1230 African Fusion

3.7
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27 Reviews
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$30 and under
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African

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Seductively wedged in Washington, DC’s Shaw area between M&N Street and only seconds away from the Convention Center, 1230 African Fusion awaits to heighten your senses. Masquerading as a lovely historic D.C. row house, it belies the energetic and vivacious African Infused restaurant and its Champagne Lounge inside.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
African, Seafood, Cocktail Bar
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–6:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(202) 567-1358
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Available for private events of all sizes up to 300 guests. Also a Semi Private dining at chef's table hold up to 8, near semi exhibition kitchen.
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Catering
available in house/ off premise
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between N & M Street
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Parking details
Valet Parking and Street Parking
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Public transit
The restaurant is located two blocks from the Mt Vernon Square, 7th St-Convention Center Metro Station accessible on the green and yellow lines.
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Entertainment
Weekend and event DJ
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.6
service
3.7
ambience
3.4
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made reservation but when arrived it was closed

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great..

H
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, it really like the goat ravioli dish and my date liked the waakye and braised oxtail

OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Got a few friends together for their brunch which was on an add somewhere I cannot seem to recall. Promising of a buffet style dining and unlimited mimosas which was not the case due to lack of reservations. More than half of the items that were on the menu we had to choose from were not available. Was hoping for a good experience and time but it was just over priced for the inconvenience of xy&z. Spoke to the manager as well who would not comp us or discount anything and asked us to just let him know the next time we were coming by - we took a pass. Maybe it was a bad weekend but I will not be recommending this spot.

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancee and I made a late reservation for our date night but ended up showing up later than planned(about 30 minutes late). When we showed up, the kitchen was closed, but the host was helpful enough to tell the owner about our situation. The owner then pulled some strings to get the chef to stay longer to accommodate us. In summary, an almost disastrous night ended up being a special night with private dining and complimentary champagne to top it off :).

Q
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent and the staff was warm and attentive. I had the chicken and it was cooked and seasoned to perfection, including the beautiful skin. The waitress was still a bit in learning mode but otherwise did everything she could to make our experience a good one. I also loved how the other diners reflected the diversity of this city and the Shaw neighborhood.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful, the food and drinks were amazing!! And the service was excellent. Will definitely attend in the near future.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the opportunity to come to 1230 for my mom’s birthday on New Year’s day, and I’m really glad that we did. We had a great time, and I’m really glad that we picked this specific place this time. Everything about the food was wonderfully prepared. The steak was cooked really really excellently designed and well cooked. The steak was cooked perfectly, the shrimp was seasoned incredibly well, and our beef skewers were damn near a magical experience. Our chef came out and personally brought us the waffles that he had prepared, which was a wonderful gesture. One of the owners even came out and brought my mother champagne for her birthday – I was so happy! When we didn’t end up finishing the majority of our champagne, I asked the owner that brought us the champagne if we could have a cork so we could take the bottle with us. He told me no (of course,) but told me that the next time I came, I cold have another free bottle on him. I totally appreciated that so much! It was super sweet and super thoughtful.


Happy to come back. Can't wait for an excuse.

FK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Horrible service. We came for New Years Eve dinner, took an hour to get our food. Our waitress had no interest in being there, she was extremely rude. After 30 minutes of waiting, the waitress told us the food is on the way. 5 minutes later the chef came out of the kitchen and was oblivious to the fact we had ordered two entrees. Notably, numerous groups sat and left after recognizing the quality of service. The whole experience sucked and almost ruined my NYE (wife and I ended up an hour late to party). $135 dinner for two, waste. The lentil appetizer and the scallops were good though, as was my cocktail... though the steak frites was no good (and likely rushed once the chef realized we had ordered dinner 35 minutes after the fact).

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

I unfortunately was very displeased with this experience. I came to DC to celebrate my birthday on NYE with 3 of my girlfriends. Before our trip I scheduled a reservation for 4 people on 12/31 as my birthday dinner. I Received a special email from the restaurant saying I would receive a free entree, “Fine” champagne for my guest and I, a free cocktail, A personally designed gift bag and a personally decorative table. Let’s just say upon arrival, the staff seemed “surprised” to see us. The place was empty, we weren’t greeted properly, there were no decorations on the table -as if a reservation was never made. Once seated we were barely greeted by the server who seemed to be offended by my reference of the email I received. Sh ran between our table and her manager continually asking me questions about the email as if I were lying. She stated “well all my manager can give you is a free drink entree and champagne”. Which was ok with me considering the fact that’s the least they could do after the cold welcoming. The food was great as well as the presentation which I won’t take away from the restaurant. Until we were about to pay for the bill. There was a small discrepancy that needed a little further explanation-to our surprise our waitress decided to not only argue with us but almost taunt us into an argumentative situation and I quote “What, were you not happy with the service?” As she pulled the payment device away as one of my friends were about to pay. What was really astounding to us was how her attitude changed completely while waiting on a table next to us of about 8 people in the middle of our dinner. They received full service -a greeting an explaination of the menu and cocktails and so on. Unfortunately this was completely opposite of what I had in mind for a celebratory birthday dinner. I’m pretty sure we will not be returning to this place in the future.

SS
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food took very long to come out and it wasn't hot. The salmon tartar had a massive amont of mayo it really messed up the dish. They had one dessert option of mixed berries. I do not wish this restaurant bad luck, but if things do not change it may not be around for long.

CD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Although a limited menu, food and service was very good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking forward to another lovely date night at 1230.

DC
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very fresh food with French influences at an accessible price point. The drinks were amazing! Very well balanced. I'm looking forward to when 1230 starts to do night life. The venue is beautiful with lots of potential.

WI
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Enjoyable. 1230 appears that it is trying to establish a following. The menu is heavy weighted toward appetizers and small plates to go along with the theme of a “Champagne Lounge.” The dinner menu is currently limited but all very well prepared. The staff are great. This restaurant really deserves a try and needs to succeed, if for no other reason than to combat against the larger restaurant operators that predominate in the District.

T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Meal was poor at best . very disappointed vs last time 3 months ago

NH
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Poorly run restaurant. Went with a group of 16. Ordered the small plates. The staff brough them out 3 at a time, every 15 minutes. We were starved after 2.5 hours awaiting all of the plates to arrive. The wait staff had no problem bringing out wine and alchohol. They over charged us and did not produce an itemized bill. Terrible experience.

T
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I had a great time here this past Saturday! This is a relatively new restaurant, but this place is certainly on the right track. The ambiance was great! The food was good and the champagne was bubbly. We loved our waitress Lexis. This place just needs a sign out front as we were not sure we were at the right location. From the outside it looks like an apartment. Thanks for the great Saturday night!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid food and cocktails, superb service, modern/cool ambiance, refreshingly moderate noise level -- easy to converse even though it was a Saturday.

i
Washington DC
139 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful new restaurant that has been open only 3 weeks. Greeted and served by Emanuel, one of the owners. Eclectic menu with limited choices but all 4 of us easily found very tempting dishes. Our duck and quail appetizers were attractive and delicious. Main courses of rack of lamb and duck breast were delicious and presented beautifully. Service was outstanding. Parking was on street and could be a challenge.
We plan on definitely returning.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love 1230. Came here with my colleagues from work. The food is so good. We shared most of the appetizers. I must say that trio tartar is to die for. My short rib was nothing less than amazing. I didn't even need my knife. Falls right off. Our waitress was very friendly and hospitable. Can't wait to go back to check out the lounge!

j
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We used a Gilt City at this brand new restaurant (open only two months). The food was fantastic. Or main issue was with the service - our waiter was great at the beginning but then disappeared. We later found out his child was sick and so he had to leave. One of the owners later came by and offered us complementary after dinner drinks. We will give them a second chance but hope the service improves soon

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my wife for our anniversary. I was quite impressed. We shared the scallops and Langoustine. Well seasoned and seared to perfection. Our waiter had us sample several different brands of bubbles. We definitely loved it. I'm looking forward to the grand opening and their upcoming roof top deck.

JK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Horrible service. Waited over 45 minutes to even get a drink, food never came after an hour and a half, ended up walking out.

CD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Waited ten minutes before we got water and a menu. Waited 30 minutes for a cocktail. We left and had dinner a few doors down at the Mexican restaurant on the corner

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing birthday dinner experience. The staff especially Emmanuel really took care of the 17 of us. The drinks were always full and the food was beyond delicious. 5 star service. Can't wait to revisit after the grand opening.

OC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I tried 12:30 for a date night and were not disappointed. the restaurant had only been open two weeks and was not crowded (I don't think this will last long) meeting the chef and having him discuss the menu with us was a treat, everyone else provided terrific service. the food was excellent. the duck appetizer is not to be missed and the salmon, recommended by Chef was perfect.