Zeret Kitchen

4.7
158 reviews
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£25 and under
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Ethiopian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
Lovers of Ethiopian cuisine and adventurous foodies will appreciate this bright, clean and modern restaurant in Camberwell that prides itself on its family recipes and dedication to authentic Ethiopian traditions. Zeret itself is a name that comes from a small village in northern Ethiopia, and the menu includes mostly chicken, lamb and beef stews made with butter, garlic and ginger served on pancake-like flatbread called enjera. All the food here is delicious, and the dining room is decorated with colourful placemats, potted palms and simple white walls. Perfect for communal/sharing meals with friends and family, the Zeret Kitchen has attentive staff and a relaxed atmosphere – don't miss the Ethiopian style chicken cooked with green chillies, herbs and spices.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Ethiopian
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday 1pm to 10.30pm Friday to Saturday 1pm to 11.30pm Sunday 1pm to 9.30pm
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Phone number
020 7701 8587
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 158 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

They serve delicious Ethiopian food at a reasonable price. I will be back.

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

This place is really great! The food is authentic and there is a big selection of vegan options as well as meat. The atmosphere is cute and cozy!

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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

Zeret kitchen is absolutely brilliant - we came for our second visit and for our four year anniversary dinner and had a fantastic time. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

We traveled all the way from Australia to eat at Zeret.
The food is fantastic and only second to the lovely people who cook and serve from the heart.

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4.0Dined on 4 July 2018

It was a great place to have some authentic Ethiopian food. The food was incredible and the staff amazingly friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on 19 June 2018

Zeret kitchen is an absolute gem of a place to eat - fabulous authentic Ethiopian food (with imported spices) and first class customer service. Would recommend!

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Reliable food and service. We had the vegetarian platter and some Ethiopian beer. Both tasty and filling!

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Excellent food...great service....just hope there is not a large group there when you go. There were a group of mainly 20 women the noise was unbearable...so bad, we decided to eat outside the venue!

Food made up for the noise!

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4.0Dined on 17 April 2018

Nice place, definitely going back! Keep the good work.

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Very happy indeed to find an Ethiopian restaurant in London that makes gluten-free injera, i.e. with 100% teff flour and not cut with wheat flour, as in most others. Both the meat and vegan selections were delicious and very generous helpings! A great little find down the Walworth Road

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Great restaurant!! Very friendly service, excellent quality of food!! Value for money! Just go!

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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

This place was such an amazing find! You wouldn't know how awesome it is by its location, as it's sort of tucked away. But this place totally transported me. I felt like I got a little taste of family dining in Ethiopia. The food was incredible and it was a lot of food or two and we paid 30 quid total. We got the mixed combination for two, which included a mix of authentic Ethiopian spreads, including meat and veggies. We also shared a glass of the Ethiopian honey wine, which was amazing! The place has a cool vibe, as it's decorated to the T with Ethiopian art, decor, sultry incense, and gentle music playing in the background. It's definitely a full-sensory experience, so felt pretty sultry and sensual and perfect for a date or just to immerse yourself in a little escape from London.

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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

As an Ethiopian who's been a to a fair few Ethiopian restaurants, I think this is one of the best I've been to in London. The food is good quality and the staff were warm and attentive. I also enjoyed the coffee ceremony add-on which isn't done in many places. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Really excellent Ethiopian food, and really friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Proper ethiopian food and really good service. The waiter was super friendly and the chef came around to ask how was everything and to explain us some things about the food. Will definitely come back!

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4.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Very tasty and lovely service. We had the vegetarian platter for 2 and a beef dish, all to share between three people. Both dishes very very good but the veggie platter was a bit small to be honest. We left satisfied but with still some space in our tummies. :)

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

My first time trying Ethopian food and I was very impressed. Ill definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on 23 February 2018

Fantastic authentic Ethiopian food. We’ve already recommended it to several people. Honey wine is a must with the meal!

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Beautiful food, lovely service. 5 stars all round!

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5.0Dined on 12 January 2018

Lovely family run Ethiopian restaurant. Food was exactly as it was when we visited Ethiopia so very traditional. Excellent quality, quick & friendly service. They even have traditional coffee, beer & wine. Would go again.

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5.0Dined on 24 December 2017

Une belle découverte que la cuisine éthiopienne même si nous sommes peu habitués à ces plats épicés. Nous avons été reçu de façon très attentive, avec des conseils pertinents et individualisé.
Une belle soirée.... Épicée 😉

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5.0Dined on 25 November 2017

Lovely ambience and fruendly staff. A good introduction to Authentic Ethiopian Cusine.

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5.0Dined on 12 November 2017

Lived up to the high expectations we had. Very tasty food, delightful staff, plenty of people at 5.30 on a Sunday.

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3.0Dined on 11 November 2017

Waited 30 minutes to be seated (had a reservation).
food was decent : you get what you pay

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5.0Dined on 10 November 2017

This was our first Ethiopian food experience and it was amazing! Make sure you book a table. Will definitely be going back

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5.0Dined on 10 November 2017

Wonderful experience overall! Food was amazing and staff was very attentive and nice. Lovely place to have a meal away from all the hustle and bustle of London.

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4.0Dined on 28 October 2017

It was my first time trying Ethiopian Food and I honestly loved it! The service was a bit slow and they then asked us to leave, but all in all it was an incredible food experience.

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5.0Dined on 14 October 2017

We had a wonderful meal here! The staff are extremely friendly and hospitable, and the food is incredible. You get so much to eat and the waitresses came over often to let us try extra dishes and giving us more injera bread without even having to ask. We all had vegetarian options, there was plenty of choice. The flavours are fantastic and it's just a really cosy and welcoming restaurant. Will go back!

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5.0Dined on 10 October 2017

I went to Zeret Kitchen because it had good reviews and was highly rated. It definitely lived up to this.

The food was delicious and very well presented. The coffee was also very good. I lived in Ethiopia for 6 months so I can testify to its authenticity! Service was very friendly and professional too.

It’s not the easiest to get to, but it’s most definitely worth a visit. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on 30 September 2017

Make no mistake, this place does Ethiopian food only - but it excels at it! This will not be your type of place if you don't enjoy eating with your hands, or want a more assimilated version of East African food. If you do enjoy a relaxed dining experience, really friendly service, and an excellent injera - go for it!

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4.0Dined on 28 September 2017

Great little secret in camberwell. Lovely staff and amazing food

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5.0Dined on 25 September 2017

I visited this restaurant having read the reviews and having spoken to other people. I had a pleasant evening.Wonderful food lovely location and very good value for money.

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5.0Dined on 20 September 2017

Having first tried Eritrean food in Borough Market and loved it, I have been meaning to visit Zeret Kitchen for months!

Look past the less-the-beautiful setting and you quickly realise this place is an absolute gem where we were welcome like family buy the warm and charming staff. Like many, we went for the Zeret Surprise; a delicious array of dishes all served on a huge injera bead.

Now I can hardly claim to be an expert on Eritrean food but, like most diners before me, thought that every dish was absolutely delicious - wonderfully cooked and the spices all perfectly balanced. All this was washed down with a very delicious and reasonably priced bottle of Malbec - probably not an authentic pairing but a very good one in my opinion! The communal act of eating with your hands adds to the warmth of this place as well.

If you come here make sure you also experience the coffee ceremony - the heady scent of the incense and the delicious coffee are the perfect way to end a wonderful meal.

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4.0Dined on 17 September 2017

Great dinner

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5.0Dined on 14 September 2017

There's a reason that Zeret Kitchen is consistently listed amongst the best bargains in London. The amount of food for the price was amazing. We had beef, lamb and chicken, and several sides and each were savory and delicious. If you don't mind a little heat, order them spicy. Unique blending of spices and combinations of seasoning you might not have ever had before. Oh, and so you aren't quizzical like we were at first, there are no utensils. The food is served on a thin crepe like bread that you tear up and grab the offerings on your plate with. A truly unique experience and the service couldn't have been friendlier. If you like mead, try the honey wine that they make and bottle. It's sweetness went well with the spicy, savory food.

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5.0Dined on 9 September 2017

Excellent and very tasty food, very, very friendly hosts. A wonderful meal in an unexpected place. Thanks to Trip Advisor we found it, would have been a shame to miss it! African, Ethiopean food is not very common, so this was a great way to get some experience with it!

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2.0Dined on 2 September 2017

The food was nice however service was really poor.

It was really difficult to get the staffs' attention when needed and yet they interrupted when we didn't need anything. I had to ask for coffee twice as they forgot and it took 4 attempts to explain that I was asking for details about a dish, not trying to order it.

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5.0Dined on 26 August 2017

Really enjoyed our meal here. The waitresses were professional and attentive, we were never left waiting for service and they showed us how to eat traditionally. We ordered the Zeret Surprise which was a great opportunity to try many dishes for those who don't know where to start! So many different dishes/stews came out on one large Injera bread - looks amazing and tasted great too. Would go again.

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4.0Dined on 19 August 2017

Delicious. I go fairly far out of my way just to go here. I am gluten free and dairy free (not by choice) and, so long as I get gluten free injera, I am generally good to go. I always get one of the tasting platters.

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5.0Dined on 14 August 2017

Great food. Great service. The location may not look ideal, but it was accessible by bus and we had a great time.

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