Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Washington, D.C. Area
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Dupont Circle
Swahili Village The Consulate, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Swahili Village The Consulate

4.4
4.4
437 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 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    African, Lounge, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Phone number
    (202) 758-3384
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American
  • 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.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Happy Hour takes place from 4pm-7pm Monday-Friday. Craft cocktails, champagne, sangria and mimosas specials!

What 437 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

437 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious as always but the service could be improved

    Is this helpful?

  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Waited for over 20 minutes before we got a waiter on my table while the couple next to us got one a few minutes after they sat down(even got their food before we did). I don’t want to call out skin color as an issue because it seemed like it. Different servers walking by us and looking with no one stopping by to ask if we’ve ordered. The service could definitely be better.

    Is this helpful?

  3. OliviaK

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good, a bit over priced which I expected, the oxtail could be cooked longer. Was a bit tough. Overall good for African/caribbean cuisine.

    Is this helpful?

  4. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an amazing experience! Food was a 10/10. Will definitely be coming back next time we’re in D.C.

    Is this helpful?

  5. JulieK

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a last minute increase in our party and the staff graciously and quickly accommodated us. The food was fantastic and the place has a great vibe and fun craft cocktails

    Is this helpful?

  6. EricaP

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, the food was quite good. The aromas as we entered were tantalizing. My guest had the lamb chops. I had the Samaki (fish) salad. We shared samosas that were shatteringly crisp and very nicely seasoned. I really enjoy the space and the background music. While I wasn't partaking, I enjoyed seeing the creative cocktails being served.

    Is this helpful?

  7. Thecritic

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The did was good but service lacked. Depending on the server, you got great service. Our servers assistance checked on us randomly. I spent the night with my neck in a crook looking to signal anyone for help. 2.5 hours of begging someone whom we paid a automatic 20%tip is ridiculous.

    Is this helpful?

  8. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful brunch experience. The mango desert is superb!

    Is this helpful?

  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was terrible with a lot of young folks that just don’t care about the job they are doing

    Is this helpful?

  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was perfect. The only downside was that the waiter could be more responsive and he was very forgetful. Overall the food carried my rating.

    Is this helpful?

  11. BamBam

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    It took me and my wife 2 hours to get our drinks then a extra 1 hour just to get our food then they forgot my drink and had me wait also I called a whole day before to get a private section and we was squeezed between people this isn’t a place to go on Serious Special Dates this is place is for friends to go out and get drunk for was good though and they want 20 dollars for 1 picture and the pictures come out horrible

    Is this helpful?

  12. mumu

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance, service and food was amazing. I will be going back again!

    Is this helpful?

  13. YvetteT

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated one of my best friend’s birthday and initially made a reservation for 6. The night of the planned dinner more friends said they were joining us and the group grew to 15. I called and the team quickly increased our party size and assured me we could still dine and celebrate, no worries. Some of us got there a little early to take advantage of happy hour. We sat at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and our server, Jenielle. She was so awesome, we asked the manager if she could transfer to our table once the rest of our group arrived and we were seated at the dinner table; he allowed it! We had a great time! The food was delicious! The service was great! The music made for an amazing time, as well. We will definitely be back!!!!!!

    Is this helpful?

  14. PS01

    Los Angeles

    637 reviews

    3.0

    637 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Servers were very nice, but need more training. The food was okay.

    Is this helpful?

  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have a time every time I go! I will always keep revisiting

    Is this helpful?

  16. RLWC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I’m a regular here and usually come once a week. I came to treat myself for Valentine’s Day. The manager Michelle was my server. Multiple employees have told me before that Michelle (who’s never introduced or talked to me before!) has a lot of bad things to say about me. Her service last night aligned with the negative feelings she has. It was so bad that I had to document everything: Arrive at 8:15 No introduction, said hello from another table. I had to tell her what I wanted to drink because she didn’t ask. 8:35, says are you okay, before I could say I’m ready to order, she walked away. 8:50, I had to go to the bar to ask to order food since she wouldn’t come to my table. Saw her arguing at the bar then came to take my order 9:10, appetizer arrives 9:22, comes to take my water glass and cleared my table without asking. I NEVER RECEIVED A GLASS OF WATER at arrival, all the other table around me got water PLUS refills Never asked if I wanted another drink. Table who ordered AFTER me, is getting to-go boxes. My entree still hasn’t arrived. It’s now 9:27. 9:29, the table beside me, who ordered after me pays their check. She hasn’t come to my table or say anything about the status of my entree. 9:31, the wrong food is brung to my table. 9:35, comes to the table and asked if I got my food with a smirk. My table is clearly still empty and my food hasn’t arrived. Comes back from the kitchen with the same wrong food from 5 minutes ago. 9:40, my food arrives. I can tell she transferred part of the other plate which was wrong onto this one. 10:00 comes to take my plate. Finally ask if I need anything and I ask for a glass of water 10:09, talks to another table but doesn’t come to me. I’m sitting and plainly look ready to pay and leave 10:28, I’m still waiting for her to come to the table so I can pay my bill. I finished eating 30 minutes ago. 10:32, finally comes back to table and I ask to get my bill. 10:36, bill comes After 2.5 hours I finally can leave at 10:44.

    Is this helpful?

  17. BambiF

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    It was good. Food was tasty. Service was not good. Took us 20 minutes for someone to come to our table. Not sure if the automatic 20% gratuity makes them slack on service but that was literally the worst part. Getting a waiter or a waiters attention was really bad. Maybe it was a one off night but I don’t think I would go back because of it. I’m big on service - especially when I’m paying a pretty penny. But the food was great.

    Is this helpful?

  18. Sandy

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food! Samosas and fried wings were delicious! We had the flaming margarita and mango mojito 10/10

    Is this helpful?

  19. Cree

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was tasty, well seasoned. Because the food is so flavorful I will go back. However, the service was subpar. As long as yo don’t have expectations for great service everything will go smoothly. New menus needed to be printed. They are very worn.

    Is this helpful?

  20. KellyW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was outstanding, food was delicious! My colleagues and I had a fabulous experience.

    Is this helpful?

  21. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing and authentic food from East and West Africa. Make sure you order the samosas!

    Is this helpful?

  22. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The good was great. The restaurant has a very club vibe with music and photos!!

    Is this helpful?

  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrible customer service per usual, food was good though. Don’t get the oxtails, they don’t have meat on them 🤷🏾‍♀️

    Is this helpful?

  24. SulaimanJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was outstanding provided good customer service

    Is this helpful?

  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the place, the food and the atmosphere. The only thing was a waiter took longer to come check out our order, but when he came the service was impeccable. We Definitely plan on coming back.

    Is this helpful?

  26. Preecherkid

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second visit to the restaurant and the first time was awesome! The waiter was pushing alcohol on us and his mood changed when we said we wouldn't be having any. He checked on our table only once when he walked by and noticed we hadn't received our beverages. We had to track him down to pay the bill. We noticed the waiter at the table next to us was attentive to his table and checked on them often. Overall, the restaurant was nice and the food was pretty good.

    Is this helpful?

  27. CamilleQ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an amazing dining experience. Excellent food, service and ambiance! I will definitely be back when I come back to DC.

    Is this helpful?

  28. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Man I had awesome time at this place on New Year’s Eve night. Only took a few minutes to be seated after preparing our table. Once seated it took a little while for the server to come around. Nothing to complain about because it was NYE night. However, once he did arrive there was a constant check on the table. I really wish I would’ve got his name. Once food for ordered, despite the busy night, it came out rather quickly, as the drinks did as well. We had Samosas and salmon bites for starters. Entrees we had red snapper and grilled goat, jollof rice and plantains for our sides. Man this food was on point. I encouraged you to check out this place.

    Is this helpful?

  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu offers several quality food and drink options. My disappointment was with the layered chocolate cake and mango mousse. Although the server confirmed they were a bit cold, they arrived frozen, and difficult to cut through with a fork.

    Is this helpful?

  30. MonicaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service! A very lively atmosphere. We will come back again for sure!

    Is this helpful?

  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. This is a must see while in DC.

    Is this helpful?

  32. LCLC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    great, flavorful food & ambience. Will def return.

    Is this helpful?

  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ordered from the appetizers to our entrees was super delicious and our server was very helpful with explaining the different food options on the menu. Will definitely come back with friends and family to enjoy.

    Is this helpful?

  34. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered a drink that took exactly 35 minutes to Be brought to me. My meal came out before that drink, saw our server 3 times the entire night. Took 18 minutes to get water after we sat down. This place has TERRIBLE SERVICE. I made this reservation a month in advance for my anniversary and we got a terrible table and the server didn’t even know it was our anniversary 😭😭😭. Food was pretty good tho but it takes a lot of patience to enjoy this restaurant experience.

    Is this helpful?

  35. Harry

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lots of bones in the goat stew. Great taste, but difficult and annoying to eat.

    Is this helpful?

  36. BrianH

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    I was looking forward to celebrating my parter’s birthday in an upscale restaurant. Little to say we were not expecting pushy photographers and sales women selling photographs during what should be a romantic dinner. We were looking forward to a quality night out, not a cruise ship or Vegas experience. I would not recommend.

    Is this helpful?

  37. ErikaT

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a really good time! It took our server about 12 minutes to get to the table which was far too long at the beginning of the dinner rush. She was absolutely delightful after she came and introduced herself. The food, drinks, and ambience was amazing!

    Is this helpful?

  38. MargaretC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had never had Kenyan food before and this was a great place to start. The food is very good, well seasoned and a wide variety of options. Food portions are large so you may want to consider sharing.

    Is this helpful?

  39. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time and experience here. Will definitely be back. My date and I both finished our plates which had very good sized portions. The food was well cooked and flavorful & the drinks were very good and strong. Waiter was great and helpful the entire experience. One thing i disliked is while we were still eating they gave the single table attached to ours to another couple. We had to remove our drinks, food, coats off the table/chair even though there was multiple tables open in the same area we were in.

    Is this helpful?

  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend this restaurant. We had the samosas and suya to start. For my entree, I ordered the whole red snapper with jollof rice, and spinach. The food was delicious! The service was exceptional! They make a great Old Fashion; however, we observed several patrons order the Flaming Margarita. It was very pretty and literally came to the table ablaze. In addition, they had live music. The only drawback is the walk down below street level to the restaurant. I would definitely come back again!

    Is this helpful?

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 4.4 stars by 437 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 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Swahili Village The Consulate

1990 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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, Sun 3:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, 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.
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo