoline
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Being 'foodies' in every other way, perhaps Ethiopian food just isn't for us but the food here was overly spiced and the 'bread' just left us feeling bloated. While the lady who runs the restaurant is lovely, it felt she was a little over-keen to have her customers compliment her/her cooking which made it a bit uncomfortable.

Just simply not for us - not a great experience and I wouldn't recommend it to others by any means.

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Noms
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ethiopian food I’ve had in the UK. The owner/chef is friendly and welcoming; makes you feel like a family guest. Altogether a happy experience.

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Bigredrooooo
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A traditional Ethiopian "village" style restaurant, run by the indomnitable host and owner. The injera is fresh and tasty and the spicing excellent. When the injera for the day has all gone, the restaurant takes no more customers, which just adds to the charm. Great veggie options and reasonably priced, the owner turns away more customers than she can serve, so always book!!!

JN
J2N2
Mexico City
15 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I love Ethiopian food and hence visited most of the Ethiopian restaurants in London and when it comes to the balance of spices and quality this one is the best by far! It is a small place away from any other restaurant or main street with simple decor and a lovely owner who takes great care of you and even advises you on your choices ( we did order too much, she warned us :-)) I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to try great food and relax!

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vipckd1
London
91 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had high hopes after reading all the very positive reviews and it certainly lived up to expectations. A friendly host who takes the time to explain the different dishes on offer, the food is interesting, varied and all home made on the day. It's a great way to eat in a group with the emphasis on sharing and trying a variety of dishes. I celebrated my birthday on a few different nights with different friends in different places and this was definitely the best!

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Kineaju
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this Ethiopian restaurant at opentable and just had to try it! We were not disappointed! Delicious food, great value and lovely service !

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vipMotekx
London
42 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2015
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food is very good and the service is attentive. Wide juice of different dishes cater for different tastes.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Different african food. The chef is always willing to help and recommend new dishes. She as well helps with client service. It is a different experience in London that I highly recommend.

EG
EGB69
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Brilliant food and experience all delivered by an amazing, warm and friendly matriarch who is like a combination between your grandmother telling you whats good for you and a gentle great Aunt who spoils you whenever you visit. Delicious, wide range of Ethiopian curries, stews and vegetables. The lighting and atmosphere is bright and friendly and it feels like a place you have to make an effort to get to but once there you are warmly welcomed.

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ruig
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience5

"you came here because you are looking for something different, you are looking for adventure". She was right and we loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful home cooked ethiopian food, unique experience, definitely recommended!

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sssaraaargh
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This restaurant is run and operated by just one woman. She is a warm and welcoming host with a no nonsense approach to running her restaurant The food is simply fantastic focusing on the traditional dish injera. Be warned; make a booking and show up on time as you may expect long waits for service if you miss your window. It is after all, just one woman doing everything. I loved my experience here and will certainly be back again.

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mills
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2015
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Ethiopian food is a fun and different way to dine (no utensils!) and Kokeb is an excellent example of the tasty stew type mains that go with injera, the sour pancake like side that you use to scoop up the main dishes. The restaurant is a small cheap and cheerful local restaurant with a good vibe. I would recommend booking for groups as every time I have been past it has been consistently busy.

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Michael
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment you walk into this restaurant to the moment you leave you feel like you have walked into the home of a friend who has invited you to dinner. The ambiance is that of a tiki hut. The night we were there, the restaurant filled up and it was in the middle of the week, so I would recommend reservations at any time. The food arrived and it looked fantastic and it was delicious. I've eaten Ethiopian food in man different restaurants and this was as good as the best that I've eaten. The price was very reasonable. 3 of us ate for £45 including a drink.

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vipdinner
London
18 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2015
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Small restaurant with 1 person working there. Food takes time to arrive so allow at least 2 hours to eat as it takes time to get served and food to arrive. Food was interesting but for price small quantities. Good ambience.

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10CornishActors
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We booked a table for 10 and form the moment we arrived, the proprietress was welcoming and helpful. We had the best meal of our week in London with Kokeb and will make a point of returning. Lovely and gracious owner!

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vipFoodlover
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Felt like you were dining in someone's home. Definitely worth a try ! We will go back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here last week with a group of 15 for our christmas party. We had the set menu which had lots of veggie options, halal meat and a mix of mild and spicy dishes. We couldn't finish it all so got doggy bags and enjoyed it the next day as well.

Great food, great atmosphere, great for a party and above all, great owner and service! Thank you.

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Kokeb Ethiopian Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 176 OpenTable diners.