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Swahili Village The Consulate, Washington, DC

Swahili Village The Consulate

4.7
4.7
278 Reviews
$50 and over
African
Swahili Village Restaurant and Bar offers authentic Kenyan meals and Kenyan ambiance. Venture in and be transported to a city in Kenya. Karibu. We serve nyama choma, tilapia, samosas, imported beer, and beverages.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    African, Lounge, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–12:00 am Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (202) 758-3384

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    We can cater to private or corporate events of any size. Please contact 202-758-3384 and speak with a manager for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Call today and speak with a manager about your upcoming event.

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Cross street

    19th St and M St NW

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available. Also there are 6 parking garages within 3 blocks

  • Public transit

    Less than 5 blocks from Farragut North, Farragut West, and Dupont Circle Metro Stations

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 278 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always!
  2. TH

    TosiaH

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant exceeded my expectations. The staff was friendly, the ambiance and decor was beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious. The drinks were also a big hit.
  3. JO

    JulesO

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just had great vibes, cocktails and convo at Swahili Village East African Cuisine in DC! The food was absolutely delicious. Service was top notch and my kids enjoyed their food as well. I ordered the oxtail stew and my client ordered the beef cubes. I will visit again next time I’m in town. I strongly recommend over Moi Moi DC!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Swahili Village is a vibrant dining experience with really flavorful food
  5. EG

    EatGuru

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing! We ordered more food to take home.
  6. ES

    EdwardS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent
  7. t

    tamekaw

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed the red snapper, samosas, and the flaming margarita. Will be back.
  8. MJ

    MrsJohnson

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this restaurant was amazing.
  9. C

    Cecilia

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    They moved us to a new location and then I watched my drink sit at the bar for 20 minutes until the bar tender asked someone to take it to us, 5 different people looked at the drink and ignored it. We left after that.
  10. SR

    SherryR

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our waitress victoria was excellent and the food was tasty per usual
  11. R

    Robert

    New York Area

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This is a popular restaurant and is quite noisy. The food is excellent and is authentic Kenyan. I enjoyed the samosas and the tender lamb chops with jollof rice and cabbage cabeji.
  12. NF

    NadineF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was utterly amazing. Worth every dollar I spent. The waitresses were attentive and knowledgeable of the menu items. There was not one thing to complain about and I’m going to refer all of my friends.
  13. JS

    JohnSmoove

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the service was good but the noise level with the music was high so it was hard to hear the person you were sitting across from when you were trying to have a conversation.
  14. MM

    MeriM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very delicious meal, great service. Highly recommend.
  15. P

    Patrice

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The bar was a little slow for some reason with the drinks.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. A bit pricy but the portions are more than enough. Great place for African cuisine in general.
  17. SR

    ShericeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great experience for everyone
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was professional and engaging. The ambiance was elegant and relaxed. TVs we’re great to peak at World Cup games, I appreciated that part.
  19. DT

    DashaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great customer service, perfect location.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The environment was good. Service is always "meh" food was good
  21. MA

    MarvelousA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I don’t like tht there was a gratuity added and some things weren’t told to us when we were ordering. They left a lot of things unsaid that were needed to be said.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience but the dishes were very overpriced.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Food was so salty, my tilapia filets were practically inedible. The service was very terrible, had to ask the waitress several times to bring an item we already ordered.
  24. PJ

    PatriciaJ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is consistently excellent. It is a bit pricey and they include a 20% gratuity which is fine but they also include a 15% tip through increased pricing if you order through UberEats which is not a part of the delivery charge. The staff are very nice and atmospher is great. They have tvs throughout to watch sports.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I really enjoy dining here. This visit was a little off due to my food being luke warm and the bartender being extremely overworked. Other than that, it was fine. Just cook to order and have two bartenders. I will be back!
  26. ST

    STCM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place was fantastic. Staff was attentive and kind; the food was delicious and prepared in a quicker time than we anticipated; and the ambiance itself was both formal, yet inviting. Overall, I loved it here and cannot wait to take my loved ones to visit!
  27. DL

    DavidL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food excellent, service attentive, responsive and helpful in negotiating the menu, overall experience quite enjoyable.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Took my mom out to celebrate her birthday and our service was good as usual. Food portion was right for the price and the atmosphere was welcoming.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had such an excellent experience dining at Swahili Village! The food was incredible and our server was very kind. The manager was very friendly and asked how everything was afterward, which I really appreciated. The ambiance and decorations for the restaurant were lovely. I highly recommend this place!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Overall a pleasant experience and though we had a nice waitress wished she was a little more attentive. Also wish the music wasn’t as loud in the dining area. It was hard to hear the person sitting right in front of you. I observed the hosts and hostesses going out of their way and talking with diners to make sure they were having a great experience. The appetizers especially to die for. Good customer service goes a long way. I highly recommend Swahili.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an authentic experience! I felt right at home! The music, the ambiance and the impeccable service was to die for! Look forward to visiting again
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Swahili Village definitely lived up to the tik tok hype! The staff was very attentive and accommodating.
  33. AK

    AlexK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great service. Run dont walk to this place!
  34. P

    Patrick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great happy hour food and drinks. The service was professional and welcoming. The ambiance was incredible. The aroma of their dishes just danced in front of your noise no matter where you turned or looked. I definitely had a great time and enjoyed this new spot.
  35. L

    Legaldivasims

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I felt at home with the food, people, music and vibes.
  36. B

    Brie

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bday dinner
  37. FA

    FoodAficionado

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food came out cold but otherwise things were good.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ended up showing up late because our concert ran over and the owner was very accommodating.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my 35th birthday and my sisters and I dined with you! It was so good we ended up taking food to go also. Beautiful decor, clean and staff was very friendly. Thank you for a great experience!
  40. TS

    TomS

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, staff was very good and friendly

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine outdoors
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Swahili Village The Consulate using the Order Online button. Swahili Village The Consulate also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 758-3384.

Swahili Village The Consulate is rated 4.7 stars by 278 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 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Swahili Village The Consulate

1990 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    19th St and M St NW

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–12:00 am Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    African, Lounge, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available. Also there are 6 parking garages within 3 blocks

  • Public transit

    Less than 5 blocks from Farragut North, Farragut West, and Dupont Circle Metro Stations

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 758-3384

  • Catering

    We can cater to private or corporate events of any size. Please contact 202-758-3384 and speak with a manager for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Call today and speak with a manager about your upcoming event.

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