Swahili Village The Consulate

4.8
43 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 43 people are saying
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Carolyn
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, Great drink, awesome service! We chatted with the manager for probably half a hour out Kenya, as we have an upcoming trip there soon. He was super helpful, gave us recommendations, and made our experience that much better.

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SamM
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all across the board. Wonderful food/staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean and spacious environment

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vipcBoLaVie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was really tasty, and excellent. We did not wait to long to get the food and the portion was well served.
The dining room has multiple rooms, hence you can be seated in a quiet space.
The decor is a simple african style, and the music was modern and not overwhelming to hear one another talk without screening.

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KatiaP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ambiance and the was amazing!
The Restaurant was very accommodating with our reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. The waitress tutu was very helpful especially with giving us a detailed explanation of the menu. Bathrooms were very clean.

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BeckyS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I wanted to love this place, especially since the restaurant touted itself as upscale African food. I ate amazingly delicious food while in Tanzania so I was looking forward to good food in a classy atmosphere. I was partly rewarded as some of the interior, as shown on the website, is beautiful. Unfortunately there is also a wall sized TV of what seem to be ads for beautiful African women. To what end, I was uncertain. I found it to be tacky and funny, not in keeping with the restaurant as advertised. The waitress was super ; friendly, helpful and timely. I loved my lentil stew and ate every bite. My family ate their food but didn’t rave about it, I think that they were satisfied. Wish that it was more African in atmosphere with less entertainment.

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BenO
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic food, authentic taste. The best of Kenya’s ethnic cuisines.

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Zeezee
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg the food amazing
It was 10 of us and we ordered nearly everything and it was bomb. The fish is the best and the hot sauce I wanted to have some for myself at home but I remembered my mom had made some herself. But everything is “fantastico ”

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BethelC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience and the food! I went with my husband for his birthday. I will be returning with my sister because I think she'll enjoy it as well!

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jeff
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent

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TaylorF
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Menu online is not menu in the restaurant. Smaller and 2x more expensive

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food!

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SunsetRA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THIS PLACE WAS EVERYTHING! Highly recommended for date night, date lunch, date ANYTIME!
It’s just that good!
The ambiance was a vibe in itself, relaxed yet upbeat- the music was just right- if you came in with a not so great mood you can bet on leaving in better spirits- be it due to the food, drinks, music or all around vibe.
The food was flavorful- classy- unique and not overbearing in culture- it was just AMAZING tasting food! #Everybite

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vipLeighS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious the service was excellent and the restaurant is very attractive

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vipdcsnark
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is very tasty and portions are large. The curry sauce on the tilapia and the sides have wonderful spices and flavor. The service is attentive and knowledgeable.

The ambiance has a neon night club vibe. It is comfortable and intimate in the dining room.

Also all food is Halal!

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AnirvanR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food, knowledgeable and very friendly staff. Would love to visit again.

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Sharma
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome “underground” spot. Have walked by numerous times but finally reserved a spot on Valentine’s Day for a party of 4 and it exceeded expectations. Service was wonderful, and ambiance and decor was on point, making you feel like you might actually be in a nice restaurant in Kenya!
Food was delicious and great portions. Would come back or even order food to go! 10/10 recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was soooooo good! They hit it on the nail! Really enjoyed it! I felt like I was in Nairobi with good home style cooked food and service!

The curry fish and nyma choma.. was to die for! With all the sides!

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LTee
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Our waitress was knowledgeable and hospitable.

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Willynill
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing experience. The ambiance was great, all the food was delicious and the staff was outstanding! The only complaint is that we ate too much!!

Swahili Village The Consulate
Responded on February 6, 2021

Willynill, it was a pleasure to serve you! Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again, with plenty more delicious food! Asante- Thank you!

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CharlieM
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance to set the mood... intimate dinner, celebration or just enjoying a nice meal. Staff is nice and customer service was generous. Restaurant and bathrooms were clean...

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a cool chill spot

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vipEJBJ
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Will definitely dine here again.

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Glodz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful dining experience! The staff was so kind and patient. The food was absolutely delicious and we got such huge portions too (couldn’t finish and took home). So great, highly recommend! Must try

Swahili Village The Consulate
Responded on February 6, 2021

Glodz, the highlight of our day is hearing from our customers. We are excited that you had a grteat experience. We cannot wait to see you again, hopefully very soon! Asante Sana - Thank you very much

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vipMeow
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Swahili village was a welcome surprise. I have been wanting to visit for years and the interior was beautiful, spacious and well thought out. The service and food were equally exceptional.

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CHRISP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous time with my SO for our one year dating anniversary on 11/17 around 7pm. I don’t recall our servers’ names but they were fantastic and took some great pics for us. The fish and goat meals were so tender and flavorful! The wing appetizer was also sublime! Will be back, thank you!

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NotchModel
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Swahili Village is a great spot for any occasion (birthday celebration, date night, dinner with friends/family, etc). The restaurant has a warm intimate ambience that is relaxing with the feel of a lounge or a club. The food wasn’t that great (just my opinion) but it could have been what I ordered. The service was amazing which is hard to find!

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ChanB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavorful authentic African cuisine and amazing service! One of the best experiences I've ever had dining in the city! Will definitely be back and will tell everyone to go and enjoy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great! The servers were genuinely interested in sharing the Kenyan cuisine with us.

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HawaT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my experience! The food was amazing! And I loved the hot pepper.

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CapitalCali
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never had Swahili food before. After getting good news at work, my partner and I decided to do something different from our normal restaurants, so we decided to go to Swahili Village: the Consulate for a nice dinner.

We are both avid foodies, but we each ranked our meal from Swahili Village as one of the top 5 meals we've ever had; it was that amazing! We had plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day, and all of the staff were incredibly nice and offered good advice on which items to try.
We will definitely be going back!

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Mutende
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great experience. I’ve been here twice and the food has been excellent each time.

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Globetrotter
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The ambience was great, the level of noise was moderate and the food was okay only because it came out warm not hot and we also found stone/ glass in one of our orders.

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ASM1
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blown away by the food and service at Swahili Village. Started with the Bhajia which was incredible and also got the chicken Kuku Curry and Mbuzi Kaanga, both of which were fantastic but the Kuku Curry especially was to die for. The waiters/waitresses were extremely nice and the owner also stopped by our table to chat for a bit. I will definitely be going back soon.

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AlyssaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

VERY tasty food. Highly recommend the Samosas and the goat dishes. The fare featured all local dishes and showcased Kenyan cuisine. The drinks on the menu included a local Kenyan beer and South African wine. They have outdoor dining which is a plus. Also the owner spoke with us, and he is very passionate about his restaurant. The staff are very knowledgeable and able to offer recommendations.

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alexisd
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience! Our server was extremely helpful with navigating the menu and pairing sides that would complement our meals. The food was flavorful and the portion size was generous. Ambiance is perfect for a date night or fun night our with friends. Definitely going back with friends soon.

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Foodie
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service! What amazing staff. Food is well presented and amazing flavor! Get the fish!

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RLWC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experiencing Swahili Village was life changing! I’m so disappointed in myself for not coming here sooner.
Everything was perfect. The ambiance, service, but most importantly the food.
The samosas were perfect. The best I’ve ever had. My entree mbuzi kaanga, has made the list of the best things I’ve ever eaten. All I can say is wow. I will definitely be returning often.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it, I really enjoyed my time there. The music and food was just great!!

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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) 629-2353.

Swahili Village The Consulate is rated 4.8 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.