Kith / Kin

4.5
968 reviews
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After composing a home-cooked meal served on his mother's kitchen table, Kith/Kin creator and James Beard Rising Star Winner Executive Chef, Kwame Onwuachi, knew this was the makings of the menu he was meant to craft – one that brings his roots to the surface, and celebrates a story generations in the making.

Celebrating his heritage ranging from Nigeria and Jamaica, to West Africa and the Caribbean, to New Orleans and New York, and now immersed in The Wharf of Washington D.C., Chef Kwame finds his culinary impetus in everywhere he's from, everywhere he's been, and the influence of those who know him best.

We invite you to share in the story. To indulge in flavors with substance. And to take a seat at the table. Because this is a place where all are friends and a member of the family.

Welcome to Kith/Kin.
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SL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance of Kith/Kin are both perfection. Everything I ordered during both of my visits there was delicious. The oxtails are by far my favorite, as well as the Jerk Wings. The coco bread with the hot pepper is a wonderful starter, and the Jollof Rice is delightfully spicy as its filled with crabmeat and topped with a piece of trout

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From service to food, dinner was truly spectacular. Exceeded high expectations. Truly one of the better meals that I have had in quite some time. Will be back during future DC visits.

JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. My food was delicious and the service was on point. I have been waiting to go this restaurant for about a month and I am so glad this restaurant exceeded my expectations. I will definitely be back !

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I'm glad I experienced kith and kin but it's not a place I will return to. My husband and I had their signature dish, the red snapper($65) It feeds two people so we thought it was the best priced option. Everything else on the menu was overpriced for the amount of food you would recieve. The drinks were way over priced. My husband wanted a Manhattan but once he saw a $24 price tag he stuck with his water.

I dont have a problem spending Alot of money on food but it has to be worth it. I enjoyed kithandkin but there are a lot of restaurants in DC to try before I think about returning.

NL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great night! We went to Kith/Kin for our last night out in DC and had a lovely meal. The food was amazing and the service was fantastic. We would love to go again next time we visit DC.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a double date...meeting these men for the first time! We were seated within minutes of arriving and was so happy to know that Shanta was our waitress! In June we came for an event in the private room an led fell in love with Shanta!
We also asked to meet Chef Kwame as our dates were from Ghana and were very curious about his name origin!

Shanta knew everything on the menu and was able to guide us. She gave us space and room. Also the people pouring the water and clearing our table were on point! We felt safe asking them for anything we needed! We appreciated the option to cater our order to our needs!

Kudos to Chef Kwame, management and staff! We wish him much success in attaining the James Beard Award and Michelin status.

Ooh yeah we’ll be back! That whole snapper is EVERYTHING to me. I care about nothing else....and that gravy!! Oh the steamed codfish in the collard green wrap and the yellow and red sauce was absolutely brilliant and delicious 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾!

Blessings and love! The Ghanaian men were very impressed too!

O
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was gorgeous
Food can be spicy but flavorful overall good
Great bartenders and service

CD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Kith/Kin was excellent. Our server was on point and the food was absolutely delicious. I was concerned that we’d be paying exorbitant prices for small plates but the portions were great. We ordered the oxtails and Jollof rice, both of which had a bit of spice/heat to them, which was surprising (only because I don’t recall seeing a warning on the menu), but certainly delicious nonetheless.

j
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently spectacular. Never disappoints.

KS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am telling the world about this restaurant it is amazing every aspect of the dining experience was simply amazing!!!!

CM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Too spicy for me but quality ingredients and interesting dishes. Beautiful restaurant and friendly, knowledgeable servers.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We never got to his place in Shaw, so after his wonderful uplifting message on a night talk show and of course Beard notoriety, as soon as I scored Stubhubs of Bryan Ferry at the Anthem I got this res for our date night pre-show dinner.

All aspects of service were graciously eloquent, from the wonderful hostess whom seated us, just off the promenade seating, where it was lively enough to be comfortable and still peaceful to savor the experience.

We got the cauliflower and scallops to start after decadent bread, all in exactly the correct portion to enjoy without overwhelming the appetite or palette.

Next were delightfully blackened Brussels, with another completely different dimension of complexity.

We split the whole red snapper where our wonderful waiter Marcelo, more our host and curator of our dining feast, used spoons to remove the meat from the bone and serve us both.

It was done exquisitely, with a sauce to immerse it that the fish absorbed perfectly.

When the bread was first delivered, the person also provided an orange tiny cup of an embellishing mash, where he stated, ‘this is not for dipping in the bread’

At the meals end, I tried just a smidge on my final fish bite, phew that packed a punch.

We accompanied the meal with a bottle of a South African white wine I would have never known to select but was simply the perfect compliment.

We were perfectly full, yet not overly so, a coupling of both correct portion size, and of the absolute freshness the entire ensemble was.

The chef’s upbringing, coming of age in the business, coupled with his rich and diverse heritage is expressed in many layers that reveal themselves in ways that occur as one delves deeper into each dish.

The bill was well lighter than I thought it would be, so for certain I’ll return.

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic location and decor. Service is impeccable. Food is very good. There were a couple of dishes where a little bit of taste was sacrificed for creativity. But it was still tasty and unexpected. The vibe is cool and comfortable.

LC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

A nice option before a show at the Anthem. You would not expect a hotel restaurant to serve habanero sauce with bread. The Caribbean influence is perfect. The complex flavors are wonderful. We had the goat roti which was boneless and falling apart tender. Our server Travis was fabulous. We enjoyed chatting with him and he was very responsive. The only disappointment was our dessert. Otherwise a lovely dinner filled with flavor.

H
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best option in the wharf area. Each dish was uniquely flavorful. With the Uni, for example, we could taste each of the crab and avocado, with a strong, but not overpowering mix of spices. The same with the charred brassicas and scallops where the vegetables and scallops were perfectly charred and cilantro was present but not interfering. The goat roti with curry had just the right kick such that the Mrs. could enjoy it even though she's a little more sensitive than I. And the service was among the best we've ever experienced. Marcelo anticipated our every need without being intrusive. And the other support staff were excellent. Wine and water were always topped off in a timely manner. We'll be back. Next time for red snapper if it's still on the menu.

SD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

I took my family to this restaurant last night to celebrate a birthday. It is my third time dining at this restaurant. Each time I come the food has gotten worse. The first time the chef was very visible, every dish that came out was perfect. Last night the only dish that was good was the shrimp and not the rice that came with it.
The Jerk Chicken was so hard it tasted like cardboard and burnt. The oxtail was drenched in a very sticky sweet sauce it took away from the flavor of the meat. The curry goat was so amazing last time, now it was so chewy. Honestly we could have gotten better curry goat and jerk chicken at a takeout. Especially with the price they were charging. Come on Chef we want to support but do your share. It’s not fair to charge these prices and disappoint.

a
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was decent, I ordered oxtail. Big meaty oxtails. Cabbage was very salty, crafty tasty drinks, everything on the menu is absolutely overpriced. No regular menu at the bar is a nuisance. Not in a hurry to get back here.

SS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant for a wedding anniversary! The view of the wharf and marina is gorgeous. The food is delish and service is very attentive.

C
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent waterfront venue! The food was delicious; freshly cooked to order with minimal wait time.

TT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had been so looking forward to checking out this brother's restaurant since it opened, but i was thoroughly disappointed when i went for my birthday dinner on 8/10. Usually i dont comment on mediocre dining experiences. But this was so inedible i must share my experience. If the food wasnt drenched in salt (calamari and ox tails), it was burnt (bbq jerk chicken). Re: bbq jerk chicken - bbq does not equal burnt and jerk isnt an afterthought dipping sauce. I cannot fathom why the waiter and chef would even semd out burnt chicken as if it was acceptable. In addition well cooked ox tails should not be swimming in a grocery store brand of szechuan sauce that contains the daily allowance of sodium for 7 days in one spoonful.

Thanks Kwame for an unbelievably bad birthday dinner. #nottopchef #bbqinstburnt #jerkisnotadippingsauce

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Need to lower the prices but otherwise great

LA
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at a great establishment with a exceptional staff.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

None of the table had candles and it wasn’t lending to a romantic atmosphere it was literally too dark to see the menus so we all used cellphones to see. We were told they were all out of candles but they weren’t on any tables .out server was great and attentive but clear he was having to work through not having ideal support to serve his customers (ability to place a water carafe on the table for more frequent self- serve water upon request. However he brought water often so points to him. The food was very good and the decor is beautiful- we had the jerk chicken, and the oxtails- delicious and seasoned to perfection. Also- the whole “we can’t seat you until every member of your party arrives is a move reserved for lower end restaurants- I would say for parties of four- with two people present this is ridiculous. Work on the logistics and the lighting .

A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my boyfriend for his birthday because he wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t been. I’d heard great things about Kith/Kin so made the reservation. We were not disappointed! From the drinks to dessert, all we could do is sit back and just shake our heads. Half way through the meal, I asked him if it was repeatable. Without hesitation, he asked when we were coming back. Great staff, amazing food, perfect location.

PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, the food was excellent and service could not have been better. I will certainly recommend and return.

I
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I was very disappointed with the service I received. Went there for a business meeting and was disappointed from the start.

1)The appetizers took 30 minutes + to come out.
2)We never received any bread
3) we had to ask for water 6+ times
4) we ordered dessert and only 3 out 4 came out. We had to remind the waiter but by that time it came out we were already finished eating ours.

g
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch on a sunny summer afternoon during the week, when we figured this popular restaurant would be easy to get into. And it was. It's very pretty and airy. It was nice to sit by the Wharf boardwalk and look out on the water. The 2 of us ordered jerk chicken and shrimp and shared those dishes. Both were very good and presented nicely. Server brought us each a delicious coconut
roll. We split a beautiful and tasty piece of cheesecake semi freddo for dessert. This was nice way to experience this popular restaurant from an acclaimed chef. But $30 (more or less) is a lot to pay for
small entrees at lunch. So don't know that I'd go back....

C
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting selection of great foods! Some were served family-style which made it convenient to share and get a chance to sample all the great flavors. Waiter was kind and attentive.

KK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, environment, coupled with cuisine = a great night.

Since the initial opening, you can definitely tell the service level has stepped up.

Thnx for allowing my management team to have a great experience in DC.

JB
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our waitress, while very nice, got multiple orders wrong and seemed annoyed when we asked for the correct food/drinks. The menu is extremely limited and service is very slow. Our drinks took about 30 minutes, another 15 to get one bun each with some hot sauce, and almost an hour for our entres. From the kith menu, our party shared the eggplant and the scallops. The eggplant was an extremely heavy dish with somehow too much and too little flavor. The scallops were great but it only came with three scallops, we were told the plate could be shared between us but three scallops is enough for one person. Our entres (the shrimp and rice and the oxtail) were incredibly salty. I really wanted to enjoy Kith/Kin but there are cheaper restaurants in the wharf with far better food and service. (Id recommend Mi Vida, it’s right across the street)

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jose our host was very attentive to our needs and knew the menu well. The ambience was nice as was the food.

KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gourmet Caribbean cuisine. Food is absolutely delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the flavor in all the dishes I had. You can taste Chef’s Kwames heart in all of it. Service was Wonderful. Can’t wait to return

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning to end, we fully enjoyed ourselves. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and had nothing but great advice concerning each dish we were interested in eating.

KS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the food and the service were phenomenal!

DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience and staff was extremely generous. Surprised my wife with a complimentary birthday dessert. Thanks, Ktih / Kin!

JB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I thought the food was too sweet and heavy overall and the service was inattentive. Not what I expected from the raves...and I rarely leave a meh review like this!

AF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 1

Kith/Kin is overpriced and overrated. We had dinner there on Saturday, August 3, 2019. We ordered the plantains, crab jollof rice, oxtails, and the whole red snapper. With the exception of the oxtails, the entire meal left much to be desired. I did not enjoy the flavors of the dishes at all. While I appreciate the buzz about this restaurant because the chef is a James Beard Award winner, the food that I sampled did not seem worthy of this accolade. I have had much better meals at less well-regarded restaurants.

D
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was perfect except for the lighting. Our 2 person table was tucked tight by the window near the bar. It was nighttime and dark. So no natural light to brighten our area. Another 2 person table was close by. No way in or out without bumping the next table and the guest seated there. With no lighting to view the menus. We had to turn on our phone flashlight to see. A small candle was brought over that kept blowing out. Didn't offer much lighting anyway. When the food came out, there wasn't much room to fit the entrees and plates on the table. We made lemonade out of those lemons to make it all work out. With all that being said. We're not going out of our way to return soon. Might have to sit at the bar if we do return. But the food and service was excellent.

CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding blend of food and culture all in setting. Very attractive knowledgeable service.

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