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Moi Moi, Washington, DC

Moi Moi

4.4
4.4
94 Reviews
$30 and under
African
A New Concept by Chef Howsoon Cham, originally from The Gambia, West Africa, Chef Howsoon Cham started cutting his teeth in the high end restaurant scene and eventually went on to own several restaurants in the D.C. area. Fast forward to today, he realized there is a lack of American food with a West Africa flare in D.C. so he decided to launch Moi Moi.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    African

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 303-0125

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Howsoon Cham

  • Neighborhood

    West End

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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    Jul 3 - Jul 17, 2022
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What 94 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Owner came to our table and was very attentive and made sure we had a good dinner.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    To start off, when we arrive they said I didn’t have a reservation, then we pointed out my name, I tried calling earlier several times because we were running 10 mins behind to our reservation but no one answered the phone. There was a DJ playing music a bit too loud we could hear each other without yelling. Our waitress took our drink orders (mojitos) and our appetizers order (mussels) which I do not recommend. Our drinks arrive then the appetizer came out. No recommendations were suggested. We ordered our main course short rib & curry goat (they were delicious) the only reason why this place has hope (the food). Our waitress banish for the rest of our meal then I could order another drink. There was 2 guys wearing shorts and tanks tops (not uniforms of any sort) just standing at the door, which we realized were the one in charge of the hookah service. I had to flag our waitress to bring the check. I was very disappointed with experience, I was hoping for a better ambiance due the location and Instagram posts. I guess it was all for the gram.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time celebrating my friends birthday at Moi Moi. All staff were attentive and kind! Jenell, our server, was great. They even sang my friend the happy birthday song! Ambiance and decor was lovely. Loved the DJs music selection. And the food was SOOOO good. Everything! Looking forward to my next visits so I can eat my way through the menu!
  4. SD

    SosenaD

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, presentation was great and the service was excellent
  5. JG

    JiuGirl

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    We were disappointed in every sense. The service was frantic; they had an issue with their liquor license; the decor is quite unfortunate, the food…sigh! For a restaurant called moi moi, we expected the moi moi to be fire and ordered it immediately! It was dry, cold in the middle and clearly old. I’ve never had a worse jollof rice and the Suya steak was over priced, not nice and barely tasted of Suya. We asked for additional Suya pepper and they brought stale Suya pepper. The Brussels sprouts had redeeming qualities but it was smothered in a Thai chilli sweet sauce that was too sweet. The target clientele is not anyone who knows what west African food tastes like. A real disappointment if you do! For 2 starters, 2 sides and one (supposed to be shared) large steak main, and soft drinks, our bill was about $250.
  6. S

    Salamander3

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Moi-Moi was nice…it was clean & not crowded. They weren’t authorized to sell alcoholic drinks, so they only had lemon water and assorted juices. Waitress mentioned that the menu had recently been redone, there was no differentiation between entrees and appetizers. We started with the Arugula Salad & Black Eye Pea Fritters, next the Fried Porgy, Mussel Pot, and for dessert we had the Bread Pudding & Bourbon Pecan Pie. Food was delicious.
  7. K

    King

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service at the bar. I would not recommend coming here to view any sporting events, lag and visual clarity needs improvement
  8. AD

    AdrianD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    The lamb chop entress had no flavor and the pepper soup was not a hit for my liberian guest the tomatoe based dishes was not a hit. Overall a great place for drinks I suppose.
  9. E

    Earl

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Food was just ok for the price. Duck was tough. Sides didn’t have enough seasoning
  10. JH

    JonathanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was great! The staffing was all-around pleasant and high energy, and our server was very attentive to my table and our requests. Food was delicious! Although the dinner side of the menu has only one labeled vegan option (which was fine and great), there was potential to have other entrées to be adjusted to dietary needs!
  11. EC

    ElsaC

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were greeted by the friendly host. Restaurant is decorated really nice. Our waiter was very friendly “Jaylen” We ordered the lamb chops and the oxtails “pretty good”
  12. E

    Everettw

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing (short ribs and lamb stew with orka), will be going back for sure. The restaurant has a fun and lively vibe, not too big, has a cozy feel, a nice small bar and tv's and a sofa area for casual sitting and cocktail sipping, very nice place and nice friendly staff.
  13. JG

    JacquelineG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Charming restaurant with delicious food. Had a great time dining with friends.
  14. BJ

    BJohnson

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was good. Drinks were good. Disappointed that we were asked to insert our credit card into the mobile payment machine without being told that gratuity was already included prior to adding a tip. Our server was very attentive and we left a good tip..just didn’t expect to pay it twice. Don’t recall seeing this policy post anywhere either. My experience was actually great until this point. Lesson learned to ask for an itemized bill prior to paying.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience4
    The ambiance was nice. The tables were small but it’s okay because it’s a small space. The brunch menu needed more variety. The food was okay. I had the lobster bisque which was good but the shrimp and grits( consistency : thick like oatmeal) didn’t taste the best in my opinion.
  16. S

    Stamatis

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The food and drinks were excellent, service was good. For brunch it was surprising that the restaurant does not have coffee.
  17. e

    elizabethmcdonough

    Washington DC

    93 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We were disappointed. They were out of many menu items which seemed odd early on a Saturday night. Including signature cocktails. The service was spotty. I Had trouble getting the waiter to make recommendations and his answers about the menu weren't helpful.
  18. RJ

    RodneyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I didn't know what to expect, but everything was great!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  20. AT

    AliciaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. I enjoyed the Mother's Day Brunch and will definitely be going back!!
  21. MR

    MonteR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I would like to see more West African seafood dishes on the menu.
  22. K

    Kenneth

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience! This was our second date night here. Short ribs for me and lamb chops for my wife. Everything was exceptional!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to Moi Moi at least 5 times and I'm never disappointed. The food and the atmosphere is always great. This time I had the beef short ribs and the jollof rice and both were delicious. The beef was extremely tender and the greens are so good. They have a smokey taste to them which I love, considering they don't have meat in them (I wasn't sure about this because my family is from the south)...you won't be upset. Jollof is one of my favorite West African dishes, and again, you won't be disappointed with this dish. It was very flavorful and the fish was cooked to perfection. The portion size is worth the value. I recommend anything on this menu.
  24. K

    Kween

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    not your mom's moimoi & akara but the sauce saved it. would visit again w/ a Nigerian for brunch. (had lunch/dinner w/ an American) the music was good but kinda loud, not ideal for a date or serious conversation ~vibes~
  25. LB

    LaurenB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice,calm,and classy. Friendly staff and delicious food.
  26. PJ

    PierreJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Nice fusion between African and African American cuisines. Will definitely go again
  27. BE

    BER7

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfection. Everything delicious. Staff is very personable. The venue is a bit small but very intimate. The service is top notch as well.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun, cozy restaurant. Food is delicious!
  29. KM

    KevinM

    New England

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic - so much flavor - very different from anything I'd tried before. What really made the experience special was the staff and service. Everyone was so friendly and they really went above and beyond to make our evening special. They even shared some of the chef's tips with us so we could try making some dishes at home. Highly recommend.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted with a warm smile at the door. The waitstaff were very attentive. The food arrived very quickly even though the restaurant was at about 70% capacity. Moi Moi made a great impression on my friend who was visiting from Ohio. I will most certainly go back there
  31. G

    Gustavo

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food and service. Unusual west African food mixed with southern. A nice combination.
  32. KE

    KristinE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We got the seafood pasta and the domoda and both were utterly fantastic. The pasta was mellow and balanced amd noodles were done to perfection. The domoda wowed us with bold flavors and tender lamb… we still smile every time we talk about this meal. The place was lively and bright, and the drinks a little pricey, but overall we would go back again to try everything else on the menu. Thank you Moi Moi!
  33. FF

    FFreview

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t wait to visit MoiMoi again!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Just dinner and food was horrible
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Definitely try the fried chicken and lobster beignets.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I wanted everything on the menu but ended up getting pepper soup, catfish fingers, and the lamb chops. The pepper soup was delicious and hearty. I left nothing in the bowl. The catfish fingers were crunchy on the outside but soft and tender in the inside. They were fried to perfection. The lamb chops were thick cuts and slso cooked to perfection. They were tender, juicy, and flavorful. Their crab cake is nothing but crab meat, no filler, which was also a pleasant surprise. The molten chocolate lava cake was a perfect ending to the meal. Oh, and I can't forget the cocktail. I had the Mandingo Sidecar. It was the best sidecar I've had to date. Last but not least, the customer service was great! Our waitress Victoria was awesome! She was very attentive, as well as management.
  37. JM

    JohnM

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food was okay. But the service made up for it!!! Great service. I would come back just because I feel that they made me feel like family.
  38. M

    Matzi

    Washington DC

    63 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    No. Identity. The peices don't fit unfortunately. The food is the best thing going on and it just can't stand out because the rest is wrong. 1. No signage outside to tell you name of restaurant or what door to use.. big turn off 2. Thursday evening... total of 3 tables from 6 to 7:30 3. Service was slow yet way too many front of the house staff and 'general manager' scowled slightly at us when we came in. No greetings, visits to the table, warm service at all 4. Not a fan of 'hard plastic' table #s on every table 5. Restaurant has no identity.. trying to be fancy, white table cloth on main street hip spot... what it should be...a small, cozy, off the beaten path warm environment where the food is the spotlight and you're free to be messy and use your fingers... which is what this food requires 6. There's just no 'vibe' .... and in the end, if you want to do white tablecloth, separate staff filling your water glasses then you need to bring it. Not slow service due to lack of teamwork in the front of the house, poor drink selection (no authentic African drinks and only beer was Heineken and Corona... now that's just a shame) and staff wearing leggings and a Hoodia :( And then to top it all off....a 'forced' 20% gratuity added to our bill for 2 of us. Sorry to be so harsh but drastic changes need to be made or they won't be here long. Which is a bummer to say as the chefs got a 'thing' going... but everything else is wrong.
  39. H

    Hbeeke

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Very comfortable ambiance.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a college reunion years in the making so wanted to make sure it was

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Moi Moi using the Order Online button. Moi Moi also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 303-0125.

Moi Moi is rated 4.4 stars by 94 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Moi Moi

1627 K St NW Washington, DC 20006

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    West End

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    African

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Howsoon Cham

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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